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 😉
  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

 

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.

🙂