Monday, October 15, 2018

Hive Four Grandmother's Choice

What a fantastic block! Tons of interest for very little effort! This is definitely going on my "make it for myself" list!

It'll be heading for Canada tomorrow!


Hive 1 October Bow Ties

I struggled with the background color request, so I hope these work for you.  Let me know if they don't.  I didn't want to use actual muslin because of the looser weave, but I can ... just let me know.  Thanks for an easy block!

Hive 1 September Block

Oh Goodness.....  I am so late.   This is such a great block; one that I am hoping to use in a future quilt.  I love the idea of your quilt with the blues and the greens.   Hope this will work well.
Again, I apologize for being so late.  This will be in the mail this evening or tomorrow morning.  Happy Sewing.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hive 4 blocks for Carolyn and Kristi

Happy October all!
I realized as I was posting this months’ block I forgot to post my block last month.  Pictures are below; Carolyn you should have received yours by now (although I think I might have sent it to your old address by accident, I hope it got forwarded to you!) and Kristi, I will pop yours into the mail on Monday. (How many stamps to send to Canada?  Anyone know?).  Happy quilting!!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hive 4 Block for Kristi

I love it when I get to try a totally new block.  This one was super easy but the possibilities are endless.

I followed the tutorial and trimmed it to 12.5" and then I reread your post and saw it said not to trim it.  Well I'm sending this to you...but if it turns out you need one with all the trimmings, let me know.  I'm sending along my extra black and white prints. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Super Bow Ties!

Wow, what awesome Bow Tie blocks are being posted! I haven't seen any ugly fabrics yet, but I know everyone has at least one or more. They can just disappear into a scrap quilt. I know because I made an entire quilt out of uglies. A strange bunch of not quite fat quarters of dark, muddy prints was given to me and they hung out in my stash for years before I resolved to get rid of them. Here is what happened:
See? All gone now.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Bow-Tie Blocks for Robin

As everyone else has mentioned, these blocks for Robin come together lightning fast!  I had mine done last week but just got around to posting them this evening. Can't wait to see her finished quilt.

~ Diana @ Red Delicious Life

Sept Block for Hive 4

Yes, I am late with this block!! But I did have a good excuse.

Here's the island of Burano, off the coast of Venice, Italy. It was very colorful and had few tourists.

 I returned the end of September after a month long trip around Germany, Austria, and Italy with a 14 hour lay over in Copenhagen, Denmark and an unplanned night in Chicago because the airlines "lost" our return tickets to home.

We toured Rome, too. One just has to take a picture with people in it as there's always a crowd of people around.

Needless to say, I had to rest, unpack, and do laundry before I could set foot inside the sewing room. And add to that, a bountiful apple harvest was waiting for us.

We have 8 trees. Two are honeycrisp and one is a yellow apple. The other 5 are delicious mysteries.

We have been harvesting apples for the past 10 days. It looks to be the second largest crop we've had. The largest produced 10,000 pounds of apples off 8 trees!! My dehydrator has been running constantly for those 10 days and I've made lots of applesauce for the freezer as well as apple pie filling and fresh pies and crisps. I've probably eaten several dozen myself.

We also started pressing apples in our cider press having made 30 gallons on Saturday. Of course, I had to cook and feed the crew, kind of like the old threshing bees of days gone by. We'll be cidering for the next 3 weekends!!

But I was able to manage sewing Carolyn's block this afternoon. I fretted over the fabric picks for a week. I only had one navy fabric and a couple of low volume prints for the background. And mustard??? What color is mustard anyway?

It did end up to be rather cute in the end. I hope you like it, Carolyn!

What I learned today:
  1. I am really low on low volume prints.
  2. And navy. You'd think with all the fabric I have I wouldn't be low on anything!
  3. Smile! You never know when you'll end up on some stranger's vacation pictures!!
Question: What's the longest vacation/trip you've taken? I've had a 3 month trip. That one was much more relaxed.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
I blog at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats.

Bow ties for Robin

I've seen these blocks plenty of times before in books and in quilts; and in the back of my mind, I knew they were simple blocks; but I never made them.  They REALLY... ARE... SIMPLE.  O my!  These four all but materialized out of thin air!

