Saturday, July 11, 2020

Hive 1 July block for Pam

I don't know why on this hot summer week I decided to use fall colors for your block.  Wishing for cooler weather I guess.  This is a great block for scraps and I can see using it for myself. 
Kathie L

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hive 1 2020 finished quilt

I finished the red quilt with white lightning blocks that my bee mates wonderfully sent to me.  I love how it turned out!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Hive 1 July block for Pam

I loved doing this block, Pam.   Easy but different.  It would look good in so many color ways.  I'm thinking of a baby quilt for Christmas.  Thanks for a great idea.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Hive 1 July Block for Pam

This was a fun block to make and for some reason tested my brain trying to visualize what the heck it was going to look like when it was done.  I kept having to say out loud to myself, "the outside is going to be the inside..."  In any case, here it is.  I hope you like it.  There is lots of room for trimming it down as it is almost 19" square at the moment.  Dropping it in the mail soon.   Karen

Hive 1 July Block for Pam

Hive 1 July Block for Pam

I finally had a few days off from work to collect my thoughts and spend some time sewing, although that was cut short since my back did not agree with me digging in the yard for four hours straight. I did manage to finish Pam's block, which I really loved making. Hopefully you like it too 😊



It is on it's way to you today.


💗 Rochelle

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Crashing Hive 4 - Scrappy Block for RobinSue

I had a lot of fun with this block, RobinSue.  It was a treasure hunt in my stash to find small scraps to fit into your layout.  This is my favorite part of Stashbee--getting to make a fellow quilter's original block with my own fabrics. 
Happy quilting,

Hive 1 blocks for Pam

What an easy and fun block.  I hope these will fit into your plan.  In the mail next week Pam. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Finished Flying Geese Quilt from 2017, Hive 5

Working hard to to get the quilting done on completed tops. I admit I have a lot! It is an addiction. Thanks to all who contributed blocks!

Hive 2 July Tutorial- Waving Flag

Hive 2 Tutorial – Waving Flag

Hi All
I ran into some technical difficulties and my apologies for getting this posted so late.  We will be doing an improvisational Bargello style block that is traditional yet a modern take on the American Flag.  Here is the finished block.  I loved learning this new technique!

Fabrics – Think American Flag traditional Red/White/Blue
I prefer the fabrics to be prints if you have them that still read as the main color.  Solids can also be used.  Here are pics of my fabric pulls.


Here is the link to learn the method for how to put this block together.  You may want to watch it to get the idea then read my instructions for the specifics of how it applies to this block.

Blue Strip Set

Use 4-5 strips that are about 20-21’ long – Strip widths can vary between 1.25” and 2” depending on what you have.  The top strip of blue needs to be 3-3.5” wide.
Sew the strips together into a strip unit with the top strip being 3 – 3.5” wide.  Press the strips all the same direction away from the top strip and towards the red/white strip set.


Red/White Strip Set

4 Red Strips and 3 white strips – Strips are 20-21” long and vary between 1.25” – 2” with the bottom red strip at 3 – 3.5” width. Press all strips down towards the bottom of the block or wide red strip

Sew Blue strip set together with red/white strip set. Trim right and left edges of the block which should now be about 20-21” wide and 17-18” long.

In the video she used scissors to cut the strips but I don’t recommend that.. using your rotary cutter and a ruler is much more accurate and keeps your block square.  You will cut strips from the left side of the block and sew them back on to the right side of the block in a “bargello” style.  Strips are cut at 1.5 – 2’ with a couple at 1 or 1.25”.  Those skinnier strips are what help to make it look wavy.

First cut from the left then when sewing to the right shift it up about ¼” to offset the horizontal stripes.

Continue making cuts and sewing to the right side shifting up for the first 3 strips then shifting down and then back up – refer to the pic of the final block.  Your up and down does not have to be exactly like mine just make sure the colors still connect across for at least part of the stripe or you lose the effect. (white touches white, red touches red, etc.) This shifting up and down is why the top blue stripe and the bottom red stripe need to be bigger to allow enough space to make a stripe after the top and bottom are trimmed.

The last cut needs to be at least 1.75” wide to move to the right side and still leave at least 1.75” on the left side. This will give enough room to trim if needed.  The blue stripes should be about 4-5” at the top of the block.

Even off the top and bottom of the block and check the size.  It should be more than 15” square.  If you want to then trim down to 15” square or send to me untrimmed, either way is fine.   

Have a wonderful July 4th Holiday!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hive 3 July Tutorial - Scrappy Blue Squares

Hive 3 Mates, it has been crazy times this year.  Hope things are returning to some type of normal for everyone.

My name is Jan and I have been in Bees for the last 4 years.  I started quilting in the Fall of 2015, so it has been a fun five years.

Whenever I bought fabric collections, layer cakes, charm packs or bundles, I also bought a mini charm pack.  Earlier this year I put together a stamp quilt using all those packs.  I used 1600 2.5 x 2.5 blocks.  It made 25 8x8 blocks.

I love this quilt.  Now I want to do one with blues, navy, dark blues and a few whites.  I don't have much variety in the blues so am asking for your help.

It will be an easy block.  Thirty six 2.5 x 2.5 pieces.  If you have a variety of blues that will be great.

Cut 36 2.5 x 2.5 fabrics.  I know that the rules say no more than 10 fabrics.  Dig through your scraps.  If you have more than 10 and want to get rid of a few, you can use more than 10.  If you don't have ore than 10 that is ok.  Put together 6 rows of 6 pieces.  Put those rows together for one block.

If each row uses the same fabrics not a problem, no need to sew the rows together.  Just send the 6 rows and I will mix things up when I get them.  Also, no need to iron or trim your rows.

Here are the blues that I have in my stash.  I'm looking for darker colors.  If they are whites with blues a small amount of that is good, maybe one piece per row of 6.

Try to stay away from pale blues and baby blues.

I put one block together.