Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Stitch Tease Scrappy Clammies

A few weeks ago, we were sleeping practically fully clothed under a duvet and a thick blanket and then a week ago, it warmed up...and now it`s hot and already feeling a little uncomfortable to sew.  I`m hoping the temperatures will drop a little as I still have a lot to do before I finally down tools for the summer months.

I have finished my Stitch Tease blocks.  There are eight amazing women in this bee. The theme for my quilt is scrappy curves. I have asked for blocks measuring 25" and so I made 2 so that there will be 9 in total.

I had a bit of a wobble a couple of weeks ago when my creative mojo took an unscheduled holiday. I thought of other things I could have as a theme but I kept coming back to curves.  So yesterday, I tried again with Jenny`s ruler and made this block.  It measures 25". Despite its crack courtesy of the postal system, the ruler was wonderful and super easy to use.


Then I returned to the clam shells and used the template for the Lemons & Limes block in the Modern Blocks book.  There wasn`t much wiggle room when it came to squaring up and I can`t say I loved making this block as it was quite consuming but I love the result.  

Scrappy Clamshell block
Each bee member has purchased 1 yard of fabric, a piece of which will be used in each quilt so that all the quilts are linked.  I chose English Plantain from Across the Pond by Cloud 9 and used it in both blocks.

English Plantain by Cloud 9
Love it or hate it, these blocks feel very me.  Now they are off on a magic carpet (far more reliable than the world`s postal service I find) to the lovely Katy in Glasgow who hot from her Curves class with Rachel is sure to come up trumps. She`s also an amazing paper piecer!


Stitch Tease

20 comments:

Karen said...

A these look wonderful, despite the cracked ruler!! Hope its a bit cooler for you now

Jenelle said...

I am really mesmerized by these Annabella! The clam shells are beyond amazing (so pretty!). Was the ruler really helpful in making these turn out so perfectly? I was with Sunni when she bought hers, but sadly I passed up the opportunity to get one in person. Now I am kicking myself!

susan said...

I'm loving your idea. Nice how varied everyone's is. Must look at the schedule of what to do soon - as in before I go away!

Patchwork and Play said...

These are two very individual blocks in a really sophisticated colour palette! And curves!! Great job!!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh boy - I am so glad I ordered the templates for the Retro Flowers QAL, they will be getting a work out on your month!

Little Island Quilting said...

Love both your blocks!

Cherie said...

They look incredible! Awesome job! =D

Judith, Belfast said...

Great curves A! The blocks aren't bad either, hehe! Jxo

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

Lovely Annabella. Wish I was a part of it too!

two hippos said...

love all your fab curves - they frighten me silly! Although ever since I saw clam shell curtains in the V & A I have wanted to have a go.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous blocks! You know, thats the first clamshell block I've seen that I've really liked!

Lasso the Moon said...

Very nice clam shells. I'd love to try that one someday.
Anna

Heidi Staples said...

These are amazing. I love them!!

Jenny said...

Great blocks!! Your fabrics are so yummy!! I like what you did with the ruler...Looks great!! Hopefully you get your replacement ruler soon ;o)

Quilting In The Cold said...

Wow, the clam shell block is just stunning, wow, wow, wow

Cindy said...

I really like your first jenny block. Gorgeous fabrics with the perfect cut. Lovely!

Kelly said...

Love both blocks and now I really really need that ruler!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh crap, no pressure then lol They look fab anyway :o)

Inspiredbyfelix said...

Oh my goodness, those clams are fab! You clever thing! I think I need to invest in some curve cutting tools x

Deirdre said...

I love the clamshell block - what beautiful work!