Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mystery Block Hive 8

This wonderful block arrived yesterday!!!  The envelope didn't get postmarked and there is no return address so I don't know who to thank.  So, THANK YOU!!!!!
This is what the blocks look like all together - wonderful and just what I imagined!!!  Thank you all so much!  All the fabrics are absolutely fabulous!!  I have just enough fabric with footprints in the sand to put a thin strip of that along the bottom which I think will be perfect.  Thank you again Hive 8 mates!!!

Hive 1 Block for Leo

Hello, its Alison! Here's my block for Leo --

This block was fun! I'll be making you a second one and I'll add that to this post once it gets made and both blocks are mailed to you!

Hive #3 June Block

I loved making this block.  I had gotten tired and the mojo for sewing was starting to wane from deadline after deadline but this little block has picked me right up!
Slyvia picked a Christmas block using improv cutting to make Gnomes and Trees on a low volume background. This is going to be pretty cool when its all put together!
The question for this month was what quilt are we most proud of?  This was a toughie.  I think the one I'm most proud of is one I haven't finished yet.  I was going to pick a medallion quilt I designed and have yet to put he final border on but making this block with some of my favourite wintry fabrics, I realised the quilt I'm most proud of is my version of Rachel Hauser's brilliant design: The Penny Sampler.  I made mine a frosty, wintry quilt top but have yet to quilt it!
Thank you Sylvia for choosing a brilliant block and giving me the chance to play with my favourite frosty fabrics!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hive 5 June Blocks for Tisha

These came together quickly once I finally got around to cutting fabric.  Not sure why it took me so long to start them. 

This block is a cool shape---I'm definitely curious to see what it looks like when you put a lot of them together!

I have to say, though, I'm not sure about monochrome quilts---doesn't it get to be a lot of green?

I love planning and piecing tops.  It's the actual quilting I don't like.  I even don't mind cutting, pin-basting, or hand stitching the binding.  I like to make full quilts---most often queen size---and it's just a pain to wrestle that all through my domestic machine.  I have a whole pile of tops waiting. I keep thinking that I should just send them out---they really are big to do without a longarm!---but it's a bunch of money, and then I can't spend that money on fabric... :)

Hope you like them, Tisha!

- Genevieve 

June Blocks for Hive 6 & Friends

Just sneaking in this post before June is over. Summer in Hive 6 got some blocks, but also Diana in Hive 4, and Yvonne in Hive 2. 

HIVE 6: Summer @ The Easy Quilter

Question: Have you ever participated in a quilt along?  Yes, last year I participated in the Sugar BOM club, it was so much fun! I have yet to put all the blocks together, that is on the to do list this summer! I say try it out, usually you gain some friendships and it's nice to post to Instagram and see what others are doing. 

HIVE 4: Diana @ Red Delicious Life

Question: What do you like to listen to when sewing? The podcasts 'How Stuff Works' or 'Stuff you Missed in History Class'

HIVE 2: Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl 

Question: What is your favorite season? I love fall in New England. The crisp cool days, the changing of the leaves, the apples (and apple pie), the pumpkins, and going back to school. There is nothing about fall I dislike. Now winter, that's a whole different story ... 

Whew, I hope all these ladies enjoy their new blocks.  It was fun to branch out and go beyond! 

June, Hive 1 block

I sent this block off the end of last week to Leo.  I hope you like it!!  Very fun to make, super easy and makes a nice large block.  I can't wait to see the finished quilt.  It's amazing sometimes the secondary designs that come together when blocks are sewn into tops.

As I start to type this it reminds me that I totally forgot to post a question for all of you last month when I was Queen!! Sorry! :)  This month Leo asked us about our bookcase/es.  I have 1 for myself and my youngest son has 2 in his room. His are Billy bookcases from IKEA in black before they discontinued that color. He has books, movies, board games, crafts and Lego creations on his shelves.
Mine just holds books and is in my sewing room. The room sits above our garage so it has the fun sloped ceiling those types of rooms have--impossible to find furniture to fit.  To solve that, I made all my shelves myself!!

I love to read so I have quite a few.  I actually would like to make another one as you can see I need more room.  I'm starting to double up on the shelves :)  The bottom shelf is all my sewing/quilting books.  I read almost every night , mostly being paranormal romance.  My favorite author right now is J.R. Ward.

Good luck with your quilt Leo!!  Please post a photo when you are finished. :)

Hive 2 June Block for Yvonne

Squeaking in under the wire again, here's my block for Yvonne.  Can you believe the thing that held me up was that I couldn't find any text prints.  It made me feel that mine was a most inadequate stash!

Yvonne asked for our favourite season: mine is summer, by a country mile, but then I'm in the UK and sometimes summer only lasts a week, so I never feel like I've had enough of it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hive 2 June Block

I must admit, the garden and yard work has taken over and I haven't sewed anything since last months block.  It felt good to get back into it!  This was a fun block to make,  I think it will be fun to see all the blocks together.

I really miss letter writing.  I moved a bit when I was younger and I have boxes of letters from friends.  We don't seem to write as much in an email or Facebook post as we did in those letters.

Hive 2 June block - love letters 

What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite season is winter, mostly because it is the opposite of summer!  I like the crisp chill in the air and sometimes I like the excuse of having to stay inside (and sew).  By Winter, the school routine is in full swing and we can just roll with it. 

Hive 6 June Block

This was a fun block! I learned a lot, I should have squared before sewing it together! I don't usually traditionally piece but I might need to start learning more!

I have never done a QAL, I'd love to learn more about them though!!!

Happy summer - Nicole

Hive #6 Exploding Stars June 2015

Hello y'all.  I'm Julia S. Aka The other Julia in Hive 6 and here is my June block.  

I love saturated colors and star blocks so I was super excited when Summer decided it was this month's block.  I decided to use the colors in center block to pick the colors for the outer two stars.  This was my first time doing "no waste" flying geese.  It took me a few tries to to figure it out but once I did I was happy. I have a hard time making neat geese because of bias distortion and this method helped with that. 

Summer asked us: "Have you ever participated in an online Quilt-Along (QAL)? If so, which one and did you enjoy it? If not, do you have any in mind or is it just not your thing?"

This is my first online QAL.  Yanick told me about this QAL and I nervously joined up.  I've enjoyed learning new techniques.  The pressure to make good blocks for my hive mates has pushed me in the best way.  My hive mama Nela has been great about sending out reminders and answering my newbie questions.  I'm having a great experience and will definitely participate in another one.

Hive 1 June block for Leonie

Thanks for the fun block! It will be a smashing quilt!

As for this month's question, I love my bookcases to be ordered and organized. As a child, I use to play library and order the books on my little shelves by my window. I still do! I like sets to be together, genres to be together, lined up orderly, and aesthetically placed books/accents so that it is visually appealing. However, my kids have never caught on to this, yet. (Sigh.)

Hope you are all enjoying your summer!(or winter, if your in the Southern Hemisphere).


Saturday, June 27, 2015

June Block for Summer

I love this block!  I love the bright colors and the star-in-a-star pattern!  Great choice.  I have never participated in a quilt-along.  I have looked at some.  It interests me, but I haven't had the time yet.  Maybe in a year or two when both kids are in school full time...  ~Samantha