I am a Queen!

Hi guys. I am participating in a Hive, which is a Block Bee, and February is my month to be Queen. This means I get to pick a block, and all my Worker Bees will make one and send it to me. Then each month I will make a block for the next Queen. Hooray! This is going to be a lot of fun. If you’re going to Quilt Con in Savannah, bring your block in person instead of mailing! I hope to see you.

I chose a 17″ semicolon block. I drew it out on graph paper. I realise it was supposed to be 16.5″ or smaller, but the math just didn’t work otherwise, and I didn’t want to make you guys work with tiny pieces.

Here is a step by step tutorial for my Bees, or to make your own.

The only guidelines I am asking for my bee blocks-

  1. Any gray background
  2. Any scrappy happy colorway
  3. No brown ūüėČ
  4. Feel free to go really scrappy, as long as you stay within a color family. All pinks, all blues, all greens, all yellows, etc.  I wish I had used more variety in my test block. I am so looking forward to seeing the variety I will get back.

Here we go!

 

Fabric Requirements and Cutting instructions-

You will need the following:

  • Two- 2″ solid background squares
  • Ten- 2″ scrappy squares in your chosen colorway
  • Three- 2″ x 5″¬† background rectangles
  • Twelve- 2″ half square triangle units using background and your scrappy colorway¬† (I’m leaving the method up to you, use your favourite one and trim them to 2″)
  • Two- 6.5″ x 17″ background rectangles

*Please note that most¬†of these measurements do NOT have a .5″ included. That’s for a reason. The math works. If it says 2″.. cut it 2″ NOT 2.5″

 

Block Construction-

We start with a pile of pieces. I used an Easy Angle Ruler to cut my triangles from 2″ strips. Use whichever method you prefer, and trim them to 2″.

 

First we make our half square triangle units. I am sewing this block on my Kenmore, because I like the accuracy of this quarter inch foot, and the machine was already on the table. Hey, I’m lazy. I pressed the seams open in this area to reduce bulk.

 

Here we have all our units and are ready to lay out the block.

 

 

Here is how it all goes together, with everything in its proper place, all triangle points facing the correct direction.

 

I chain pieced the center portions, and left the threads connected. instead of clipping them apart so that I won’t get anything flipped the wrong direction in the next few steps. I call this “webbing” a block.

 

Almost done! After you have constructed those center portions of the semicolon, sew them into a vertical row with the small rectangles. From this point forward, I pressed the seams wherever they needed to go to reduce bulk.

 

Finally. attach the large rectangles to either side, and give it a final press.

 

I am so excited to put these together! Thanks for playing along!

 

 

 

 

LDQ #81 Lavender Fields Forever

In this episode, I talked about how I split my En Provence units into two separate quilts! I think I will call the purple one, Lavender Fields Forever.

 

I finished a crocheted wrap.

 

I spent some time organizing my embroidery threads, and started a couple small X-stitch projects.  (subversive with naughty words)

 

Checkout episode 65 of Dear Book Nerd, where they answered my question. (I’m Classically Challenged) If you haven’t listened before, you are in for a treat. The podcast has ended now, but there are about 70 back episodes to devour.

You should watch Love Between the Covers on Netflix. It’s fantastic.

And I read a bunch of books! Follow me on goodreads (verylazydaisy) to see my lists.

Twilt On

 

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Resolutions

Sandy’s (from Quilting for the Rest of Us) theme for this year’s quilty resolutions is “Balance,”

Here’s what I have to say about balance in my quilt life..

I have not been particularly good at balance. I can get a little obsessive and forget or neglect to take care of the things that fall outside the scope of whatever I am focused on at the moment. Sometimes it’s too much play and not enough adulting. But, mostly this past year it has been too much worky work, and not enough personal sewing time.

I miss the repetition of sewing a whole pile of quilt blocks in one sitting. It’s like therapy to me, and I have been out of my mind a lot this year. Perhaps I just didn’t get enough therapy sewing time in.
My quilty resolution this year is to not over commit myself in quilting for others. I’m enjoying working as a longarmer from home because it is so different from doing it in a shop where I also had other responsibilities like cleaning and working the front. And wearing pants.

Pants are so dumb.

I think I will be better at balance this year (says the girl who has read as many books as there have been days so far this new year) because I have the more flexibility now. I don’t want to be so sick of looking at quilts that I lose the joy I used to find in sitting down at my own machine. So far with my longarming, I have not been swamped with so much that I couldn’t keep up. Just a few quilts here and there. And that’s just fine by me.

