BM&I #37: The last block is quilted!

I can’t quite believe it!

This is the last hand-quilted block of the Hatbox Quilt. I’ve been making this quilt since February 2016, three years and one month. And it isn’t even finished yet! First I had all the hatboxes to appliquĂŠ, and then each one had to be hand-quilted. It’s been a slow, meditative process, and a pleasurable one; this quilt is just for me, and I had only myself to please with the colours, fabrics, layout and quilting. The slowest part of the process is done now. The next step is to start assembling it.

However, as most of you know, my new sewing room is not yet up and running (although I have made some progress today in starting to unpack and position my sewing stuff), so it’ll have to wait a little longer before I can start putting this lovely together. I hope to have something to show you next month for my Bee, Myself and I post, but there’s a strong possibility I’ll have to miss a month (again). Maybe I can show them to you all trimmed out and assembled in the correct order on the design wall 🙂

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 month… Probably!

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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 #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 F²FÂł 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 #32

Only one block quilted this month, I’m afraid.

I have been putting a lot of work in elsewhere, so I’m not going to beat myself up about it 🙂

This is block 25, so there are only 5 left to go. I’ve quilted around each butterfly, both the colourful ones and the gold ones, and the effect is lovely: they’ve puffed up and look a little 3D. You don’t see it very well in the photo. You also can’t see how metallic the gold is, which catches the light prettily.

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.