Random reflections on quilting and other creative endeavors
Friday, June 27, 2014
I've been working on just a couple of little things in the sewing room this week, mostly finishing up since I won't be home much the rest of the summer. This is the June block for Tricia in the Modern Instabee Bee. I'm in Hive 8.
I had a much more difficult time than usual choosing the fabrics for this block, although it was a super-appropriate color scheme given that July 4th is next week!
This one is kind of fun to put together. It all nests inside itself one layer upon another.
My big complaint with this book is that the authors have cut the initial fabric pieces so big you waste a ton of fabric. I've made notes in my book and cut down the cutting size so I don't waste so much.
Since I'm going to be gone so much this summer, I decided to combine my MQG Michael Miller Challenge and my mini quilt for my partner in the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap. I can't say much about my partner, but I really couldn't find out much about her, so I decided that these fabrics reminded me of a beautiful sunset. I used the QAYG technique and put the big petal in the corner as the sun, then used my EZ Dresden template to cut the rays - clouds interspersed with sunshine.
I found this gray wheel dots MM fabric at my LQS and used the circle to cut a pattern, added the seam allowance and sewed it using the technique I use for drunkard's path blocks...
And then I matched the quilting of the rays beginning at the seam line.
Then I used the same little wheel dot for the binding. This one is off in the mail on its way to my partner. Sure hope she likes it.