Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two for Tacha

Boy, the posts sure have slowed down over here. It's completely indicative of how much the sewing has slowed down, too. Life & work has just been too busy to get anything done in the evenings. Know how many homemade gifts I'm giving this year? Exactly one, but it was a good one! It was my contribution to our office's gift exchange, which had to be homemade. I made two scarves out of Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks voile fabric (a la Jona of Fabritopia ... thanks for the great & easy gift idea, Jona!) Have you worked with that fabric yet? All of the raves about how nice it feels are not at all overrated. I highly recommend that you pick some up.

I also threw in 3 fabric covered Moleskines using some of my Amy Butler Midwest Modern scraps. They are always very well received and super easy to make ... every time I make them, I wonder why I don't do it more often. A great scrap reducer, by the way.

Anyway, it was one of the more popular gifts of the day -- stolen twice in the first 9 rounds of the Dirty Santa exchange, thereby frozen for the remainder of the swap!

Oh, and before I forget, be sure to check out Scott's great giveaway over at Blue Nickel Studios. He just reached 200 posts, so I think some congratulations are in order! He's got 7 (!) amazing grab bags full of quilting supplies for some lucky readers. Head on over and enter ... be sure to tell him that Quilt Dad sent ya'!

Now, here are a few things that I have been able to get done over the past few weeks. These two quilting bee blocks are both for Tacha (hanies), an amazing and prolific quilter from Berlin, Germany.

October was Tacha's month in the bee inspired group ... and yes, this is the long overdue October block that I referenced a few weeks back! Tacha asked if we were up for the challenge of hand sewing some hexagons as the basis for her block. I was terrified and completely overwhelmed but, feeling accomplished by my recent mastery (ha!) of paper piecing, I decided I wasn't about to back down from this challenge.

bee inspired | October

Well, it turned out that it definitely was a challenge. It took me nearly a week to make this single block, and my hand sewing skills are most definitely amateurish. I can't relate to all of you that talk about how meditative and peaceful you find making these blocks, since I alternated between feeling anxious, frustrated, nervous, and angry throughout the process. BUT, I am so happy that I tackled it, persevered, and finished the block. Sure, some of my seams are showing through, but I'm still very proud of finishing it.

Take a good look, because I'm not sure I'll be making another one of these!

bee inspired | October

November's block for Tacha for the Cottage Quilting Bee fell much more in the center of my comfort zone. Tacha asked for a range of squares & rectangles, which could include mini log cabins and could be wonky or straight. I looked back to a block I made for another quilting bee a few months back for inspiration, but was decidedly more wonky in my construction.

Cottage Quilting Bee | November

I really love how this one came out, and the process of making it was a welcome change from the hand piecing of the previous block. I had a lot of fun using all of Tacha's different fabrics and choosing some coordinates from my stash. I hope you like it, Tacha!

Cottage Quilting Bee | November


I'm going to try to get back over here at least once more before Thursday to wish you all a proper Merry Christmas. In the meantime, I hope you all are enjoying your friends, families, and the spirit of the season!

P.S. Thanks so much for all of your Quiltmaker love from my last post. I really appreciate it!





21 comments:

  1. Both are fabulous blocks! Really wonderful!

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  2. Wonderful quilt blocks (I swear I will make a quilt this new year)! Thanks for the link John. Have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous 2010!!

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  3. I know you said it's a lot of work but I can't help thinking I'd like to tackle that block!

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  4. Both blocks are wonderful!
    And I'm on the same page regarding handsewing!! It's not a favorite in my book :-)
    Thank you for the link.
    Merry Christmas.

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  5. I completely understand the work and life overload this time of year John!! Love the both blocks...think I like the wonky one better, but they are actually pretty close for me!!

    thanks for the plug on my 200th post, my friend! Happy Christmas and New Years to you!

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  6. those blocks are lovely!!
    a merry christmas to you and your family

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  7. The blocks are beautiful -- good for you for persevering with the hexagons,too.

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  8. I like the honey web design...it is something new and different from what we generally see.

    patchwork

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  9. I like what you are doing. I am a quilter too. Applique is my speciality, but I enjoy all facets of quilting and will checking in on you again. You can see my work at http://bapplique.blogspot.com. Nadine

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  10. Those are both truly fabulous blocks!

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  11. So sorry John about the hand sewing! I just love the hexagon block you made so you can be assured I REALLY appreciate all the effort. The cottage bee block isjust fabulous- so much going on in one block and the fabric you added in is perfect! Thank you so so so much!!!!!

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

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  12. I hear ya on the life and work slowing down the blogging bit. I can't believe you were so stressed with the English Paper Piecing! To each his own, eh? As usual, your wonky log cabin block is awesome. I'm still plugging away on mine, but I find the frequent trips from the sewing machine to the ironing board to the cutting table to be time consuming.

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  13. I just love the wonky log cabin. I will just have to try it. There is no way however I'll try hand sewing the other one. I have a rule at this point in my quilting no hand sewing unless beads or such are being added.

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  14. Hi QuiltDad,
    Just wanted to let you know that the Handstitched link on the right column is broken :)

    Love your work! Looking forward to your next post!

    Happy New Year! WendyB @ ThatSeamsFun.com

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  15. love the blocks... the hexagons are great... keep working on hand sewing.. it gets better the more you do it!

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  16. Just found your blog over christmas. Great inspiration, great pics, great sewing! Will have a look round here more often know.
    By the way: I think you are the first man I "know" how loves to quilt. Wonderful!

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  17. It's amazing how the quilt fabrics have changed and all look between a 50's to a 70's style. Cool in a quirky sort of way. They are both wonderful, but I like the odd log cabin one the best.

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  18. I like the wonky one better, but they are actually pretty close for me!!

    Work from home India

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  19. I feel inspired to try my own hexagon block. I have always wanted to, but haven't got the nerve. Both blocks are beautiful. I love your choice of colors.

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  20. I have a weakness for hexagons. And of course love you hex block.

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  21. I love the hexagons. Not surprised it took a week they are fiddly things! I wish you more time to stitch! Thanks John.

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