Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hive 7 June block for Deana

Another month and another batch of fun bee blocks to try.

This month, Hive 7 is making flowering snowball blocks for Deana. Inspired by Mary at Molly Flanders, I have long had this block and quilt on my to-do list, so I was happy to give the blocks a try.

The curved piecing came together without a problem. Cutting took a little time. If I get around to making a whole quilt, I might consider buying a set of templates so I can rotary cut them.

Where possible, I chose prints from my stash that had more than one of Deana’s chosen colours; for example, one print has brown, blue and green. I also tried to find a selection of background prints that used her chosen colours. My blocks have ended up a whisker too big (no more than a quarter of an inch), but I will leave trimming to size to Deana for safety’s sake.

Deana asked us what got us hooked on quilting. For me, quilting is just an extension of sewing, and I have been sewing and dressmaking as long as I can remember. My tenth birthday present was an antique sewing machine, and I had been using my mum’s before that. At the time, we were living in a rural area without electricity, so I did not waste my childhood watching television; instead, I sewed and read. My first quilt was hand-sewn hexagons, which I started when I was 15 and did not finish until my thirties. It was almost my last quilt! I love hand sewing, but I am not sure about my 15-year-old self’s colour choices.

Of course, being me, I had to go crash some other hives.

I made this for Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl. Yvonne is in Hive 2.

And I made this for Diana of Red Delicious Life, who has been in another bee with me. Diana is in Hive 4.

aka Granny Maud’s Girl


dq said...

They are gorgeous! Thanks SO MUCH!

Mary Huey said...

you are always so energetic!!