Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hand Piecing Experiment

Every couple of months I get on a hand stitching high. Well, I am on a hand stitching high right now. When I moved a couple of months ago, I was stuck in a hotel room for two weeks and I fell back in love with hand work. There has been a Sew Along that I have been eyeing for almost a year but hadn't had the time to actually sit down and do it.


The Hand Pieced Quilt Along is not just hand quilting, it's hand piecing as well!! Dear Jesus. I don't know why that scares me, women did it for hundreds of years, but hand piecing is a big mountain that I'm not sure I trust myself on. But I'm going to do it anyway.


I trotted down to Sewtropolis here in Minneapolis and picked out a few fat quarters and some background fabric. I also stopped by Michaels and grabbed a ruler and new scissors because if I'm going to do this, I'm going to go all the way, cutting pieces by hand. I'm crazy. I know. But I'm the kind of person that goes all the way.

Hand Pieced Fabric Selection


I'm excited to cut my pieces out and try my hand at this vintage skill. I think this will be an awesome project to do on the plane or the bus, so I will keep you updated on my progress.

Update: I have completed two blocks and am working on my third!

Block 1: Churn Dash

Hand Pieced Churn Dash
Hand Pieced Churn Dash Detail

Block 2: Jacob's Ladder

Hand Pieced Jacob's Ladder
Hand Pieced Jacob's Ladder Detail

Block 3: Ohio Star (cut out)

Hand Pieced Ohio Star Cut Out



Friday, May 24, 2013

April Bee Blocks

Whew. My life is finally normal again. The move is over, the trips are over, and finally I can get back in the swing of things. I was a little worried about getting my bee blocks done over the past couple of months just because of all of the interruptions in my normal life. But FINALLY I am settled and in a routine and I could not be happier. I have been quilting a lot in the past couple of weeks and getting back on the horse so I will be working on getting that stuff up here so ya'll can see what I've been working on.

Here are the blocks that I did for my March Bees:

Stash Bee - super quick and easy blocks, love these!

Stash Bee - March 2013 Block 1
Stash Bee - March 2013 Block 2

Mo' Stash Bee - these turned out amazing! I want to have these made for me for a bee!!!

Mo' Stash Bee - March 2013 Block 1
Mo' Stash Bee - March 2013 Block 2

BeeJeebers - cute mittens!

BeeJeebers March 2013 - Mittens 1
BeeJeebers March 2013 - Mittens 2

Harmony. do. good. stitches. - I had never done this block, it was very enjoyable

Harmony. do. good. stitches. Block 1 - April 2013
Harmony. do. good. stitches. Block 2 - April 2013

Simply Solids - paper pieced star, had to brush up on my PP skillz

Simply Solids March 2013 Block


May Bee Blocks

I finished my bee blocks very early this month and only had one to finish up by the 15th! Super proud of myself! I definitely think as my bees finish I'm going to start phasing out of them just because I don't have time to work on projects that I want to do because I have to do bee blocks. I love doing them but I'm going to try and get down to one or two. This months' bee blocks were a lot of fun, I liked them all, but I definitely am starting to run out of low volume prints. Low volume is all the rage right now and there have been lots of blocks that have those fabrics. I had a few but now my little collection has dwindled and I'm debating on how much I should stock up on while also being budget friendly. Ugh... if only I had unlimited money..:)

Without further ado...

BeeJeebers - my favorite bee and also my favorite block this month!! The tutorial is here, by Melissa, who blogs are Happy Quilting and is a member in our bee!

Beejeebers May 2013 Block

Harmony. do. good. stitches. - these were waaaaay quicker to put together than I thought they would be.

Harmony. do. good. stitches. May Block 2
Harmony. do. good. stitches. - May Block 1

Stash Bee - Super cute and quick block, she is using all different sized blocks and shades of pink, can't wait to see the finished project!

Stash Bee - May Block 2
Stash Bee - May Block 1

Mo' Stash - I love converging corners so of course I liked these.

Mo' Stash May Block 1
Mo' Stash - May Block 2

Simply Solids - reverse squares, I haven't worked with purple in awhile so this was a nice change, I'll need to pull some purple out soon.

Simply Solids - May Block 1
Simply Solids - May Block 2

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