I know that the interwebs are abounding with virtual quilting Bees and I've long watched the parade of finished blocks and quilt tops made by their talented members. I resisted joining in the past, not because, like Groucho Marx once said," I wouldn't want to belong to any club that will include people like me as a member," but because I was worried that I wouldn't be able to fulfill my end of the bargain.
Recently, I threw caution to the wind and joined not one, but two virtual bees. I've received fabric from one, along with inspiration for the block requested and I'm here to report that making this block has been so much fun that I'm kicking myself for not having joined one before.
The inspiration behind this block was supposed to be triangles and the gal who's month it is even put together a flickr gallery to help spark some ideas.
My idea actually came to me when I was playing around with some hexagons and thinking about this blanket. I wanted to create a concentric pattern like the blanket where the base shape was not a square. When I divided up the hexagon into three pieces and pieced those pieces using strips, I realized that when I sewed them back together the centers made triangles. Eureka!
I made the center triangle smaller and from a print to differentiate it from the surrounding triangles. I also added strips along the edges so that the block would measure the required 12.5" x 12.5".
I still haven't figured out how I want to interpret the blanket pattern as a quilt. I've definitely ruled out applique as that's never been my passion. I like to piece stuff. I know I could do this as a circle within a square, but there's something about that kind of piecing that feels so tedious. I've done it before and it always makes me sleepy. I think the hexagon is the answer and making this block is a step in the right direction.
That's why I'm excited about having joined these Bees. Someone else's inspiration can become your own and push you to try new things. That realization shouldn't be new to me....Maybe I just needed a little reminder.
I didn't want to sign off before I gave you all an update on the skirt tutorial. I'm hoping to post it tomorrow, so stay tuned.