Friday, August 29, 2014

Modern Irish {Scrappy} Bee Blocks: May v2

Yes. You are reading that correctly.  These blocks are for May.  I tried to make bee blocks previously for Erin using her own beautifully written tutorial.  With my continual struggle against the scant quarter inch seam, I made a mess out of the original blocks.  They were about an inch too small and no amount of unpicking and re-sewing would find that lost inch.


Instead I have been practising my scant quarter inch seams and have (are you ready for this!?!?) finally fell in love with the idea that it can actually help me!  I re-cut my scraps, cut fresh little Kona White squares and dove in again to make two 12 1/2 inch square block for Erin.


I hope these fit with the others a bit better, Erin.  Let's forget those little 11 1/2 inch shorties ever crossed your threshold.  xx

11 comments:

A Quilter's Mission said...

Sorry you struggled, but these are beautiful!

Indianna said...

They look beautiful. Have you a foot with the right hand guide? They make life a lot easier.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Ohh they are so bright and pretty! I struggled with the scant seam thing too but finally released my 1/4 foot is not a scant seam! Now I use a line on my regular foot when I need a scant seam. It does make a huge difference! I like when patterns say if you need a scant seam because I know straight away which foot to use!

tomomi mcelwee said...

Yapee you made them! They are looking so pretty. You will get better at it.

Two Wednesdays said...

I thought it was just me being bad at it. Lucy @ Charm about you's comments are interesting too - I'm off to measure my feet....

Sarah said...

Well done for persevering with the scant seam. It makes a world of difference especially when there are lots of seams in a block. Every tiny bit gained is more likely to bring your block in on size. Pretty too!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, glad you sorted it :o)

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your blocks are gorgeous, so full of fun fabrics and happy colours. Oh that tricky seam. I've just started sewing for a swap and am now worried about my seam, usually I just bumble along with no concern about scantiness. I'll take this post as a warning to check my seams.

Leanne said...

I still struggle to make the blocks the right size too. Different thread, different fabrics, different barometric pressure, they all seem to mess me up. I have taken to testing the seams on any blocks where it matters.

Judith, Belfast said...

Well done on conquering the scant 1/4" seam. The block is lovely. Jxo

Archie the wonder dog said...

Hurray for your scant seam!!

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