Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hive #1 August Tutorial

Hi!  I'm Jennifer, August Queen and Birthday Babe for Hive #1.  August is totally my month!

Since I don't blog, I'll give you the very short bio.  I'm a Sooner at heart!  Graduated from OU with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and puttered with military airplanes for awhile and then it happened-my appendix gave up in a very weird way.  Long story short, the doctor told me I probably should have been a "nurse or something" because I had the "nurse curse".  Five years later, I graduated from nursing school.  I still have the "nurse curse", but manage it around working in the emergency department and my family.  I have a very British husband, a seven year old daughter, three ginger tabbies, and these two guys, Knuckles and Bernie.  One corgi there may be an imposter.

So I wrote the tutorial once...and then I made the Japanese x and + block.  And I hate it.  So I changed my mind.  Sorry anyone who read the draft....

I'm going with the "curved log cabin" x 4 block.

I'm not a skilled tutorial writer, so bear with me and the iPhone photography.

For this block you need 1.5 inch strips in low volume fabric and 2 inch colored strips.  I don't precut logs for log cabin blocks,

I started with a 1.5 x 1.5 inch block in a low volume fabric.

To that, I added a 2 inch colored strip.  Then I pressed. To the DARK side.  Muhahahahaha.

Then a 1.5 inch low volume strip.  Trim and press.

Then again with the low volume, then an lovely 2 inch colored strip.  Do I need to keep going with the trim and press?

And again.

And we are done.

Total count here is five colored strips and six low volume strips.  Finished section looks like this:

It measured ~7x8.  I'm not worried if it's bigger or smaller or wonkier.  I promise, it's all good.

You'll make four of these, which combine into a circle.  Visualize the other half appearing here soon.

I noticed after looking at this picture for awhile, that the two blocks are different.

Edit:  I figured it out!  On two blocks, the low volumeish fabric goes to the left, which I called the left hand block.  The other two, the right.  Right hand block!

And the finished block:

Fabric choices:
Scrappy.  Low volume for the background, pick a color for the main. Light Pink, Dark Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Green, Turquoise, Light Blue, Light Purple, Purple  My goal is to have a rainbow of these, so I'm hoping not everyone makes orange and yellow (ick!!!).  I like fun prints as you can tell from the rocket ships, but stay away from say, Minnie Mouse or something like that.  My sample block isn't very scrappy--I'll get more scrappy when I make another.  I'll also aim for more low volume background, please.

If someone knows of a better tutorial out there, link us up!

EDIT:  And I forgot, a question....uh, show us the fur babies.  Let's hear all about those cats and dogs and iguanas that you love!

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  Hit me up at jennifer.a.bloxham *at* and we’ll get it all straightened out.  Hakuna Matata!


Chiska said...

That is one of the blocks I looked at for this month too! I don't know that her tutorial is any better than yours, but here's the one I found:

I may have to give it a try if I have time this month. Fun block!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

The corgi imposter has me rolling around the floor with laughter.
Pretty block!