Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hive 9 -- April blocks so far.......

Hello Everyone!!!

Yesterday was like Christmas in May!  I had received 2 packages already, and then suddenly, there were stacks of mail in my box, all filled with quilty goodness.

Blocks arrived from Toni, Angela, Angela, Shauna, Maureen, Tiff, Jacki, and Grace.

Here's a pic.

They are going to look so cool as a quilt.  Thanks to all for the extra fabric, candy, and all those little triangles.  I think that a flying geese border on this will just make things perfect.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hive 6 - May Blocks for Nancy

Howdy from Summer!  Here are my May blocks for Stash Bee Hive 6:
Nancy had some fun and easy blocks for us to make which she will use in a quilt for her dad.
I had some red strips leftover from another project, so I grabbed those scraps and some fun Pearl Bracelets and a text print from my stash to whip up these blocks in hardly any time at all!  The light gray is left over from an appliqued whale in this quilt.
Nancy asked "What is your favorite flower, favorite color, and favorite non-quilty/sewing activity?"
I love irises, the color blue, and watching TV. 
If I lived somewhere other than Houston, my favorite non-quilty activity would be to get outdoors and walk with my dogs, but it's hot and there's little good scenery without having to drive quite a ways, so TV it is! :P

Hive 5 block for Rebecca

Shirley at Simplesew's Block for Rebecca for the Month of April .. Love Scrappy and this is a Fun Block. Rebecca's question for us was if we could go back in time and change our career choice what would we select. In School they were teaching us to be Mothers and secretaries.. I did the mom thing and thats turned out great.. But I would have learned a trade like in HVAC, or pipefitter and went to work at Dow and stayed in my home town where the Beach, best friend and family is.......... 

Hive 6 April Block


Kate here from Hive 6. I'm a little late in posting my block from April, but I did mail it out last week.

Nicole chose a paper pieced polaroid block.  I enjoyed picking out my fussy cut centers. I'm not a big paper piecer, so it was good to get a bit of practice, hope they work with the rest of the blocks! I think this is going to be a fun quilt.

Nicole asked us about the best thing we've ever made. I think my best quilt is my Colorado quilt. I just love scrappy quilts, and bright colors.

Hope everyone has a great week!

May Giveaway Winners!

Hi lovelies ---

We had This month we have two winners again! Hooray! (Don't forget to email me stashbeecomments@gmail.com if you want to donate a prize!)

The first prize is a $10 gift certificate to The Green Apricot which was won by...

The second prize is a selection of pre-cuts donated by Summer which was won by...

Congrats to Genevieve and Grace! The block choices for this month are great ones and I can't wait to see them all made!

Queen Bees from January - April -- don't forget to post a picture of your finished quilt top! We can't wait to see some FINISHED Stash Bee quilts!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scrap Jar Stars for Shari from Current Girlfriend

I am so glad to see another tardy April post for Shari. As the Russian Wolfhound said in 'Lady and the Tramp,' "miserable being seeks more miserable being... then, is happy."  Lol.  My April rushed to a close and although I did get the block mailed in time to arrive for Shari's birthday on April 30, I didn't get it blogged. but here it is, and it turned out cheerfully sweet.

Shari asked about our dream vacation. I would love to time travel, back to childhood and the family vacations at Coos Bay, Oregon each summer. We played on the beach, in the driftwood and sand, while dad and friends went fishing each day. The seafood was fantastic. Such fun, innocent times with my siblings.

Hive 2 - May Bee Blocks for Sue

Sue asked us to create haphazard plus sign blocks for May. I really enjoyed digging through my scrap bin to find bits of fabric from some of her favorite designers, and I got to use some new low volume fabrics that I just received in a swap! Sue mentioned that she would be happy to trim the four blocks to 8.5-inches and sew them into the larger final block to allow her to balance out colors and prints, so I am taking her up on that offer!

Sue's question for May is: Where do you look for quilting inspiration? Share a favorite blog, book, magazine, instructor/class, etc.

Favorite blogs for inspiration: Renee @Quilts of a Feather and Judy @Quilt Paradigm are both quilting friends, and I admire their brave free motion quilting that they accomplish on domestic machines. I am continually inspired by what they quilt! 

Instructor / Class: I also recently took a class with Angela Walters on Quilting Negative Space and really enjoyed it. 

Quilt Design: In terms of quilt design, I enjoy participating in the Facebook Group Quilt Design a Day (QDAD).

Hive 1:  A couple of kaleidoscope blocks for Jackie from Robin.  Bright like the season.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hive 7 May block for Jan

Jan asked for a fun circle of squares block. It was so simple I made two: red and yellow. The yellow one might not have a lot of contrast, but I tried to choose relatively dark yellows and light low-volume background prints to increase any contrast.

I narrowly avoided a big oopsie. Not paying close attention to the instructions, for each block I cut four 2½ x 4½-inch pieces for the corners instead of eight 2½-inch squares. Luckily, I caught my error in time.

Jan asked us, ‘What gets you into your creative mode if you’re in a sewing funk?’ Sewing funk?! What is that?! Sometimes I lose interest in a particular project, but I always have another gazillion projects on the go. I simply switch to one that catches my fancy until I regain interest in the one I put aside. My problem is that I always have too many things I want to make and not enough time to make them.

Carla, aka Granny Maud’s Girl

Hive 5 - Christina block for April

Christina sent me a photo of her block and I forgot to post it.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hive 7 April Block

These were both made AND mailed before April 30th, but I haven't had the chance to sit down and write about it!  I liked this block, I cannot wait to see how the whole quilt looks.

Shari asked where our dream vacation would be.  I am not sure.  Growing up my dream had alway been to visit France, and when I was in college I had that opportunity, I lived there for 9 months, and while I was there I visited Paris multiple times, London, Tunisia and other places in France.  Currently my husband travels for work, so we get free flights and hotels and travel quite a bit.  This year I have been to Seattle & New Orleans for weekend trips.  We have trips planned to the Grand Canyon and possibly Disney.  Who knows what the unplanned trips will be :)

Hive #5 - May 2015 Tutorial

Hello everyone!  I am so excited that spring is finally be here.  My name is Christina for Hive #5.

I love scrappy, bright colors and low volume, so I thought I'd reuse Courtney Lyons (blogIGFlickr) wonderful tutorial from last year's stash bee.

CLICK HERE for the tutorial.  

My question is "If time and money were not a factor, where would you like to go and why?".

I would love to go back to Bali.  The beach and the water are just AMAZING!  It is my heaven on earth!

Thanks everyone!