Last night I finally came to the realisation that I have taken on more than I can handle. It seems like a few short weeks ago that I was looking for a bee to take part in and now I am in 5 bees, three swaps and a blog hop. My brain seemed to have forgotten that I'm sick maybe that's because it’s 4 years later and I still cannot accept the fact that this is the way my life is going to be from now on.
Quitting is not an option; however making myself physically sick over sewing doesn't make sense either. So guess I am just going to have to put my sewing into Gods hands and whatever happens happens. If I don't make the blocks up to everyone’s standards then all I can say is I am sorry and that I really tried!
Okay enough whining and complaining! Sometimes you just need to write things down and let them go. Thank you for letting me do so J
If any of you have read my profile it says in there that gardening, cooking, paper crafts, sewing and quilting are my passion. However, if you look through my blog and my flickr photostream you are probably thinking..Okay so where is the sewing and quilting? Well truth be told I haven’t been quilting for that long. In the past year I have bought more fabric, patterns and books than I have actually made anything. The only block I have ever made was a log cabin, so you can see why I might be feeling overwhelmed. Especially when I look at the talent of the people around me online!
Nonetheless, yesterday I cut my fabric for my January blocks for the We Bee Learning Bee. I am the host bee of January in both groups. I did this in part so that any mistakes or kinks we need to work out in the group can happen at the start and in my month since I am the Bee Keeper or Bee Mama. The other reason is that I don’t really know what I am doing and at least the first months blocks are just going to me so that isn’t as stressful!
For group one I picked an Amish Diamond and requested the colours black, grey and blue. This is what I came up with.
I think it turned on pretty good. I had to do a bit of ripping since my rows didn’t quite match up. They still are not perfect, but I think that was as close as I was going to get. It was a really fun block to make.
For group two I chose a framed pinwheel. I have been admiring pinwheels for the past few months, but have never made one before. I requested the colours to be whatever they wanted since I didn’t know what colour theme I wanted. Plus I might turn them all into a table runner and placemats set instead of a quilt! This is what I ended up with.
The block was quite easy to make and I found that it took me about 30mins to do the whole thing. However, it is not without its faults. I didn’t take the best picture so the one side looks wonky, but it is straight when I measure it.. J My rows are ever so off once again, but three are pretty good so I just left the one. The big problem is that the baulk in the middle of the pinwheel is making my points out of whack. I did trim off the dog ears and have tried pressing the heck out of it, but it still is a bit off. Any suggestions would be helpful!
I think I did pretty good for my second and third blocks ever made. It’s a bit intimidating posting them on here since I know they are not the best. However, they are just for me and I tried my best so I must stop beating myself up over it!