Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hive 2 - May 2016 Tutorial

Hi, everybody! My name is Debbie Davis and I live in Glenpool, Oklahoma. I am the high school librarian and I work with our ESL (English Second Language) students. This is my first year with Stash Bee and I really appreciate the chance to sew along with such a great group of quilters. I have one son, Chaun. Can you tell he gets his height from me?
This picture is a couple of years old. He has gotten taller and I have gotten wider. The cruel twists of fate!!!

I have been quilting for nearly 35 years - on and off. I lived in Kotzebue, Alaska from 1980-85 and that is where I picked up the quilting bug. My first quilt was "Quilt in a Day - Log Cabin", I am sure I am not the only person that started with Eleanor Burns! I still have that quilt but I can't use it - somehow I left several pins in it when I sandwiched together. :) I have learned a lot since that first quilt and I love teaching others about the joy of quilting. Over the last few years, I have held several classes for fellow teachers and to the disgruntlement of some husbands, help them to catch the quilting bug also.

These are just a few of my quilts - the rest are on the couch, the floor, the beds or in the backseat of my car. I have put a few of my quilts in shows but my quilts are created to lay around on.
So enough about me -- on to the block. I would like the Wanta Fanta Block and Blossom Heart Quilts offers a great pdf with the pattern and instructions: HERE

But here are a few suggestions: colors: white background. It can be solid white or white-on-white. The other pieces - anything goes. they do not have to match so this would be a good chance to use up those pieces left over from something else. Only thing I ask is prints - not solids.

This block consists of both piecing and paper-piecing. If you need help with the paper-piecing here is a tutorial, also by Blossom Heart Quilts.

Here are the number needed for each section of the block:
The orange and green squares at the top, as well as the 16 rectangles at the bottom, are used in the paper-piecing part of the pattern. The smaller blocks and the large background blocks are used in the 2 snowball parts of the block. The snowball part of the block is pretty straightforward. Mark on the back and sew and flip.

A reminder:  on the paper-piecing part of the block - make sure you turn off any scaling when you print the pattern out and print "actual size".  Also, the directions have you cut 3 1/2 squares for the middle of the paper-piecing - which I did but once I trimmed the first one down - I cut the rest of them to match. It made the paper-piecing go pretty fast but do whatever you are comfortable with. You will notice in the picture if you printed and trimmed your paper to the right size - the fabric fits.

Here is the finished block. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.


Kathy Bertelsen said...

Like your selection, but to be honest it will be a challenge... I have never (I know) paper pieced a block. The directions are great and I will proceeed early this coming week.

Karyn Ashley-Smith said...

Now, I'm going to go to the corner and cry. For some reason, I had the background as cream....and I just came to post the pic and I see it's supposed to be white 😭

Deekadee said...

Don't worry about it. I am sure it will all blend in

Deekadee said...

Don't worry about it. I am sure it will all blend in