(There's that frog fabric again!)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fast, Fun Blocks for Robin

Coincidentally, I decided this week to spend time getting a big pile of scraps sorted, cut and filed into size boxes.  I couldn’t walk past the overflowing basket another day, so sorting scraps came in handy to test this block.  Robin, I really love your block and a quilt with these cute bow ties is now on my short list.  Can’t wait to see your quilt and to show you all my Polaroid picture baby quilt with the perfect fabric you sent me for the backing.  I am quilting  and binding it next week.   Thank you!

Fun blocks!

Hi Robin,
These were fun and quick!! So I did another set--you'll see them when they get there!

I hope to get them in the mail to you this week.

Hive 4 blocks for Kristi

These were a breeze to sew up.  I look forward to seeing what you do with them.  Happy mail is on its way. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hive 1 October done

I had muslin right at my fingertips from a recent project, so it took no time to whip these blocks together for Robin.  I made a quilt with this block using plaids for my grandson and a quilt for charity using 30s fabric.  It's great for using a variety of fabrics.  Good choice, Robin.
Kathie L

Monday, October 1, 2018

Granny's choice block for Kristi

Here is my striking red, black and white block. This will be a stunning quilt. Easy evening to sew.

Done on Day 1, Teehee!

Hello everybody!

I just got back from a wonderful trip out west and was itching to stitch, so I snuck a peek at the tutorial for this month and finished it last night.

The picture does look dark, but the reds are vibrant.  These cuties are in the mail as of today too!
Have a great October!

Hive 6 October Tutorial - Pineapple Block for Martha Grace

Hello Hive 6 - I am very excited about posting my block!

If you are like me, which I believe is probably true due to all of us wanting to be part of this Stash Bee experience because quilting is such a part of our souls, then I know that all year you have been expectantly awaiting the first of each month to see what Stash Bee challenge is posted!

I say challenge because it seems that every month I have stewed over how to best fit each Hivemate’s request while using fabrics that I have accessible, sewing skills that I am continually developing, and time that never seems to be enough!

Please allow me to describe my motivation for choosing my block . . .

My dear friend, Belinda, is always serving others through her gift of hospitality. She holds a full-time administrative/receptionist  job at a local elementary school, is a pastor’s wife, and is a wife, a mother, and a friend to thousands! She successfully fulfills all of these roles I due to her being given the gifts of humor, graciousness, discernment, and hospitality. Her home is always open, and she is always serving others. She loves pineapples, so I would love to make her a pineapple quilt to use as a throw since the pineapple is seen as a symbol of hospitality.

I spent hours looking at different pineapple blocks, staying away from “the quilter’s pineapple block,” as Belinda is not a quilter and wouldn’t recognize it. Due to her petite 5’2” stature I decided on a, what I think is really cute, recognizable, and not too time-consuming, pineapple block that is little - a six inch one!

Here is a photo of one block I sewed last night.

Isn't it adorable?!?!?!?

Here are the instructions that I used last night to sew my block:

I screenshot this pattern. It is the pieced version of the Moda Blockheads 2 pattern for Week 8 of this year. The Moda version is an applique on that is really cute, as well. If you are interested, you can see it by clicking on this link: .

You can find out all about this pieced version by typing, "Blockheads Week 8 - Coriander Quilts" in a search engine or clicking on .

Note: I am wondering if I am the only person who has to continually measure all along the way in order for my seams to match well and my block to end up the correct size?!?!?!? If someone would let me know how she just sews and it all comes out well without measuring all along the way, please let me know as my constant measuring throughout my sewing of a block makes me an extremely slow sewer!!!

Now, for colors to use:

If possible, please use as as happy and bright green and yellowish/goldish/pineapplish prints if possible for the pineapple - no solids!

For the background, please only use solid white like Kona Snow or a white-on-white - no color, not even a cream or an off-white!!!

I found that the following pressing helped me to nestle seams together nicely:

   (1) After cutting the excess part of the one-inch white square blocks on the pineapple fabric to make a quarter-inch seam allowance, press the seam allowance to the pineapple fabric side.

