My IT man (aka - my husband) coached me through gremlin killing last night, sending me links on how to do it, and talking me through the 'I do not know what the f**k I am doing' moments on the phone. And it worked. Damn, he's good. I feel much more secure with a working computer. Sad, but true. My opinion of people who write the programmes for viruses is less than congenial though.
I've been working on my bee blocks to hand deliver as many as possible in London. Here are four more blocks, two pairs, that I have completed.
For Terri, in Brit Bee, I have stars. She provided the fabric and just the instructions to make stars of any kind we liked. She trusted me with some of her HR stash so I hope I did her proud.
And for Katy, in Stitch Tease, I did two foundation paper piecing blocks. Yes, I did struggle at times. Despite Katy being the nicest person going and giving me the very easiest feathers that you could ever imagine doing. The seam ripper had a work out but I think I got there in the end. I really do think I am missing the essential bit of DNA for this sort of piecing. Curves? No problem. English paper piecing? Yay! Freezer paper piecing? Happy to. Hand stitching anything? Yes please. So why do I suck at this so much? Why?!
I do hope that Katy likes them as she has waited for them long enough, and she did make sure I got the easiest, peasiest block to do. With luck these will suit her quilt.
great blocks. I hate paper piecing too -- it's counterintuitive because I'm sewing on the back of the block through paper, instead of on the fabric. and if I make a mistake, it's often fatal because the paper rips when I'm unstitching. so I avoid it as much as possible and have fun with other methods.ReplyDelete
Glad you are all fixed. The blocks are lovely. The mermaids are so pretty swimming round and I love your paper pieced feather.ReplyDelete
Hurrah, you're back!!! Thank goodness Mr IT God could talk you through it all! I love the bee blocks, particularly the hexy mermaid star!ReplyDelete
Yay for techie partners! Just remember that most people feel that they don't know what the f*** they're doing most of the time but rarely ever say it out loud. I spend a lot of moments wondering if today's the day someone catches me... :-)ReplyDelete
I LOVE those fussy-cut stars - beautiful. And as for foundation paper-piecing. There are tricks to it. The angles on things that look simple (like feathers) can really throw you when you have to think of things upside-down, backwards and with a seam allowance on all sides. You are not alone, but it does get easier with practice! haha.
Love those bee blocksReplyDelete
Thank god for tech geek hubby's who know WTF they are doing with puters ;-).ReplyDelete
Loving those blocks - especially the stars.
...and you're back! Cute blocks, love the mermaids.ReplyDelete
I regularly shout WTF at my computer - glad I'm not alone!! Love the blocks xReplyDelete
So glad the gremlins have been banished. Nice to see your pictures back!ReplyDelete
Hooray for techy hubby! Your blocks look great :)ReplyDelete
I really love reading your blog even more now that I've met you as I can imagine your tone of voice when you were working out the tech problems on the phone :)
Great blocks, and you clearly know what you're doing with paper piecing as these are fab, now stop being a drama queen, and get yourself psyched for my paper pieced uber-complicated block for November, hahahahahahahahaha!ReplyDelete
Computer technology and foundation paper piecing fall into the same 'brain' basket! They were invented by the same nerd ! Your blocks are lovely, despite the angst!ReplyDelete
Double yum! Loving those mermaids! So pleased you are virus free again! JxoReplyDelete
Just love that mermaid star!! Beautiful blocksReplyDelete
OMG! I love them all especially that feather, incredible stuff!ReplyDelete
Love the purple blocks, and the paper pieced blocks look great to me!ReplyDelete
Glad the gremlins were subdued!ReplyDelete
I think all your blocks look wonderful and you simply do not suck !
Love those feathers - they look like ones I need to try.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear your guy got your computer fixed! The blocks are beautiful.ReplyDelete
Glad you got your computer working again!ReplyDelete
I didn't get a chance to comment on your birthday post...so happy belated birthday! I can't believe how much your daughter looks like you! WOW!!
Oh I love the mermaid fussy cutting so much!ReplyDelete
Yay your back! Loving the blocks I'm sure the recipients will like them too. I'm trying not to get too excited about meeting you in just over a weeks time :-)ReplyDelete
I'm glad i'm not the only one who just can't get the whole foundational paper piecing! Sorry i missed wishing you a happy birthday - just catching up on blog reading! Glad to hear you've come out the other side without any major hiccups:)ReplyDelete
Love the colors in your paper pieced blocks - and the way you fussy cut the stars blocks. They look good and I'm sure the recipients will be thrilled with them.ReplyDelete
How did you get the easiest peasiest feather?? Mine has a gagillion pieces compared to yours??! Gorgeous blocks and gald the gremlins have done one :)ReplyDelete
Yay for the resurrection, and the blocks all look great, thank you :o)ReplyDelete
Wow those Heather Ross stars are stunning! I think I would have an impossible time letting them go!ReplyDelete
Just caught up with those spectacular stars. They're way better in my clean hands than those photos. They're stunning. Especially, 'specially the mermaids. Love them to bits. Thanks so much. :)xReplyDelete