Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Citrus Sweet Love catch up

I'm doing my best to get back up to date with my Citrus Sweet Love block of the month. I was seven blocks behind and it just all seemed a bit overwhelming before I finished work.  While two tricky blocks a month are challenging and interesting, seven tricky blocks is a nightmare.  Thank goodness for the Christmas holiday, huh.

So I feel all smuggy pants to be able to tell you that three of the seven are now done - only four to go.  Here they are:

Y seams, all conquered (six, yes really, six, hours later - I can make a whole baby quilt in that time).  This block is supposed to be hand pieced, but I decided I had hand piecing fatigue and that it would be useful to learn how to machine piece Y seams.  That's how I justified it to myself anyway.  So those points aren't as super perfect as they could have been, but I don't think they're too bad for a first try.  It's just as well I did it on the machine though.  Imagine how long it would have taken to hand piece.  Having said that - the time includes making and cutting out the little plastic template pieces and reading the instructions a mere zillion times.  I also managed to put all the pieces in the right place the first time.  I did NOT want to be unpicking any of this.

November block two - Beautiful Bella

Hand pieced curves (for the second time).  I'm still not loving hand pieced curves, but it is now officially ticked off the 'need to learn' list.  This is not supposed to be a circle, by the way, just in case you think it looks a bit squarish - that is the pattern, folks.

November block one - Hannah's Path

And for some light relief, I did the plain machine pieced block for January.  Half square triangles, I own you too (although apparently I need to get the iron out.  Again).  That is some matching points.

January block one - Treehouse Triangles

Now I have three appliqué blocks to do and a Y seam extravaganza called Sarah's Garden.  I am quite looking forward to the appliqué - I plan to get the little bits all cut out so I can sit and hand sew in the evening.  Sounds peaceful, right?  *snort*  We'll see!


I have a finish to show you on Friday, so see you then!

19 comments:

Megan said...

Oh my goodness, that is some highly skilled stitching you are up to missy - holidays are for relaxing aren't they?? Your blocks look gorgeous so all worth it methinks :-)

DeborahGun said...

wow - they are amazing blocks. I would love to learn those skills. Hoping they will run this BOM again!!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Far out! That's all I can utter when looking at those amazing blocks :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Those are amazing! Just the sort of thing i would love to make! Love your fabrics. Where is this bom?

Nilya said...

WOW, I really really love this first block - it´s a Beauty and I think about how to sew this on paper for a bee or maybe myself by Hand as a Long term WIP.
You did some really great blocks :)

Dee said...

Huzzah on the Y-seams! Once you get them, life is ever so much happier! Great job on fabric choice and piecing on all of these!

Tiffany said...

I love these blocks and the colours!! I think you did an amazing job. Worth all the hard work for sure!!

Sarah @ sarahquilts.com said...

WOW!! Love the prints you're choosing and I'm super impressed by your skillz. :)

Leonie said...

yay for you conquering those seams! It's going to feel freeking great getting it all done! the applique sounds relaxing - here's hoping!

Karyn said...

What beautiful blocks. Great fabric choices.

Kelly Cole said...

these are some serious blocks! I love your simply style and the fabrics you chose for them, nice!

Glinda ♥ said...

Curves AND Y seams ... have you lost your mind?!?! I feel smug just knowing you :)

Quilting Nonnie said...

Good heavens, girl! Those are awesome, awesome! I admire your tenacity and the far-out results.

Quilting Nonnie said...

Good heavens, girl! Those blocks are amazing-amazing! Congrats on your tenacity and the superb outcome!

Jade Prosser said...

This is amazing. I would love to learn how to hand piece like that. I especially love your fabric choices. :)

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

It looks to me like you are all over this awesomeness! I love these blocks- the patterns, the fabrics, everything!

Thanks a bunch for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Michal Woodruff said...

The fabrics and your techniques used are amazing. I'm so jealous. I can't wait to see this all put together.

hydeeannsews said...

I am super impressed. the intrepid liz has seen and conquered once again. is there nothing you won't do? they are citrulicious! so pretty. do you think you'll have it all done to send to me for Christmas next year? pretty please?

Carla said...

These blocks are simply divine!