Monday, November 19, 2018

November Hive for Jo

I finally got the pieces together for this month. No, since you offered, I’m gonna let you do the overstitchng. I’ve only done raw edge and I like a “messier” look than I’ve been seeing, so I’ll let you do what you want =)

I’ve had a great returning year. Thanks to everyone in hive one!  You’re all amazing quilters and I’ve loved learning from each of you!  Merry Christmas!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Fun Time

From dithering over the pattern and searching for fabric to curling up with the appliqué work during a recent cold spell, I enjoyed every minute of making this block for you, Jo. I will put it in the mail by Monday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Paper Crane Block - Hive 4, November

I love this block - I love paper piecing and I love the story of the paper cranes. I had fun making it. :) I'm sure your mom will love the quilt. This is on the way to you tomorrow morning. I apologize in advance if it takes a long time to get to you, Canada Post is still experiencing strikes.

November block for Jo!

I wasn't expecting an applique block, but it was fun!! I picked a Christmas candle and I hope you like it Jo! Hopefully it'll be in the mail to you by the end of the week.
It was a fun bee this year--thank you all!
Enjoy the holidays everyone!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November block, Hive 4

This was such a fun pink to make the swan from!  I hope that your mom loves the quilt.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hive 1 November from Kathie for Jo

Jo, I love your Christmas theme.  I have done very little machine embroidery, so I picked a pattern with very few twists, turns and corners.  I hope you enjoy it.
Kathie L in Allentown

A completed top from Hive 1

I'd like to thank my hive mates for the terrific blocks they made for me this year.  The picture shows them all put together.  By next summer it will be on the bed of a camper at Camp Erin, a camp for kids healing from a bereavement.  This will be sure to bring cheer.  Thanks so much.
Kathie L in Allentown, PA

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Jo’s Christmas Fun Block

I confess, I have added appliqué to a couple of quilts, but not using fusing paper, so this was a first for me, but not the last.  I love the art of this process.  This is not perfect, but I am happy with the result just the same.  I hope you are as well.  This is also another great idea for a future quilt.  Thus the danger of being part of a bee with very talented mates.  I enjoyed this year and am sad it’s a wrap so fast.  Enjoy the holidays everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hive 4 crane for Katy

Here is a crane toward your project Katy.  Paper foundation piecing is a struggle for me. A couple of my points are not perfect but I hope this still meets with your approval.  It really is a darker pink than it looks. And obviously I don't know how to edit my phone pictures so you don't see so much of my design wall. 😖
This crane will be flying off to you soon.   

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Holiday Bells for Jo

Jo had such a great idea of letting us pick out a holiday design to appliqué for her but I'll admit, trying to decide was a lot harder than I expected. I finally chose some holiday bells that I hope she likes.  Appliqué isn't something I do very often but it always look nice. I've always preferred using the blanket stitch but I'd never used a contrasting thread before so thanks Jo for giving me the idea to try it!

~ Diana @ Red Delicious Life

Nov block for Jo

Here we are the last month in our great stash bee for the year. I love Jo's idea of the applique blocks, but I have never really done applique. I tried to stitch around some extra scrap fabric with very sad results. So Jo, here are my two Christmas balls on a snowflake back ground. I hope you are able to finish this. I am sorry but I did not want to send you the mess that I would surely make.

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone. See you next year. Happy Sewing, Rose

Monday, November 5, 2018

Stash Bee Hive 4 Finish

Here's to all the wonderful bees in Hive 4.

I requested floating stars back in January.  This is what I did with them.  The sashing is a gray batik and I practiced some simple free motion quilting on it. I injured my shoulder a couple of weeks ago and am only slowly getting back to cutting and sewing.  But I had the binding attached to this quilt  so over the last week I have hand sewn the binding to the back and finished today.
Thank you so much bees.  I love all your colourful stars.  It is my treasure.

Because of my injury I could not get it on my design wall to photograph.  I opened my bedroom windows as much as I could to get these shots as it lay on my bed.

Hive 4 block for Katy

Hi all. Here is Katy’s block for November. I love the story of the thousand paper cranes and read the book in college for children’s literature. Hope you like the happy pink I chose, it makes me smile. 
Happy sewing! So glad we had a great group in our hive this year! 

Pink Cranes for Katy

I love paper piecing.  So I was so excited to get this months block tutorial.  Katy chose Pink Cranes so she can make a quilt for her mom who is fighting a battle with Breast Cancer.  

Hope It all comes together in time for Christmas.  Sending good vibes to your mother as well as this Crane to you!

Happy Holidays to EVERYONE!!!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hive 7 -

I love sewing.  I don't love blogging.  That's why this post has so many pictures.  I don't think I ever posted these finishes anywhere other than Instagram.  These are the blocks I've sent but may not have posted.






And finally, the last block of Hive 7 2018 - on its way to a new home!


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Stash Bee finish from 2017

Last year was my first time doing any kind of online swap.  I was nervous, so each month, I made a practice block (or two or three) to make sure I got it just right.  I have a LOT of purple scraps, so that's what I used.  As the year wound up and my turn as Queen came around, I hadn't settled on what block I wanted.  I kept staring at my hivemates' blocks on my design wall.

