The sun is shining which, for those of you not living in the UK, might not seem such a big deal but for those of us who have been stuck in gloom and grey and wet for just about forever is something to celebrate. Starting the new year with a bright blue sky is hopefully a sign of things to come.
As is trying to catch up on my bee blocks. I have a number to do but am glad to say that I have made a start. First up, I did Sarah's blocks for Brit Bee. She sent us a variety of fabrics in the same colour palette and asked for circles, geometry, some ingenuity. When I got the fabrics out a couple of days ago Emily picked up one of them and said, 'What is that?!' 'It's called grunge, I think,' replied I. 'Well, I can see why it is called that!' said Em. No worries of her nicking any of it then, Sarah.
These two bee blocks provided a fresh challenge to me. Inset circles. As with most challenges I decided against reading tutorials and just went for it. The maths is easy. The circle you are cutting into the bee block needs to be an inch smaller than the circle that is being fit into the space. Make sense? Basically, with the quarter inch seam allowance when you sew the inset circle into the hole the two should meet in a circle that is exactly the same size.
Okay, I know the theory is easier than the doing. And mine are far from perfect but I am still really pleased with them. The other Brit Bee ladies have made some fabulous blocks and this is going to be one amazing quilt.
Next up I made Cindy's blocks for the Modern Stitching Bee. These were quick and easy to put together and I had the bright colours she likes readily available in my stash. I think this is going to be a brilliant and cheerful quilt.
That's not the only sewing that has been going on. But it is all I am showing today. Let's just say there has been a lot of trimming going on round here too. Funny how trimming HSTs can be a royal pain but the satisfaction of seeing all those shreds of off cut fabric can be so satisfying afterwards.
I hope you hall have had a equally bright start to the new year and are also raring to go.