Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hive 9 January block

Well this is embarrassingly late but it is finally done. The new year just brought too much to do. Once I found the time, this block was actually fun to make though I did have a few issues with precise 1/4" seams. Hopefully Yvonne will like it. The blue is dark but looks even darker in the photo than it really is.

As for the questions...

1. Name:  Kelly Horvath

2. Where you live:  Des Plaines, a NW burb of Chicago

3. Tell us about your family:  I live with my husband Russ, and my two kids Jackson & Penelope. They are 8 & 3.

4. Tell us about your pets:  Well right now we are down to two Boston Terriers (sometimes Terrors) named Abbie & Rosie. But in the past decade we've had to say goodbye to 4 cats and 2 dogs. We like a full house I guess.

5. How long have you been quilting?  I'm really new to quilting. But I've been sewing since I was a little girl. I started out making really small, basic quilts when my kids were born but really it has been my mom that has gotten me interested in recent years.

6. What crafts do you do other than quilting?  I work as an artist for a living so I'm always drawing, painting etc. I spent a number of years using a large antique printing press making letterpress stationery and such. I like anything that gets me all inky.

7. Fabric line you want to buy next:  I have no idea. I think I have one picked out and then another comes out that I want even more. I can never decide. I love so many of the Art Gallery collections. I also find myself wanting older lines that are no longer available which can be frustrating.

8. Preferred quilting method (FMQ, long arm, hand, etc.):  Well this is where I defer to others who are more experienced. I've done very little machine quilting but would love to have a go at long arm quilting. I don't think I'd ever have the patience to hand quilt anything.

9. Where we can find you on social media:  @paperstories on pinterest, instagram, and twitter. I'm not a big social media person though.

10. Favorite book:  The Little Prince. Though lately all I've been reading have been a bunch of thrillers by women writers; In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Girl on the Train, Where They Found Her, Reconstructing Amelia....

11. Favorite show to binge watch:  Justified. Timothy Olyphant!!!!

Hive 1 - February Scrappy Trip - for Heather

One of the things I like most about the Stash Bee is that we try blocks we never even considered.  I thought this would be a difficult block, but boy was I wrong.  The tutorial made it so easy.  It really is great to use up some scraps.

Can't wait to see what it becomes Heather!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hive 8 February Block for Renae

When I saw the tutorial Renae posted for her February block, I thought: "gulp!"  

Applique is brand new to me and far from my comfort zone. Plus, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with sewing curves.  But that's the great thing about a Bee - learning new techniques and trying things that you'd ordinarily shy away from.  

I really enjoyed making this block, and am feeling inspired to try a full quilt just like this one for myself.  Thanks for the challenge, Renae!!


2015 Hive 8 Finish.

This is Audrey from Hot Pink Quilts. I am FINALLY able to show you my quilt finish using blocks that last year's Hive 8 so generously made me. Isn't she pretty? I'm thrilled to be gifting this to my dad, even if it's taken me over a year to get 'er done!

Thanks 2015 Hive 8 for the wonderful blocks!

February Block for Hive 8

Here is the block I'm mailing off to Renae next week!

We had several behind the scenes emails to double check fabric choices and directions for how to make the block.  In the end it was very easy to make,  and really together with the other blocks will make a most striking quilt.

I'll update this when I actually mail...

Hive 1 February block

Here's my Scrappy Trip, with a focus on the navy and mustard, for Heather:

The tutorial was easy to follow and would be an awesome scrap buster!

Can't wait to see how your quilt turns out!

Keep warm,

Hive 5 February Block for Queen Jacqueline

I hope you enjoy your blocks!  These scappy blocks inspired me so that I have started a quilt for myself.  Great use of scraps, fast and fun!

Hive 5 February Block for Jacqueline

February Hive 3 Blocks

It was such fun making these blocks, I think it will be a fabulous quilt.  I hope you like the colours, I made extra just in case.... 

Now, I have to pick out a block for March.  I am struggling with this, too many beautiful blocks to choose from!  Any ideas Hive 3?

Hive 1 February Block for Heather

Here's my scrappy trip block for Heather!

For some reason, I had almost zero navy to work with so hopefully this one is right! Can't wait to see your finished quilt!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hive 2 Deana's February Block

Good afternoon all...

Thank goodness I am a little more timely with the February Block.   Deana, loved your color scheme.. I could see why they make you smile.   I am hoping to get this is the mail today or tomorrow.

February Square for Deana (Hive 2)

I enjoyed working on your quilt, and hope the colors fit in.  I, too, had a challenge with the colors.  I was a little distracted this afternoon and cut a square incorrectly... so I'm sending you a stack of corner triangles :)

Mary Ann H.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gate Crashing

Well I meant to gate crash Hive 1 last month but didn't get to it. So I rectified that tonight. I loved the way the pineapple turned out. Hope you like it Alison.

Then I had to crash Hive 3 and make the heart block for Shari. Perfect for February and I have seen the tutorial before and wanted to make it. Super easy less than 15 mins from start to finish. Very fun.