Sea Glass #8…. and rest

The top is finished.

sea-glass-finished-topSeriously, this is the best photo I could get today! There’s a sharp breeze, the line’s the only place I can show it due to size, and the result is a flappy quilt top. Still, you get a more accurate idea of the colours than in any of the indoor photos shown so far.

Next stage is to piece the back (not a lot of work there), and then sandwich, quilt and bind. I’m not convinced it’ll be done by the end of the month, especially as we’re going on a trip, but it’ll be soon.

However, I’m taking a break from this quilt for a few days to do some secret sewing which I can’t show, so service will be briefly interrupted. I’ll find other things to blog about 🙂

Be back soon.

Bee, Myself and I #11

How many hatboxes can a woman need? Well, 36 actually…

hatbox-19This is number 19. I love the bright pink tulip fabric, especially contrasted with the peppermint green of the edge of the lid.

hatbox-halfway-collage-3Here’s the rest of the line up so far. Not necessarily the final layout, but they do sit harmoniously together in this arrangement.

hatbox-sashing-and-bindingAnd here are the fabrics for the sashing and the binding. I can’t get the colours quite right; both fabrics are shot cottons, and it’s hard to convey the  lovely shading from one colour into another. It’s a while till I’ll be cutting into these lovelies, but I’m glad I have them to look at and stroke 🙂

Lynn from Tialys has decided to resurrect her own hatbox project, and if you nip over to her blog some time today, you’ll be able to see her take on this gorgeous Kaffe Fassett block design. She won’t be going quite as bonkers with it as I have, though; she’s sensibly sticking to a manageable wall hanging! It’s going to be most enviable, though – she’s using Liberty prints…

Meanwhile, if you want to know what Bee, Myself and I is all about, click on the link button further down in the left hand column, or head over to Carla’s lovely blog, Granny Maud’s Girl, where there are many gorgeous things to look at.

More next month 🙂




Sea Glass #3

The outer blocks are done.


It’s not really this wonky, it’s just pinned to the design wall for the moment!

I have also frogged and recycled the first block I made, which was badly wrong, with points going the wrong way and colours mixed up. It’s right now, after loads of unpicking and a fair bit of salty language, and I defy you to discover which one in this arrangement it was. Now that the outer blocks are complete, it’s clear I don’t have a great deal of those fabrics left, so I’m pondering what would look best for the chequerboard blocks around the centre panel.

Once I have that clear in my head, I shall do some speed-piecing of those blocks, using the method that joins 8 strips along their length, the resulting piece sliced into rows perpendicular to the long seams, and then the rows re-arranged and mix and matched into squares for the best visual result.

I’m pleased with where I’ve got to so far. The contrast between muted and clean colours and splashes of white make the overall look sparkle, the lilac whirlies add visual interest, and it’s been easy to build the big blocks, after the initial stuff up trial block.

Thanks also to Kate at Manic Mumdays, who came up with a name both the maker and the receiver love!

Now, time to rootle around in my fabric and scrap boxes for the chequerboard border.

Cathy’s quilt #2

I haven’t managed to come up with a name for this one yet…

cathys-quilt-1-3You all know how much I love to name quilts; it seems to help me with ideas and impetus. This one’s got me a bit stumped. Something to do with the colour? Teals, aquas, blue-greens, water and air colours… The design? Basket-weave, stars, chequerboard, flower baskets… The future owner? The lovely Cathy, my sister-in-law, hard-working education student and mother, with a heart of gold.

I have three more blocks done. I realised about 5 minutes into the second one that I’d mucked up the first one I showed. So I’m saving that for a cushion cover unless I run out of fabrics, in which case I’ll have to do a huge frog and unpick the entire thing. Here are three new basket-weave/star blocks and the central flower basket appliqué block. I’m waiting to do the 8 inch chequer-board blocks round this till I see how much fabric I have left from the 16 inch outer blocks.


Flower basket 16 inch centre block

If anyone out there has a stroke of genius for the name, do please share it. I don’t promise to use any suggestions, but you never know, you might end up giving me the inspiration I need 🙂

And Cathy, if you have a name for this quilt, I want to know!


POSTSCRIPT:  Many thanks to Kate of Manic Mumdays, who provided the future name for this quilt. I give you Sea Glass!

Bee, Myself and I #10

I couldn’t bear to wait till the end of January for the official BM&I posting day….

There are so many lovely fabrics sitting in the Hatbox Quilt pile, and I couldn’t resist their siren call. So, without further ado, here are the next FOUR Hatbox blocks.

hatbox-january-5th-collage2I’m now officially halfway through the blocks I need to make. The process of tracing, basting and appliquéing the boxes to their backgrounds is peaceful and meditative, and I’ll miss it when the quilt is done, but already there are other appliqué quilt ideas marinating in the dark recesses of my brain!

I’ve finally decided what colour to make the sashing between the blocks. It was never going to be white or cream, that decision was easy. And black and dark grey and navy were too harsh in contrast with the pastels and saturated colours.  It needed to be a neutral that wasn’t neutral. And I’ve found just the thing. It’s a pale grey/lilac/dusty blue shot cotton which calls itself cornflower, but is a pale lavender to my eyes, a blue tone rather than pink. It will punctuate the space between the squares without being over assertive. It’s also a colour I love, so I will be very happy to live with it on this quilt. The binding is also picked out, a rich blueberry shot cotton which blends beautifully with the sashing fabric. And the backing?  Who knows? But I’m feeling nudged towards rose pink…

Right, back to the sewing machine. It’s January, and Esther’s month for F²F², so I can’t show what I’m up to – it’s a secret!

Bee, Myself and I #9

It was all getting a bit pale and subtle, so I’ve gone the other way.

Here are the latest two, one dark and one pretty bright, and they are helping to restore balance amongst the blocks. I have some more darker/brighter ones in planning. I think it’s important not to let the vibe get too vintage; I like modern, crisp prints too, and if the scale and feel are right for this project, I’ll be using them as well as the more traditional style.



So, 22 to go. Unless, that is, I decide to make this quilt bigger because I can’t stop making hatboxes!  Don’t laugh, it’s entirely possible…

I do love where this quilt is going. Chances are good I’ll be keeping it for myself 🙂

Bee, Myself and I #8

To make up for lost time, I’ve been doing a lot of sewing in the last couple of days.


Block 11


Block 12

And here is the result of some of it. Two more hatboxes for my Bee, Myself and I selfish sewing project. I’m now officially one third of the way through the blocks I need, and I’ve picked out the next bunch of candidate fabrics. It’s all looking a bit pale and pastel-y up there on the design wall, so I’m going for stronger backgrounds and more saturated colour for the next round.

I’m not sure how many of the original participants are still stitching along quietly with their selfish sewing, but I know this bee’s owner, Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl, has reached a major landmark with hers. Nip over there and have a look, it’s really impressive!

If you want to know more about the bee, click on the button a fair way down in the left hand column.