I'm trying to get caught up on the bees that I fell behind in last year. First up is Annabel's orchard themed block for Cocorico. This one was SO hard for me, even way back in October when I first started drawing up ideas. For some reason, inspiration never really struck. Dont' get me wrong, orchard is an awesome theme.
Having spent all my summers and many of my winters at the farm and apple/peach orchard, I thought I was going to be full of ideas. Then if finally hit, a U-Pick sign! U-Pick is the next best thing to having your own tree...or orchard. I made the apples last fall but never got around to piecing the letters until this year. Annabel asked for a rather large block, hence all the white space (I didn't do the math quite right). But I like it.
Next up is Amisha's block for Patchwork 318, the Kumiko Fujita Bee. Hosting this bee has been a good lesson - I am bad at hosting bees! enough said. Amisha asked for sewing theme blocks for her sewing room.
Finally, a couple pics from last fall! This is a pouch I made for Jen for the Pretty Little Pouch Swap. She asked for neutrals and a frame pouch. To be honest, I cringed when I read frame because I didn't want Jen to be my guinea pig.
The frame and glue were ordered off Etsy (Guterman glue). The finishe pouch was super long and narrow with pointy ends. I couldn't figure out how I made an 18" wide and 5" high purse. I'm embarassed to say how many days it took for me to realize that I never squared the corners! Since I had already sewn and glued the whole thing, I had to pull the pouch through the frame and square it off. The seams are visible inside, which bothers the perfectionist in me, but the pouch no longer looks like a clown purse! The letters are leftover from the potholder that I made Ayumi. They are the first letters of Jen's kids names because I wanted to personalize the pouch without making it too cheesy.
I wish I was a photographer because then I would avoid taking photos with the light behind the subject.