Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Stringy

Hi folks, just popping in today to share my LAST bee block of the year. This one is for Dan. He's going to end up with an amazing collection of odd-sized, free-pieced, colourful, fabulous blocks made mostly from solid fabrics inspired by this quilt.

Free Bee block by Poppyprint

We could chose any size, any construction, any shape we wanted. I can't wait to see how Dan puts them together. He seems to be a bit of a genius when it comes to jigsawing blocks together, so I know it will end up an inspiring quilt!  I struggled with the concept of tossing a bunch of colours together, hoping they would jive. I'm not sure I met with any success on that front...nor do I have any confidence in the old "if there are enough colours in there, it'll look good" adage.  Maybe because that's not an adage. Maybe I made it up.

I used Gwen Marston's wonky string block construction method from her Liberated Medallion Quilts book (an amazing book if you want to check out free-pieced border ideas). The 3 1/2" blocks were sewn on scrap paper cut to 3 3/4".  After sewing down the strips, I trimmed the squares, then removed the paper, then pieced them into this 6 1/2" x 24 1/2" block. It's the dog's breakfast, lunch and dinner on the back with all that seam allowance pointing every which way, but a liberal spritzing with Mary Ellen's Best Press seems to have tamed it into a state of acceptable flatness.

It's pouring rain here for the foreseeable future. Sewing Season is definitely upon us in Vancouver. I just saw a teeny tiny hummingbird land on my clothes line minutes ago. Poor little thing, it looks like a single raindrop could take it out! My neighbours have a feeder on their deck and there's been a little hummingbird couple that have flown together all summer - snacking at the feeder, then resting on our line. I think it's time they headed south to the sun. 

Hope you are cozy today!

16 comments:

Laura said...

I think your block looks fantastic. And I am a fan of your adage!!!

Leanne said...

I love your huge block and I don't have that book, I have her other one. I think I might have some shopping to do. Stay dry, we have dropping temps and a dusting of more snow this morning.

Dianne said...

The block is gorgeous Krista, I love the sprinkling of orange that shows up throughout the block and carries your eye. If the rest of the blocks Dane receives are anything like this one he will have an amazing quilt when he is done. I hope we get to see it!

Cathy said...

it is lovely. more than lovely actually!

♥Duff said...

I love the color combinations! Very striking yet pleasing to the eye.

And really, if the front was "the dog's breakfast, lunch, and dinner," Dan could turn it into a Best of Show quilt anyway!

paulette said...

Dan is going to be over the moon! Love your blocks!
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Jo Ann said...

Wow - That is fantastic!

Kristie said...

Fantastic :)

Flying Blind... said...

Great block!
And seeing that I too am built like a humming bird (ahem...) I wish I could head south - it's horrid here too x

Ethne said...

Beautiful block Krista

Elsa said...

Love the block ~ so many wonderful colors.
Did I tell you that I took a class from Gwen Marston last month? she is a fantastic teacher and really enjoyed hanging around with her!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Oooh, I likey. I must say I have a penchant for solids at the moment (not that you'd know from what I've been sewing). This arrangement makes you sit up and take notice!

Katy Cameron said...

Cool, love the colours!

pinksuedeshoe said...

I love this! I defintely think the colors go together. I can't wait to see his finished quilt, I'd love to make one like that too! I love the idea of just stitching things together that you like until you like the big picture. That's kind of how I feel about my life, just keep adding things to your life until it feels full :)

prairieharmony said...

WOW I really love the colors!!! Beautiful :)

MariQuilts said...

Looks fabulous!!