Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bees, Baptisms and Birthdays

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. 

little boy's tie
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.

that block

that block
Next up is Katy in the Stitch Tease Bee. Katy has something big up her sleeve but was not able to get permission to share a pattern with us so she made it very easy on her bee mates this month and asked for simple nine patch blocks. Each block has a navy blue center and low volume squares with a combination of fuchsia, lime green, yellow and teal corners. We each had an assigned combination. I wonder how she will be using these blocks.


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.




4 comments:

Cynthia said...

What a cute little tie! The lining is to die for :) Have fun in Arizona .

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm impressed on your tie making skills! I saw a recent episode of "The Great British Sewing Bee" where the contestants made ties. Maybe there would be some useful tips in that for you. I think you could find it on YouTube. Have fun in Arizona- I hope it's not too hot!!

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, lovely, thank you! I could tell you what I'm going to do, but then I'd have to kill you... ;o)

Sarah said...

Such a sweet tie! Thank you for helping preserve my sanity by helping with the blocks. Sorry if they took too much time. I love Katy's colour choices and have seen her blocks popping up here and there so I'm curious too how she will lay them out.
Thanks again for such beautiful blocks.