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?