In our inaugural month of the Modern Irish Bee (2014), Miss Ruth requested two scrappy blocks finishing at 12.5 inches each using this the tutorial she wrote in combination with these cutting instructions. I was delighted when I saw her choice in blocks. What fun to give these at try!
Using Kona Ash as the background fabric with accents of Kona Snow, Ruth wanted us to make little 9 (or 16 patch) blocks of 1 inch finished squares. I had a wonderful time digging through my scraps finding a small tasty piece or two. How cute is the little deer? I didn't purposely fussy cut that! Honest.
Our second block was to have 20 little 1 inch squares again with the Kona Snow frame and Kona Ash backing. I'm not going to lie - small little mistakes in my seam allowance in those 20 pieces did add up and I created a wonky 12.5 (top) to 12.0 (middle) to 12.5 (bottom) block that had to be partially unpicked and re-sewn. Second time is the charm.
Ruth, I loved making these blocks for you. You're going to have one stunning quilt!
In other news, I've just finished reading Quilting Isn't Funny...
...by Megan Dougherty. It was delivered by good old Amazon over Christmas and I've been picking it up and putting it down since then. I love the idea of this book as we (quilters) are filled to the brim with wit and humor (you know who you are!). I that the author this is a fellow blogger who has turned her love/hate relationship with quilting into a magazine column and book. Congrats, Megan! And finally, I think the book is formatted well as it contains smaller excerpts/essays preceded with a little 5-8 sentence commentary by the author setting the scene for the piece. That being said, it just was not my type of humor. I think I go more for word play or dry humor when the humor here is based on the reader relating to the character/situation. I didn't really relate. Some of you may see yourself in these stories or have had similar situations and will love this book! To give you a chance at a laugh, I'll happily give my copy away to the first person who leaves a comment below and their paypal address to cover shipping. If you want it, its yours.