Monday, May 23, 2011

flower power

I still have a couple of bee blocks to finish for this month(!) and I'd love to get that all done before we move at the end of the week.  I'm not sure what life will be like for a bit and I'm not sure when I'll have internet access!  Agh!  Hopefully we'll have that figured out quickly.  Because I know how much you would all miss my ramblings.   ;)


But I did manage to finish up my bee block for Tracey for VIBees last night.  She's expecting and has been waffling between finding out whether she's having a girl or boy.  But in the meantime, she's having us make blocks for a "if it's a girl" quilt.  Love it!  She sent us the most yummy girly fabrics and wanted a 16" block with a flower theme.  Well I took her quite literally.


I had this done by last week some of you might recall.

Working on Tracey's block for VIBees


A sixteen patch block with a bunch of white fabric on the side cut up into tiny pieces....  Well I had a plan and I was finally able to see it come together (although I almost did not have enough white thread!).


VIBees quilt block for Tracey


I took each one of those white fabric pieces and made them into petals.  There about 50 of them and they are hand sewn together and then machine appliqu├ęd to the quilt block in rings.  I did end up needing a tiny button for the center of the flower, so I don't know if Tracey would actually use this block in her quilt.  We'll see what she thinks.  I think that it is kind of begging to be a pillow myself, but since I was supposed to be making a block for a quilt, I want to make sure that she could use it that way too.


Hand made flower



And those petals have been child approved because little miss decided she was very interested in my attempts to hand sew while she was still up. *Note to self: do NOT try to hand sew while your 17 month old is up.  She will unravel your thread, pull out needles, ruin your carefully sorted piles, and gleefully throw everything on the floor.  Good thing she is cute. *



I've also been making some progress on the bottled rainbow front!  I have all my batting scraps cut up and ready to made into the final blocks.  I have six more block backgrounds put together (I ran out of white for the rest) and I have all the scraps glued into place for my purple block.


Bottled Rainbow Progress


 As mentioned before, my thread shortage halted my work on finishing this and nearly stopped my work on finishing the flower for Tracey's block.  I NEED to buy white thread today.  Every project that I have left out to work on this week requires white thread. So yes, I'm going to be one of those people.  You know.  The crazy people who are buying things in a fabric store when they will be moving in a week.  But I'm pretty sure that I will use up all the thread in the week.  I'll let you know. ;)

19 comments:

  1. your flower is just fabulous! Will you be showing more details about how you made it later on? I hope so! I'd love to give that flower a try.
    Love your rainbows--
    Happy moving!

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  2. that flower is amazing and so labor intensive. all the blocks are beautiful!

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  3. Love your block for Tracey! It would make an awfully cute pillow...

    I very nearly ran out of white thread this weekend too! How does that happen??

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  4. Oh. my. goodness. That flower is incredible!! And I agree, it would make a perfect cushion for a little girl's room.
    Good luck with everything before the move :)

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  5. That flower is fantastic! I'm so impressed!

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  6. I love the flower. Hope you will share how it was done more detailed after you move and are settled. I would love to make a few to accent purses and other sewn items. You are amazing.

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  7. Haha, last time I moved to waited at home while all the boxes and furniture was loaded onto the truck, had a shower and then went out to my (soon to be very far away) LQS and made extensive use of their sale.

    I blamed the exhaustion :)

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  8. That flower is amazing! Thanks for the explanation on how you did it!

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  9. What a pretty flower! I can't imagine how long you took to make that- especially with the munchkin interruptions! :-)

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  10. This is a stunning block- I can't believe that you are still sewing and moving in a week. Inspirational!

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  11. A friend of mine always says that God made kids cute so we put up with all the stuff they do...such as wake up at 4 am, throw everything, etc.

    I love the "block".

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  12. yes ... details on how that flower was made please !!!

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  13. Do you know off the top of your head what those cute fabrics are with the little white flowers? SO cute!

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  14. I was really admiring the block in the first photo but then I got to the flower in the second one - WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  15. Ooo, love the flamingos! 17 month olds sounds as bad as cats! Salem will sit on whatever I'm trying to cut/sew and tries to catch the thread while I'm using the machine

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  16. The flower is absolutely GORGEOUS! What a beautiful addition for a baby quilt. a matching pillow would be nice too :)

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  17. You never cease to amaze me! That flower is wonderful. I can completely picture it as a pillow sitting in a beautiful rocker.

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