Saturday, 12 August 2017

More Spelling Bee Picture Blocks

Spelling Bee Dog Block

I have completed another four more Spelling Bee blocks this week - the cutest of which is the puppy dog block – I say puppy because this is the smaller 6” block (the book also includes a larger 12" block). 

The Spelling Bee book by Lori Holt

Then came the flower block – another quick and easy block and a touch of Patchsmith gingham.
Spelling Bee Flower Block

Next was the globe bock which has three options – a one-piece globe, a patchwork globe and this heart globe. 
Spelling Bee Globe Block

This block requires you to trace the arc from the book onto the fabric – which is quite hard to do unless you have a light box or you tear the page from the book and tape it up to the window.  Instead I went over the arc with my thick black sharpie which made it show through the background fabric well enough for me to trace over it.
Making the template darker so that it shows through!

And the last block I made this week was the patchwork heart.  A very easy block
Spelling Bee Heart Block
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I have decided to start sashing the blocks.  With careful cutting I was able to cut all the coloured sashing strips from one fat quarter (I folded the fat quarter into thirds and cut seventeen 1" wide strips to give me 51 sashing strips - two more than needed.  Be warned though - there is no room for error!)
All 49 check sashing strips were cut from one fat quarer.
I shall add scrappy posts to the sashing but more about that next time ..... 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bee Happy Union Jack Flag Block


Lori Holt has kicked of the preparations for the Bee Happy sew-along with a great tutorial for the flag and pinwheel blocks (you can find it here).

The flag is a lovely Americana flag - which I love - but I want my Bee Happy quilt to reflect me, so it needs a Union Jack flag.  Not a square Union Jack like my patchwork blocks .....   
Union Jack Quilt Blocks and Table Runner

 ........ but a rectangle 'Bee Happy' Union Jack.  So I've created a paper-pieced Union Jack block that will fit perfectly - 10” x 8” to be exact (finished size).....
.... and I thought I would share it with you   


The pattern doesn’t include how to paper-piece so if you are new to paper-piecing check out Amy Gibson’s video tutorial from her 2012 Block-of-the-Month course on Craftsy - and like my pattern it is FREE.  (It is October’s class).

If you want to join in the fun you can find all the details by clicking on the button below.

Until next time ......

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Spelling Bee Picture Day Quilt


Another five blocks are made.  And here are a few tips for sewing along with the Spelling Bee book.

Firstly – don't overlook the pressing directions – they make a real difference.  Especially when nesting the seams of the little triangle corners on the cake block.
Spelling Bee 6" Cake Block

You’ll need good light on a dark, dank August day otherwise you just may misread the lettering on those little diagrams.  I made a mistake on the car block by sewing the blocks for the windows in the wrong order.  It doesn’t make any different in this instance but I may not be so lucky next time.
Spelling Bee Car Block

Measurements are not given in any particular order (i.e. height first and then width) so if you are using a directional print you will need to pay attention when cutting.  Use the handy picture in the top corner of the block page to make sure you get your stripes all going the right way
Spelling Bee Camera Block

And sometimes all it takes is two main fabrics and you can turn four patches into a pretty butterfly.
Spelling Bee Butterfly Block

Finally, use up scraps for the little pieces (the caravan step and curtains) – it is so satisfying to add the finishing touches to a block using something you would normally throw away.

That's it for now - come back next week and I may just have some more fabric fun to show you.