Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bee Happy

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 I used my best embroidery skills I tried my hand at embroidery. I chose a Spoonflower print to embellish.

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'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.


OPQuilt said...

This must have been the week for bee blocks, I think. I finished up two ladies' blocks, and will get them sent off tomorrow.

I am not surprised at your needing a few extra days with that really fun embroidery! Wow--it's impressive, I must say. Plus with your travels around Europe, FatQuarterly, etc., and the fact that summertime is not a good time for deadlines.

The blocks you have made are lovely--they'll be happy to get them!

Elizabeth E.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Lovely blocks, your embroidery looks great!

Dianne Neale said...

Glad you've committed yourself to the Stiotch Tease gals!! You know I love my blocks, but the bike is FANTASTIC!

Leanne Parsons said...

Your embroidery looks fantastic! I love the partial dresden too.

Leanne said...

Your blocks are lovely, the centres especially. And the collage fabric is beautiful, a great choice to back that excellent quilt.

Annabella said...

I can't wait to see your ST quilt all done! Lovely blocks too.

Annabella said...

I can't wait to see your ST quilt all done! Lovely blocks too.

Jennifer said...

Woohoo, your blocks look great! I'm with you, I feel like i'm drowning in commitments and they need to get done! phew, good luck with your catch up!

Geri said...

What is it about bicycles that make me so happy? Maybe the remembrance of childhood gone by. Love that bicycle block you made

Katy Cameron said...

We're just going to have to call you the bike queen from now on! Love that collage for the backing too :o)

Cindy said...

Great job as always Di. Love that bike.