Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hive 3 Trees for Judy

And that's a wrap! What a fun, fun year this has been participating in Stash Bee! Judy's simple forest blocks are already on their way...I look forward to seeing the finished top, it'll be great!

Thank you, hive-mates! It has been a great time hanging out with you and stitching up your bee-autiful blocks!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hive 5 - November

Kristen has already received these, I’m just very forgetful about posting.  I’ve admired this block every time I’ve seen it. Definitely going on my list for 2018.

Flying Geese for Heather

I love paper piecing.  I hope this works well for your quilt.  It has been a fun year.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Scrap Bag Geese for Laura

Queen Laura asked for Scrap Bag Geese in any and all shades of pink.  Flying geese are not usually my favorite but I find I don't mind them much this way.  I enjoyed these and think that all the pink geese will look amazing together.  Can't wait to see them all fly!

Emily, Hive 6

Circles of Geese for Heather

Heather sent Hive 2 out with a bang with her selection of the Circle of Geese block! Paper piecing isn't usually my thing, but I enjoyed putting these blocks together. It was fun to raid my stash for 12 prints of the same color.

I dropped this in the mail today. It's been a wonderful year and I can't wait to see everyone's finished quilts.


Hive 7, November

I have had a wonderful time with Hive 7 this year. These blocks are lots of fun.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Judy's Trees

Thanks Judy!  Your tree blocks are easy, fun, and CUTE!  Just the kind of sewing I was looking for during a busy time of year.  I hope your forest quilt comes together the way you want it.  I'm loving seeing people's finished Stash Bee quilts already, although mine is still a UFO.

Hive 2 - November Flying Geese for Heather

I just learned how to do paperless paper piecing without sewing through the paper so that you can reuse your pattern and there is no tearing pieces of paper out of the seam. You can find a tutorial for this method at paperless paper piecing This was the perfect pattern to use this method. Heather gave us several color choices. So I picked yellow. This will be going out in the mail this weekend.  Can't wait to see a completed quilt.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Hive 7

Frieda wants to make a scrappy cross quilt.  I have a gigantic pile of scraps - seriously -  and I loved making this block so I kept going.  4 was as easy as 1!  Hope you like them!

I hope you are at the meeting on Saturday - I will bring them!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hive 1 November Block for Diane

Diane chose a great block for our hive to end the year.  Her quilt will be wonderfully colorful, and I can't wait to see all her blocks together.

Thanks to everyone in Hive 1 for such a fun year, and especially to Diana for keeping us all organized!  I've loved participating in Stash Bee, and getting to know all of you a bit in the process.

Diane--your block will be in the mail tomorrow!

-Alicia (@qvilt)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hive 1 Block for Diane

This block was a delight to make Diane! I can't wait to see how the quilt turns out, I think it should be stunning!


Hive 5 November Block

This block was fun to make.  It has been a fun year.  Have a happy holidays. 

Have a Good day.

Hive 5 October Block

I am so sorry that I am late, my life exploded and with it my will to sew but I am back on track and I finished my October Block blocks and will get them in the mail tomorrow. 
Have a good day. Kristi

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hive 1 November Block for Diane

I'm so glad Diane took a picture of the blocks I sent and posted below because I deleted my pictures after mailing! Oops! I took a screenshot of my instagram pics but the pics Diane took look better.  This one was super fun, I could see it being a great block to do a super modern black and white  or something like that.....Thanks so much for this one, Diane! - Greta b

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hive One Nov block received

I received these two blocks from Greta.  What fun to open my first package as a November Queen Bee.  Thank you so much for the double.  I love the colors.  Glad you liked making this block.
Diane G.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hive 6 Scrap bin geese

Found my grays and discovered I had more pinks than I thought.
Here is the finished block.
Can't wait to see what it will become in your quilt, Laura!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hive 5

Kristin chose the same block I did, so I've made lots of these, they are one of my favs. I love her color choices. These will go out in the mail on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hive 7 November block

As we wind down the blocks for 2017 it was nice to end on an easy block that has a great impact.
I'll be sitting next year out but this has always been a great bee to be part of for the last 3 years. 

Hive 7: November 2017

I am seriously sad that STASH BEE 2017 is 
drawing to a close.

It has been a year of FABULOUS quilt blocks!

For our last month, Frieda chose this simple plus block for Hive #7.

It was super I made two.

