Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ima Bee Blocks

I am part of a bee called Ima Bee.  
Each month we make 2 blocks for the queen of the month (sometimes there are 2 queens).  
The block for this month is called the Schoenrock Cross.  
The pattern can be found here
It is a spectacular block.  

It is also one of the most difficult time consuming blocks I have ever made! 
Now mind you I am not an expert paper piecer, but I do passibly well on that part.  
Once I got the hang of the correct size I needed to make all the pieces to fit the pattern I did better.  
I think it would be nice when you do a pp pattern if they told you the best size of fabric to use to make piece 1 and piece 2 and so on. 
 I think I would struggle less, but maybe that's just me.  
I know when I did the Geese in a Ring block once I figured that out 
the blocks went much more quickly!

These are beautiful blocks and it took me over 7 hours to make 2 of them.    
The first one she wanted a red cross in.  
The most difficult part was getting those whiteish points to form that crisp point.  
I have no idea how many times I ripped that block apart!


I was however, very happy with the kitty int he middle!


Next up was to pull the fabric for the second block.  
She wanted a dark cross.  
I broke out the Neptune for that.  
I used all Tula Pink fabrics except for the white.  
That is Lizzy House's Pearl Bracelet fabric.  
Which I am now obsessed with and *need* to buy more.  
What a great basic!


This is how the second block turned out and I have to say I really like it.  
Much more to my taste too.

I don't know if you can tell but I tried to fussy frame in the swallows.


 I was tickled to frame the butterfly in the middle. 
 I am loving the pearl bracelets so much!!

 
This is how they look together.


I have to say it was a HUGE learning experience for me and I am pretty satisfied with the outcome.

Next up is working on my blocks for the Vintage Bee and beginning my Swoon wedding quilt.

What are you working on?

~XOP~


5 comments:

Teresa in Music City said...

Those are beautiful blocks! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I love to paper piece and this looks like a fun one to play with :*) Your fabrics make the blocks and the little fussy-cut details are really special! (Especially that kitty!!!)

Brenda said...

They are beautiful! I am going to finish my BOM for the March frame you can see what I am doing with them on my blog. Also hoping to start sewing up the granny blocks I have cut so I can cut another wall full. Have a great week Pam!

Lisaleh said...

I LOVE pearl bracelets. Though it runs a close second to Jewels, which is Lizzy's other blender. I have Jewels in almost every colour!

Great blocks Pam!

jeifner said...

The blocks look perfect! I'm wanting to bind a quilt to for my February Lovely Year of Finishes.

dianne said...

those blocks look like bears to put together - i had enough trouble with the Geese In A Ring blocks to last me till forever ... that being said, i have been trying to draft a 5" finished aspen leaf this week - the first one was so wonky that i almost threw it in the trash ... i just finished testing the second draft and it turned out okay - just barely 5 inches, though, and no room for error ... sheesh ... designers make it look so easy!

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