Friday, February 12, 2010

Bee Block for Faith

For February, Faith requested a block called "Map of the States," so well taught by Elizabeth of Oh Fransson! Faith sent a plethora of Daisy Chain (Amy Butler) fabrics and a couple of solids for us to play with. Elizabeth's tutorial uses Freezer Paper to piece this block, which I think is quite brilliant! It was fun to draw out, color in with Colored Pencils (which I actually had to go out and BUY because I didn't own any! The Shame!) and then iron the freezer paper onto the chunks of fabric. I highly reccomend trying this technique, if you are curious. Since this was my first block, it took me a while to complete, but I'm sure when I try it again it will go much faster. I do love the final effect: even distribution of fabrics, angled seams, lots of visual interest!

I did have one snaffu while sewing this block.... after I had each of the 4 rows together, I laid them out to sew the rows together and one row was a bit *off.* So I thought "hmmm I should square that up." Well obviously this block is meant to be a bit wonky but that idea didn't enter my mind unter 43 seconds later when I was done hacking the far right row. The photo doesn't show it (thank goodness) but Left to Right is just slightly LESS THAN the requeasted 12.5" square. Next time I will think twice, cut once... Faith swears this will not ruin her quilt, but I still feel badly about it. See Faith's VISION for said quilt here. Its going to be fabulous!
Happy Weekend!!!


BaileyGirl5 said...

Think twice ... cut once. Think twice ... cut once. Think twice .... cut once. What a novel idea!!

Sadly, I will probably still cut once and then think twice about it ... and then cut another one. That seems to be the way I'm going lately.

Lovely block! The fabrics are fabulous.

wishes, true and kind said...

Awesome block, and I love Faith's "vision". This is going to be a beautiful quilt!


Heather said...

Great job Cristin!! I love that you went went four rows... I think your block will really stand out! :)

XO, Heather

Leslie said...

these blocks look great...what a pretty quilt she is going to have when it is all done.

Melanie said...

I've been looking at this technique at Elizabeth's site but it looks very time consuming. But, I think you've encouraged me to try at least one block. Your results look awesome!