I've seen stunning quilts made from this pattern and I'm looking forward to seeing what Frieda will do with all the beautiful blocks she will be receiving.  

I will be back in 2018 and looking forward
to another fabulous Stash Bee year!

Peace to all,


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hive 2 November Geese for Heather

I enjoy paper piecing.  I love flying geese.  And so Heather's block really speaks to me. Thanks for a great block for this year's wrap-up.

 Tah-Dah!  A round of golden geese! 


Hive 2 November Block

The requested block this month is beautiful, Circle of Geese, an intricate paper pieced block.  However, as I have little or no experience of paper piecing I followed the given link to an alternative block.

Now this block I love, Zig Zag Path, which is already on the way.   It's a perfect bee block in my opinion and from the given illustration a finished quilt made from this block would appear to have a quilting illusion too.  If you haven't seen it before I would definitely check it out.  

With smiles from 
Kate x

Hive 8 block for Carolyn

My contribution for the quilt for Carolyn :-)

Hive 2 - October Block for Kathy

Kathy wanted us to make the block we choose for our month in her colors.  So I made the Alpine Block from Blossom Heart Quilts in purple.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Judy,  I made your lovely trees this morning before starting a 3.5 hour phone marathon of calls.  I would have rather been making a whole quilt of trees instead.  I certainly hope my fabric choices work for you, if not, let me know and I'll make a couple more.  Paula

Hive 6 Geese for Laura

Laura,  Great way to end the year. These geese will be flying out to you this week.  I've had a wonderful year trying some new blocks and sharing them with you all.  Maybe I will be sewing for you next year. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hive 2 November block for Heather

Heather requested this block with one color way for the flying geese in a dozen different fabrics. I was going to make an orange or green one, but I had put some of my scrap bags in a new place, and I can't remember where so I found the aqua/teal scrap bag and off I went! I can't believe we are at the end of another year of Stash Bee, I continue to love participating and look forward to another year of fun to come! Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season surrounded by those you love! 

A fun block to end the year on - Hive 6

I should have laid it out straighter... hope this works for you!
Mary Ann

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hive 3,Block for Judy

  • Hello Hive 3...Wow! I can't believe this year has flown by so quickly. Here is the last block for the year. November is here and I am glad for an easy block. So much to do. Thanks Judy! This came together really quick and I think I may make a Christmas wall hanging with it. This is done and in the mailbox.  Just waiting for the mail lady. 
  • Thanks everyone for a great year. Enjoy your holidays! Rose

Friday, November 3, 2017

October Hive 6 block for Janice

Drats, I'm late!  Sorry.  I actually made the block on Oct 1, but only mailed it today.  So much for getting ahead, lol.

I really, LOVE this block!  Easy to make from available scraps and small pieces AND makes a secondary design.  Definitely one to keep handy.

Hive 7 November block

This month Frieda chose the block below, so easy to make I did 2. They will be mailed monday. I have enjoyed the last few years of the stashbee, working on blocks I may never have even tried. I am gonna take a break next year but can't wait to see what awesomeness come forth in 2018 from all of you.

Hive 1 November blocks

This year has gone by so fast!  These were great blocks to finish the bee year with. 

I made this one first.  When I was going through my stash, I was just thinking of the bold bright colors part of the instructions, but then looking back at our Queen's fabric pull, I noticed that the sample fabrics did not include any with multiple colors, so I made another just in case. 

I'll send them both along; I hope to get to the post office by the end of the weekend.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stash Bee Hive 3 blocks for Judy

Just so happened Judy posted these and the instructions right as I was between two stages of working on a larger quilt, so it was no trouble at all to pull them together for her.  They are being mailed this afternoon.  

Nov Hive 2 Tutorial

Hi All,
Welcome to November. The last block of the year. I am sad to see this year end, but excited to see all the beautiful blocks you are going to make.

It has been a crazy week here. We had a big Nor/Easter Storm here in CT last week and a few trees came down on lines taking out poles and power lines. One day of wind = 3 days without power. Trick or treating was an interesting experience when no front porch lights were on to tell the kids where they could go. Thank you for your patience with my delayed posting.

The block I have chosen is the Circle of Geese block by PiecebyNumber
This is a Foundation Paper Piecing block that will measure 12 & 1/2 inches when you complete it.

Outer pieces - Grey - medium to dark, for the background pieces
Center - White - low volume with white as a base  or white on white (no off white or beige)
Geese - 12 different fabrics of the SAME color family.
Color options are: Teal, Pink, Purple, Orange, Yellow or Light or Lime Green
Yes, you can use 12 different greys and 12 different whites too. Surprise me!

