I told you I was President of the Last Minute Club!
Spent time making my Supernova backing, and then basting it (that gets its own post), but it's patiently waiting, all rolled up, while I finish up some Bee blocks today. Tomorrow will be a quilting extravaganza!
These two stacked strips blocks are for Valerie in The Maple Leaf Bee. I love LOVED making these!
I've been admiring those strip-type blocks and quilts for a long time but I hesitated to try one because I could never manage to do strip piecing in a way that didn't have all kinds of (unintentional) wonkiness in the finished product. Like I even have trouble strip piecing!! I *always* have to cut and sew more strips than directed, because inevitably one or more bits of my strips are way too far off to be useable.
But! And here's my VERY VALUABLE TIP. After following Lee's recommendation for pressing the bias seams in the Supernova without steam, I found that all my seams were much straighter. The lightbulb over my head flickered a bit, and I tried the hot dry iron technique with the stacked strips blocks. And it totally worked! Too bad I was too clueless to have used it for these two blocks, which aren't truly as wavy and wonky in real life as they appear here, but they did give me some challenges (believe it or not - only straight seams!!).
The block directly above is actually for May, but I was using the same technique and most of the same fabrics (scrappy blues) so I made both at once. I am feeling quite smug about being ahead of the game in one bee at least. It's offset by my being late with another. But in my defense, the fabric (thank you, Canada Post, she says sarcastically) didn't arrive til the 15th.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend! I spent today at swimming lessons for the kid then she and I went on an adventure to a quilt show. Fun!!