Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Honeybees March blocks


Honeybees March blocks for Tacha, originally uploaded by soja.

Nothing for over a month, and then two posts in five minutes. I wanted to get these blocks recorded now, while it is still (just) March.

These were Tacha's blocks, the person who put together the Bee Europa group. She said that her family didn't like her choice very much - I think that they look great and will make a really interesting fun quilt.

I sort of liked making them, except my machine didn't like the print fabric, it kept chewing it up, which was a little worrying, as again, no spare fabric to play with. I don't know what the problem is/was, the fabric is thinner than the other stuff I have been sewing with, but it shouldn't have been a problem with the new super-duper machine. :-( Am a bit sad, perhaps it was having a bad moment. Lots of joins and ironing. Tacha very reassuringly told as she wasn't worried about a bit of wonkiness and all the points being perfect. Still, these are a little wonkier than I had hoped they would be.

Next month, it's going to be wonky log cabin quarter blocks for Muriel - great! I'm wondering if precision isn't my strong point...

New lucky pencil case


Pencil case detail, originally uploaded by soja.

Made for an interview, for luck. Hmm, interview was mid-February, in England. Logistics, and, oh, six weeks ago... Which means Dad has been sick for six weeks. He saved the day by coming over to dog and cat sit so that I could go, and then had to put up with the coldest wettest ten days we had had for a long time. The whole thing was a bit long and involved a lot of waiting, but in the end I got what I wanted, so I guess that the pencil case was lucky. Anyway, partly why it has been quiet here, lots of preparation to do and things to work out.

No pattern, I made it up as I went along. I fused the beautiful outer material, sent by the kind and generous Melanie, to some interfacing I had around, and also used a decor weight fabric from Ikea as lining. I used the invisible zip as I had it and liked the colour and tab, but purposely made sure it wasn't invisible, I wanted the grey stripe.

It was good to have some homemade/handmade beside me for the whole process.