I want to share the first block in a series for Bee, Myself and I
The idea behind BM&I is to do a bit of sewing just for ourselves each month. And like so many other quilters out there I often find that hard to do, as I feel that it is selfish to spend the time, energy and funds on me. Thanks to Granny Maud’s Girl and Kate Chiconi from Tall Tales at Chiconia, I have had the prompting to begin. Thank you both!
I had a few false starts last month when I listened to the lady at the quilt shop on background choices for my Hat Boxes blocks. She didn’t understand how Kaffe Facet works: bright colors, wild florals and prints. In a word – bold. And of course I had forgotten to pick up my book on the way out the door. I got home and tried to make them work, but they simply were not right. They were pale, insipid, uninspired.
I had to wait for the next payday, and then went out yesterday to shop for new backgrounds. I love the new fabrics, but again made a wrong choice for the box I had already cut out. The banding on the box is too close in value and print.
Having worked so diligently on the Y seam involved on the background I was loath to disassemble the block
and just made a new one. This is much better!
Color is washed out due to flash, sorry.
The block is done!
Last thoughts: It was frustrating to have picked wrong fabrics initially, and to have again made the same mistake this month with assembly. However, I have learned how to make a very good “Y” seam and now have another background all ready to go for another hat box in the future! That said, after all that trouble to make a perfect “Y” seam it was rather disturbing to realize I would be cutting it off the back to reduce the thickness of the layers for quilting!
I just have to remind myself that it was all worth the effort, because now I have a new skill in my arsenal
Today’s post is informative, but brief, as Carole has posted all the details for this project on her website.
Carole, at From my Carolina Home, is organizing a quilting project for those who were hardest hit by hurricane Florence this month. The blocks are scrappy, feature jewel or earth tones, are surprisingly versatile 9 patch blocks, and in a word – beautiful!
She is accepting 12 1/2 inch blocks, whole quilt tops (queen sized) or finished quilts.
If you are moved to help please visit Carole on her blog to read all the particulars and to get your copy of the block directions as well as where they are to be sent .
You will find all of her information here:
The title says it all. I have been very busy repairing, making and finishing.
The stitching went into the old holes, but I had to back track to get a continuous looking line of stitching. I then used a suture knot on the inside to tie it off. For your interest; these are very good knots for quilters who hand tie their work. The extra twist locks the thread so it stays put while you finish the tying. Oh yes, and no need to ask for someone’s finger, because the knot is good for package tying too!
LINK: Not to worry; it’s only thread and diagrams.
The toes go first, note the repairs on the two laid out, and then the heels. This one may be too far gone, but at the price of Moreno socks I will give it a try!
This one was small and I took lots of breaks to save my eyes from strain.
Nope, not done – yet.
I had to go Frogging on this one twice! First on the center blocks because I let intuition take over instead of referencing the pattern. I was so proud of my work until I looked back at the pattern picture and realized it bore no resemblance to the original! And again when I realized that two setting blocks, one each on the center sides of the bottom, were sewn incorrectly. I think I saved its looks by picking the stitches to release the seam and pressing it to the outside. I then restitched and quilted just to the outside corners of the blocks. This one is waiting for the fabric I had to order for the binding. It may be here today!
OK, back to work, but before I leave I will mention that I am joining up with Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl in the Bee Myself and I group. They post progress at the end of the month on projects that are made just for themselves. It gives us permission to be just a bit selfish and make for ourselves and not everyone else. Feeling guilty about making if it isn’t for someone else or for sale is really stifling to the creative process sometimes.
CREDITS: Mini quilt patterns are from the Temecula Quilt Co. in Temecula, California. The line is “Mini a Month – 2018”. For those interested, there will be a new set available for 2019.