Today I finished up my first June block for Lael for my Honey Bees quilting bee.
(Click on the picture to see it bigger. No, really. I'll wait.)
I must have been crazed to pick such a block, but once I started it was too late to turn back. I found a paper-piecing template online that was adorable, and I didn't let all the teeny tiny pieces scare me off. (Ignorance is bliss, I tell ya'.)
It said it would make a 10" block. It did not.
No problemo -- I added white sashing, which I wanted to anyways, to make it 10". It is not absolutely perfectly square because it will not lay absolutely perfectly flat, which is driving me bonkers, but due to the extreme cuteness of the block, I'm hoping Lael will not mind...
Do I love this block?
Oh heck yes and then some.
And I am dang proud of myself, if it's okay to admit that. I would've never been able to attempt this except for the paper-piecing skills I learned over the past year in my other quilting bee. (Thanks, girls!) The three pages of templates that printed up were not the same scale, so I had to have my husband try and recopy them to match scale-wise. (So if you get a wild hair and think you want to click over and attempt this block, keep that in mind. If you don't rescale them all to match, it won't work out.) There was a lot of seam-ripping, a lot of holding my breath, and a lot of please-Jesus-let-this-turn-out-after-all-this-effort going on. Jesus might have a few bigger matters in the world to attend to, but that didn't stop me from hoping He wanted my block to turn out okay. Ha.
The second block has not been started, but it probably won't be quite as intricate as this wonky little farmhouse, just to put that out there. What to do, what to do...