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After looking through the Modern Blocks book, and deciding on a block (with the help of my little sonny who said, "THAT one!!"), I started looking through fabrics.. and my first ever BEE block started to take shape.
And here she is:
I love how it turned out.. BUT.. here's my question and mild dilemma. Since this is my first Bee, I don't want to be the one that does it all wrong. ;) My block isn't square.. AND--if I square it up, it won't be quite 12.5". The edges are kind of wonky and skewed.
So my question: Should I square it up, and then sew a small border around the whole thing to make sure it is 12.5", or should I let the recipient decide how she'd like to trim it, etc.?
If you were the recipient, which would you prefer?
Thanks in advance to anyone who chimes in with an opinion. In the meantime, this little baby will sit folded up while I figure out what to do.
Other than the wonky edges/size issue, I really like how it turned out. It's the "pathways" block designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Am I making another Bee blunder by saying that? Is it all supposed to be kept a surprise until the recipients receive their blocks? I'm such a Bee greenhorn.. I need some sort of Bee etiquette book. :o) How many times can I say Bee in one post? hehe
Hope everyone has had a Happy Easter and a great weekend! Thanks again for any tips that you have.
Love the fabric choices in that block!
If it was being sent to me, I'd want it just as is (My own blocks seem to be a lil' wonky). 'Cause I might be able to straighten it out in seam allowance or if I really needed it then I could sash it.
Sometimes if I'm *really* worried about a block I'll email/post in flickr and point out exactly what's bothering me. I've always gotten great feedback from beemates that way.
..I'm so long winded on this one! Sorry!
No, I´d leave it like it is! The pattern and the color combo are great and I´m sure the person who receives this block can straighten it in the seam allowance. But to tell the truth I don´t know anything about bees and their etiquette...
(I NEED to have an ironing board cover like yours! Polka dots! *swoon* It´s awesome!)
I'm going to have to be the one to differ. If the bee states the block needs to be 12.5" then it needs to be 12.5" AFTER it is squared. I would go ahead and square the block, add borders to make it big enough, using the yellow or other print, and then square it again to 12.5" That way it matches what everyone else is doing. It is frustrating to get a bunch of blocks that match in size and then get one that is smaller.
Then, ask what everyone else would do with this dilemma so you know for future reference exactly what the group does.
Hope this helps.
You know, I think I am so cool with the stuff I do on my blog and then I come here and I feel totally lame. How do you find all these cool contests, bees, etc? It must be like a full time job!
Anyway, as a sometime diva of group quiltmaking, I say leave it as it is. When you are part of a group project, you just have to accept that if there are 56 people in the group, there will be 97 different interpretations of a 1/4" seam. You also have to keep an open mind about how far blocks might just stretch to fit. It will all work out and the recipient will love it.
Now, how do I join this modern bee? :)