I'm doing a really quick catch up post here. We are off again this weekend to visit our family in Arizona. Our grandson will be celebrating his eighth birthday and getting baptized in the LDS church. I made him a tie for part of his baptism gift. I followed this tutorial from the Purl Bee blog. It's almost all finished by hand. I did sew the little lining bits by machine. For the next one, I am going to try sewing the entire tie by machine. I used to make ties many moons ago and I think there was a certain interfacing that I used instead of just a "sew in" interfacing as suggested in the tutorial. A certain son has requested some handmade ties, now that he knows mom can make them. I'll have to look up what that interfacing was that I used to use.
The Modern Stitching Bee only has a few months left and July is Sarah's month. She requested "that blocks", a tutorial by Mary that you can see here. They are really easy to stitch up once you get the strips sorted and cut. I used the glue basting technique to achieve more accurate piecing and I am sold on glue basting now. This is a great bee block because they are time consuming to make. If your bee mates make them it really helps to achieve a beautiful result with lots of different fabrics in each block and the work is divided up so you don't go crazy.
I'll be back next week to share more birthday gifts. I sent off two Handmade Birthday Club gifts today. As soon as they are received I can show you what I made.