    (2) After cutting the excess part of the one-inch white square blocks sewn onto the green rectangle, to make a quarter-inch seam allowance, press the seam allowance to the white fabric side.

     (3) After cutting the excess part of the green one-inch square blocks on the middle white rectangle on the top row to make a quarter-inch seam allowance, press the seam allowance to the green fabric side.

      (4) Please press all other seams open.

Here is a picture of the pressing on the backside of the block I sewed.

If you would like to piece some fabrics together for the pineapple fruit or use different greens together for the leaves, this is fine - the pineapple fruit doesn't have to be just one fabric - just no solids, please.

If you want to make more than one block due to this pattern lending itself to being able to be put together quickly, then please do - this quilt will demand a large number of these six-inch blocks!

If you want to make a block using the applique instructions, then please do!

I hope that this block will satisfy everyone's creative streak and sewing expertise.

It has been so helpful for me to see how everyone has interpreted this year's instructions every month! I am so thankful to be able to sew again and have been blessed to have been given this opportunity to learn from each of you.

I so appreciate your time in helping me to thank my dear friend for all of the time she has invested in making others lives awesome! I also appreciate the opportunity to get to know each of you this year!!

If you have any questions, please email me at .

Hive 7 - October Block for Rachel

Hi everybody, here's the  October block: Hidden Gems  designed by Diane at From Blank Pages, I just love her work! 

The pattern comes with detailed instructions, cutting templates if you like to use those for FPP, and coloring pages that help with fabric placement. Also, Diane has paper piecing instructions on her site that are fabulous if you need them. 

The colors you'll need include:
  • Three shades of blue - I’m hoping for a transparency effect in the points where they overlap
    • a light
    • a medium,
    • a dark   
  • At least two teals in slightly differing shades so there’s some contrast when they’re assembled next to each other
  • Random low volume white scraps
  • Random low volume black scraps

Here's my sample block: 

Here's a tile I did, just to see the effect of the blocks together: 

Yours will be added to the blocks I received from my other bee earlier this year (love them!). I'm aiming for enough for my queen size bed (don't mind the one in the lower-right corner, it just needs to be rotated :) 

The block went together really well, her patterns always do. I will say I was glad to have basted the last seam as I pulled it out and pinned some of the points - it's a long diagonal and even though it's on a paper foundation, it was a little touchy. 

Let me know any questions!

Hive One October Block

Stop the presses!!  I can’t believe my blocks are done for this month.  Didn’t the month just start  I’ve been wanting to do this block for a long time and couldn’t believe how fast it went together.  It didn’t hurt that I already had 4.5” squares on my sewing table from another project and came across the vintage unbleached muslin just yesterday.  They’ll be in the mail tomorrow.

October Bow Ties - Hive 1 Tutorial

October Bow Ties

As the year winds down, we all seem to get  busier and busier, so for my turn as Queen, I bring you a super easy block, the old fashioned Bow Tie. My plan is to use this setting that I found on the (old) Free Spirit website. I want to use up all my chunky scraps but will try to make the “rounds” each in the same color family. This pic is for setting only, ignore all those pale blues and pinks! My quilt is going to be a fiesta of medium to dark scraps.

This month please 4 blocks in the 8-1/2” unfinished size. From choosing fabric to admiring the finished blocks, it won’t take you more than 1 hour.
Do not sew them together, I will need to rearrange them to make the setting work.

The background fabric (B) should be the color of unbleached muslin. Below are the ones I have pulled, some are just edge trimmings from quilt backings of long ago.

For the bow tie fabric (A) you will need 4 pieces about 5 x 14 (corrected) or some equivalent pieces. Choose from your available chunky scraps. Use anything! Use ugly fabric you want to get rid of, or something special you want to share with me, or just the first chunk that comes to hand. It doesn’t matter, this is to be a very scrappy quilt. I am making all the other blocks from whatever is in the bin that is big enough but not too big.
(Avoid pastels, using only medium to dark fabrics for the bow tie parts. Nothing lighter than a bright yellow.)

Instructions for assembly can be found all over the internet but of course sizes vary. 