That plays into my word of the year which is “Nope.” It was going to be a simple NO, but when I saw Pam’s latest creation, (from Hip to Be a Square and The Stitch) I was inspired to go the full nope. Isn’t is interesting how “nope” is just a little bit sassier than “no”…?

I need to take better care of myself, even if someone else doesn’t like it. I will rest when I need to rest. I will be alone when I need peace and quiet. I will not be guilted into doing things I don’t want to do.

This is the year I learn to say “NO”

Now I will get back to my sewing room, right after I balance it with some laundry.

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LDQ #80 Mysteriously Quick and Dirty

Hi guys!

This episode is short, and I talk pretty fast. I tried to squeeze it into the small window when my house was empty today.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am right on track with the En Provence Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I’m still working on my Lady of the Lake quilt, and I finally but the borders on my Doctor Who Embroidered Quilt. More pics of that one to come as I quilt and finish it. Here is a sneak peek. This picture makes me realise how awful the lighting is in my sewing room. Bah! I hope to take some pics of it outside this week. It’s too big to get the whole thing in a shot, as it is on my design wall.

Let’s Get Twilty!

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I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world…

I know this will look richer once we have added the greens and golds.. right now it looks very much like my childhood bedroom, with pink and purple Barbie accessories strewn everywhere.

Here’s my progress thus far on En Provence.

I don’t know if I will squeeze out a podcast episode this week.. everyone has wonky holiday schedules and I can’t find a moment when the house is empty. We shall see.

 

Step Away From the Nyquil

I have succumbed to the funk. And this is not the good kind of funk you can shake your booty to, nor does it originate in the vicinity of Uptown.

I’ve spent the last couple days in bed with sinus funk. When my sinuses go wonky, my balance gets really bad. I miss my sewing machine so I am stepping away from the nyquil bottle so I can take up the rotary cutter for a while. Who knows how long it will last. I may be back to bed in fifteen minutes, who’s to say?

I was browsing through all the pics online from the various mysteries going on and I have to get up and get some fabric back into my hands.

Here is a short list of some of the mystery quilt events that are ongoing.

En Provence by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com

Peace Love Quilt- A mystery from Loveshack Quilts

Meadow Mystery Quilt

A Murder Mystery Quilt ?! I love murder mysteries. I wish I had found this sooner!

LDQ #79 Purple Patches

I’m right on track with Clue 3 of En Provence, and I’m linking up. I am so enjoying seeing all the posts on Instagram from those of you participating. Here’s where I am. Spinning those seams, again. I didn’t have a wide variety of light purples, but I think it will work out just fine.

 

I made a quilt for my friend Amy, in our Fat Quarter Xmas Swap. THIS QUILT was the inspiration, and here is my interpretation.

Rainbow Wedge

 

The quilt I received in this swap makes me very very happy! The close up of the quilting highlights the hummingbirds stitched in bright pink thread!

 

 

Let’s Get Twilty!

 

 

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LDQ #78 Feeling Magenta

Is that title confusing you? I am a huge fan of The Golden Girls. I am often quoting the show, and sometimes people don’t even know it and they just think I made a clever joke, all on my own. No. I am not funny. I steal all my material, lol. There was an episode where Blanche describes a sad mood as “feeling magenta” because it’s a horrible colour and goes with nothing. This always made me laugh, even though I don’t particularly dislike the colour magenta. I am also, not feeling particularly sad at this moment, because I just finished talking to you, and you always cheer me up. I am working hard to stay positive and not let in the holiday blues.. or the holiday magentas..

Speaking of magenta, I talked a lot about Clue 2 of the En Provence mystery hosted by Bonnie Hunter. I am so enjoying the process! I hope I love the finished quilt as much. If not, someone is going to get a gift with way more work put into it than I normally do for a gift.. haha!

I have decided to suspend the Outlander quilt along until after the holidays. I will have the last few remaining blocks ready before the spring, and we will pick up and finish then. We all just have so much going on this season, I didn’t think you guys would mind a wee break. I know several of you will appreciate the time to catch up anyway. Thanks for playing along!

Thank you for all the lovely comments, friends!

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LDQ #77 Starting a new quilt

In this episode, I talk about starting a new quilt, the Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery called En Provence. It grew on me and I am enjoying the first clue, which can be found on Bonnie’s blog at Quiltville.com. This project has me looking forward to each Friday again after a long dry spell of no inspiration and not feeling like sewing at all. It has jump started me into thinking about another new project, which I have already started, and will talk about next week. I started a¬† new shawl that isn’t as fuzzy as the moonlight shawl, though I still plan to finish both.

The book I recommended this week is:

The Apartment by S.L. Grey (which is a collaboration between Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg

 

 

 

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