Nothing like waiting until the last possible second of June to finish up my bee blocks, but I squeezed them in just in time.
One of the reasons for the delay were these little guys. For June in our do. Good Stitches circle, Amanda asked for Improv Chevron blocks using the tutorial from Six White Horses. Now the tutorial is great, but improv piecing is just not my thing (hence putting these blocks off till the last nano second). I think I almost get a sort of anxiety, I'm so worried that it won't work out, that I do not end up enjoying the process. At all.
As I was stressing over working on these blocks, a lightbulb went off, and I got the idea to try paper piecing these. Since Amanda wanted 12.5" blocks, I figured 12" scrapbook paper would work perfectly.
Once I filled in all three sections, I labeled my sections with a L, R and C for left right and center, and then cut the pieces apart along the 3 vertical lines. I began paper piecing at the "triangle" end of the chevron and worked upwards. After I filled in all three chevrons, I then trimmed my 3 sections, and left a generous 1/4" inseam on all four sides of each piece, and then pieced the three sections together.
Voila! "improv" chevrons! Now this way certainly does not save any time, but if you are like me, and are a big scared-y cat of improv piecing like this, it saved me a lot of anxiety, and probably from uttering quite a few curse words as well.
After getting through those two blocks, the next two, for Mandy in the Stash Bee, we were to make two Friendship hexagon blocks using Elizabeth's tutorial.
These blocks were super easy and fun to make, Mandy asked for fabrics in aquas/teals, green/chartreuse, grey and white. Right in my wheel house. I may have taken longer to pick out the fabrics than to actually assemble these blocks. Pardon my slightly washed out pictures, I've been trying to play around with the manual mode of my new camera...sometimes I get it...sometimes I don't. I've pinned about a gazillion DSLR tutorials I've found on pinterest, and I'm excited to them out at a few family holiday picnics this weekend!