Winter storms have lingered into spring, and I pottered about in my sewing room while it rained.
I made some more flowering snowball blocks, so I now have 64 blocks, enough for a 96-inch square quilt. I need to sew them together, but they are pressed and ready to go. I had been nervous about pressing, wondering whether I needed to clip some curved seam allowances so I could press them the right way to nest seams, but I was given some pressing tips by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. Yes, there truly is nothing that steam and brute force will not fix.
I have failed miserably at reporting my Bee, Myself and I progress this year (partly because I know that sharing how I made three flowering snowball blocks the same as last month’s three flowering snowball blocks would not make thrilling reading), but I have been making progress. Now I have all the blocks I need, I will have to switch to a different project next month for my three blocks.
Watching me wrestle with a calculator, a pencil and the back of an envelope to work out how many blocks I had, how big a quilt I wanted and how many pieces I still needed to cut, no one would have been able to tell that mathematics was my best subject at school.
I sewed a teal X block for Kate’s next ovarian cancer fundraising quilt. She said helpers could make any teal 12-inch block that was shaped like an X. I looked through my quilt block books to find this block, which the 500 Quilt Blocks book by Goldsworthy and Green imaginatively calls ‘square cross’. The elephants seemed like a good idea at the time. Everyone loves elephants, right?
Then, when I should have been doing all sorts of other things, I decided to rummage in the drawer and dig out a cameo I stitched goodness knows how long ago. I think I finished it three or four years ago when I was playing with waste canvas, but I had no plan what to do next.
The portrait format of the cameo presented challenges, but the cameo seemed to hint at a bag for makeup or undies. I pulled out a load of fabrics, lace, buttons and whatnot, which seemed to be screaming shabby chic. Maybe the result is more shabby than chic. I had hoped for something more frou-frou. I will not sew up the hole in the lining just yet in case I decide to sew more … something … on. Would you add anything? If so, what?
The construction method is loosely based on Patty Doo’s Susie bag, but I fudged the measurements as I went, which is why the cameo sits a bit lower than it probably should. I am happy, however, as it crosses another thing off my WIP list and everything came from my stash. That is always good.