Thursday, 18 October 2012

Starry Eyed

I'm Miss October in the bee based around the book Modern Blocks, We Bee Modern Too.

Bees can be like swaps...you can forget that one day blocks will be winging their way to you. So it's fun when they do.

I chose Megan's Star.  Like many things in the quilty corner of the blogosphere, I'm a little late to the star party but the beauty of bees is that you can choose a block that perhaps you wouldn't choose yourself. I asked for Megan's stars in jewel tones.

Despite a huge energy slump, I managed to make this block - for me!!


And this one too!


...and here they are cozying up together waiting for their friends to arrive.  They will have a long wait as the blocks are going to my mum's in England...I couldn't bear for them to get lost! Having seen the blocks made by my fellow bee members I'm excited to see them all together and I'm so gald now that I chose this block!


This is a really straightforward block to make but despite this, I had a complete brain f**t when I came to attaching the triangles to the central square of the first block.  I cut the two green sqaures and then cut them diagonally in to 4 squares as directed.  The next instuction was to join the opposite sides right side together.  I kind of got it in to my head that I had to attach them flying geese style and in that case why wasn't I using squares?  I just couldn't work out how to join them. I know.  Crazy right?  I even googled the block to see how many other people had experienced the same problem.

Guess how many??

NONE BECAUSE THEY ALL HAVE BRAINS!!!

I'm ashamed to admit that I only got past the first step because someone had done a tutorial for the block and had used pictures for each step.

Left brain, right brain....no brain!

19 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

They look tricky Annabella! Don't be so hard on yourself! I didn't sleep at all one night trying to puzzle out a pattern! The stars are very pretty BTW!

Susan Standen said...

Gorgeous blocks! You can join me in the corner where they are putting all us brain fart geniuses.

Diane-crewe said...

we all do it! even when you have made a block many times... sometimes it just WILL NOT work... I recently had to make a dresden plate block that ended looking like a coolies hat! the next day... worked with no problems!!
your blocks look wondrful xx

Jennifer said...

oh this is great - i've been trying to make mine and keep pulling fabrics, then putting them back because i'm not sure they're "jewel" enough! this weekend, scouts honor :)

Jenelle said...

I really like these blocks! And your fabric choices are beautiful. :) I think everyone makes these kinds of mistakes from time to time too. Don't be too hard on yourself!

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Love your blocks! We all have those brainless moments!!!

Camilla said...

I absolutely love your colour work here! Enough contrast to make the block work, but so subtle.
Sounds tricky, I'm sure I'd struggle too. I like pictures. I think I should make some more traditional blocks to build my skills in this area.

Judith, Belfast said...

I recently did the 3 Wishes block from the book for a bee and got completely messed up by the instructions at the last stage! I had to just work out my own method, which meant using my own fabric as I had ruined the fabric sent to me by my bee member!!! Glad you still managed to produce 2 beautiful blocks. Jxo

Charlotte said...

cute blocks! And I love the new header :-D

Toni said...

Beautiful blocks! I came so close to choosing this one for my modern blocks bee, too. Yours will look fabulous all together!

Nicole said...

The blocks look great, Annabella! If it makes you feel any better, it took me about 4 tries to get that center part done correctly for your block, mainly because I kept misreading the size of the block. When I finally saw the correct size it came together for me. And this is after I made a whole quilt using this block!
Your block is done and waiting for its trip across the seas to begin!

Leanne said...

I think your blocks are beautiful.

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

They are gorgeous....and I'm definitely right with you on the senior moments. Oh dear, do you think it will be all downhill from here?

Flying Blind... said...

They look mighty complicated to me!

Kelly said...

Love those blocks and I often have those brain F**t moments ;-)

Isisjem said...

These are gorgeous I get confused about this kind of stuff all the while!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay for blocks coming back to you! I sometimes have those brain farts too, and I have a maths degree...

Nicky said...

Well it's all easy once we've done it! You should have seen me trying to work out how to do a Lu Summer porthole!?

blandina said...

Hilarious post.
Usually you are so brilliant that a small defaillance is allowed!