This the second block I made for my recent turn at the Traveling Threads Bee. This was was found while trolling the web for new bee blocks, but the templates I found had the finished block measuring at 11″ which led to some very strange measurements. I think it was probably geared for metric users, so my apologies to them for this block, which finishes at 10″ square.
Here is a PDF of the templates for the block. I am happy to provide them to you as a free downloadable file, but please don’t distribute these blocks to your mother or your friends. Send them here to get their own, please. Thanks. Click to download: Peaceful Hours 10inch
I always like to simplify my cutting, so I tape together the triangles, then measure them, as shown here:
Cut one large 5 1/2″ center square. I used Lisa’s signature fabric of a bright floral.
Cut four smaller 1 3/4″ blocks to snowball onto the corners. When you tape these together, remember to cut off that diagonal seam allowance.
Cut two 3 3/8″ squares (orange), and two 3 3/8″ squares (green). You can either cut them apart diagonally, make them as a two-color half-square triangle (HST), which is what I did. Trim them to measure 3″ inches square (you won’t have a lot of extra fabric, so be careful).
Cut two 2 1/8″ squares (green), then slice in half diagonally.
Cut the other pieces using the templates, remembering to have all the right sides of the fabric facing UP if you are going to cut them in a layer, as there is a left-orientation and a right-orientation to the F and H templates. Ditto for the narrow wedge G and I triangles.
Snowball the corner on your large center square, trim and press, then lay everything out. This is where you briefly lose your mind on those F and H pieces. The trick is to find the right angle corner and then let that help you figure out how it goes together. You’ll always be trying to make those two short sides be that inner corner, but it won’t work. Look for the right angle: one short side and one long side.
Stitch on the longer wedgier triangle, press. Then stitch on the regular triangle. You’ll have four sets that are mirrors of each other.
True them up to 3″ square. That tip should fall right about at the 1 and 1/2″ mark, if possible. While in my early quilting days, I used to just wait to square up the whole block, now I square up the units as I go, especially on these!
I stitched together the two mirror-units of each of those angular blocks. While I am NOT a fan of pressing open these tiny 1/4″ seams, in this case, that is the best way to get them to lay flat. I pressed the rest of the seams to the side.
Stitch as shown.
Look what happens when you put Peaceful Hours into a block set of five by five. I love the secondary circle-type pattern that forms inside.
Another coloration. I’m playing around in QuiltPro software, which I love because it runs well on a Macintosh. I also have Electric Quilt, which is also good (I use it to draw all my circles EPP blocks), but since I’m more familiar with QuiltPro, I tend to turn to it as it is more frequently. And no, I don’t get it for free. I bought it, just like you do. I don’t hear about it as much as EQ7, so I thought I’d mention how much I like it.
This is what I sent on to the next member of our Traveling Threads Bee: whatever came to me, plus these two blocks, and a slew of Flying Geese blocks for the last person, who puts together the quilt top.
I’ve also finished this block for my bee mate Rene’ for the Mid-Century Modern Bee. It’s from a pattern by Aylin-Nilya, and this one took some time with the weensy little logs in the center.
Being in a bee, or a group is a collaboration of sorts. While the generally agreed upon conventions for a bee are pretty standard, we are feeling our way with the Traveling Threads Bee. The biggest obstacle in both seems to be mailing dates, but beyond that, it’s an interesting experience to climb inside someone’s head for a while, use their colors, (and in some cases) their fabrics, their ideas. Brian Eno noted that “When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness… That’s one of the great feelings – to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.”
And maybe that’s why this digital world of quilting has used bees and groups to engender understanding, which leads to curiosity about our friends’ lives, which leads to friendships that exist beyond the screen and the blog. I think it is more than just Pen Pals on Steroids.
Amy Poehler, who spent three years in Chicago with The Second City, an improv group (and later famously collaborated with Tina Fey on SNL) had a good insight when she said to “. . . be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
I find that has happened to me more than once, and I notice it also in QuiltLand’s redundancy as I read blogs, watch the latest fad blossom (yes, My Small World is coming along–more later) and bloom. But when someone has a pop of inspiration, works with it, shares it, that collaboration of sorts changes us all.
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