Fabric cutting-
Cut 12 - Use 12 different prints if you have that many.
Piece #1, 4 & 7 - Main Color - 4&1/2 x 2&3/4

Cut 4 of each:
Piece #2 -Gray -  2&1/2 x 3&3/4
Piece #5 - Gray - 3&1/2 x 4&1/2
Piece #8 - Gray - 2&1/4 x 6&3/4
Piece #3 - White - 5 x 1&3/4
Piece #6 - White - 1&3/4 x 6
Piece #9 - White - 2&3/4 x 7

Print Pattern -
The pattern can be found here.

For this block, you will need 4 identical pattern pieces printed at Actual Size
The pattern has clockwise or counter-clockwise spin pieces. . You only need to pick one of the two pages, and print 4 copies of that one. Make sure all 4 printed pieces are the same and printed at Actual size.

After printing all pieces out on computer paper, it is helpful to use a ruler to trace the pattern piece lines from the back side of the paper. This is so you can see where to sew. If you prefer, you can perforate on the lines by sewing without thread. I prefer to draw the lines, and fold the paper as I go from step to step, and I do not perforate. I find the perforations sometimes make the pattern piece fall apart before I am done sewing it.

Note- When I do my paper piecing, I usually keep the printed side up, which is apparently opposite what other people do. Either way you do it, just keep it the same for all 4 pieces and there will be no issues.

Important! - On this pattern, there is a 1/4' seam allowance around the outside. the fabric pieces next to these seam allowances should extend over this area.

Block Assembly:
Start by creasing your paper on the line between piece one and 2, unfold and then lay your pattern face up on the table. Take fabric Piece #1 and lay it face up onto the pattern covering the whole area marked 1, and the seam allowance below the piece marked also. The dimensions I have given for you cut pieces will allow a piece of fabric large enough to cover the whole area.

You can use a tiny dab from a washable glue stick or pin to hold the piece in place.

This next step is the hardest part, because the fabric has to be held in place well.
Hold fabric & flip the paper over, and fold the paper back on the line between pieces 1 and 2. 
Trim the fabric 1/4 inch from the edge of the paper. (Note: I use an add a quarter ruler, you do not need one, but if you decide you like this type of quilt piecing, it is a very useful tool.)
If you do not have one, just line your 1/4' mark on the folded edge of the paper.

Open the paper back up and flip back up. Your piece should now look like the picture below.
Now take fabric piece #2 (gray), and lay it face down on top of piece 1,
matching the seam with the edge you just trimmed.
Secure with pins.
(See how the grey fabric below extends at least 1/4' outside the shape of #2 on the paper.) 
Flip the paper over and sew on the back side.
You will sew directly on the line that you traced between pieces 1 and 2.
Be sure to extend through the seam allowance lines on the outside edge of the block, but do not extend beyond the line into piece 3 more than one or two stitches.
Flip over, and trim all threads on front and back.
 Press open.
 I prefer to press with a dry iron, but this handy wooden seam roller works great too.

 After pressing, your piece should look like this. Part 2 on the paper should be fully covered.
The next step is to now fold the paper on the line between 2 and 3.
 Trim at 1/4 inch from folded edge.
Flatten paper back out and place fabric piece 3 face down onto the line your just cut.
Continue sewing as above, going in numerical order until you have sewn all 9 pieces.
By making your blocks kind of in a chain type piecing, it will help you to keep all the fabric pieces organized and will save some time.
Once you have all 4 pieces finished, trim along the outer lines on the paper.
Do not remove paper yet.
Arrange the four pieces so that the geese (triangles) fly in a circle.
 Sew the top two pieces together with 1/4' seam allowance (on line) to form a row,
and do the same with the bottom two.
Press the top seams to the right, the bottom to the left.
Nest the two rows together and sew the long seam to form the press seams open.
Please do not remove the papers. It will make it easier for me to assemble all the blocks into a quilt if the papers are intact.
Thank you!

If you are unfamiliar with foundation paper piecing and are concerned that this block may take you more than and hour and a half to finish, please feel free to make this block in its place.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you and Happy Sewing, Heather

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hive 7 November

I know things are going to get busy for everyone so I figured I should get mine finished and on the way ASAP! So here they are! I hope you like them!