Friday, 23 September 2011

Blocks, blocks, blocks and more blocks

I've been feeling a bit grotty for two or three weeks.  Nothing major or dramatic but just lots of life's little upsets that all combined together to make me feel stressed and anxious and I can't really get down to proper sewing when I feel like that.  Things are resolving themselves so I'm starting to feel a little sunnier.  But in the meantime, I got on with a few bee blocks because those are kind of small self contained projects to keep me ticking over.

Natalia asked for a simple stack of books block and I've put this one first in the post so it will come up in thumbnail in those blogs where I'm in the sidebar with small pics.  If you spot it in someone's sidebar in thumbnail, please tell me I didn't make Wall-E.  It's no use.  I already know I accidentally made Wall-E.  If you squint you'll see him - he even has a little scarf on I think.

Stack of books for Natalia

Melissa asked for a road vehicle for her son's trains, planes and automobiles quilt so I made her a Land Rover Defender in camouflage.  I live in the countryside and all the local farmers drive Land Rovers.  They are properly manly cars that can drive up the side of hills and through streams with large boulders in them, through thick snow and across the desert.  This car says "I am a man and proud of it".

Land Rover Defender for Melissa

Amber asked for a Christmas block so I made this block which was inspired by a Christmas card I bought for my parents years and years ago which looked a lot like this.  My two sisters and I have an informal competition each year to send my parents the best Christmas cards - only decent cards make it to my parents' mantlepiece so it's a tense moment when you find out whether your card made the cut each year.  I think I made it that year.

12 little Christmas trees for Amber

Yvonne sent out some Three Sisters Oasis fabrics and asked for a flower so I used my favourite stitch on my machine which is the blanket stitch.  I like it because it's really really neat and makes me look good.  My blanket stitch isn't that neat but as long as I don't tell anyone I did it on the machine, people can reel in awe at the neatness of my handwork.  It's a win win.

Flower for Yvonne



It was my month in the Ringo Pie bee and I asked for Design Classics.  Everyone else made amazing blocks which I showed you in previous posts but I didn't have a clue what to make.  I was going to make one of those old green telephones I grew up with but I thought that would be too hard.  I was going to make my favourite car, a Fiat 500, but I thought that would be too hard.  Then finally I realised I could make a union jack.  As I've made and designed about eleventy twelve UJ blocks, I can practically do these in my sleep so this was a quick easy block for me to do.  It was about 4" X 6" but set into a 12" white block but I've been getting so carried away recently with whiting out the background of my photos that actually it just looks like it's floating away down the blog here.  
Doh!
Angela sent us some yellow and grey fabrics and we could make whatever we wanted with squares and rectangles so I made a block I've wanted to make forever, the brick wall block - I also want to make a brick wall quilt but that'll have to be added to the mile long list of quilts I want to make one day when I have some spare time...

August block for Angela

And finally, Reene sent out some Hope Valley and let us make whatever we wanted at all so I dragged out my Baby Go and its equilateral triangle cutter and cut a few little triangles and framed them in this kind of wonky random thang.  

Signature block for Reene

Corey asked for quilts on a line and I made this somewhat over the top psychedelic block.   I'm not quite sure what I was thinking.  The trouble is Peg and Becca from Sew Fresh Fabrics keep sending me these wonderful fabrics and I just love them so much, I get overexcited and kind of throw them all in together and perhaps sometimes less is more.  

Hanging Quilt for Corey

This last block feels a bit Magical Mystery Tour to me.  If you don't know what I mean because you're too young, please keep that information to yourself because my birthday is coming up shortly so I will be getting even older before too long.  

45 comments:

  1. Fab blocks. I especially love the last one:)

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  2. Lovely blocks especially that Lanny. Thought you'd been quiet lately - hope you get your mojo back soon x

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  3. Hope the universe throws you happy smiley faces soon...love the blocks and the Land Rover is definitely my favourite,

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  4. Well you made me smile the minute I saw Wall-E :) Brilliant blocks Lynne, I love posts like this where I get all inspired by all the different styles, even the Beatlemania one :) x

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  5. Sorry but I saw Wall-e as soon as I saw it. That is spooky!! I'm going to try it out on my 5 year old son when he wakes up.

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  6. Great collection, you have been busy! Your creativity always makes me smile. Yes that is Wall-E. And I am old enough to understand the MMT reference. And proud of it! Happy birthday my dear!

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  8. You've been making some great bee blocks. I'm afraid I don't see Wall-E (only have a very vague idea of who he is...) but a multicoloured Bertie Bassett. Liquorice Allsorts are my favourite sweets so this could be affecting my vision ;o) Love love love the quilts on the line block - it's FABULOUS!!! The other blocks are also wonderful (the Christmas block has sparked all sorts of ideas) and I was one who reeled in awe at the neatness of your blanket stitch!! Hope things get better soon...take care x

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  9. You have been a busy girl. I love them all. I can see Wall-E in there somewhere wearing a top hat and scarf. I probably predate MMT. Sad.

