There has been the usual mix of happiness and horror that comes with man's return. He makes me clean and tidy... And I have to do much more food preparation too. Boo hiss. He has however given in to my whining and accompanied me to the cinema, not once but 3 times! Woo hoo! We've seen Argo, Django Unchained, and tonight was This is 40. Awesome. I LOVE going to see movies. I love popcorn... So far, I dozed for 10 mins about 20 mins in to Argo, tho fortunately I picked it up again very quickly. Ben Affleck with beard..... mmmm.
|Ben with beard. And well deserved bafta... image from the telegraph|
Amazingly didn't sleep at all during Django. Hate to admit it but even although I really loved it, I cant deny I did, twice, think "bloody hell, its still not over?!" Wooee a long filum. Real good tho. And This is 40.... Loved it! Made me laugh so much.
Other exciting (granted only for me) news is that we're off to the mainland at the end of the week! Typically we're off to somewhere even more remote for a week... so I will be offline. For a week. No phone signal either. Am a little scared...
So, before I disappear I thought I'd better get my bee blocks for Di done. She asked for flying geese blocks, any size so long as finished size was divisible by 12, 6 or 3. She gave us a very definite colour scheme, so that was my first problem... My reds all seemed either terracotta or pink. My teals all seemed either aqua or had loads of black in them.... Eventually found some I think fit, lets hope Di approves!
Not having a great deal of experience with Flying Geese I decided to make this a bit of a learning thing - last geese block (only geese block) I did was all foundation paper piecing, so I ruled that out this time. I had a go at making some using my own maths and my own ideas.
Eventually I found two great tutorials online for two methods, and I tried both, and made two made up blocks.
First up we have the Easy Flying Geese Tutorial from Bee in my bonnet. This uses squares and rectangles, chain piecing, and also produces lots of little triangles for some extra teeny HST's if you can be arsed.
This worked okay. My sizes ended up a little bit squiffy (smaller than hoped for) but I think it turned out no' bad.
Second we have the Flying Geese - the no waste method from Happy Quilting. No waste means no extra weeny HST's so all of you who couldn't be arsed doing anything *with* the ones from the above tute just need to switch to this one! The tute is good, it works, but to be honest, I found the maths and the working out just... eugh. My geese still ended up squiffy. In fact, these ones seemed even squiffier so I had to trim the blocks down and border up the block. Got a bit carried away as there was no need for the sides boosted. Oops.
So, that's my blocks. I thought they were okay, then I saw ol' flashers block and mine now seem, well, pants! My oh my she really has done a beauty!
I'll leave you to go nosy at her masterpiece for now... but I'll be back before the weeks out.