Saturday, March 29, 2014

All Work, and a Little Sew

Wow, the return to work really has impacted my sewing time, almost as much as Instagram has reduced my urge to blog. I have found some time to get my sew on in the last month.  Here's a quick catch up.

First, I made my March block for my Modern Instabee queen bee. I really love how it turned out. I had a real aha! moment when I discovered how to cut my fabric to ensure that all of my text print in my HSTs were right-side-up (you rotate half of them 90 degrees before sewing).
I pulled out a very old WIP, an HST project using Flora charms that got stuck in the trimming phase. I spent quite a few hours trimming but have over half left to go and am once again stuck. Trimming is beyond boring!
Levi got in on the action, sans blade of course.
Because I just can't help myself, I started a new project using fabric I won from Mad About Patchwork. I really wanted to cut into the Anna Marie Horner prints I'd been coveting and decided to try a paper pieced star from Carol Doak's book, 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars.
I love the resulting star so much that I've decided to keep going and make at least three more blocks from the book in the same colour family. Because I'm nuts and don't have enough WIPs.

I bought some wool crepe to make myself another Hummingbird. I might wait and bring this to Stash Bash and make it there.
And, since I'm not getting time at the machine, I've been chipping away at my Once Upon a Time sampler. Progress is slow, but enjoyable.
 That's all for now. I hope to have more to say in the coming month than I did in March!


  1. I know how work can impact creativity. It can be tough for me and my kids are grown so I don't have anyone else to take care of in the evening except the pets and DH.

    I'm trying to work out your tip in my head about getting the fabric to go the same direction. I'll have to mock up a sample tomorrow. I keep thinking - how can you rotate it when two corners are 45 degrees and the other is 90?

  2. I don't feel like I've been blogging enough either! I blame coughing, though.

  3. One of my favourite blogs on the Internet. Great to see a new post!

  4. Love how your bee block turned out - it looks great with the text all in the same direction. Also thanks for the heads up about that pattern... it's not a make I have ever seen before although I've found an NZ supplier. Woot! Can't wait to see how your version turns out.

  5. Don't know how you do it.....specially with the adorable s See you this summer perhaps?.