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  10. Wonderful collection of blocks, but that last one is my favourite by far! I get why you're wondering if its a bit "magical" but I think its just enough and not too much if you see what I mean. Love it :-)

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  11. Busy bunny and a zingy array of blocks, you can really produce variety in your work Lynne! So many different styles. Hope you are feeling on a more even keel x

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  12. Sorry to hear you've been feeling bleugh. You have been very quiet recently so I figured something was a miss but didn't want to be nosey...so unlike me! Hope you soon feel restored. xx

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  13. Great blockage!
    Hope you are feeling back on form soon - you can't be wasting time, gonna be nearer 90 than being born!

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  14. Goodness, you made A LOT of blocks! I really like your Christmas block, and I'm not even a big Christmas quilt person! :D

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  15. wonderful blocks! LOVE that triangle one! Hope you are feeling better!

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  16. Beautiful blogs,all are great.Fav, christmas tree .

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  17. Love 'em all!! You are so talented-your blog's a joy to read. (Hope you're feelin' sunnier soon :-)

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  18. Hey don't fret - I hit 50 this year which is a shock but I got over it! Still some go in me left! Great blocks and I do know about the Magical Mystery Tour....Roll Up!

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  19. I absolutely love all of your blocks - your creativity is obviously not suffering from the 'blahs'. The last is my favourite - definitely magical mystery tour!

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  20. This is why you have been so quiet...you have been really productive. I like all your blocks. They all look lovely and the recipients should be pleased!

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  21. Wow, busy little bee! Love all those blocks though

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  22. Woo Hoo! Love the block show : )

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  23. How many bees are you in for heaven's sake? These blocks are all totally fab - I would expect nothing less from the Lovely Lynne. I snorted when I saw your Wall-E (I never would have thought of it had you not mentioned it, tho). And you know that I know what the Magical Mystery Tour is, even though you are WAY older than me. I wouldn't have made it through the 9th grade without my Beatles obsession.

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  24. Held up the laptop to OH and showed him Wall E, he thought - owl - heck, who cares, it looks good either way. Lots of lovely blocks and old enough to understand the last one!! I love your originality and hope things perk up for you.x

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  25. Amazing!

    www.noaslibellule.blogspot.com

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  26. What a great diverse selection of blocks
    Glad to hear your feeling a bit more positive, we all go through the 'life gets in the road' phases and they suck. Waiting impatiently for the cheeky Lynne to return to us soon - hugs and best wishes

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  27. Sorry you have been down, and hope that things have turned round for the better now. But what a brilliant selection of blocks you still had to show! I am loving the Christmas block, and might be using it for inspiration in my Christas tablerunner swap. Thanks!

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  28. What a fabulous collection of blocks! Love them all, but especially the Landrover and the Union Jack. Well, I am British, after all!

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  29. I'm in love with the first blocks - nothing like Wallee! The trees are amazing, and I'm loving the flower too. Great stuff. As always. :)

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  30. I love them all but especially Wall E (!) and those triangles :) You're so busy!! Glad things are looking up xxx

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  31. Lynne, I love reading your posts! You are always so funny and so full of inspiration! Your Land Rover block is amazing. We are farmers, so really I think it is only right that we must have a Land Rover now, too!

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  32. Great Blocks Lynne! Absolutely, I remember the Magical Mystery Tour!!! hee hee!

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  33. You certainly made up for lost time with an overflowing output of pent up creative juices. I don't think I could be forced to choose a favorite even if someone sat on me until I said Uncle!

    I think it's great that you made a UJ for your own quilt. If you hadn't included it, someone would have asked where it was.

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  34. Oh my! this is how productive you are when feeling yukky! I sit on the couch with a book and a pound of chocolate covered peanuts! Your blocks are amazing and The Magical Mystery Tour is fabulous!!

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  35. Even in a month where you have only done bits and bobs you have achieved some gorgeous work!

    Hope the sun keeps shining :)

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  36. wow, all your blocks are ahh mazing!, as usual. hope you are feeling better soon.

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  37. As long as you are now on your way back up, all's good! :) Feeling my age too since my son turned 18! Beuatiful blocks as alwyas Lynne, love Wall-E :) Keep on keeping on x

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  38. Jeepers! If that's you not feeling much like sewing at the moment I think I might faint. I'm glad you are on the way back up - life has a nasty habit of creeping up and giving you a sideswipe every now and then. Rising above is an incredible achievement xxx

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  39. Go, Lynne, go! The rover is my favorite, especially the fussy cut wheels. And here I just put a little (tiny) package in the mail for you last Wednesday, and I didn't even know your birthday was coming up!

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  40. sorry to hear you have been feeling unwell, lovely work xx

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  41. how many flippin' bees are you in?!
    your blocks are all lovely, but the land rover takes the cake!
    i just finished a bunch of bees this summer so i'll just be in one. i'm ready to finish some of my own WIP's!

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  42. I love all your Bee blocks, especially Wall-E - that is a total achievement making Wall-E, not a bad thing! (I just love that film and the 'Hello Dolly' references!). Sorry to hear you have been feeling under the weather, but happy to hear things are looking up a bit. My blog won't show up in the dashboard - I have become invisible! Sorry just ranting here as it is getting me down :(

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  43. Woohoo, gorgeous blocks and happy birthday for soon!!! xo

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  44. I love that tree block--will instructions follow? I could see that working into a fabulous scrap quilt!

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