Virtual Quilting Bee 3 – a pretty block by April Rosenthal

Cowlands Creek, Truro, Cornwall. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Cowlands Creek 2013


I’ve been feeling run down this past week and haven’t really achieved much, or so it feels. I feel like I’ve been away for months, not just a couple of days – so much goes on in this little community of ours.

Time to recharge the batteries. The weather at the weekend was blissful, a first taste of summer. Well, that is, how we think summer should be, not how it actually is most of the time! I’ve decided to sell my car and replace it with a bike, a new mountain bike that I collected last week in perfect time for the glorious weekend. I rode about 65 miles in 3 days. We have some fantastic bridleways and coastal paths nearby that just beg to be explored, but of course you have to stop along the way to take in the view (like Cowlands Creek, above, about 9 miles or so away). And have a cream tea. Of course 🙂

Virtual Quilting Bee

It all helps, but I still feel a bit lacklustre and looking at the 3rd block I made for Amy Smart’s Virtual Quilting Bee, I think it shows!

Block 3, virtual quilting bee. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Block 3 designed by April Rosenthal

The block was designed by April Rosethal of Praire Grass Patterns and is very simple to make (less than an hour including choosing the fabrics – follow the link to her instructions), which is quite satisfying. But, somehow, looking again, I notice I’ve lost quite a lot of the seam allowance down one side (although there is slightly more than shows in this photo), which means I’ll likely lose a good amount of the point when I add the sashing. Grrrr! That won’t do, so I’ll probably make it again sometime this week. Probably!

I’m still not sure if I’m happy with my fabric choices or not either…

Block 3, virtual quilting bee. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Tilda – the rosy one; Liberty Tana Lawn – the tree trunks, and something random from the scrap box

They’re all very different weights and I think the little Liberty triangles might be disappearing more than I’d like. I sprayed the bias edge of the Tana Lawn with starch to within an inch of its life to stop it stretching too much, but I still don’t know how I lost so much down the outside seam allowance! Shall I make it again?  Oh I don’t know!  What would you do?  It’s only fabric and less than an hour to make, and a very pretty block, so perhaps it’s worth doing again?

One of those days where I just can’t decide on anything!!!


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5 replies
  1. Lorna McMahon
    Lorna McMahon says:

    You know you won’t be happy with it in the end…. So re-make it when you are feeling fresh and ready to go at it again… And you will be happier when the sashing is added!

  2. The Sassy Quilter
    The Sassy Quilter says:

    Sometimes the time we spend thinking about it we could have re- done it:) Just do it if bugs you too much. When you get to the end it is nice if things go smoother. In the beginning I’m like, oh I can redo this- no big deal, but at the end I’m, are you serious!!

  3. says:

    Sounds like you have already kind of decided what you want to do. If it bugs you now, it will bug you later! I vote a do over. You can always decide this one was the best choice if the second doesnt do exactly what you want either.

    I really like the pink flowers. You lined them up so well. I think you make a good point, the triangles do kind of blend a little.

    Cant wait to see what you do!

  4. Stephie
    Stephie says:

    You’re all so right! I am definitely going to remake it…let’s see how this one goes! And I”m going to get rid of the Liberty triangles because I’m beginning to think it’s this fabric that’s giving me problems…


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