Bee, Myself and I # 36

Just one more to go 🙂

This is Block 29. Another gorgeous fabric from Philip Jacobs for Westminster Fabrics. One of my most favourite fabric designers. I got this one done during my Melbourne trip and after – I took two with me but that was overly hopeful, I was having waaaay too much fun to get both done. I’ve got this done and scheduled well in advance because I know that right now I’ll be in the middle of demolishing things, making lists, deciding where power points should go, etc.

Anyway, to return to the subject…. Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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 of this blog.

Till next time.

Bee, Myself and I # 35

And another one to add to the growing pile 🙂

This is Block 28. Just as No 27 was very appropriate for Christmas, this one is equally appropriate for now, as the colours are perfect to go with my colour choices for F2F – and February is my month!  I’ve chosen soft greys and lilacs, and you can be sure that the rest of the hat box fabric will be going into the fabric pull for my F2F blocks.

Two more blocks to go after this one. February is crazy (moving house, trip to Melbourne, working on ITAA month). So I reckon I might just be in a position to start assembling this quilt in around April. If I think of it, I’ll take the last two blocks with me as handwork for the trip to Melbourne – there’s a lot of hanging around in airports and I’ll need some evening handwork for the days we’re there. You never know, I might actually get them done!

Anyway, to return to the subject…. Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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 of this blog.

Till next time.

Bee, Myself and I #34

Despite the festive jollities, I’ve managed to quilt another block 🙂

This is Block 27. It was just the next one in the layout series, but don’t you love how appropriate that fabric is?  White poinsettias, sheet music for Christmas carols, white-berry holly, etc… It’s like it was meant. As it happens, this fabric was sent to me by Esther in a fabric giveaway a few years ago, and I loved the vintage feel of it. Christmassy without being in an obvious colour scheme.

Three more blocks to go. It would have been great to get two done, but at the current rate of progress, it’s going to be February (ie, moving house month, going to Melbourne month, working on ITAA month). Yeah, right! So we’ll just call it March or April before all the blocks are quilted, shall we? And then it can join the stacks of blocks waiting to become quilts. Like F²F² (aka Bougainville Nights) and Pastel Rainbow Scrappy, and by mid-March, F²F³ (aka Amethyst & Slate). I need to make a rule that I can’t start anything new next year until I’ve finished those three.

Anyway, to return to the subject…. Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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 of this blog.

Till next time.

Bee, Myself and I #33

I’ve managed only one block this month, but it’s better than nothing, isn’t it?

I love this fabric, it’s a beautiful soft design combined with brilliant colours, and although it’s a latecomer to the collection, it’s one of my favourites. Just 4 blocks left to quilt… I can’t quite believe the end is in sight; this quilt has been a bit of a dream for so long that being so close to a landmark is a strange feeling. Next will be trimming all the blocks out, cutting the joining strips and then starting assembly. That last stage may have to wait a while, as I’ll need to finish Go Teal it on the Mountain first and get my F²F³ blocks done for the month, but I’ll be making a start in the first quarter of next year.

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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 of this blog.

Till next time.

Bee, Myself and I #31

I managed another two blocks again in September.

The first one (No. 23), the hydrangea print, was a little harder to quilt than usual, as the fabric is a polished cotton and the glazed surface is hard to get the needle through, but I think it was worth it!

The other one (No. 24) is the one I’m calling my Bonwit Teller hatbox. For those not of the correct age or nationality, Bonwit Teller was a high-end US department store which featured a stylised posy of violets scattered on its packaging, branded merchandise, and of course, hat boxes. It is sadly no more, but is fondly remembered, and with good reason from what I’ve read.

Six more to go. At this rate, I might actually have them all done by the end of the  year!

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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 of this blog.

Till next time.

 

Bee, Myself and I #30

You know I said I’d try to get more than one done each month?

I finally made it happen… Here’s blocks 21 and 22. Eight more to go and I can start to think about putting this lovely thing together 🙂  It will be my longest-running quilt ever, not because I put it away and didn’t work on it, but because I’ve given myself the benefit of a long, leisurely creative process. Luxury…

Sorry about the difference in background and colour; one was shot at home, at night under artificial light, and the other was shot on holiday in sunshine 🙂  My holiday sewing project!

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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 of this blog.

Till next time.

Bee, Myself and I #27

Just squeaking in by the skin of my teeth, I have block 18 quilted.

I like this one, it’s a fun psychedelic fabric design and colourway. In a quilt which is fundamentally 30 different variations on a theme, I needed a bit of a bit of a break from elegant florals! I’m afraid it was all quilted at very much the eleventh hour, as I have been hard at work on event organising, and I’m a bit weary, preferring to veg out vacantly in the evenings instead of working on my hand quilting. It’s done, now, though, and I’ve kept myself up to the end of month deadline (just!).

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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.

Till next time.

Bee, Myself and I #24a: I couldn’t resist it!

Yes, I know, I know, I’ve already done my BM&I post for this month, and have slightly missed the boat.

My excuse is that I finished quilting Block 15 just before it stopped being the last day of the month somewhere… I didn’t manage to get this post up in time, but hey, I’m not expecting any knocks on the door from the quilt police!

So, here we are. Block 15, and I’m officially halfway through the quilting for the Hatbox Quilt 🙂 I love this one too, a modern graphic design which is a bit different from most of the other slightly more formal fabrics. I had fun going around those little yellow birdies! It was sitting there all ready to go, and giving me reproachful looks because I hadn’t done any work on it while we were away. It was the usual problem: Failure to Say No.

For details about Bee, Myself and I, see yesterday’s post. Currently, Sue is also participating in this selfish sewing idea, so go and see what she’s up to as well.

Right, tomorrow I have to start machine quilting ST&D. Exciting!  🙂

Bee, Myself and I #21

It feels like an age since I last worked on the hatbox blocks.

Time, then, for a spot of concentrated work. I got three done this month 🙂

I think this quilt will end up being one of my all-time favourites. It’s come into being slowly and quietly, over a long period and with fabrics I’ve greatly enjoyed gathering and using. They’re all different, but each one appeals to my taste in a different way, whether it’s a formal, traditional design or something splashy, modern and bright.

But the chief thing I’m enjoying while I hand quilt the blocks is the backing. I hesitated briefly over using the voile fabric for the back, but it’s so deliciously soft that I now think it’s been one of my better decisions. It’s going to make using the quilt so cuddly, like an old favourite that has been washed a thousand times. And I’ll certainly consider using voile for backing again if I’m hand quilting, not only because it’s soft, but because the fineness of the fabric makes it easy to quilt through.

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or 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.

And now, back to Bonnard, and hundreds of 2 inch squares…

Bee, Myself and I #19

And the quilt goes on…

The first two blocks of the second line down are quilted. I’ve had some other things on the go (a rather larger hand quilting job, you’ll recall!), so I didn’t manage the same number of blocks this time as I did last time, but I’m still doing OK. Here are the completed blocks 6 and 7.

The only tricky part is ensuring that the quilting on the body of the hatbox is roughly the same on all the blocks. The two blocks shown here have very different patterns, so I’ve had to be selective about which bits I pick out with quilting.

The easiest way to see if you’re getting it right is to look at the back; without the distraction of the block design, you can tell if the quilting is evenly distributed and not too dense.

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.

Hopefully next time I’ll have a few more to show.