It might not look like much, but four blocks is more than my monthly goal of three blocks. Hurrah! Goal achieved!
I have learned something about myself this month. Last year, when I was making bee blocks for others, they were always the first thing I worked on every month. This year, when I am making bee blocks for myself, they seem to have become the last thing I work on every month! I scrambled to sew these on the last weekend in February.
Although I have only sewn four blocks, I have been tracing around templates and carefully cutting out lots of pieces with scissors to make future months a breeze. More than half of the coloured fabrics are now cut out and ready to go, I think, although I have not done a proper count.
When I say I have been focusing on the flowering snowball project, I think perhaps I am not disclosing the full truth. (Okay, liar, liar, pants on fire!)
Focus is certainly the wrong word to describe me this month. I have been flitting about from project to project, starting all sorts of things and finishing not much.
I pulled out my copy of Katja Marek’s The New Hexagon and finally started work on my Liberty English paper pieced project, something I have long wanted to do. I hope this combination works!
Instead of buying the fancy template set, I followed a friend’s lead and took my copy of the book to Officeworks. Thanks to a ream of 120 gsm paper and the store photocopier, I now have lots of paper templates ready to cut out.
I had been trying to tell myself that I would not allow myself to be drawn into The Splendid Sampler sew-along. Whoops.
The first few blocks were hearts and butterflies. In spite of my love of pink and flowers, I am not a hearts and butterflies kind of girl (we all have to draw the line somewhere) but, even so, I was unable to resist the lure. It is another new project, I admit, and at my current rate I should finish all my WIPs no later than 2117, but I am working from stash. Does that make it better?
So, that is my selfish sewing for February. Anyone is welcome to join in and set their own solitary sewing bee goals. The details and a button are here.
Please hop across and check out these other selfish sewing projects. They might inspire you to start your own solitary sewing bee.
- Diana of Red Delicious Life made herself a sewing machine mat with pockets. I have something similar, and the pockets are so very handy.
- Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia has started her selfish sewing by planning a hatbox quilt in lovely, rich Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
- Sarah at Cedar Fork Stitches has set herself a bright and cheery medallion quilt as her selfish sewing project.
- Shauna of Shauna’s World has finished so many lovely blocks with her selfish sewing that she is not sure what to sew next month.
- Teje of Nero’s Post has made some pretty and fresh blocks for herself – they are just the sorts of colours I adore. Then she tortures us with shots of her beautiful surroundings in Greece.