Thursday, January 13, 2011

January Bee Block for Let's Bee Together

I was hesitant to start making my first block for my online bee group, Let's Bee Together. I've been in a 'live' group for a year now but for some reason this online version was stressing me out 100 times more than any of the blocks I've done over the last year. A fellow bee member wrote this post, and as I was reading the first paragraph (before I started my block) I was laughing so hard because it was exactly how I felt!

It took me awhile to decide what block I wanted to make. I wanted to try something new (my first mistake?), but I wanted to be somewhat easy. I also looked for patterns that used 4 different colors, as that was what I had available to use in my block.

My block came from this tutorial at p.s i quilt, it was block 5 of the pinwheel sampler quilt. I swear that somewhere I read this was suppose to be a 12" finished block but now that I go back, I'm not seeing that - did I make it up, hoping that's what it was going to be because that's what I needed it to be? My block, as is, measures 12" square and for those of you non-quilters who may be reading, a finished block is the size a block is once it is in the finished quilt, so as just a block, it will be 1/2 inch larger because it allows for a 1/4 inch seam allowance. In other words, my block is 1/2 inch too maybe I did make up the fact that I read the block was to be 12" finished, either that or I did something wrong (which is more likely to be the case in this situation). The picture below makes it look like my block was even smaller than 12" but I had the block a bit high on my mat so you could see the number.

Other than not turning out to be the size I had planned, I am happy with the block. The points came together nicely, for the most part and I just like the way it looks. I was a little concerned that the fabrics were a bit too busy to really notice the pattern, but I think it sort of makes it an illusion, at first you can't really tell that the yellow and purple floral prints are two different prints because the background color is less prominent than the actual flowers, but then at closer look you can see there really are 2 different colors there.

Here's hoping the recipient likes it and can make it work into her quilt even though it's a bit small!


Stray Stitches said...

The block is beautiful! I love it and can't wait to see it in person. No worry about the size - I can make it work. Thank you!!

Shannon said...

That block really turned out beautiful. I know what you mean about starting the block. This is my first every block swap.