Sunday, 28 August 2016

Leaving A Paper Trail ..

This last month seems to have been all about the paper. The Bubbles Bee 2 is foundation piecing every month. I have finally mastered it, now in month 8. And Stash Bee Hive 6 was foundation piecing too this month. All the practice in Bubble Bee has prepared me well. And just for a final input, Donna of the Patchwork Gardener and I swapped 20 Liberty hexies.

Mikaela wanted any colour for her Bubble, any colour but only one colour. I decided to use a teal/blue hue. I seem to have lots of that at the minute, some from the wedding quilt. Luckily Mikaela said she had been hoping for that colour.... aren't these bee sewing people lovely?

Next up was Jen's paper pieced bee square. I  have a little difficulty with my printer printing to 100%. Who would think there was difference between printing 100% and print to size? My lovely work friend Miss F sorted that for me. I realise now that is how my Wanta Fanta blocks weren't quite right size for Karma Willow earlier in the year.

I made the four blocks very quickly and sewed them altogether. Oops, they were sewn into a square rather than an X.

They were quickly unpicked and sewn into an X. The photo is just before I sewed them.

Then I noticed that some bees had a square, some had an X. Apparently Jen wants the four components left unsewn for her to play with.  I have sent her two x two. This will still give her enough to play about with, without weakening the seams by unpicking. I have also learnt to make my foundation piecing slightly large circumference cutting line. This gives room for error in the cutting. I have left this for Jen to trim herself, it will have better easement if someone else's block is rather shy of the measurements.

And lastly, Donna, aka patchwork gardener on instagram are swapping some Liberty fabric hexies. Donna was very prompt, me less so. First the wedding then a family illness. No, not the whole family ill but an illness within the family. Hopefully now on the mend. Donna has waited very patiently for her hexies, but the advantage of this crossover is that we haven't duplicated any. Donna also very kindly included some extra fabrics and a gorgeous key ring that really lifted my spirits.

I hope to return the complement. These will be in the post ASAP, along with a little Liberty mini.
Helen x
linking up with Moli Sparkles Sunday Stash


  1. Very lovely liberties and a nice catch up on the blocks.

  2. I find it so interesting that things seems to come in waves... I am doing more paper piecing myself right now. Lovely blocks for the month. It is hard to believe it is almost September!

  3. Very pretty blues. Love the white/near white variations in the background.

  4. Love the Bubble blocks. There are so many possibilities with that other block. I love paper piecing. I find ripping off the paper once I've finished a great stress reliever xx

  5. Lovely Liberties! And, I like your 'X' block, I'm enjoying a spot of paper piecing at present too!

  6. Beautiful blocks! Love the Liberty hexies :)

  7. Very nice - i really like the black outline on the x or squares!

  8. Oh, paper piecing. I think I have paper pieced more in the last 3 months than the last 3 years. I think the Bubble Block is my favorite. I just love teal and text prints.

  9. You have a wonderful way of putting scrappy fabrics together Helen. All these projects are so pretty! So sorry that you had a family member ill - but glad to hear they are on the mend.
    I've out together a quilt for someone once that was made from blocks sent by dozens of people. You are so wise to include a little extra easement in the trimming.

  10. Ooh what a great idea for the Liberty hexie swap! Hmm, brain swirls.


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