Here is how I am making mine.
For each block:
Cut 2 – 4-1/2” squares of the Focus fabric (A)
Cut 2 – 2-1/2” squares of the focus fabric (A)
Cut 2 – 4-1/2” squares of the background fabric (B)

Draw a horizontal line on the back of the 2-1/2” squares.
Sew the 2-1/2” squares to the background squares,

Then iron and trim the excess from the back.

Lay them out for assembly and sew the top 2 parts together, then the bottom 2 parts.

Press the top seam toward the bow tie (A). Press the bottom seam toward the background fabric (B). After joining the top to the bottom, you will be able to spin the seams on the back just like Bonnie has taught us.

Here are four of my blocks, all done (and grouped together just for this picture). Below that are some more finished blocks. As you can see, anything goes. Bow Tie fabrics don’t even have to be the same, as long as they are kind of the same color.

Due to Free Spirit's recent demise, their old website can no longer be accessed. The free pattern I downloaded some time ago and/or a pdf of this article are available by email from me: 9lizards at gmail dot com

Hive 4 Tutorial: Granny's Choice Block

Monday October 1, 2018

Hive 4 Tutorial: Granny's Choice Block

Hi everyone! I am really excited about participating in my first quilting bee, and for my first turn as queen!

I live on a farm in southern Alberta, Canada, with my husband and two small children. They all keep me super busy, so I am always grateful for quilting time when I can squeeze it in. I would say that my favorite thing about quilting is piecing the blocks - bonus points if they're paper pieced.  Free motion quilting is a close second. Borders are my least favorite. I like how they look, but find them annoying to put on. :)

It took me a long time to decide which block I wanted to do - I'm sure I've changed my mind a half dozen times. But I managed to make up my mind, and I am asking for a Granny's Choice block. I love the contrast, the geometric design, and the secondary patterns that come out in the whole quilt.

I am asking for the block to be done in white, black and ruby red. I'd really like tone on tone blender prints, but if you don't have any, solids are ok too.  Please try to make the red a medium value so it contrasts nicely with the white and the black. True reds please, nothing too orange or too pink/purple.

Cutting List

Black Fabric (Dark Value)
  • 1 – 11″ square cut on the diagonal twice – this will make 4 triangles –  you will need 2 of these triangles to make one block
  • 2 – 2 ¼″ x 8″  rectangles
  • 2 – 2 ¼″ squares
Red Fabric (Medium Value)
  • 2 – 2 ¼″ x 8″  rectangles
  • 2 – 2 ¼″ squares
White Fabric (Light Value)
  • 1 – 11″ square cut on the diagonal twice – this will make 4 triangles –  you will need 2 of these triangles to make one block
The tutorial is found at:

I've made the block from the tutorial, it's pretty easy to follow. Just watch out for all the bias edges on the triangles. 
Also, please send the blocks untrimmed. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.

 Thanks everyone!

Stash Beehive 2 - Tutorial for Velda’s October Block

Hello everyone, I'm Velda at the Freckled Fox Quiltery.  I live with my hubby, two poodle boys and one cranky old tomcat here in beautiful PEI Canada.  Finally, at long long last its October and my month to ask for a quilt block from my hive mates.  Am I excited?  OMGoodness Gracie, Just a tiny bit!

Does it freak you out to try new things?  Me too....but it freaks me out more to be stuck in a soft cushy place where I only do easy comfortable things. I am going to ask you to design and sew a "wonky house" quilt block.  It's paper piecing at its easiest.  And, IMHO, this block will look fabulous in a border around a medallion quilt, or just living large, on its own as a mug rug, or pillow...whatever you like.  From my perspective, the great thing is that every block that arrives in my mailbox is gonna be unique, but the instructions are exactly the same every time.

Trust me, designing a paper-pieced block is as easy as ABC, 123. And don't worry...if this is completely outside your comfort zone, I've added a link to a house block that you can make instead, at the end of this post, but I really really hope you try designing your own.

In the spirit of complete disclosure and giving credit where credit is due, the little picto-toot that follows was inspired by a free wonky house block and tutorial I found online from Sophie Junction.

Lets begin.  Gather your supplies. You'll need a ruler, a pencil, and a sheet or two of printer paper, or any 8 1/2 x 11 paper you have on hand (in case you are having so much fun, you decide to make a couple more...for yourself, of course.

