Sew. Bee. Create. :
This is my first bee, ever. I know I can find the time for it, and I'm pretty sure I can make blocks (with enough instructions), but I had not expected to feel so nervous cutting into someone else's fabric. No room for error, and I so want my fellow bee-ers to like the blocks. Performance anxiety, wow.
The good thing about a bee is that it gives you chance to experiment with new techniques, colours and so on. I'd hoped for this, and that's just what happened.
January started with a bang (for me) with an improvised block. I'd never done this before. I learned several things from doing this:
1. Simple is better. Too late for that now, but I'll keep it in mind.
2. All those seams use lots of fabric. I had almost no fabric left, yet a few bee-ers managed two blocks. See 1. above.
Here's the unfinished block. It's to be trimmed by its' owner.
Feb's block seemed like more familiar ground. Framed squares. OK. This time I set off with more confidence. I knew what sizes I wanted the squares for a block. Again the lessons learned:
1. My math skills are very poor
I found it surprisingly difficult to calculate the widths of the surrounds to finish up with the right size block. I kept getting it wrong, over and over. Finally I got it on the fifth small block I made. I must be a very slow learner!
2. Make sure there is enough fabric for a complete surround before cutting and sewing. See 1. above.
Here are the two blocks I made:
I wonder what March's block will be like?
Linking to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.
Till next time,