Trying to quilt by my own advice…

This week I discovered that there is a down side to giving advice on the internet – because it is there in black and white you need to make sure you are taking your own advice.  My “Quilting Bee Etiquette” has come back to haunt me this week as I struggled to get my December Bee blocks out on time.  You see blocks are generally considered late if they arrive past the 15th of the following month, and I could not, should not, would not be late.  So this last week has been about getting Bee blocks done.

First up was the last block for my Scrapbeelicious December run.  I had done one Christmas themed block for Nicole at Modern Handcraft but needed another block.  My original plan was to do a 12/2 inch Dresden plate.  I cut the fabric, sewed it all together and discovered it was 20 1/2 inches big. Whoops.  Some quick re-calculations, more cutting, more sewing and voila, the b%$#y block was 14 inches square.  My solution was this…

Scrapbeelicious December Block

An “adjusted” Dresden Plate block that is exactly 12 1/2 inches square.  Seeing this is a sampler quilt my adjustments will work well.   This block, along with my Snowflake block should be winging their way to Nicole today (as per the Bee Etiquette rules my Queen knows they will be late).

I did make the deadline for my other December blocks by the skin of my teeth.  The Do.good.stitches Hope Circle blocks for December were easy, I cut the fabric out and then promptly forgot to sew it all together.  A polite reminder from the Queen had me sewing them up and posting them the same morning…

December Do Good Blocks

That same day I decided to tackle the January Do.good blocks to avoid the embarrassment of another  reminder email (I like to be on time or early wherever possible)…

January Do Good blockWonky log cabins in blue with a grey border… easy peasy..

January Do Good block 2

My final WIP for this week is not a really a Bee block, but is the start of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s 2014 Medallion Quilt.  This year, instead of doing a BOM our guild is doing a Medallion quilt, starting with a center 16 1/2 inch center block.

Medallion quilt center WQ copy

Yep I have become a little Dresden obsessed.  I blame my EZ Dresden ruler… it is all its fault, plus I see it as a challenge to improve my really bad math skills!

24 thoughts on “Trying to quilt by my own advice…

  1. I’ve become Dresden obsessed too ~ got mine done for the quilt along for the guild and just love how it turned out! Really like the cut off Dresden ~ so different from anything I’ve seen! Made mine a tab bit bigger ~ it will be 24” instead of 16” ~ love how it looks and can’t wait to share it! You really inspired me at the meeting!

  2. I jus tried out m Dresden ruler for the first time and I am in love! They are just the prettiest things!i think your off centre one is fab, and will look great in a sampler.
    E xx

  3. Love a Dresden plate, even after making 14 of them for a recent quilt – by hand. Such a pretty effect, and I do love the pastel/low volume one you’ve made. I like to make them with different edges to the plate for a bit of interest, but to achieve that you need to do it epp.

  4. The off-centre dresden plate looks very cool. I love the blue log cabins, too.

    As for trying round edges, I just finished making a colour wheel quilt, with 52 different coloured wedges, which I guess is a similar idea. Other than the fabric selection and cutting, it was really simple and fun to make. It’s probably less tricky because it is on a larger scale and pieced in quarters, but I had no issues with the curves. Plus, it was only my third quilt ever, so, when I say it was simple, you know I’m not exaggerating.

  5. Ha! Gotta love it when the very thing about which we’re so very passionate can drive us mad and crazy all at the same b%$#y time 🙂

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