I rarely write blog posts about my Bee, Myself and I goals, but sewing has been happening quietly in the background.
At the start of the year, I set myself the goal of making three flowering snowball blocks a month. I have treated it like a sewing bee, but a bee in which I am the only participant. I thought that if I chipped away at it, I would slowly see the quilt grow, no matter what other new and sparkly projects I allowed myself to be distracted by. The plan has worked, and my quilt top is complete.
If I had stuck strictly to my target, I should not be finished yet. I should have made 36 blocks by the end of the year. I actually made 64 blocks. Yes, it grew beyond my plans and is now a generous 96 inches square.
I do not have a plan how to quilt the giant, so I will pause to think for a while. I fear that my original plan to hand quilt it with perle cotton like Mary’s might be a bit rash, given its size. I might need to build up my courage. Also, I do not have a piece of quilt wadding or backing fabric large enough: yet another reason to pause.
My arms are too short for ginormous-quilt-top-holder-uppering, so I can only share a folded sneak peek.
With that top finished, it is time to switch gears. For my next monthly Bee, Myself and I goal, I aim to hand sew at least three of my Liberty hexagons (from Katja Marek’s The New Hexagon). To help me get a head start, I have cut and basted about a dozen blocks – and been super
nerdy organised and put them in plastic sleeves in a folder.
My Liberty project is a good fit at the moment because it is portable. I can easily take it along to social sewing days. Another reason it is a good fit is that I have started working one day a week at Calico and Ivy, a lovely shop that sells fabric and yarn and all sorts of other crafty goodies, including Liberty! I sometimes wonder whether my working there is like an alcoholic taking a job in a pub, but I have managed to pace myself so far. I have not yet spent all of my wages on fabric and yarn. Not yet …
Anyone is welcome to join in and set their own solitary sewing bee goals. The details and a button are here.