Bee, Myself and I #13

Bet you thought I wasn’t going to be posting any blocks for BM&I this month!

Cyclone Debbie gave me a hall pass, but I’ve turned up very nearly on time anyway. Reason being, I had these two blocks cut out and partly assembled before the Big Wind arrived, and I allowed myself a break from janitorial duties on Saturday and Sunday to finish them up. There should be three, but never mind… Lynn at Tialys and I agreed to make three a month till she’d finished her wall hanging and I the 36 blocks I need for a quilt. She’s made three gorgeous ones this month – I particularly like the last one – so get over there and take a look.

Here we are, Blocks 23 and 24.

I think the black one with splashy pink and orange flowers is one of my current favourites.  I’d definitely buy a hatbox in that colour-way if I saw one! But the flutterbys are pretty too, and the gold print detailing isn’t too overpowering.

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column.

So, sorry that I’m slightly late this month. I’ll try to do better next time, acts of nature permitting. See you back here for April’s blocks 🙂

Bee, Myself and I #12

The end of the month has come quickly this time!

hatbox-21 hatbox-22 hatbox-20Of course, February is shorter than all the other months, but even so, I’ve been madly busy. Not too busy to get my lovely hat-boxes done, though… You’ll remember that Lynn from Tialys and I are making hatbox blocks together; I’m doing it so I keep going till I’ve got enough to finish the quilt, and Lynn because she’s started making a wall-hanging for her bedroom, using fabulous Liberty prints.

We worked out that three blocks a month was workable and not too demanding of our time. And once the blocks are made, we can continue to encourage each other through the Quilt As You Go assembly process. I suspect that with 36 blocks rather than 12, I’ll be needing a lot more time and a lot more nagging encouragement… We shall see.

I particularly like the fabrics on the top two boxes. A little bit of hippy-chick fun, and the colours work in really well with the rest of the collection.  If you want a reminder of what all the previous ones look like, take a look at the photo below.

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Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button in the left hand column

And that’s my BM&I post for this month. See you in March 🙂

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 🙂

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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Block 11

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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.

Bee, Myself and I #7

OK, OK, I’m 5 days late for my self-imposed deadline for this selfish sewing post.

And now that I have that minor guilt trip out of the way, here is the latest offering for the Hatbox Quilt.

hatbox-10It’s a more modern fabric design than many of the others, but I felt the need for some splashy bright freshness after the more conventional prints used on most of the other blocks so far.  And I love this one! So I think you can expect to see some more in the same vein.

So, that’s the first 10 blocks done. If we’re going to get particular (and you know I will), I’ve done 27% of the blocks I need. It’s a whole heap easier than the first one by now, and if you’re interested, here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Make good quality templates. They take a beating. Mark the straight grain and centre of each piece if you want patterns to line up.
  • Starch your fabric. Really starch it. Starch the hell out of it. You want a finish as crispy as paper for drawing round your templates on, and to make cutting out easier, and minimising fraying.
  • Use tear-away stabiliser, it stops stitch channelling dead in its tracks. It’s worth every penny of the cost.
  • Baste through the appliqué pieces, the background and the stabiliser, with the tear grain running North-South, which makes tearing it out much easier with this particular design.
  • Use extra long basting threads, and leave the tails trailing, don’t cut them off. Use them again and again, once you’ve pulled them out. I’m still using the same threads from Block 3.
  • Trim out the background fabric from behind the appliqué pieces once you’ve torn away the stabiliser. A bit less bulk will be easier to quilt. I left a ¼ inch from each seam at the back.
  • And that Y seam where the three background fabrics meet? Yup, I’m still turning out perfect seams, even though they get cut away at the end. Obsessive, moi?

There’s a bunch of us doing our selfish sewing as part of Bee, Myself and I, and if you’d like to see what they’re up to, scroll down till you see the bee button in the left side bar, and click through.

Bee, Myself and I #6

Very nearly on time, then…

hatbox-8 hatbox-9There’s a small space to one side of the Grey Nomad quilt pinned up on my design wall, and I decided it was time to put up the seven Hatbox Quilt blocks I’d made so far.

Once that was done, I was glad I had. I’m subconsciously selecting bright colours in preference to the more muted colours also in my Hatbox fabric collection. So I need to do a few more of the paler fabrics, otherwise it’ll get unbalanced. I also seem to have rather too many reds…

These two latest blocks, Nos. 8 and 9, do have red in them, but they’re also balanced by other colours, and No. 9 has a paler background. Next time I’ll be more conscious in deciding what colour to do next.

There’s a bunch of us doing our selfish sewing as part of Bee, Myself and I, and if you’d like to see what they’re up to, scroll down till you see the bee button in the left side bar, and click through.

Next week, I must get back to the Grey Nomad quilt…