Bee Pieceful October Block

October 6, 2009

I also managed to get my block done for my virtual quilting bee.  This month’s bee wanted stars, any way we wanted to do them, as long as they were stars.  I decided to do a maverick star, because after the disaster of trying to do triangles in last months block (which I still feel horrible about), I thought this would be the best way for me to do something that would turn out halfway decent.

my wonky star

my wonky star

As you can see I still messed up matching a seam in the upper left hand corner.  But it is still definitely better than my last one, so I will give myself credit for that.  It’s just so hard when everyone else can do these beautiful and complex blocks, and I’m struggling in the proverbial kiddie pool.  I had been watching the bees before I decided to join ones, and the blocks I saw in the pools made me feel like it was something I could do to improve my skills but within a group of people who were entry level to intermediate ability.  Somehow I ended up in a group of super-quilters.  I feel so bad, because even if this block is an improvement for me, and looks pretty ok, I go to add it in the pool and look at what everyone else has done…I hate being the weakest link.  Maybe next time around, I’ll find a group that makes me feel less inadequate.

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bee pieceful

August 11, 2009

I joined my first virtual quilting bee. Its called Bee Pieceful and everyone in my group seems to be wayyyy more advanced than I am. I am having major feelings of inadequacy, but I guess that will just make me work harder at getting better at this.   I just sent this block to its owner yesterday, but I posted it to the group before I mailed.  I got some encouraging comments, but I still can’t help feeling bad about my block.  It was my first time trying triangles, and I didn’t really know what I was doing so there’s a lot of places where things didn’t line up quite right.  It was supposed to turn out 12.5 inches, but after all my mistakes with measuring or sewing (i’m not sure) I ended up having to trim it down to 9.5 and then add that wonky border so it came out the right size.   I am really not happy with my work, but I did not have enough scraps to make a new one to send her.  This was a big learning experience, so hopefully next month I will feel better about what I make.  The ladies have been really nice to me, so whatever they think about it, they haven’t made me feel bad.  It is a great group and I’m glad they let me join.