Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stash Bee Finish

Here is the block I finally quilted, bound and labelled from this year's stash bee.  What fun this group is.  Thanks to all the hive mates who helped me finish this.  Susan

Wanta Fanta for Hive 4

Here's the Wanta Fanta block that you requested...I was glad to see that you requested it in orange, as I had a lovely selection of oranges for it.  Sorry for the crooked picture; I was trying to reduce shadows and thinking about that more than the straightness.

As for my dream vacation, I really would like to visit the moon (or Mars).  I expect it will be a reality someday.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Such a great cause!

Kathy is using our blocks to make a quilt for a veteran--what a great cause!!
This was a fun block to make--I hope the colors are what you were looking for.
It went in the mail to you on Monday.
I'm so proud to be part of this project!
Thank you to all our veterans and current military who keep us safe and out of harm's way!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hive 4 for Karen

Hello everyone!

Boy, my new machine is a treat, and I'm so glad to have been able to make these blocks on it!


There is one part of the paper pieced block that looks green but is definitely orange.  Karen, if you need me to make another one, let me know!

Excited to see everyone else's blocks.

Hive 1

Here is my block for Kathy. It was a great block to try. Thanks for a different block . I should get it out in the mail this week. Enjoy. Rose

Hive 1 August Bright blue star

I've made this block before and love the look.  I think a group of these will make a splendid veteran's quilt.  I look forward to seeing it.  Since the method I use to make flying geese makes 4 at a time, I made two of these blocks rather than have the extras languish in my sewing room.
Kathie L in Allentown

Hive 4 Karen's August Bock

Karen.   first of all....thank you so very much for giving us the option of blocks.  Paper piecing makes me shiver just seeing the name.   I definitely have to get over the fear because they are so pretty.   Need to find a class.   So hoping these snowball blocks will be ok.   I loved looking through my stash for orange...   I did have to repeat a few since I did not have 16 different ones.

Hive 1 block for Kathy

I have been pretty busy in my sewing room and my camera got buried under projects so this picture is late.  Kathy has already received the block (yay!).

The directions she provided were great and the block went together very smoothly.  I really liked the flying geese technique.

Thank you Kathy for asking for a block that I have never done. . . . it was great to learn a new "trick".

In peace & pieces,

Sherry V.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hive 4 August blocks for Karen

I think I was putting this off a bit because foundation paper piecing is not my favourite technique.  Thank you for making me practice. And they turned out not too bad.  I look forward to seeing how you put these together Karen.  I will be mailing on Tuesday. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Block for Tu-Na

Happy August ladies!!

I knew this block was going to be a tricky one for me, mainly because my stash is seriously lacking orange!  After running to my sewing room and pulling out literally every scrap of orange that I could find (digging through my scrap piles, my precuts piles, everything), I managed to find enough orange to complete the blocks!  Just for fun, below is a pic of my ENTIRE orange stash next to my easy-to-grab-for-a-photo stash of my favorite color, teal.  My stash is more “candy colors” than primary colors.  I guess I know what I need to look for next time I’m at the fabric store :)

Anyway... here are the blocks for Tu-Na.  I love paper piecing and love the way this block turned out, even if it isn’t my favorite color!  The whole quilt will be spectacular, but I don’t envy all the little squares Tu-Na will have to put together!  

Happy quilting all!!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wanta Fanta blocks for Karen hive 4

I was so excited to start these blocks as soon as I saw that they would be nice and easy for the month.  Well, I had a total blonde moment when I made the x-blocks and made them backwards, oops.  Good thing I noticed before I sent them.  So here are all my blocks for Karen.  I'll be sending along the backwards blocks, just for fun, too.  Along with the half square triangles from the square blocks.  Happy sewing!

The right way...

The wrong way, haha!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wanta Fanta blocks for August

It's hot hot hot here in Maine but a little air conditioning can go a long way.... Here are my Wanta Fanta blocks that, after a little mishap, came together pretty quickly.

And I also have some little HST's to Karen....

And about the little mishap...the heat must have gotten to me because I first made 8 pieces with the white in the center....

I guess I'll add them to my orphan block collection  😉

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wanta Fanta Block for Karen

Wanta Fanta Block for Karen

After cutting, and then rejecting some squares because I decided they were too yellow, I managed to find enough orange to get this fun block done. :) I love paper piecing, so this was right up my alley. Super fun block. :) 
I only showed pictures of one snowball and 4 paper pieced blocks, as the others are the same. 

It's in the mail on the way to you tomorrow morning :)


Friday, August 3, 2018

2014 Finished Quilt

Sometimes finishes take a long time... Anna from Hive 8 of our 2014 Stash Bee finally finished the quilt she was working on last year, made with blocks from her turn as Queen Bee. Here is the final product.

If you would like to see more pictures, you can visit her blog here. Congrats on your beautiful quilt, Anna!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Sweet Cherry Orange - A 2016 Finish

Hello Everyone! Deana from Dreamworthy Quilts recently finished this beautiful quilt from Stash Bee 2016 that she's calling Sweet Cherry Orange.

Isn't it just gorgeous?! You can check out a few more quilty photos on her blog post here. Congrats Deana on an amazing finish.

Tu Na's Wanta Fanta block

I had fun picking out oranges. And kept thinking of Fanta soda to go with the name.
My paper piecing skills were rusty. And I first did them in reverse: white squares with orange fabrics. Haha!
But I got It all sorted out and done.
Debbie Huber

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hive 2 Tutorial - Block for Kerry

Hi Hive 2!

