This is Jan Patek's block number 4 for the Moda BlockHeads Sew Along. I had decided I didn't want to do it because it is appliqué, and made an alternate pieced block instead.
You all know I have been playing around with a new machine appliqué project on my Bernina 740. After making some stars and basket handles using Heat and Bond fusible interfacing, I thought to myself: "Nicole. Stop being such a wuss and make the darn appliqué block". I also heard somewhere that Jan is going to come out with six more appliqué blocks for this project, which could be a super cute addition to the quilt.
One of my hesitations about making this block is that it looked wonky in just about every version of it I had seen. It is supposed to be part of its primitive charm I suppose. Only I can't do wonky very well. My mother would straighten crooked pictures when she was a guest in someone's home, so I guess I come by it honestly. It was pretty simple to make the pattern pieces symmetrical. I traced them as they were, folded them exactly in half and cut with my scissors on the drawn line. Kind of like cutting hearts when you make valentines. Voila, each piece was symmetrical.
I cut my gold strips 1 1/4" and sewed them with a quarter inch seam. I pressed those seams open. I layered my three cut out appliqué pieces and fused them to the 6 1/2" background square. I used invisible thread to do the appliqué, because Heaven help me, I could not match that gold to save my life. I really like how forgiving the invisible thread is and will use it on the future appliqué blocks in this sew along.
I am super happy with how this little bee skep block turned out. I am also thinking that maybe machine appliqué will become more a part of my projects, now that I have a machine that knows how to do it.