Bee, Myself and I #28

And the next one. This is Block 19.

The small scale of the pattern on the floral didn’t allow me to to pick out the elements with the quilting, as I normally do. So I decided to do a simple grid and I love the ‘quilty’ effect. This is one of the earliest blocks I made, and it’s interesting to observe how my ideas and tastes moved on as I built the fabric collection for this project. I love the fabric, but I wouldn’t use it for this quilt a second time round. Also interesting to see how my appliqué skills improved; later blocks are not quite so wonky 🙂 And in case you’re wondering, the blocks are numbered according to when I quilted them and their position in the quilt, not the date I completed the assembly of each individual block.

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.

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Bee, Myself and I #26

Here you are, block 17 is quilted.

It was a bit of a mad rush at the end. I had my nephew staying with us this week and we were out and about a fair bit. Oh, the hardship of that: lovely food, beautiful scenery, good company… Still, I did get my month’s hatbox quilted and got my Rainbow Quilt backing done, so it wasn’t all torture!

I think this is another of my favourite hatbox fabrics. It’s a Phillip Jacobs design for Westminster Fibers, and I will be very sorry when the last scrap is gone, as I don’t think it’s made any more. Still, I’ll always have this lovely block to look at. You know the hatbox quilt isn’t going anywhere, right? Mine, mine, mine!

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: #25

It’s one of those months where everything happens at once.

Finish quilting ST&D, wedding anniversary, Easter, the Dowager’s birthday, impending surgery, the Husband on night shift (which limits my daylight time). I still have to start assembling ST&D. Ah well, I’ll get everything done. I just squeaked this one in under the wire, but it’s finished 🙂

I left it late in the month to get started with hand quilting Block 16 of the Hatbox Quilt; I wanted my fingers to mend a bit first. It hasn’t caused any further damage, which is a relief. I do love a paisley, and this is a nice psychedelic one, very 1960s!

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 #24

It’s the end of the month, so it must be time for BM&I 🙂

I’d prepared a couple of blocks to take on holiday with me to do the hand quilting. In the event, I only got one done; too many other interesting things to do during the day, and I found I missed my good work light for evening stitching, so I didn’t get the second one done in the end. Also, to be fair, I did do a lot of crocheting of dishcloths (10 of them), but this is not the place to show those.

Here, then, is this month’s solitary offering, Block 14 quilted:

I think this is one of my favourite fabrics, or more precisely, I mean it’s a favourite for the results of the quilting. Look how those lovely paisley designs have puffed up and give a dimensional effect. Hopefully that will distract you from the slight wonkiness of the filler lines on the background 🙂 One more block to go and I’m halfway through the quilting phase.

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.

I think for next month, I won’t wait for a holiday or until the last moment to get it done. So much nicer when you don’t have to rush…

 

Bee, Myself & I #23

Wasn’t sure I’d get this one done in time!

There’s been a lot of hand quilting going on round here, so slotting in my monthly Hatbox block wasn’t a problem, but I’m doing a few other things which are also taking time, so it was a question of what was going to give. Luckily, it wasn’t this!

This is the thirteenth hand-quilted block, and I’m following the format I’ve used for all the others so there will be an additional uniformity of look despite all the different colours. I’ll be taking the next two blocks away on holiday with me; they’re light, take up almost no space, and need a very small sewing kit – perfect for caravan holidays! So at least I’ll get the BM&I post sorted, even if I’m not going to manage many other sewing posts while we’re away.

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.

Hopefully I’ll have a bit more to show you next time 🙂

Bee, Myself and I #18

The hand quilting continues…

Here’s the latest progress. As you can see, I have the next four hatbox blocks hand quilted as well, and the top row done.

I have not been too idle. I can get a block sandwiched, basted and quilted in an evening if I work on it all evening.

Mostly I don’t manage that (especially with other projects going on), and get it done over two evenings.

I outline the hatbox and its lid first. Then I echo quilt around it.

Lastly I pick out the fabric design in selected areas, trying to make sure I cover the area evenly but not too densely.

Unpick the basting, and she’s done. I really like how these are turning out. The backs are pretty, too.

Lynn at Tialys is also making a Hatbox Quilt wall hanging. She’s machine quilting hers, so for a completely different effect, click through the link to take a look at where she’s up to.  If her post isn’t up yet, try again later. She’s using Liberty fabrics, so the effect is gorgeous!

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.