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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Off to a Flying Start...

This morning, I was able to give my burn an airing; I know, small pleasure, but having a shower without cling film for the first time in a week - yes I even took a roll to Retreat, was wonderful!

So buoyed up and feeling fresh, although having those this time last week feelings, I got my sewing machine out for the first time since Monday.


Brit Bee - Year Two has kicked off in style, with Trudi giving us free reign on flying geese blocks.

I pulled out the ziplock of fabric she had thrust in my direction at Retreat and took a closer look - lots of BROWN! 

Deep breath, after all, I don't have to keep it!

Having conquered the circle of geese block as part of new-Brit Bee Katy's Foundation Paper Piecing For The Terrified series, I could conquer brown, so I printed some more templates from here, and got going on my twist for my first block.


I used two clockwise and two anticlockwise paper templates and took a risk that I think paid off, making the geese from Trudi's white-on-cream background fabric, and scrappy filling the background...


Not too brown, and I am chuffed to bits with my piecing.  I hope Trudi feels the same. 


Last year when we were set the Lynne-Bob Square Pants block as our first Bee experience, I thought that was complicated - this really does bring it home just how much I have learnt and am volunteering to make in such a short space of time!

The second block is way more inside my colour comfort zone!   More Valorie Wells, but in a lovely aqua.  I suspect this block has a proper name which I am not familiar with, I spotted it whilst trawling google images and did a quick bit of maths to get it to size...


I love this one too.


Both blocks finish at 12.5", (and they actually do!), and will be flying back to Trudi next week.

So there we are, some real quilty sewing; it's so good to be back! 

28 comments:

  1. I mistook 'burn' for 'bum' and thought I'd missed a post or two.

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  2. Oooh, excellent! I got brown too... Still I'm battling through ;o)

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  3. I LOVED THE BROWN! There I said it! Brown and proud! Wouldn't it be funny if every month this year we all sent you some brown to work on? That would cure you! In the counselling world that's called 'Flooding' he he! Jxo

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  4. I know what you mean about brown (just try to think of it as chocolate!) That block looks like Some Geese Who Got Lost in the Fall.

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  5. I love brown and it even makes purple work for me- I find purple a tricky colour, great block, would work well repeated

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  6. Great work missus, I'm sure Trudi is going to love them!

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  7. i love it! so so much! i bet trudi is going to be in heaven!

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  8. lovely!
    (although I read too fast and thought you said you gave your bum an airing. Hehehehehehe)

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  9. Glad to hear the burn is healing. I can't imagine how awkward a shower with cling film must be; it drives me crazy when I have to use it in the kitchen, let alone bathing!

    Your blocks look great! It's pretty awesome, too, when you look back at things that intimidated you that now seem well within your capabilities... I'm hoping to say that one day about sewing curves and y-seams. :-)

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  10. Before you know it you will be making a brown quilt. Lovely blocks!

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  11. Oh you even did brown justice. Well done!!!

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  12. Great blocks Hadley! The brown is particularly marvellous particularly given your disliking of the colour :)

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  13. Love the brown one (even though I too am a brown-ophobe!) Great skills Mrs :-)

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  14. I don't think Valorie Wells does brown.
    FYI: She's from my neck of the woods. I've even talked with her.

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  15. I love your use of the negative space in the circle of geese, plus the shuffling of the geese's direction. I laughed out loud at someone thinking you were talking about your bum vs. burn. Bum: never not funny.

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  16. glad that the burn is on the mend. You have made those browns look amazing: your piecing is perfect

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  17. This post actually reminded me of a bum burn when I sat on a Valor parafin stove in my dad's garage when I was a kid! OOOOOhhhh!
    Your Retreat looked such fun and loved the pillow/cushion.

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  18. Great colours and so neat...look at those points all meeting at the same place!

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  19. Lol, I read it "bum" first time around too! I love the blocks, your paper pieced one is amazing :-)

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  20. Eeek I hope your burn is healing well.

    I love your brown geese block a LOT!
    xxxxx

    p.s. I am longing to make some key fobs like your swap ones. Can you point me in the right direction of a tutorial for them and also the hardware too xxxx

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  21. That`s not browns? That`s oranges and purple and taupe and lovely! Hope your arm is continuing to heal okay!

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  22. love the madness of the circle geese block! I too read that you'd aired your bum! LOL!

    Pleased you're on the mend ... you make me tired just reading!

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  23. Why were you airing your bum when you burnt your arm!? ;-) Love the blocks x

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  24. I love both blocks - well done on working with brown...do you keep having flashbacks?!

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  25. So glad I wastnt the only one that had to re-read exactly *what* got an airing!

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  26. your bee blocks look so perfect...just look at those points! You must be feeling better!

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  27. Fantastic blocks - I really really like the blue/white one. So fresh and crisp. Your paper piecing is just immaculate. Great makes, Hadley!

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