Hello Hive #3! I'm so excited that it's finally February. I have to say, I've been enjoying this Bee immensely and sewing up all the fun blocks that you guys have chosen. I hope you like the block I've picked for this month. So, on to the getting-to-know-you bit.
|Hiking at White Sand in New Mexico|
|Crewing on the Hawaiian Chieftain|
|Wilson: Chief Quilt Inspector|
|The Carpenter's Star with its happy recipient|
|Action kitty Wilson pounces the krinkly ball|
|Finding joy in a very special little boy discovering cotton candy|
My life philosophy is tricky to answer, but I think it would be: be joyful! Find your joy in every situation, because it is there.
The block I've chosen for this month is the modern bargello block introduced by Amy in the Something New Sampler. Her tutorial is here. I've had a long time to think about, and change my mind about my block, but when I saw this I knew it was the one.
You can make your block in any height you choose as long as it's at least 7.5". To increase the height just cut your original strips longer where she cuts hers to 12". I cut one set of mine to 20.5" and the final block was 14.5" long, the other set I cut to 24.5" and it ended up 17".
You can also mix up the number/widths of your strips at the beginning as long as their width after they're sewn together but before you sew them into a tube measures at least/about 15".
Amy specifies to press all the seams open but it isn't important to me whether you do or not.
I kept my bargello waves pretty tight, but feel free to make their sweeps more dramatic. I can't wait to see all your different blocks! I am the opposite of a perfectionist so please don't sweat it if your block ends up a little small or something. Make another if you feel like you should, but send along the wonky one, too. I'll make it work :)
I am asking for one large or two small blocks (I'll leave it up to you to determine what sizes qualify) but of course if you want to make more I'll be thrilled.
If you'd like to send a signature block please sign a 5.5" x 3.5" solid color block.
Thanks everyone! I hope that is all the info you need but please email me with any questions and I will do my best to answer.