That's when it hit me -- what if everyone made their block for me?  So, here it is.  My 2017 Stash Bee (almost) finish!  Thanks again, everyone from 2017 Hive 2!

flimsy-only on a queen sized bed

quilted, but not yet scalloped & bound

Friday, November 2, 2018

Hive 6-November 2018 Tutorial for Becky-Kaleidoscope

Hello Hive 6.  My Name is Becky and I live in Florida.  This is the first year being in the stash bee and I have never Blogged before! I have been quilting since 1990.  As you all know I had a very busy and difficult year.  I hope you all liked your blocks I sent and again I am sorry they were late.

I have always loved scrappy quilts so I decided on a kaleidoscope quilt.  It is amazing how different fabrics and the way they are laid out can change the entire look of 1 quilt block.

Here of some examples:

I found a pieced pattern on Allpeoplequilt.  Please print triangle pattern from here.

I really like how the circles appear on the quilt by using white and off white for corners.  This is my goal!  Please use each fabric once except on the white or off white corners. I am not picky on the fabrics, please do not use a lot of plain fabrics.

Example of :

Dark Fabrics:
cut 8 triangles

Example of :

Light/Med Fabrics:
cut 8 triangles

Corner Blocks:

 Block 1 :  white on white
Cut 2-  3" Squares-----Cut diagonally for a total of 4 Corner Triangles
 same fabric

Corner Block:

 Block 2 :  off white/light tan
Cut 2 -   3" Squares -----Cut diagonally for a total of 4 Corner Triangles
same fabric

NOTE:  there are 2 different block layouts!

Block 1:  4 Dark Triangles
                4 Light Triangles
                4 Corner Triangles- white on white

When joining the triangles start with Light triangle, and sew 1 dark triangle.
          Press towards the dark triangle. Repeat to make a total of 4 parts.

lay both parts on top of each other butting up seams and sew 1/4" seam

Sew together the half block units to make a center unit and press the seam allowances open

Add on white corner squares on top of light fabric.  Triangle is larger.  When 4 corners are added on
trim block to 6.5"    
Block 2:  4 Dark Triangles
                4 Light Triangles
                4 Corner Triangles- off white/ light tan

NOTE: Opposite from block 1-
When joining the triangles start with Dark triangle, and sew 1 light triangle.
          Press towards the dark triangle. Repeat to make a total of 4 parts.

Sew together the half block units to make a center unit and press the seam allowances open.

Add on off white/ light tan corner squares on top of dark triangle.  Triangle is larger.  When 4 corners are added on trim block to 6.5" 

You don't have to sew block 1 and 2 together.  I will be adding 4 together to form a
12" finished block.

Thanks ladies so much!  I can't wait to see all the blocks. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hive 3 November Tutorial - Modern Christmas Tree

Welcome to November!

Hi Stash Bee hive mates! We are we are at the end of our experience together. First of all, I want to say thank you for your grace as I have gone through this past year. We moved this past July and I did not anticipate how much work it would entail, so THANK YOU and I am grateful for you and your patience!

My six year old daughter, Ella Bea and my three year old son, Patrick are ready to celebrate the winter season. Therefore, to get us in the mood, I selected the modern Christmas tree block quilt from the blog, The Diary of a Quilter. The free tutorial is great and easy to follow and I had a great time with this block. I hope it provides some festive fun in your fall quilting. The block took about 30 minutes from cutting to finish, so I also think it will be a quick one to do during this busy season.

Fabric pull- think festive, think Starbucks holiday cups, think anything bright and fun. No pattern is too crazy. I am up for anything you want to throw together! The more (pattern) the merrier in this quilt.  For inspiration- check out #holidaypatchworkforest on Instagram.

The blog is super easy to follow! Please see my pictures below to help you as well. Follow her guidelines as she discusses how to cut the trees. As you can see from the last picture, I did not follow the guidelines so well in terms of seam of allowance. However, the blocks are still beautiful!



The pattern completes two blocks, and now you can start your own #holidaypatchworkforest tree quilt! 
Have fun! 
With gratitude, 
Meghan (@megsverde)

2019 Stash Bee Sign Up!

CLICK HERE to access the sign-up form. Hives will be announced at the end of November or early December via email. Anyone not assigned to a hive will be placed on the waiting list in the order that they signed up.

Please review our Rules and Participant Roles & Expectations before signing up. If you have additional questions you can email me (Alanna) here.

Who Can Join?

The bee is open to new and returning members. We will have up to 7 Hives for 2019, which means we can only take 70 people - so sign up early. Returning members still need to sign up each year.

Please note - returning members, you MUST be in good standing with the bee. That means that all of your 2018 blocks must be mailed and received AND you cannot have been late more than twice throughout the year.

Things to Remember

This is a modern bee. That means your hive members can ask for modern blocks, modern techniques, and/or modern fabrics within the scope of the block restrictions. If you prefer more traditional blocks and more traditional fabrics (like reproduction fabrics, civil war prints, etc) then this bee is NOT for you.

This year Stash Bee is being organized by one Canadian (Alanna) and one American (Laura).  Stash Bee is international friendly. ALL HIVES can expect to have a mix of countries, with up to 3-4 hive members from countries other than the U.S.A. 

During the sign-up process, you will be asked if you would like to be assigned to a social media hive. You will have the choice to join a hive that will communicate primarily through Instagram or Facebook.  Don't like or use those platforms? That's okay! You'll be assigned a hive that will stay right here on the blog.