I've been catching up on sewing some Bee blocks and now I need to catch up on sharing them. This star was paper-pieced for April in October. I am still working on my paper piecing skills, and this one was a good practice for me. I'll admit I was a little cranky at first but after I got past the first three points, and past my impulse to not waste fabric (I think that's an important hurdle with paper-piecing) I really enjoyed it.
I want to make more of these blocks. And I'm feeling a little more confident in my paper-piecing skills. The pattern for this star can be found here. If you're looking for some good paper-piecing basics, check out Faith's tutorials.Emily. Her quilt will consist of different colored wheels - I love the idea. I can't wait to see the other colored blocks. I'll try and find out if there's an available pattern for piecing this block.
Blogger's Block of the Month. This block was designed by Sarah Fielke and you can find the instructions here. There are lots of great blocks in this series, and of course, it's never to late to join in - the block tutorials will always be available.
I bought that background fabric this summer at Pins and Needles in New York. It comes from Atsuko Matsuyama's 30's Collection for Lecien.
I love those vintage/retro 30's inspired prints by Atsuko for Yuwa.
Especially that kelly green with strawberries. I love a good kelly green.
I just ordered a bunch more from Kerri at Sew Deerly Loved to help complete my quilt. Also some Millie's Closet by Lori Holt and Simple Life by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake.Japanese import fabrics (love those mushrooms and bunnies!) and vintage inspired prints. I love using them in my i-spy quilts - they give them that cute, retro look. Thanks, Kerri!
And now, it feels good to be caught up on Bee blocks. On to Christmas sewing!
I forgot to mention, I had a little sewing 'adventure' over the past holiday weekend - I sewed a sewing machine needle through my left pointer finger! My husband thought I was crazy when I told him to take a picture of it before I had him pull it out. I won't share the picture here, but I did share it on my Facebook page if you're a thrill seeker and you'd like to see a needle sticking through one side of my finger and out the other.
Between rotary cutters, needles, swallowing pins, I think we sewers definitely qualify as 'living on the edge' extreme sports enthusiasts.