Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hive 2, January 2016

 Hello Hive 2! I am SO excited to be your Hive Mama this year! This is my 3rd year as a Stash Bee participant, after watching for an additional 2 years. The first 2 years I knew exactly what I wanted, and boy, was I SUPER happy with the results! This year was different...I had to really stop and think about what I wanted.

I love to have each personality shine through, I love variety.....

There are several blogs I follow (as I'm sure we all have our favorites). I wish I could say I have time to really follow the ones I love like I'd like to, but with a 3.5 YO little man, a 5 YO princess that we home-school, a full-grown son that has given me a beautiful grandson, a husband, a part-time job, 2 dogs, 3 cats & any number of foster dogs at any given time (and a partridge in a pear tree......) ....there's not a lot of time to follow the blogs I'd love to read daily. However, I do make the time to peek in from time to time.....

I was SO excited when I saw the following Scrappy Rainbow Star from Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting. I've followed her for quite a while, but I'd missed this one until I was poking around.

This is an amazing tutorial and there is NO point to me reinventing the wheel when Melissa has done such a fantastic job!

For the background feel free to use a low volume, or a white on white through a creamy white or a combination of all. The goal is scrappy, but I want the star to POP! Please no grays as I'll be adding an additional setting block that will include gray.

This is a great chance to scrap-bust and use those bitty pieces. The scrappier the better.....just make sure each blade of the star reads the main color when you are done.

For anyone who is curious, this is my setting block:

I'll be doing the centers scrappy to match the stars & using a variety of gray. They show it as part of the original block, but I'll just make them separate and set them in (unless I make stars of all different sizes...... I never know for sure what I'm going to end up with until it's about halfway done, a happy accident makes up my mind, or it does it's own thing!).

I'm looking forward to getting to know you ladies throughout the coming year! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

I'd love to know more about you ladies. I guess since I'm the hive mama, I get to ask a bunch of nosey questions?

1. Do you have kids? If so, how many/ages
2. Do you work outside the home?
3. Do you buy fabrics because of the designer or because you fall in love with them?
(I'm not a "label" shopper, mainly because I just can't be at this point, but do find that there are several designers heavily represented in my stash = happy accident!)
4. Please share your favorite blogs that you follow
(I'll be sharing mine throughout the year, this post has one, if no one shares the others on my list, I'll keep adding to the list).
5. How often do you get into your sewing room? Do you find certain seasons easier than others?
6. How long have you been sewing/quilting?

Okay.... I have a ton more I'd like to know...maybe throughout the year we will have little share-a-thons.

I am SEW excited! (Yes, I'm a dork with bad can groan, as long as you are smiling!)

Can't wait to see what the mailman brings!!!


Finished quilt Hive 4 2015

Just a quick note - wanted to share these pictures of the finished quilt.  My mom loves it!

Thank you all so much!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Angel block for Rose Hive 9

This block is a angel block for rose in hive 9. I hope it will go great with the blocks you already have.
It is on its way to you.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


This year was my first year doing the stash bee. I have really enjoyed making everyone blocks and getting out of my comfort zone. during my month I ask for  a criss cross scrappy block in either orange or blue. These blocks went into  quilts for my grandsons because their mom who had passed away loved orange and blue.  My hive went out of their  way and made extra blocks for me so that I did not have to add to many of my own. I would like to thank everyone from Hive 4 who made my blocks. I have attached the pictures below with my 2 grandson. Thanks again.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

End of 2015, Start of 2016!

Hello all!

As today is December 1st, the 2015 round of the bee is now done -- if you have outstanding blocks, please get those made and mailed ASAP.

Today also marks the unofficial start of the 2016 round! I have sent out hive assignments to about half of the hives and will be sending out the hive assignments to the remaining hives later today or tomorrow.

2015 participants: if you are not participating in 2016, your blog permissions have been removed. Please email pics of your blocks to your Hive mama and Queen Bee.

The new 2016 participants are also being added as authors, so a gentle reminder is in order.

Do not post ANYTHING on the blog that is not a finished block, a finished quilt, or a Queen Bee's tutorial relating to the Stash Bee. Extemporaneous posts WILL be immediately deleted.

If you did not receive an email telling you who is in your hive and what hive number you are in, you are currently on the waiting list.  We had nearly 150 people sign up and only 99 slots to go around.

November Block for Laura Hive 3

Hi again! Here is Laura's block for November.  Her colors were right up my alley. I love pink! And have the others in scraps, too. Can't wait to see all the blocks in your finished quilt!  After making this block twice, I am thinking I might need to make a few for a quilt of my own.

So, I'm pretty far off from retirement, but I would love a small house by the water, maybe the bay, to enjoy sunsets. And of course it would have an amazing sewing room. I love living living on the east coast on the Jersey Shore.

Happy sewing!  

October block for Bianca Hive 3

Hi all! I know I've been a slacker on posting. But guess what, new computer! Now it gets easier again.

Here is Bianca 's block   I changed my mind on the blue a few times and I am so glad I used this one. This turned out really fun. I can't wait to see it all together. 

Bianca asked what our favorite thing to watch while quilting. I love Project Runway and Face Off as creative shows. Others are Doctor Who and syfy shows. I do love to listen to books on cd or MP3, too. 
Happy sewing!