I haven't participated in a real online bee for about a year, until now. I just got kind of burnt out with the make a block every month circus. Most of the bees I participated in were fun and no-to-low-drama, but that is not always the case. I tend to be much happier living a drama free life. But a new book came out recently, and everyone on Instagram was pretty excited, someone organized a bee and bunches of people joined. I'm in Hive 8, so that must mean at least 96 people are playing along.
And this time, I am the slacker. We didn't get organized until sometime in February, and the February block was due before I knew it (and February was a darn short month this year, says I!) Nevertheless, only a couple of weeks late, I sat down yesterday to make my block. We sew from our stash in this bee, and the Queen Bee this month chose yellow and gray for her colors (and we all know how I feel about gray.) I made this block and was pretty darned satisfied with it. In fact, despite the fact that it was gray, I liked it a lot. It went together like a dream, all my points matched up, my seams looked perfect...
Until I thought, "That's a really big block."
So I went back and re-read the instructions. The book says that the unfinished block should measure 15-1/2"...
Mine measures 16-1/2".
A rookie error, and I should have known better. But I was still aggravated. I cut perfectly. I sewed perfectly, and the block was too big! Waaay too big. I missed this one little instruction that said to trim your blocks. Darn!
I was tempted to just send it the way it was, but that wouldn't be right. I thought about ripping it apart, trimming the blocks, and putting it back together, but that thought left me cold. Really cold.