This week I managed to get some Bee blocks done in between work and another cold. I must admit I love making Bee blocks like this one…
Blocks that are more complex and use small 2 inch squares and lots of scrap pieces…. blocks that I would love to see a quilt made out of but do not have the patience to make 20 or 30 of them for a whole quilt.
These blocks are perfect for a quilting Bee because you share the quilting load… making two blocks each makes the quilt manageable. This block is called Scrap Jar Star and you can find the free pattern on A Little Bit Biased’s website. It was just what I needed to kick start my creativity this month.
Not long after I wrote my last blog post a funny thing happened… I bumped my head. At the time it smarted and I felt a little weird but I continued on with my day. By that evening I knew that something was not right.
I managed to hit my head in a strange place and a little harder than I thought and as a consequence I gave myself a severe concussion. Now this was not my first head injury… many years ago I managed to knock my head about quite badly in a car accident. My recent concussion, as a second injury, has been more severe and lasted longer.
So for the last couple of weeks I have been struggling. For 10 days I did not watch or listen to anything…. that was hard slog and very very boring. I am still being treated under what is termed “concussion protocol”. It has taken me a couple of weeks to get my words back… it is easier for my to type than to speak, but both hurt. It really does seem as if the universe is conspiring against my efforts to blog… just saying….
Sick of being bored and feeling decidedly better, this week I dusted off the sewing machine and I started slowly trying to get back into it. I can not sew for too long and can not do anything to complex (my butterflies are currently on hold). Instead I grabbed my huge pile of mini charm squares (2 1/2 inch squares) and started playing.
I found the pattern for this block on the Fat Quarter Shop site. They have a free pattern that you can print out called Sisters Choice… and you can find it here. Their quilt is monochromatic and uses solids but it works just as well with prints and scraps I think.
So my design wall currently looks like this…
…messy and chaotic, a little like my brain…but slowly it will get better… less chaotic… more succinct… but it will always be full of colour.
Welcome to what I think is my fifth time posting Paper Piecing Monday on a Wednesday. If you think how many PP Monday’s I have done 5 misses is not to bad…right!
Anyhow I have another Hodge Podge block for you this week.. this time it a 6 inch version of the classic Centennial block….
I had fun using all the the little bits of yellow I had laying around (many left over from my Starry Night Quilt) but using just one colour does not really do this star justice, here is my favored alternative colouring….
So the free PDF pattern for this quilt can be found here…. centennial block pattern I now need to move away from the star patterns I think, otherwise I may get type cast…
Welcome to the continuing saga that is Paper Piecing Monday…. I really did not know when I started this tradition it would last this long and produce so many patterns. This week I have another Hodge Podge block…and another Rolling block, this time the Rolling Square.
I really love these blocks in miniature and I am hankering to make a mini quilt using this pattern. There is so much you can do with it… all you need is a pattern sheet and some coloured pencils. So grab some pencils, print out the Rolling Square colouring sheet and let your imagination run wild. Here is one I made earlier…
Once you have finished playing with colour placement, download the pattern for the 6 inch block and get creating…. Rolling square pattern
This weeks Paper Piecing Monday block is the second in my snowball series….
I am loving the shape of these blocks and I must admit I may do more than I originally scheduled… this block is adapted from a pattern that came with my EQ program. It has quite a few little bits, and takes 80 fabric scraps to make!
So if you would like to give it a try you can find the free PDF pattern here…Pink ball 2.
Tune in next Monday for another pink snowball block, and another bad pun!
Today’s block is a very simple block, is really easy to make but really effective…
Just twelve easy pieces and you get a fabulous twisting pin wheel star. I can definitely see a quilt made out of a larger version of this block… The free PDF pattern for this 8 inch star can be found here…swirling star
This is block 11, if I am counting right. I need to start thinking about what I want to do with these blocks and how many I need to make. Usually 12 blocks is enough but as these are smaller blocks I feel I need more… should I make a few more or move onto something else?
After three weeks of sunshine, family and fun I am back to the cold wet reality of Portland… with jet-lag and suitecase full of Aussie sweets! It is the said “jet lag” that I am blaming for the lateness of Paper Piecing Monday…
For those of you who have not experienced the joy that is jet-lag, and in particular East Coast Australia to West Coast America jet lag it boils down to this…I want to be asleep when it is daytime and I am WIDE AWAKE at 2 am. Augh!
Enough whingeing and complaining and onto fun stuff…. this weeks block…
In my jet-lagged haze I named this one Simple Star, do not ask me why! The block is a 32 piece baby, and not really simple, but quite effective.
You can find the free paper piecing pattern for this 8 inch block here…simple star. Have fun with it.
Now that I am back home I promise that my posting will involve more than just green stars (not that there is anything wrong with green stars). A couple of months ago my laptop died and I have had to post from my husbands desktop…and for some strange reason I find writing posts in the office, surrounded by masses of Lord of the Rings Lego and Dungeons & Dragons books off-putting and un-inspiring.
But I promise to work through my discomfort and catch you up on some of the exciting things that have happened in my quilting universe in the last couple of months.