Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bees and that Brit Boy Band (again!)

I finished my Sew Buzzy September block for Michelle with the fabric she mailed to me.  I also sent her my practice block (below left) because I liked the fabrics together and thought maybe she might, too. 
the block is called My Blue Heaven and available at Quilter’s Cache.  It requires a very scant 1/4” seam if making for someone else.  That’s part of the challenge of bee blocks – my 1/4” seams might not be as scant as others, but they are consistent and so not a problem if I’m making all the blocks for my own project.  I worried a little on this block, but could see from the discussion board that some of the other sewers ran into the same trouble.  The pattern adds 7/8” to the square sizes for making the triangles, which is standard for half-square triangles but I prefer to add an inch and then trim to the needed square size when making HSTs. 
I made five bee blocks this month and went to the post office today to mail them to their recipients.  Five envelopes to five different states – sort of felt like I was in high school sending out chain mail.  which is a little bit what bee mailings are like…  huh.

well, good thing about that is (unlike those crazy chain letters) I actually get quilt blocks mailed to me, too.  I got this lovely block from Marla today.  I now have three NuBees blocks (two received plus my practice block for the ones I made).  It’s going to be another bright and cheerful quilt when it’s all done!!!
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not only is Marla’s block pretty on the front, but she’s got some major pressing skills – the back is so neat and tidy.  I’m a little scared for her to turn my block over!  I still have trouble figuring out in some spots which way to press seams.  I like to press different rows first this then that way so I can nest the seams when connecting rows and hope to have my seam lines match.  In general, I press seams toward the bottom of a block (or quilt).  and I’ve found it helpful to press seams open when there are a lot of converging seams.  but sometimes all those things combine in one block or one quilt, and then I’m totally lost.  and just hope that it won’t matter once the quilt is put together.

I did finally finish something this week – the bean’s One Direction pillow.
yes, it was supposed to be a quilt, but bean – in her most thoughtful and considerate teen way – let me know that it isn’t her favorite design and she didn’t want a whole quilt of stars.  “why do you keep using so much white?”  I wanted to tell her that’s what all the modern quilters do, but I was afraid I might get back something akin to “if all the modern quilters jumped off a bridge, would you follow?” and so I changed the quilt plan to a pillow plan.  I only made two blocks, and she can always use another pillow, so I’m not too crushed.  It’s a big pillow – 27 inches.  Bean’s favorite part – the (pretty awesome, I must admit) fabric on the back.
She’s already rejected the backing fabric I bought to make the second pillow…  and now she wants a black and white (not too much white!) quilt for her room.  I imagine to tone down the loudness of her walls which are every inch covered with posters of those Brit Boys.  I think she’ll have to wait a little bit – I’ve still got my niece’s quilt to complete, some Christmas projects, and my own quilt to finish (will that Pickledish EVER be done?).  and it’s soon to be October (!) so there’ll be more bee blocks to work on, too.  :-)
053Sew Buzzy practice block: Amy Butler, Cameo, Josephine's Boutique in Cobalt; Dear Stella Heirloom Blueberry Flowers in Indigo.  1D pillow: Makower UK (Andover) London Collection – British Icons in Cream and Blocks in Britain, with some Pat Bravo Oval Elements in Cookies and Cream.  Backed with Michael Miller Fabrics the British are Coming (in Denim?).  Scooby’s laying on the back of Lili’s Quilt, which is backed in Philip Jacob’s Shell Montage (Beige colorway).  The vintage floral pillow cases (in front of Scooby) are from In Color Order.


  1. Those bee blocks are so yummy! I love the scattered cross block - too awesome for words!

    I can relate to your daughter's love of english bands... I was so into "Boyzone" in high school. Man that wasn't even popular at the time! :) lol.

  2. Your daughter's pillow looks great. Your post made me laugh! My beans are only practicing for that stage at the moment so I'll have to read and learn:-)

  3. Oh dear....just showed a crazy 1D fan in my house THAT pillow, and she got very I am under pressure! How did you do the picture transfer?