Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Seeing Red!

Actually, today has been rather fine with minimal red mist, (bloody cold-calling PPI touts, please be gone!); I got a good haircut with a new hairdresser, my cousin gave birth to a baby girl and I got to play with lots of fabric.

Before I even began on November's Brit Bee blocks I had to nip back out to the village for thread, not normally being one of the red-persuasion.  The local quilting shop saved the day again, and almost tempted me to a one-day FMQ class... maybe next year!

Anyway... lovely Sarah posted a mosaic of blocks by Marianne of The Quilting Edge (new to me), and it was a bit of a shocker!  OK, not so much of a shocker of Jennie's face-off block, but just a teeny bit out of my comfort zone.

But hey, that's what Brit Bee is all about, for better, for worse and all that!

So head down, a little sketching and then I came up with these...



I am really pleased with how they turned out, although the backsides leave a little bit to be desired (so not new to me), and I really tried to get some decent photos to show how rich the shot cottons are, but red fabric and dull days never play nicely.


Tips for my fellow BBs, I didn't use any of the interfacing, I did use some of the shot cotton for the curves, it's not quite so easy to handle as the regular cotton, but I did those 2 DP sections without pins too. Plan your under/over strips carefully, or you may end up having to do a right-angle seam if you wish to avoid a join; I cut my strips to 1 1/8" but probably could have stuck to 1" to get a 1/2" strip, as some of my pieces are a little over 1/2", sorry Sarah.  I pieced all the strips, no appliqué.  There are a few slightly wonky bits, but I am sticking to the tried and tested theory that some quilting and a wash 'n' tumble with get rid of those!

I hope these fit in with your vision Ms O, I am sure you are going to have a corker of a quilt!

28 comments:

  1. these are amazing! sarah chose an awesome block!

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  2. Freaking brilliant! This quilt of Sarah's is going to be awesome.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful blocks! Ahhhh! I do so love red.....in case that slipped by you! lol

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  4. Gorgeous blocks! They look amazing with the shot cottons :D

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  5. Hadley!! WOW. They're like shoji screens in front of a sunset. I freaking love them and am giddy because my LQS is going to carry Oakshott soon….

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  6. wow, those blocks are beuatiful. Sarah's quilt is going to be a corker indeed

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  7. You have risen to the challenge and made two amazing blocks. The oakshott looks really rich in colour. Di x

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  8. Oh you adorable sweetiepie! Talk about rising to the challenge :-) Freakin awesome! Really love them, thank you so much xxx

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  9. Great tip on the thread colour! WOW! Utter genius blocks! I suppose I better get on with mine soon!

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  10. This is all gibberish to me but the end result is lovely

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  11. Well done missus! I've been thinking about mine and eyeing up some of my new circle related tools...

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  12. They turned out brilliantly H! You coped admirably with all that red! Jxo

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  13. I had lunch today with that exact same Marianne from The Quilting Edge. Truly. She is an amazing person and quilter. She told me Sarah had asked her about this, you know I have seen that quilt in person. Your blocks are wonderful and yahoo to sewing the curves without pins and without interfacing too!!

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  14. These are are fabulous...Leanne sent me the link, I'm so glad she did.

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  15. Awesome block, Congrats to cousin (how is sis?) does the local quilt shop know who you are? They should be getting you to teach there!

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  16. Oh my word, you done very good!! I would be terrified if someone requested this block. (please note Sew Euro-Bee-An's)
    You had PPI, I had insulation sellers Bah!!! It is so constant here, I have given up opening the door, just speak to them through the door, it drives them nuts LOL.

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  17. Wow! Those are seriously amazing blocks!

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  18. Great idea for a bee block, and love your interpretation.

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  19. You did one amazing job Hadley...well on you!

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  20. Those blocks are AMAZING!!! Aren't you a clever girl!

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  21. These are fantastic and are you telling me that you have a quilting shop in your village???? How is that fair??

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  22. Reading this post was like listening to someone speak Russian! I have no concept of this curvy sewing, 90 degree angles, under over strips and such like - two very beautiful blocks have emerged though - they are stunning. Well done!

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  23. This is going to be one super quilt. I am so into these blocks that keep jumping up in blogland.

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  24. Wow great work, these blocks are awesome

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