I have been so daunted by these for so long, but so completely enamoured too.
Many, many hours spent looking for the right tutorial online; loads of great tutes but I can be a right fussy bugger and I didnt manage to come up with anything that covered exactly what I want all in one. Only thing for it was to do my own.
It took me 7 hours over all, from nothing to pattern, photos for tutorial and finished block.
It didnt work.
I really wanted a 12" finished size block. This was just coming in shy of 11 and 3/4 unfinished... just. I stomped off to bed in a right huff!
The following day, explaining what happened to mum, she spotted this - a blatant sign if ever there was one -
and it gave me enough of a laugh to get stuck in to ... well, to be honest I got stuck into helping Mum have a go at drawing the pattern pieces with me! I'm afraid to say I was just too tired and too bad tempered to have managed to do it without mums positive outlook and her laid back.... well, to be honest she swore a bit too! (sorry mum but you did, just a little...) Between the two of us eventually we got it sorted and I was able to reuse the duff block too, so yay! Tutorial done!
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I'm going with Kona Ash centres, and the webs themselves to be bright, but light - ie no batik, no dark, no massively busy heavy prints - with some texty fabrics, and some selvages thrown in too. I am asking for wonky strips, none thicker than an inch (averaging 7+ strips per side) I am also asking my bee mates to make one strip, just one in the whole entire block, a light bright solid. If they all do this and place it next to the grey (spot the pink one on my block below!) I will stamp their name on it myself and there wont be any need for a signature block.
I must say, block one was certainly a labour of love. And I do you know, I love it! Block two will be a breeze now.
I hope you have a nosey at the tute, and if any of you actually use it and make a block or two I'd love to hear about it. In fact, what the hell, I could do with a couple more blocks to get a nice big bed quilt, so if anyone would like to contribute one...... drop me a line and we can discuss maybe an exchange of some kind!