Sunday, June 4, 2017

Burgoyne, bulldozers, and a healthy dose of oops...

I didn't put together a stitch of yellow this week.  Total scratch in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Though I did do a little non-sewing yellow work.

My daughter and son-in-law have birthdays 13 days apart, so this year they threw a joint birthday party.


And because 42 is the lucky number, they naturally picked a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy theme.  And I was rash enough to suggest that a cake shaped like a bulldozer would be perfect
I know, right?


Turns out that bulldozer cakes aren't really readily available commercially, so I undertook to make one myself.


And it was pretty tasty, too.

There wasn't any Vogon poetry, unfortunately, but we did squeeze in a little Vogon singing.  Or at least what we imagined Vogons would sound like if they set their poetry to music.  (It was equal parts hilarious and raucous.  The best way to sing!)


I did manage to get a bit of sewing, in amongst the baking and the frosting.  I've been trying to make some of the Challenge 365 blocks that I got behind on last year.   I dropped the ball in mid May, working on the 6"(finished) light blocks.  (I had managed to sail right along with the little 3" dark blocks.  Apparently the transition to these ginormous 6" blocks was a step too far...)

This is one of the ones that bogged me down in the first place -  I started it twice last year and ended up cursing each time.   Third time's the charm, right?


And this one also had me growling last year, but it worked this time around.


There are a couple that I'm pretty sure I had made after skipping those two, so I pushed ahead to this one.


I was really happy with it until I started getting one of those nagging little feelings that something was wrong.


Check out that ruler.  This is supposed to be a 6.5" (unfinished) block.  It's only an inch too big.
*sigh*
I had changed the techniques used in the pattern, using easy angle and companion rulers instead of what was called for, in an attempt to waste less fabric.  Unfortunately my measurements went astray somewhere along the way. 

I took another crack at it, and was a little more successful this time.



Though I really like this block, and wouldn't mind making a whole quilt of that larger size.  If only I'd written down the measurements, instead of winging it out of my head...
Oh, well, it'll make a welcome addition to the orphan box. 

And Burgoyne Number 9 is now done.


I thought I'd be able to stop there, but I've already started cutting bits for Number 10.  Stay tuned for more Burgoyning action!


Linking with Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap, and with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  (a yellow bulldozer is yellow enough for the RSC, right?)














14 comments:

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

That bulldozer cake is amazing. Nice job! It is always so frustrating when you think you found an easier way to make a block, only to find your math was wrong. Groan! It really is a cool block! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love the bulldozer cake, too! It reminds me of some of the creations I attempted for my boys when they were growing up! Your blocks are looking great - I really like the fabrics you used in the Burgoyne Surrounded block.

Chantal L. said...

I say yes. A yellow bulldozer is yellow enough for RSC and since it is so beautifully crafted you deserve some congrats on it also. That block that suddenly expended like a loaf of bread dough, I don't recall making that one. Oh MY!! Is that the block I've missed. I need to go check it out right away. Keep your fingers crossed. Beautifully done, all of them. Love the Burgoyne block. ;^)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your latest Burgoyne block is a lovely combo! Great cake too!

Angie said...

I'm sorry I missed out on the birthday cake and celebration - it sounds like a fun time was had! Oh, and yay! for another Burgoyne!!

Kathryn Kienholz said...

You are so brave to attempt a bulldozer cake! I did a Lego one once; piece o' cake :-0

Quiltdivajulie said...

VERY cool birthday cake! And yes, yellow is yellow.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

GREAT cake!

That first block is so cool - but it looks crazy fiddly!

Mystic Quilter said...

I reckon the yellow bulldozer definitely fits in with the RSC colour for June!

Suz J said...

Great cake! Did you follow instructions or just wing it? Which ever... you have done a terrific job. I really like both of your blocks - the one that's too big, and the one that's just right. I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to work out what it's measurements were to make some more.

The Joyful Quilter said...

A yellow cake for the RSC? TOO funny!!!

Magpie Sue said...

By far my favorite thing in this post is the bulldozer cake! I do also like the block that was supposed to be 6" finished. I wouldn't have undertaken to make that at all I don't think! The Burgoyne blocks I'm seeing around are giving me ideas...

Cathy said...

I see you are a woman of many talents! BS #9 ??? Wow! and Nice!

Kate said...

Love that cake! Very fun and creative. Congrats on getting so much catch up stitching done. Hope you've had time to do a bit more.