Sunday, 12 May 2013

Putting On My Big Girl Pants

I finished the last of my bee blocks for May yesterday. These ones were for Rhonda and I love how they look, but they did take a long time to make. I've had my fill of HSTs for a little while I think.


As a reward for finishing up the various bee blocks, most of them even on time for a change, I let myself start a 'just because' project today. Only I have been threatening saying I was going to start this particular project for well over a year now. It was time to put my fabric where my mouth is and get on with it.

So I pulled on my big girl pants, and pulled out all my Heather Ross fabrics.


And I started cutting. Eeeeek! This was so scary. Some of the fabrics I only have enough to do one cut and that's it. If I get it wrong I get it really wrong.


Each fabric I got at least one fussy cut. Some fabrics I got two or three, as seen above with the bicycles. Some fabrics I didn't take one of every individual drawing like the caravans, dogs, etc. But I can go back and get more. There is one fabric I took the bare minimum. The only Heather Ross fabric I truly detest.


Those sock monkeys give me the freaking creeps. Like something out of a 70s horror film. What was she thinking when she designed that one?! So I went for the little label on one of the monkeys and that is the only bit of this FQ I am using. (And in case you are wondering why I have this fabric if I hate it so much - it came as part of a bundle. I like the other ones.)

Eventually I managed to cut about 90 pieces.


I have not cut any of the HR 'background' fabrics yet - the dots and so forth. I will cut as I go when I see what I need when the piecing begins.


In this mix of fabrics I have quilting cottons, linens, double gauze, flannels and those elephants seen above are in some slippy fine fabric which I have no clue to what it is. Piecing should be interesting, and perhaps challenging at times.

It really was time to stop talking, and dreaming, and planning, and just start doing with this quilt though. The process of making is now under way.

Susan x

42 comments:

  1. Hehe, that's funny about the sock monkeys! (I don't like them either - I think you cut the right bit!) This is going to be such a pretty quilt!
    And Rhonda's blocks are beautiful too.
    R x

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  2. Ooooh about time missus! And I mean that in the nicest possible way... So pleased to see you make a start on that :-) Great blocks for Rhonda too.

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  3. Great blocks
    ...and I love your reward!
    Those sock monkeys are scary as heck!

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  4. There'a nothing like pulling on those big girl panties and getting the job done or at least started ;D Good for you!
    I am in total agreement with you about the sock monkey from hell...yikes! It's enough to scare the friggin' beejeebers out of a gal!
    Now on to more important things. Just what are you up to now? Hmmmm??

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  5. Those monkeys are quite weird. Look forward to seeing what you are going to do with your HR fussies. I made one of those nipple blocks and that was enough!

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  6. Oh, you're right! I thought I loved all of HR fabrics, but I never knew about those sock monkeys. They ARE creepy. lol

    Way to dive in! Excited to see what you have dreamed up, Susan. It's sure to be brilliant. Have fun!

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  7. Oohhh I thought it might never happen!! Can't wait to see what becomes of the gorgeous fussy cutting :)

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  8. I like those monkeys! They make me smile.
    Can't wait to see your gorgeous quilt to be!

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  9. I like your bee blocks and like the 'reward yourself' idea. Looking forward to seeing what you are going to make with the HR fussy cuts. Di x

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  10. Your blocks are lovely Susan, but what on earth are you doing with ninety fussy cuts?

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  11. 90 fussies is a lot of cutting. Love the lady in her crab bend wishing she was drinking cocktails! I haven't seen that one before. Are you setting yourself up for another marathon of piecing like the birdies?

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  12. I love all those wonderful fabrics, all that is apart from those freaky monkeys! Can't wait to see what you make with this one!

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  13. Those monkeys are a bit Chuckie-esque, aren't they? I love Heather Ross but have bought very little of her fabrics, I'm a bit envious of your pile!

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  14. Well done! it looks great and I can see more dwarfs. I am sure there is a nest in your house. These look great!

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  15. What!? The month is not even halfway over and your bee blocks for the month are done? I'm impressed ;-) !!
    Wonder what you're doing with 90 fussy cuts from your HR fabrics (you didn't really keep them in a bin, did you?)

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  16. Love your blocks and am excited to see what you're doing with the HR. Oh yeah and did you see that fabric and have flashbacks to sock monkey lady at the craft fair? Did you get all the HR you wanted or is there still some holy grail prints out there for you?

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  17. It's is going to be a stonker! Glad to see you took the leap to cut and play with your faves :)

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  18. Interesting stuff, not keen on those monkeys either.

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  19. Love your bee blocks and am intrigued by all your fussy cutting - can't wait to see what they're going to become. And I'm on the fence about the monkeys!

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  20. Oooh, how exciting, looking forward to seeing where this goes :o)

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  21. Looks like the pants worked! Maybe you should keep them on ! Well done on Rhonda's blocks and I'm looking forward to the HR quilt/project!

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  22. Lovely bee blocks. And I can't wait to see what you'll do with all the HR goodness.
    I'm afraid I feel the same about the sock monkeys fabric, although some toy ones can be quite cute, e.g. these: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunsetgirl_creations/

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  23. Can't wait to see what you are going to make with the HR

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  24. Saving those monkeys for Halloween!

    That's an amazing stash though, can't wait to see it xxx

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  25. Love the blocks for Rhonda! I can't wait to see what you're doing with the HR fabrics but I agree: those monkeys are downright wrong!

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  26. What is the matter with you? Everyone loves a sock monkey, we even have a sock monkey quilt in this house. Never took you for a sooky-la-la...lol. Cute fabrics, can't wait to see what you cook up this time.

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  27. Wow, that wasn't just putting on the big girl pants, you're rocking them! Can't wait to see how this turns out, fab!!!

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  28. Those monkeys look evil! Thankfully the rest of the HR makes up for them! Don't suppose you want to know about the bee block I have planned for June then? You still have plenty of recovery time!!!!

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  29. Congrats on being on time:) And I can see why you love HR so much. Those drawings are wonderful! But I see what you mean about the monkeys. Creeeepy!

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  30. Good for you for biting the bullet! A much less fattening 'post hst' treat than chocolate! Jxo

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  31. This is going to be amazing!

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  33. Congratulation on wearing any kind of pants and cutting into that fabric. It's going to be bee-yoo-tiful!

    You and Marg need to start an anti sock monkey club.

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  34. Your blocks are beautiful - and you have such a wonderful collection of the HR fabrics to fussy cut!

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  35. it must be a good feeling to be finished with bee blocks and not even half way through the month yet.
    Your Heather Ross quilt is going to be amazing.

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  36. Gosh, you are so brave! I don't have very much HR, but I did have sock monkeys. I don't like them either. I lined a tote with them. Hope the recipient likes them... Can't wait to see what these become. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

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  37. I'm glad you said that about the sock monkeys, because they were freaking me the hell out!

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  38. It's going to be fabulous! I'm still queuing my HR project behind a whole shit ton of other must make projects ;)

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  39. Oh, all those wonderful Heather Ross prints. I would just want to throw them all into a big pile and role around in them for a bit. You are so lucky to still have some of the older pieces of fabric. You always are so creative so whatever you make with them will be fabulous. Have fun :)

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  40. YOU ROCK!! These blocks are amazing!!! Can I please borrow your big girl pants?

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