Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I'm off to a slow start, but I really need to kick into high gear soon!
I've been playing with the Rose Star block this week for a couple of reasons. I will be demonstrating English Paper Piecing at a guild meeting on Wednesday, and I thought it might work as a bee block.
Did you already recognize my colors here? (pink, yellow & orange)
The test block was based on a 2" hexagon, but it is just a bit too big to fit into a 12" square. 12.25" from point to point. Really?! I might remove the dark pink triangles from my block to make it fit.
Take 2: 1.75" hexagons.
The pretty blue block will be for Christine in the 4x5 bee. She asked for some Denyse Schmidt prints that she can't get in the UK. I will probably hand applique the star to the white background.
I print and cut my own paper pieces on card stock. Visit Karen's tutorial for basting instructions. Since these were bigger pieces, I needed to take a few basting stitches through the paper. I have been using incompetech to create accurate hexagons in various sizes.
I think the backs look so cool! You can see that I haven't removed any paper yet.
To see more Rose Stars, visit Self Sewn for Clare's linky party. She also has a tutorial and a flickr group dedicated to this sweet block. Thank you, Clare!
In family news...
Julia recently performed in her school's production of Anything Goes. Here she is making the pre-show announcements in the cutest costume. She was one of Reno Sweeny's Angels, Purity. She has a gorgeous singing voice!
That's Pete on drums with the high school Jazz Band. We are so proud of him for being chosen for the All-State Jazz Band!
It's time for more stitching!