This block is for Linda. She sent us the fabrics and said “It’s a simple 16″ block called Philadelphia Pavements. I will be making three 32 inch square little quilts from the blocks for our Loving Hands group at my guild (they always seem to come up short in the boy department). These little quilts are given to the local hospital’s NICU to use on the isolettes. They drape them over the top to help block out some of the glaring lights that are necessary in that unit. The quilts then are used by the parents and the baby and are given to the family to keep. I think it is such a great way to add a little fun and color to an otherwise scary and traumatic place. ” What a great cause!
This block is for Chérie for the Bee in Oz group. i hope you like it Chérie. These free pieced blocks are much harder to do than they look and you can find yourself being “sew into a corner” so-to-speak.
I’m glad you all liked the block I posted the other day. No, I don’t think I would find it easier to do again Cheryl. The last bit is very hard to do.
Sylvia asked how I sew together the In a Spin quilt blocks, so next post I’ll do a little tutorial to show you how easily it goes to together. Stay tuned.
It seems like ages since I’ve been able to do any sewing. I’ve been machine piecing a very complicated block for Bee in Oz. It’s supposed to look like this when it’s finished but bigger. At the moment it looks like this:
Just three seams to go and it’ll be finished, I can tell you there has been a fair bit of unpicking happening with this one!
On the hand sewing front, I have been piecing the “In a Spin” quilt top and have now completed five rows. I’m really happy with the way this is taking shape.
Well I took your advice and I wrote to the person I bought the thread donut from. I don’t know why I didn’t before. I guess I just accepted that that was the standard but from what many of you have said Superior threads normally are superior. Anyway I’ll keep you posted as to what happens though I suspect that it’s probably a bit late now as I have used so many of them.
[Edit: I'm really impressed. Here is the email I received from the company I bought the threads from.]
I am really sorry to hear that you have been having trouble with the threads in the Frosted Donut.
I have not had any other complaints from anyone else, but I will replace them for you, as I want you to enjoy using them and be happy when using them.
We do have a guarantee with our threads; however it is a 30 day one.
I will email the company to find out if they had any other complaints 18months ago.
Please send the Donut back to me at the address below and I will replace it for you.
Bee in Oz Block for May
I just finished the Bee in Oz May block for Kyishia. I hope she likes it. She sent me four fabrics and asked for squares within squares. I didn’t use one of the fabrics as I felt it didn’t add anything to the others. It was a pale pink dot on a pale beige background.
Looking for the Sew Mama Sew Give Away Day post?
I’m joining with hundreds of other blogs and participating in the Sew Mama Sew Give-Away Day. My give-away is a totally hand-sewn pin cushion. There’s still time to join in so if you’d like to enter please click here. Good luck! Why not take a look around while you’re here?
Oz Bee Fabrics
My Oz Bee Fabrics for the January block for Emma arrived the other day. We decided that we’d make an early start and so Emma sent out her fabrics a week or so ago. Despite the fact that it’s called Bee in OZ we have a few international members and Emma is in the US so I’ve been waiting for the international mail system to bring me the goodies. I like these fabrics. I think she made a great choice.
She’s doing a black, white and red quilt but has given us free rein as to the block design.
I couldn’t wait to get started so yesterday I came up with this design.Not that this pic will help you much as some of the elements on the design are just construction lines.
Here’s what I’ve done so far. I’m hand-appliquéing using the back-basting technique. What do you think?
I got a lovely surprise the other day when I received a card and this lovely strippy heart from Sara a member of one the email lists I belong to. Thanks Sara.