Wednesday, September 20, 2023

September block - Hive 1

 This has just been a whirlwind month so far. I actually made this block over a week ago, but am just now posting. Now let's hope I can get it mailed off before the end of the month! I have a cat problem (I have 3 of my own and foster more) but I've always had a soft spot for black kitties and orange tabbies. Since you wanted a dark background, I decided to make you an orange tabby. :)

~ Diana

Hive 1 - September Cat Block for Nicole

 Nicole, this was a fun little block that I will 100% save directions for my next bookcase quilt in the future. 

Placing in the mail tomorrow. 


Friday, September 15, 2023

Crashing hive 4 - mosaic tiles for Meg.

 I love a good disappearing block that looks more complex than it really is. I had just the fabrics for this and I hope you like it, Meg.

Happy quilting,

Nicole P from Hive 1

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Crashing Hive 4 for Meg

Meg and I also met via r/quiltingblockswap on Reddit and are now friends now too!


Saturday, September 9, 2023

Cat block is done for hive 1.

 It was fun. I am not sure when I can make it to the post office, but she is ready to mail.


From Deana

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Crashing Hive 5 - Polaroid block for Sara

 Made this Polaroid crumb block for Sara. I like making crumb blocks. Look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

- Gayle from Hive 2

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Hive #2 September Block- FishClaw

 Happy September!! 2023- I am using this blog post from 2015 for this block 

My husband has not received a quilt from me. We have known each other sixteen (now 25 years!) years and I think it time for him to get one, what do you think? The blocks you are going to make for me will contribute to his quilt.
Question to answer: out of all the quilts you have made, which one holds the most meaning for you? 

Color pull/ inspiration: 
I love the colors in this scarf. Mint, navy, soft yellow and cream. These colors also remind me of tropical fish and my husband scuba dives.

The Bear Paw Block! I saw this on instagram a couple of months ago and it stuck with me. I just really like this pattern. I saw Red Pepper Quilts tutorial as I was researching and think it would be a good one to use. 

We are going to make 9. 5 inch Finished Bear Claw block. 
You will need the following: 
1 square 6.5" x 6.5"
1 square background fabric 3.5" x 3.5"
For the Half Square Triangles: 
2 squares background  4 inches x 4 inches
2 squares contrast fabric 4 inches x 4 inches
Trim the HST's to measure 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches
Block measures 9.5 inches x 9.5 inches- including seam allowances. 

You are going to help make "fish" for my scuba diving husband!

Inspiration and fabric pull: I love the scarf colors in the second picture. This scarf is my inspiration for my fabric pull. The greens, teals, navy and light yellows. Love!

The tutorial on Red Peppers quilt is great!  Below are my blocks to construct the bear paw block: 1- 6.5 x 6.5 inch block. 1- 3.5 x 3.5 block. 2- 4 x 4 blocks in light fabric and 2- 4 x 4 blocks in dark fabric.

You will place the light block on the top of the dark block and using a pencil or pen make a line down the middle of the square from point to point. You will use that line as your reference for sewing your HST. Once you sew on either side of the line, you will cut down the middle of the line and press towards the dark side of the fabric. You will need to size them down to 3.5 x 3.5 blocks. 
This is what your block should look like once your triangles are made. If you want to do multicolored "fins" by all means, go for it. You are making fish! 

 Sew the top two fins to the 3.5 x 3.5 block and press. 

 Sew the two side fins together, press, then sew to the main 6.5 x 6.5 block. 

Sew the top to your bottom part of your block and you have made a bear paw or in this case a fish! Hope you enjoyed the fish! Best, Meghan

Hive Crashing, Hive 5, Sept


Hi Sara,

I've had some crumb fabric laying around since last year and couldn't pass up the opportunity to put some of it to use.

Hope they'll help.

I'll send them on they way, as soon as I have your address.

Happy sewing,


Hive 1, Sept, Cat Block for Nicole


Hi Nicole,

I settled on one ginger and one marmelade (well, rather, strawberry jam) cat.

Hope you like the fabrics.

They went on their merry way yesterday.

Happy sewing,


Saturday, September 2, 2023

Hive 6 - September Tutorial - Cats and Hearts for Kat

 Hello! Im very excited it is finally my month!

I have two option for you to make, either a heart or a cat, of course you are welcome to make both! In the last few month I had some trouble with parts of the blocks so I wanted something easy, quick and fun. Ive been inspired by this quilt:


I love the look of the tik tak toe so I designed my own cat head block and found a matching sized free heart pattern and I will likely turn it into a twin sized quilr rather than wall hanging. Im not sure yet if Im making the wuilt for myself or my daughter but in all honesty we will probably end up sharing anyway, haha.

The colours for the hearts and cats are the same:

Heart or cat head:

- light grey (with patterns or tone in tone or solids, no novelty fabrics unless they are cat themed, heart patterns are fine)


- mustard/ocher yellow (Not Orange!) (same kinda fabrics as above)


-Yellow/grey mixed fabrics

I would like the cat/heart to be all made of the same fabric please

Here is a picture of the fabrics I used (they came as a set and Ive been waiting for ages for the right quilt to use them with:

For the background:

-If you choose yellow please use a very light brown/tan/linen colour

-If you use grey please use a very light mint/blue green/cyan colour

-If your fabrics is grey and yellow chose one of the above

Please use only on fabric and solids for the background please (tone in tone is also fine)

Here are the two I used:

I dont mind which direction you iron the seams, whatever works for you is fine.
Both blocks should meassure 9.5"x9.5" when finished

Tutorial Cat

You will need to cut:

Cat fabric:

1x rectangle 8"x 5.25"

2x squares 3.25"x 3.25"

Background fabric:

1x rectangle 8"x 3.25"

2x squares   1.5"x 1.5"

2x stripes 8"x 1.25"

2 stripes 9.5"x 1.25"

The you should have:

Step 1:

Mark the center line of all your sqares and arrange them as follows:

You will be sewing ON the line, then cut as follows with a 1/4" seam and iron:

Next attache the two parts together:

When you attach the outside border please start with the sides then the top and bottom:

Your finished block should look like this:

Heart Block tutorial

I used the tutorial from the 8" block here , just be aware I changed some of the sizes so make sure you use the sizes here.

You will need to cut:

Heart fabric:

2x rectangles 4.25" x 8"

Background fabric:

2x squares 4.25" x 4.25"

4x squares 1.5" x 1.5"

2x strips 8" x 1.25"

2 stripes 9.5" x 1.25"

The you should have:

Step 1:

Mark out the center diagonal of all sqares and sew ON the lines

Step 2:

Cut all the triangles with a 1/4" seam as follows and iron open

Step 3:

Attach the two sides of the heart

Step 4:

Just like with the cat it is time to attach the border. Again please attach the sides first then the top and bottom:

And here is the finished block, yours may look slightly different since I changed some meassurments after sewing this. Just keep to the meassurements I put above and itll be perfect.

Thanks so much for making a block for me. I cant wait to see them all and put together the quilt!