Draw a line across the sheet of paper 8 1/2" down from the top of the page.  Then draw a line 1/4" inch inside from the edge of all four sides.  This gives you the seam allowance for a block that will be 8 1/2" unfinished and 8" finished. Easy Peasy so far, right?

To draw the house outline, add a wonky line about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the block.  Then add the roof lines.  I drew double lines 1/2 inch apart on both sides. (make yours whatever size you want).  Just make sure to bring the roof lines right out to the edges of the block. The next step is to draw the house walls. Check to see if your drawing looks something like this.  If it does, Yay, you've got this!

Next I added another wonky line about an inch or so below the roof line. Then I added the word "HI" below that.  The H becomes a door and a window and the other line just adds texture and interest to the block.  You can add as many or as few lines as you like because there are no real rules for wonky houses.  You gotta love that.

The last step is to identify the sewing order.  It's important to follow the same order as I did in the example below.  So the window is 1, the door is 2, the walls are 3, 4, 5 and 6, the background is 7, 8, 12 and 13.  The top floor is 9 and the roof lines are 10 and 11.  You got it.

YAY, you just drafted a perfectly ahhhsome quilt block that's ready to paper piece. Take a moment right now to imagine how drop dead gawjus it's going to be when you add the fabric.  AND, that's all that is left to do. Seriously!!!

I know you busy bees all know how to paper piece because we have done it already for other Queen Bees, but here is a link you can use if you want a refresher course before you begin.

Paper Piecing - You can do it!

I'm going upstairs right now to sew mine together so I can take a final foto for this picot-toot.    Meet you back here soon....

'k, I'm back and here is my wonky house block....its just a tiny bit haunted, because it is Halloween this month after all.

So, make your house in seasonal colours of your choice. Anything goes.  Don't feel like you have to stick to usual halloween colours.   Mine is crazy and I encourage you to let your inner child out to play with this one.  Make it as scary or not scary as you're comfortable with. I expect to put this together as a halloween wall hanging...fingers crossed that I can share it on Instagram in time for Halloween 2019.

And finally....for those of you who really don't want to try your hand at block design, here is a link to a Craftsy site with a cute little house pattern you can download and make for me instead.

Cute Wonky House. - Don't do it tho, make your own instead

Sew thats it, thats all.  Thanks in advance for all the great sewing you will be doing for me this month.  Happy October.

Hive 5 block tutorial for Amy: Busy block by Blossom Heart Quilts

Hello, Hive 5 Mates,

Wow!! I can't believe it is October already.  I am ready for the cooler weather but I feel like Christmas will be here way too soon.  I know don't get ahead of myself.  October is great because it is my month to be queen.

I have chosen a block I did last year with a different group.  Unfortunately, that group sort of flaked and about half came through for me.  Even the group leader fell through.  Anyway, all you ladies are awesome and I love the commitment we have to get blocks made.

The block is from Blossom Heart Quilts called Busy  (click link for tutorial).  It is paper pieced and is quite simple.  I hope you all know how to paper piece.  To make it even easier you make the 4 quadrants of the block each in different colors, then STOP  you are done. Please DO NOT sew the quadrants together or remove the paper.  I am not sure what configuration I am going to put them into yet.  There are a couple different ways.  My fabric placement is different from the Blossom Heart Quilts tutorial.  I have labeled each section to make it easier for you to understand.

 I would like bright fun prints.  My style is Cotton and Steel, Blueberry Park or Alison Glass.  Blocks do not need to be those brands specifically.  They are just examples of style.   Then there is black, grey and white.  You may choose solids or prints for these sections.


Sample placement
Sample placement

Print template 4 times ant 100%  Do not fit to page

while referring to the tutorial here are my labels matching the color with cutting size for each section

You can use a glue stick to secure the main fabric to the paper so it doesn't shift around.

I like to use an Add a quarter ruler when paper piecing so I don't accidentally cut my 1/4 in off ...oops!

a sample of colors and patterns.  Please use any brand you like.

Again, please leave the papers on the back and do not sew the 4 quadrants together.

I hope this makes sense.  Please ask questions.

Thank you all so much for making blocks for me.

Happy October, Amy York