Most of the blocks arrived on time, but I was waiting for a one or two late ones. When they did not arrive, as part of our own private swap, Jennifer of A Quarter Inch from the Edge made me some in exchange for some Polaroid blocks I sent her. Jennifer became an honorary member of the group.
Now that my Stash Bee blocks have started to arrive, I thought I ought to get this top finished. I do not want two piles of incomplete bee blocks building up! I had been procrastinating assembling the blocks as experience has taught me that every bee requires a little bit of unpicking and resewing, but I was proven so wrong in this case. Apart from one block that had been identified by its maker as too small and sent as a spare only in case I could use it anyway, all the blocks were the correct finished size. I had to fuse a little piece of reinforcing interfacing behind one block where the seam allowance was very, very scant in one place, but no block needed any other repairs or complete reassembly. I did not even have to trim or square up a thing. It is a bee miracle that is a testament to my fellow sewers’ skills!
Last weekend, I made eight more blocks to bring the total up to a good picnic blanket size (about 60 x 70 inches). My first thoughts were to add white sashing, but Valeria, a member of my local sewing group, convinced me to step out of my comfort zone and try blue to frame the blocks. As I plan to use this as a car/picnic blanket for my Mini, I thought the blue ticked two boxes: it looked good and would hide dirt better than white.
Today, I dropped it off with Donna for some long-arm quilting magic.
This is not the best of photographs, taken on an overcast day, but when the top is quilted and bound, I will try to take some better shots outdoors. In the meantime, I wanted to show my clever bee mates that I have made progress and that their carefully sewn blocks are not lost and forgotten deep in the back of a drawer. It will be finished soon!
Have you had such perfect results from a bee before?