Friday, April 10, 2015

Stash Bee April - I'm Queen Bee!

* For all my non Stash Bee followers this is what is happening in April for me over in Stash Bee *

Hi my Little Worker Bees it's Rebecca here aka OneWeeBird...your April Queen Bee!

Just a very quick Bio for those of you who are unfamiliar with me LOL

I am a 40 something Mum of 3 Boys 21, almost 17 and 15, and an energetic wee girl who will be 3 this June.
I have been quilting for about 13 years on and off but have really only immersed myself   (read "bought ALL the fabric") in the last few years since the Modern fabric movement consumed my soul!

This is my second year in Stash Bee and I LOOOOOVE it!!

My block for you has actually changed from my first plan as I really wanted to follow Genevieve's lead and get you guys to help me finish a WIP instead of starting a NEW one.

Introducing my Spiderweb blocks circa 2011.....ridiculous!!

I made 28 blocks and they have just sat and sat and please help me finish them and make a gorgeous quilt!


I have not re written the Tutorial as it is already concisely and clearly written BUT I HAVE CHANGED THE DIMENSIONS

My block is 10" finished so you will start with an 11 1/4" Square.

Use any White Fabric you have on hand, as white as possible would be great not cream or ivory please, but it doesn't have to be a particular brand.

Fill your boots when it comes to the strings...the brighter the better! Raid your scrap bin!

Please press the seams open if you don't mind?

Here's the tutorial, any questions please email me

My question for you is " If you could go back to your 18 year old self what, if you could, would you retrain as? Or choose as your perfect career?"

Possum Magic Border 5 - The Ladder To Crazytown

Possum Magic is almost over!!

It's hard to believe there are only two more borders to go before our quilts all arrive back from where they began!

Border 5 had me adding to Sharon's Quilt, which began with this gorgeous centre!
It is a gorgeous scrappy Dresden with the teeniest hexagons I've ever seen......aaaaaand all fussy cut!! WTF!!

When Serena added these Granny Square blocks (also teeny tiny) a couple of borders back I had my AHA moment....I would add a square based block border to repeat the theme depending on what Jo and Jane did.

Luckily for me neither went for squares and in the meantime I settled on the Jacob's Ladder block.

I initially made two blocks with white running through the centre for the ladder but it wasn't right?

Change it to a bright contrasting Solid and now we're cooking!

As in previous rounds I managed to F*&%$ up the orientation between the floor and the machine but luckily I posted this late night photo to IG and Wendy Possum spotted it for me before I mailed it.

A quick unpick and a few Mother Hallelujahs and it was fixed and on it's way to Alice

It really is a beautiful quilt with ,I believe well over 300 different fabrics in it!

I'm in love with this Emily Herrick Rustique print....and purple it seems?????

And Anna Maria Horner's True Colours I think were made just for me....I don't care what you all say they are mine mwahahahaha

I currently have Wendy's beautiful quilt.....and I'm stuck...hopefully that will pass real soon...but I seem to do my best work under pressure...SIGH

Rainbow Mini Swap on Instagram- Still Cheating On You

Yes I'm still cheating on you my lovely bloggy peeps!
I have a tonne of posts to do but sadly noone has gifted me extra hours in the day?

Here's a recent finish for you to look at over your cups of tea,coffee,vodka,gin etc

This was another mini quilt swap run on IG by @katebasti and since I had yet to make a Rainbow inspired quilt, my rubber arm shot up and I joined....once again failing to check my commitments for the month!!
I missed the International deadline by one week but it has gone!

 I bribed my partner with fabric and chocolate and lollies for my tardiness LOL

I have had this pattern by The Tartan Kiwi for a wee while just waiting for the right opportunity to use it

If you have yet to try one of her paper pieced patterns I highly recommend them

I worked loosely on the ROYGBIV order with a little more room for subtle shading between the main colours

The body is made using Robert Kaufmann Metallic and it gives the perfect amount of gold flicker in the light, so I used it for the binding as well.

Don't tell the others but the Purple girl is my favourite...she's the Sassy One!

I quilted in the ditch externally and internally on all four wings then roughly 1/8" outside all four ladies, if I was a fancy quilter I could've gone crazy in the white space, but I'm definitely a Piecer not a Quilter!

She was hard to give away, which I always believe is a good sign that you've done your best work!

But look what I received from Katy of The Littlest Thistle all the way in Scotland!!

This lovely, which I had admired in the #rainbowminiswap feed, immediately caught my eye with it's beautiful simplicity and deceivingly simple design.
It would not have been easy at is perfectly lined up and spaced so the quilting intersects each point on the hexagons exactly and exactly down the middle between each one also!!

It's also on one of my all time favourite fabrics, Heath by Alexander Henry.

Katy also popped in some lovely extras for Moi and Little OWB....teenage OWB's stole the Jelly Bunnies immediately.....Katy is also in this particular magazine with one of her patterns!!

Once again a great swap and ALOT of fun ....which is what it's all about.

Lets count this as a finish for Finish It Up Friday