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Last of the Quilting Bee Blocks

So…I was supposed to have Shari’s blocks done and sent to her in November. I’m slightly late! It’ll be interesting to see her finished quilt. Personally, I think the stripes going all different ways is a little much for my eyes!


Those 6 little blocks were tougher than I thought they’d be! However, all in all the 8 blocks were much faster to put together than expected!

Just A Trip Around the Quilt Block

What a great day today was! It started out with a run/walk in 60 degree weather. It’s been in the triple digits so long here I forgot what cool weather felt like! After my workout, I went to my Aunt Linda’s to catch up on some quilt blocks I owe the ladies from my online quilting bee.

We started with Frieda’s blocks, which had 100 half square triangles. Ok, maybe not a hundred but it sure felt like it!

Since Frieda wanted two blocks, I did one and Aunt Linda did the other. It took us about 2 hours to do each block, but I am quite happy with how they turned out.

My block:

Aunt Linda’s block:

I can’t wait to see the final quilt! After finishing Frieda’s block we split up the last two blocks left. I took Jessica’s hexagon block while Aunt Linda took Heidi’s beach house block. The hexagon block scared me. I’m was afraid I’d cut something wrong and mess the whole block up, but it looks pretty good!

Aunt Linda had fun coming up with a striped beach house. There weren’t any restrictions except not having raw edges.

All in all it was a very productive Saturday! I’m glad to be caught up on my quilt blocks. Now, I need to get my directions and fabric put together soon. My month is October!

Half Square Triangle of Death

This was quite a difficult block for me. However, I think the overall quilt is going to look stunning!

I’m still not comfortable with HSTs, but I’m getting better. The next block for Freida is full of…yep, you guessed it…HSTs! yay….*sigh* This bee is determined to make me a HST queen.

What type of blocks do you have the most difficulty with?


Two Blocks for Tracy

This weekend I finished up Tracy’s block for the Nittany Block Party Bee. Now, Tracy’s blocks almost didn’t happen because of a crafty pooch. My lovely darling, Ruby, stays locked up in her “room” during the day because she chews up everything. She should have been named Destroyer. Mike and I came home to see Ruby staring out the front door. Uh Oh…not good. Automatically I thought I had forgotten to lock her door. She’s so good about getting in her room in the mornings that it’s easy to forget that the door isn’t closed.

After a brief inspection, it was evident that wasn’t case.

This muscled up dog managed to pull the front of her crate down (it’s collapsible) and squeeze over the top to get out. Yep…she’s a little Houdini as well. How she managed to do that without hurting herself I’ll never know. It’s a little hard to tell, but there are only about 6 inches of space that she had to work with. So…the damage:

Evidently she got tired of playing with her kong toy (the purple octopus like object) since it doesn’t as many cool noises as paper being shredded into pieces. You’ll notice the squares of fabric laying around on the ground as well. Thankfully, she didn’t eat any of them (which she has done before). The white fabric had some smudges but I just turned it around so the smudges wouldn’t show!

She can sure play innocent well though! After going through and carefully checking each piece, sewing, pressing and sewing some more, I ran into a slight problem on the first one. Is it noticeable?

Yep, top right corner is wonky. The sad thing is, I ripped the seam out and re-sewed it because I thought I had it wrong the first time. Nope…had to do it again!

Ahhh…that’s better! Half square triangles (HST) are not my favorite. In fact, most of the time I go out of my way to pick patterns that don’t require them. However, I am very happy with the final product! I think all of the seams are 1/4 inch and the block is pretty square.

Now, on to Freida’s block which also has a ton of HST. By the time hers is done, I’ll be a pro!

What tricks do you have for keeping your HST square instead of stretching?

Fabric Friday

I have been part of an online quilting bee for about 1 1/2 years now. It has been a very interesting experience. I have been humbled by the quality of work the others have sent to me, as well as by how difficult half square triangles are!!

The one block that gave me the most problem was Heidi’s because I could not figure out where I messed up! After ripping out the seems and trying to fix it about 5 times, I finally just sent Heidi what I had. She can use it for a pillow case if she can’t fix it!

Dena’s block was the most creative I’ve had thus far this year. The mosaic block was a lot more difficult than it originally appeared to make an “unpatterned” block. This was a great learning opportunity for me, but I don’t think I’d want to make an entire quilt with these blocks. It would eventually drive me bonkers!

The last three blocks were put together for Rachel. The fabric choice was beautiful and would have gone well in my bedroom, but I had to send it back to Rachel!