Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bee blocking

At the moment I am taking part in two bees. These each run a little differently, and one asks for one block to be made, and the other, two blocks. This is very straightforward, but I seem to have trouble remembering that they do not both want two blocks!

So, first, the ' fat Stash Brit Bee' . For this one, you send a FQ's worth of gift fabric, and ask for what you wish, and the bee members create a block, 12.5", using fabrics from stash, with or without using the gifted fabric. Clearly, you want to send fabric which will help tie together all the blocks when they return, so, this month, Celtic Thistle sent fat quarters of cheerful plains, to be made to her pattern, adding in low volume neutrals, to really make the solids pop. I was lucky enough to get red through my letterbox, and quickly got a block made. However, my careful planning just missed...




 Do you see where I went wrong? I transposed two quarters.. Now I need to get that stitch ripper busy. Not having spotted that one, I happily got on with number two..

I had forgotten that only one block is needed...
and happily this one seems to have behaved itself. So, I shall have to sort that first one, but not just yet, as I have had to pack away the sewing machine for a short while. More on that later...











The other bee is the HipBee. With that one, we are sent a sufficient quantity of fabric to create a block, and return any extra with our TWO blocks. Jill waned beach huts, and sent a pretty selection of fabrics for us to do our worst, and create whatever our imaginations may come up with. There were also two pieces, one blue, and the other white, as backgrounds for the blocks.  So, a good bit of thinking, and a little bit of drawing, and these blocks came up.



  I had great fun working out how to introduce the 3 D effect on the parasol

There would be room for a little extra on this one, but, on balance, I am going to leave it now, quite apart from the fact that my machine is in hiding.








Why is the machine hiding away?

because of this! That is a hole in the ceiling




We are to have a plasterer coming in tomorrow, and she will be repairing this hole. So, my usual sewing haunt will be out of commission, and I think, once the ceiling is done, I will probably need to continue and redecorate the rest of the room.. It is a good job the Easter break is coming, and should give me time to do it.. With a bit of help I hope!

Wish me luck getting my sewing back up and running soon!

8 comments:

Sarah said...

Lovely bee blocks. Hope you get the ceiling fixed without too much hassle.

the running hare said...

Oh no! What happened to your ceiling? I'm so pleased to hear that you have a female plasterer.

Diane-crewe said...

hope it all gets sorted x for the Brit Bee swap I got the yellow fabric x I'm sure it was or a 10.5 block this time xx

JoZart said...

I love to see all your great makes and I'd also love to be part of a bee, myself. Do you belong to a group? Is it one, in UK, that I could join or can you recommend one for me, please?.
I go to a monthly workshop and we do a block a month but ,being retired, I could easily do more.
Thanks for all the inspiration, Best Wishes,
Jo
sewjo@hotmail.com

Barb and Sharon said...

I really like the beach umbrella! Good luck with the plaster ceiling. Hope she's good and blends it in to the old ceiling.
Barb!Witsend

Janine said...

Your blocks look great. I hope your plastering goes quickly and smoothly :)

Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Glad to find yours!

I love your beach blocks! How cute! and the texty prints in your bee block.

Good luck with the plastering.

Krista@sewwhatscooking.com

Indianna said...

Love the bee blocks...especially the umbrella, very creative.

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