Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 June Hive 7 block for Irene

In under the wire! Will go out tomorrow. This should be a striking quilt. Can't wait to see it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hive 3: Bear's Paws for Marie

Queen Marie asked for Bear's Paws in plaids.  I have always loved Bear's Paws but had never made one, so I was excited.

I struggled with this block!  I'm not sure why.  I got the "claw" part sewed backwards many, many times and did a whole lot of ripping and re-sewing.  But I did end up with a finished block, plus one extra paw.  The extra paw is a tiny bit short, so you may not be able to use it; I won't be offended.

I didn't have much in the way of plaids so I did buy some thrift store shirts, as Marie did for hers.  I cut up the most usable parts of the shirts remaining and will send that along, Marie.  I hope you can use it for more blocks or in some other way.

Marie asked about our first job: I did a lot of babysitting as a teenager and through college.  I started at 13 and got to be pretty well-known as a sitter in my greater neighborhood.  If that doesn't qualify as my first job, I started working at the local public library when I was a junior in high school.  I was a page in the reference/nonfiction area and mostly shelved books and fetched back issues of magazines.  I am now a librarian, so the job clearly served me well :)

Emily, Hive 3

Hive 4: June block. Scrappy green star

Hi everyone.  Here is the scrappy green star block for Em.  I had a hard time finding greens that looked good together in my stash so I did include some blue greens in the block.

I've included the extra HSTs in the envelope like Em requested. I think this was a great way to get more scrappiness in each bee block.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hive 7, June block for Irene

My June block for Irene sure doesn't look very pretty untrimmed, but I totally understand Irene wanting to be able to have more control in getting the blocks to line up with each other. I sometimes have a hard time doing that with my own blocks!

The block is in a mailer ready to go the post office tomorrow.

Take care,

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Marie's block

This month has been difficult. I came down with Shingles.  I have been confined in the house for 2 weeks. Thus this block is truly from my stash. I have very little plaid. Hope it is okay. My first job was a nursing assistant in a Nursing Home. I thought the people there were so old when I was 16. Now in my 50's I realize how young they were. Hope this block works.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hive 3 Angel block for Marie

Hi!  I'm hoping over from Hive 6 this month.  When I saw plaids my first thought was, I have those!  I hope that they fit in with your other blocks.  I did not sew them into the finished square in case you needed to mix them up some more.  So, since I didn't I created a couple extra smaller blocks for you.  

My first job was at Rag Shop, a fabric and craft store.  The entire company went out of business in 2007, which was very sad.  I still miss that store.  It is where I was given freedom to create, where my love of fabrics (and collecting them) started, and also where I worked when I made my first quilt. 

Hive 6 Block for Laura

Hi all!  I had a lot of fun sewing up these blocks for Laura this month.  I have to admit, they have been done a couple weeks, but I really liked them on my board so they have stuck around for a bit :).  I enjoyed choosing the fabrics for these blocks, I hope you like nautical.  

I may be borrowing this idea for a block for a future quilt.  I think it shows fabrics so nicely.  

Happy sewing!

June Block for Em Hive 4

Hi everyone!

Since my last post, I have visited an additional few countries of Europe and bought a house!  My life has been so busy!  Here is a picture of my new house (complete with new roof and new front window):

Thankfully, I've got my sewing room set up!  And I have an entire room to sew in, which is different than my previous residence.  Em, I'm so glad to christen my new room with your block!

So much fun!  I look forward to seeing everyone else's block!

June 2016 Hive 6

Hive 6 June 2016 block for Laura

I'm posting pictures for Tracy who's already sent her blocks to Laura in Hive 6.  Tracy is travelling...but I know she had fun making these quick-to-sew blocks!  We can't wait to see Laura's finished quilt!

Hive 2 block for Paulette

Love this block! Directions are great unless you think you are smarter than the directions and sew on the corners before you sew the last strips onto the block?@3/$?? Frustrating but VERY easy to fix! Thanks for a great pattern. Will get in the mail asap!