Thursday, June 2, 2011

do. Good Stitches May Blocks

I am slowly getting caught up in all my crafty endeavors. Some things I can't share quite yet, but I will soon. Others, like these Hope Circle bee blocks for May, I can tell you about. Last month Robyn asked for two 12.5" blocks in any design of our choosing. She was only strict about the color scheme: true green (not minty or limey), and white with grey, charcoal or black accents. Green is my favorite color so I immediately went right to my stash and much to my surprise I didn't have any green fabrics that I thought would work. Crazy, huh? Not a one "true" green in the mix. So I headed to the LQS to find some. I restrained myself and only ended up buying three 1/2 yd. cuts of greens that would be appropriate. I ended up with two green apple greens and one evergreen green - all Christmas fabrics but none of them distinctively holiday. I thought about testing out a block pattern that I've been designing in my head but in the end my creativity and time were at a minimum. Instead this is what I came up with...


I've been drooling over this asymmetrical sunburst design for a while and I royally screwed it up! Oh my. You should see the craziness I hid under the appliqued circle. None of my points matched up and it was all kinds of crazy so I really don't have any tips for this kind of block yet because I am so far from mastering it. It's amazing what we can do in our sewing to hide little (and in this case BIG) imperfections and still be pleased with the results. I actually really like how this block turned out.


I turned to the old favorites HST for the second block. Each square was 2.5" and then I added a border to bring my block up to the desired 12.5 inches. I decided to add the border for two reasons and both of them are a result of my laziness. Yep! I'l admit it. I was L-A-Z-Y when I got to this block. A) I didn't want to do the math. B) I got tired of making all those HSTs. Funny thing is, I really want to make another HST quilt soon but this block was getting tedious. Maybe it was just my mood yesterday and the fact that I really wanted to get these blocks done and out the door.


I hope Robyn is pleased with the blocks and I can't wait to see her final creation. If you're interested in joining us over at the do. Good Stitches Bee on Flickr I encourage you to check out our group and then fill out a new member form. New circles are starting up all the time and we're always looking for new members to fill in spots when other members have to leave. It's a great way to put your sewing skills to good use to help others.

8 comments:

  1. Love the HST block!

    I joined a few do. Good Stitches a few weeks ago after all your blocks inspired me... now I'm hosting a circle, which is sort of nuts but fun.

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  2. These are very original and unique blocks! I love them. I cannot imagine how you made that sunburst-type block!

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  3. I LOVE both your blocks! I think mine are going to look pretty similar because I don't have a lot of true green in my stash either

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  4. That sunburst block is amazing!!! Green is my favorite color too, btw :)

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  5. They are gorgeous! love them.

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  6. i LOVE the blocks- esp the sunburst one! love it!

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  7. That sunburst block is incredible! And isn't that the point of the circle in the middle, to hide how those points come together? : )

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  8. I would like to make a similar block for one of my bee members...I love the HSTs. Were yours 2.5 inches before you cut them or after? (I'm assuming you make them by sewing the squares then cutting diagonally to make two HSTs each time...) Thanks :)

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