Wednesday, 29 February 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday

Look what arrived in the post! The first of the blocks for the Modern Sampler Bee. Thank you so much Leonie. I have been eyeing up all the hexies that have been appearing on the internet recently so its great to have some on my quilt.
As I have finally started my own block for the Bee, and this my very first full sized quilt, I thought I'd start reporting on my progress every now and then. Because lets face it, it's probably going to take me quite a while to finish this project!

At this stage I have no idea how big the quilt is going to be. I am taking the attitude that I'll see how far I get and when I run out of fabric and inspiration!

I guess I'll just learn on the job.

And there is a lot of learning to do! 

This quilt is proving to be a very steep learning curve! 

The first thing that I learnt is to check fabric shops before choosing the colours of your quilt. When choosing my fabrics, I went on a huge online search and became really inspired by blocks using the colours aqua, tangerine. I told the girls in the bee to use these colours before I actually had a look at the fabrics that were on offer in New Zealand. BIG MISTAKE! Could I find the sort of fabrics that I was after? No!

This failure led me to lose momentum on the project. I dutifully made everyone else's blocks but couldn't quite get round to starting my own. Then the other day, I came across some Heather Ross fabrics from Stitchbird fabrics in the right colours and decided it was time to make a decision and commit to some fabrics.

I have to admit that the block that I am making is NOTHING like the blocks that I envisioned, BUT I'm loving it!
Not yet finished, but you get the idea!
Second mistake was not to trust my own instincts. When I chose the fabrics I was unsure as to the background to use. As I am useless at looking after whites, I decided on light grey.  After about a day I regretted this choice and wondered whether I should change to slate grey. I ummmed and ahhhed but didn't change my colours.

When I sat down to work on my own block today I realised that it wouldn't really work with a light grey background. I changed it up and used a slate grey background- much better!

But don't worry fellow bee members, I am not going to discard your blocks. I am now actually really happy that I didn't change my colours, I am really excited by the idea of a checker board quilt with two colours of grey backgrounds.

I just love how projects like this evolve, don't you?!

I'm linking up with 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. ohh the hexie flower is adorable, love it!

  2. Whoohoo! go you go you! Love your block! And I have slate grey!!! Next time you tell us ;) Cant wait to see how the whole thing shapes up!

  3. Your block looks lovely, the slate grey really sets off the other colours. I find it hard too to visualise the fabrics together, especially when internet shopping!

  4. Love the hexie block.
    Your block looks really great with the slate grey.

  5. Wow I really like those colours! Looks great!

  6. Glad you didn't change your colours - it's such a gorgeous combination :) I love the block you're making, those curves are very impressive (I can't even sew a straight line!)

  7. I love your unicorn block and I think the slate grey is perfect:)

  8. wow look at you go clever clogs! Can I continue to take credit for your quilting ;P
    LOL joking. So happy to see you growing so quickly and loving it.

  9. I love the hexies! I just taught myself how to make these and have a project almost completed. I'm happy to realize they are not too difficult to make.

  10. Your blocks look awesome! The hexie flower is cute and I love the unicorn in the center. It's awesome how projects just come together on their own.

  11. That is a great quilt block! Love the darker gray... it really makes those fabrics pop.
    ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

  12. The unicorn in the center of that block is awesome and adorable! Fun to meet you via WiP!!

  13. I've cut but not sewn together - shall I change from ash to slate?
    I LOVE your colours


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