This month I have been sewing as much as I can but it seems I can't get caught up with my commitments. Luckily, Di is a doll and gave the Stitch Tease Bee some leeway in our due date for her July bee blocks (due to the fact that so many of us were either at Fat Quarterly Retreat, on holiday or moving) she generously said it's ok to be late. Now mind you, I don't like being late for anything, so even given a pass, I still feel bad that these are being mailed in August. She requested a variation of the Birdsong block from the Modern Blocks book with something special in the center and then squares and/or rectangles in 2-3 colors surrounding the piece.
I just love a Dresden plate so I did a partial one in the center of the first block and then surrounded it with squares in aqua, red and yellow.
For the second block
Here's a close up of the stitching. I really have no idea what I am doing when it comes to embroidery. I can do a backstitch and a French knot. The rest I just played. But I like the way it turned out.
Jennifer is one of our new members in Stitch Tease and she asked for the Arkansas Traveler block for her month as August's queen. She posted this photo as her inspiration for the colors she wanted.
Lee has a fabulous tutorial for this paper pieced block on her blog and it is detailed and walks you through the process of making this block, step by step. Maybe if I would have read each step BEFORE I began to make the blocks it might not have taken me 5 1/2 hours to sew this thing together.
The second block was so much easier. Note to self...always read the instructions all the way through and then read them again before you start sewing.
That backing fabric...it's Scattered Newsprint from the Collage collection. It's going to be the backing for my Dreaming of the Caribbean quilt, which I hope to get basted next week.
I'm making progress and hope to get caught up on some swap items this weekend.