I am requesting the Scrappy Crossroads Block by Lori Holt.  The picture above is directly from her website and the link to the tutorial is below:

I would like you to use low volumes in place of the aqua above.  By low volume, I am requesting low volumes with a white background.  I would be happy with low volumes with colors in them or they could be white with gray or black.  If your stash allows, I'd prefer each piece shown in aqua above to be a different low volume.  Here are some examples:

I want scrappy for the other fabrics.  I would like bright, clear colors for this quilt - red, pink, orange, yellow, blue, aqua, green, violet prints. Please no squares that are primarily brown or black.  It is fine if there is a small amount of those colors in a square that is primarily a bright color.
 Here are some examples:

I took these pictures at night - sorry they are dark.  Also, I cut off many greens!

I will post a sample block tomorrow.

Thanks for sewing for me!

Instagram - @lmnop864

Hi Hive Mates!  Here's my sample block:

You can follow Lori Holt's pressing directions or press how you prefer.  Here's how I pressed mine:

I nested the seams for the 16 patch and the 4 patch blocks.

When sewing the final seams to assemble the block, I pressed the seams away from the 4 patch and 16 patch blocks so my seams would nest.

So, the cutting of the 2 1/2 inch squares is what takes the longest.  I apologize if that is a burden for you.  I cut extras.  I could easily pop some squares in the mail to anyone who wants some precut.  That way you could mix them in with yours and you would have less to cut.

Let me know if you'd like some.  This is only three of the stacks I cut.

THANK YOU for sewing for me!


Hive 7 August Tutorial

Hi All
August Queen here and this is the same block I have done for a couple years in The Blossom Heart Quilts online bee.  I'm trying to get enough blocks to make a king size quilt for my bed and at the rate I'm going it will be few more years!  

The colors are Americana red, white and blue. The x in the middle is red, the outer corners are blue and the connectors are cream. Americana colors are not real bright, pure colors but more of the dusty, aged, muted tones. Think Williamsburg or Revolutionary War type colors. 

Refer to Tic Tac Toe for the full tutorial.

X is Muted Red
Corners are muted Blues
Connectors are Cream/Off White

Here is my fabric pull
And here is a pic of the blocks I have so far.

Looking forward to adding more blocks and getting closer to king size!

Hive 6 August 2018 Tutorial

My husband and I were born in NC but met in India.  We have two children (a teacher and a preacher) and seven granddaughters.  My favorite "therapy" is quilting.  
Right now I'm finishing up a project, making a quilt for each bed in Friendship House... well, there are 24 beds and we are making 30 quilts to be sure we cover gender choices.  Our very own Emily Leachman was among the first to turn in a quilt top for this project!!
In the midst of this hot and very busy summer, I have chosen the double bow tie pattern.  It is quick and easy.
From the background fabric cut (5) 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares of white or white on white fabric.
For the first bow tie cut (2) dark blue 4 1/2" squares and (2) 2" squares.
For the second bow tie cut (2) light to medium blue 4 1/2" squares and (2) 2" squares.

 Again - the quilt will be blue and white with the background being white or white on white and the bow ties being blue - one being a darker blue than the other.
Assembly directions:  Mark the backs of the 2" Bow Tie squares from corner to corner.

On the corner of a 4 1/2" background square. sew a 2" Bow Tie square from corner to corner along the marked line.  Trim a 1/4" from the sew line and flip the Bow Tie fabric up to complete the corner. Press.  Make one for each bow tie.

Make the center square the same way but add Bow Tie squares to opposite corners.

Sew the blocks into rows and then the rows together to complete the 12 1/2" square (unfinished).

Stash Bee - Hive 5 - August 2018 Tutorial by Valorie

Hello Hive Mates! I know summer is a busy, buzzy time and so I have chosen an easy block for you to make in August.

Image result for Bright 9-patch block
(EXAMPLE of the Nine-Patch)

The simple Nine-Patch square will take you no time at all, and I just hope you have saved some of those great black and white fabrics from Jude's block last month!

I am asking that you make your block from 5" squares in black and white PRINTS with the center square being a bright solid.

Here are some pictures of fabrics used in my examples:

Black and whites...


Just as a hint, though I will love what you decide to use, I like blues, aquas, pinks, purples, and even very bright yellows and greens for this project. Not a big fan of least on this one. (Yes, some of them in the picture don't look very bright, so just go with your favorite solid brights and ignore the pale colors here!)

The Nine-Patch block is actually a beginner block, so you won't have any trouble at all with it. Most of you will not even need a tutorial, but just in case...

Connecting Threads has a good tutorial on the Nine-Patch block here.
The Seasoned Homemaker shows how to make the Nine-Patch block here.

Please cut your 5" squares and proceed with the bright piece in the center of the block.

Layout might look like this...


In the examples above, I did think about where to put the more black or more white-feeling blocks. However, this is entirely not necessary, since my final plan will be to cut them up and then lay them out in a different way...

I don't really know yet. I will have to see what I receive from my busy bee mates and go from there. Please, just have fun with a simple block!

Update on 8/13...
****No need to trim your blocks! The ones I have received, to date, are 14" and that is fine!****

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know. Email might be the best way to reach me - val1053 at gmail dot com

Keep on enjoying your summer months and I hope you find time to sew a bit too! I will look forward to opening the #happymail as it arrives!

Your bee mate,
@facetfully on IG