Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hive 3 Tutorial for January

Happy New Year!!

This is Tracy of @tracysbitsnpieces.
I am so excited to be starting my second year in Stash Bee, and my first year as Hive Mama!

I am so in love with my quilt from last year's Bee,  (It is at the long-armers now, so I will be able to share it soon), that I wanted to pick something for this year that would be just as special. I love taking traditional blocks and playing around with them, and I LOVE scrap quilts!

So, I started out with a traditional bear paw block.

Then decided to take out the sashing.

Then tried flipping the paws around.

Then I thought that if I was going to break it apart, it should be scrappy, of course!

Winner! Winner!

To make things easier on you, I am going to have you make all 4 quadrants in the same fabrics just like I did, but ask you NOT to sew them together.  That way I can mix them all up when they get here and make it super scrappy!

Now on to colors!

I have chosen a color palette based on that gorgeous Les Fleurs fabric.  So dreamy.

Navy, shades of cornflower blue, shades of peachy pink and a hint of gold.
Here are some thread colors to help.

And a few bolts I pulled as examples. As far as fabric, pretty much anything is fair game.  I love dots, plaids, stripes, florals and even novelty - just no batiks please.

Now on to the tutorial:

You will need 3 different fabrics.

From fabric 1 - cut (4) 5 1/2 inch blocks
From fabric 2 - cut (8) 3 1/2 inch blocks
From fabric 3 - cut (8) 3 1/2 inch blocks and
                          cut (4) 3 inch block

Choose the lighter set of your 3 1/2 inch blocks and draw a diagonal line on the back of each.

Pair them up with the darker set, right sides together and sew 1/4 inch on each side of your drawn lines.

Cut on the drawn lines and press to the darker side.  You should have 16 HSTs.  Trim to 3 inches.

Lay out your 4 quadrants as shown. I stack them together so that I can chain piece.

Sew together.

Easy Peasy!!
You should have (4) 8" square sections.  Remember you do NOT need to sew them together.  That way, I can play around with the settings and mix them all up.

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!

Let me know if you have any questions.



Susan said...

My first bee, so thanks for your patience and help. When they suggested it should take more than an hour to make, did that include fabric selection?? I've been going back and forth My stash is not huge and although I have fabrics that would work, I'm not sure I can make four identical blocks, so hopefully you are okay with more variety.

Tracy Hansen said...

Sure Susan! If that works better for you, that works for me too. Since I decided that I am gong to mix them all up, the scrappier the better. :)

zaney said...

That navy with the pink and gold polka dots. I love it. I want it. I need it. What is it???

Tracy Hansen said...

It is by Cotton and steel, I don't remember the exact name. It is pretty fabulous! Send me your address to and I'll be happy to mail you some. :)

Pam Chamberlin said...

Cute block!