Sunday, 28 November 2010

I'm not saying much these days

Because I'm working on a few secret things (including a birthday quilt for my Mum which I can't show on the blog in case she sees it) and I can't show you any of them until next spring so it's going to be pretty quiet around here for a while.  But I can show you this month's block in the Amitie BOM which I have just finished.
Me and this block we had issues
Remind me why I am subjecting myself to this piecing torture. OK, I confess I'm loving it but I am finding it challenging and the seam ripper is my constant companion. If anyone else doing the BOM doesn't recognise the fabrics or the shapes in this block, I am simplifying where I can and, this month, adding my own fabrics where I made such an **** of cutting the Amitie fabrics I was forced to cut into some of my own.  And, BTW, this block is nestling in crisp snow at a balmy minus 8C - brrr - I stayed in the house in my slippers to take this one and just chucked the block down on the snow by the back door.

I also promised I'd show you any more blocks made for me in the Busy Bees bee over on Flickr where I've asked everyone to make large hexagons.  Angela Tweedledee Designs / Cut to pieces who is not only ludicrously talented but also one of my very favourite people out there in blogland and flickrland, made this amazingly fabulous hexagon.  Just take a minute to look closely and try to work out how she did it because I'm still baffled.  I know maths was involved (fractals, whatever they are) as was hand stitching.  Yikes.
November Hexagon Block for Lynne

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful blocks! Love the paper pieced hex!

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  2. That hexagon is perplexing. I suck at math, so there's no way I could ever pull something like that off. Where's my calculator? :)

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  3. Can you tell me more about the BOM...or are they having a new one in 2011. I am looking for a new hand piecing project and I love the look of yours!!
    Thanks
    Ruth

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  4. I heard England got a snow storm and wondered if it hit you. My 3 year old is convinced Santa comes when it snows - I am dead meat if it snows before the 24th. :)

    Beautiful Block! Can you imagine a whole quilt of these!?!

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  5. Love the BOM. I'm on my 3rd attempt at this one, so understand completely where you are coming from! The end result looks fab tho'
    Better go and finish mine.....

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  6. Both of the blocks are amazing. I am in awe, there is no way I would have the patience to do them. I will just enjoy looking at your beautiful work.

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  7. Both are lovely blocks. The pieced hexagon by Angela reminds me of Iris Folding which is done with paper to make greeting cards. Here is a link to one tutorial. You can google "iris folding" and find many patterns and directions to make your own designs.

    http://www.qvcuk.com/dawn_bibby_july04b.html

    I've made some cards using iris folding and fabric instead of paper-but no sewing-folding the fabric to get the shape of an apple and a Christmas tree. They are thicker than paper iris folding, but lots of fun to try.

    Now I'm interested in adapting Angela's block to the iris folding technique-with sewing this time, rather than folding.
    p.s. no math involved in iris folding!

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  8. absolutely beautiful!
    mesmerising!

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  9. Oh wow, these are very pretty! And I understand all about not sharing surprises on here.

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  10. OOoo Secret sewing.. Love your BOM block, it looked great out in the snow!! That hexi is fantastic!!

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  11. Beautiful blocks, thanks for sharing. I'm also snowed in, freezing and doing secret sewing, such fun!

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  12. Wow that hexagon is fabulous, love the fabrics too! This is the problem with letting your friends and relatives read your blog! I am going to put all my handmade xmas presents on the blog this year but not say who they for!

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