Monday, April 23, 2012

Bee Blocks and Swoon

So it's well past middle of the month and I knew I needed to finish up my bee blocks for the Comfort Quilt Bee.  I had one done and the other cut out and started.  Let me just say right here and now, that while I think this block is beautiful, it was tough to put together.

 Here are a bunch of the HSTs I had to make for one block...not too bad, right?
 But then they all had to be trimmed to 2 1/2 inches.  We are talking less than a quarter inch off of each one.  It was making me a bit crazy.  I have issues with fussy stuff like this.  I guess I am just a rebel when it comes to precision things.
 But they did turn out nice and I am pleased with the result.  I have to make the signature block and then they will be in the mail this week.  YAY!

I don't know if I have said this before, but the most important thing I learned in piecing these kinds of things was from Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Shorten your stitch length and your squares and points turn out so much better, every time.  No one ever taught me that before.
During the piecing of these bee blocks I said, more than once that they were more trouble than the Swoon blocks.  Which reminded me I need to finish 3 more to have mine done.  So I decided to take a picture of all 6 that are done so far, to help inspire me to get off my butt and finish them.  So here they are.
Hope you have a great week.

1 comment:

  1. Your bee blocks look fabulous! And I love your swoon blocks. I decided to go King size with my Swoon quilt so instead of the 9 that everyone else is making, I am being exceptionally nuts and making 16!


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