Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Random Notions – Made some blocks

Okay, so I sewed today, but it was like my heart just wasn’t in it.  I just kept thinking how much I wanted to take a nap.  I’ve started taking some extra vitamin C in the hope that maybe it would make me better sooner. Fingers crossed. 

The February block instructions were posted for the group I joined.  The block is called Spring Blossoms, so of course, to choose the fabrics, I had to think about what spring blossoms mean to me.  This is what I came up with-

(That’s not as crooked as it looks in the picture – I was shooting at an angle.)

I was thinking of seeds growing up from the ground (dark green), turning into the bright green stems of flowers (bright green), then the buds begin (light pink), going into full blooms (dark pink), all reaching for the sky (blue), and of course, the sun (yellow).  The dark pink is the only fabric I also used in the first block for January.  I want to make the entire quilt of batik and hand dyed cottons, which I have a big pile of and never could figure out what to do with before.  The instructions for this block call for cutting out 1 ½” strips of the 5 outside colors the entire width of the fabric, then sewing them together, and finally cutting them into 3 ½” X 5 1/2” units, to make it easy.  Because I only had a 10” square of the light pink, I had to actually piece the units together – I had to cut that light pink so careful to get enough 1 ½” X 3 ½” pieces for 3 blocks.  And of course, the blocks did not end up 8 ½” square like they were supposed to – they are a little over 8 ¼” square, because I don’t sew straight!  I will just make up for it with sashing or borders!

So the block of the month is done for another month.  I’m trying to decide what I can work on that won’t take too much brain power.  I may pullout that little Card Tricks quilt again and see what I can do with it.  Then again, I’ve started watching Downton Abbey on Netflix, so I hope I can drag myself away from it since I have the first two seasons to catch up.

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