Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hive 2 Block for Joan

I love purple so this was a great block for me! It came together easily and was fun to make.

Enjoy hour finished quilt! It’s on its way to you 😀

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Stash Bee Hive 2 March Block

My March block for Joan. It is all about the purple! AND the snow is melting!!!

Valorie Webster
@facetfully on Instagram

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pinwheel for Joan

Hi Hive 2, Rose here .
I really like how this came out. I hope you like it Joan.
 Purple is not part of my stash. I have very few.
I am lucky I have my daughter to pick from when needed.
Looking forward to spring. This looks sort of springy to me. 
I should have it in the mail this weekend.
Enjoy !!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Hive 2 Purple Pinwheels for Joan

This was fun and easy to sew up.  Special rulers helped a lot. My 8 point centers needed this practice too.  I even used purple thread. Notice the snowflakes?   This time of winter I am wishing to see them only on fabric.  But there is more daylight each day so I am loving that.  I hope it works with your project.  I will be mailing Wednesday.

Hive 2 for Joan from Kathie

Joan, I think purple is the color I have least of in my stash, but one of my favorites is the light purple I used for your block.  This was the very end of  what I had, so I decided this would be a great project to use it all up.  I did Jen's Color Challenge last year also, so I've made this block in purple before.  I think you will have fun with all the shades of purple you get.  Here is mine.
Kathie L from Allentown

Friday, March 1, 2019

Hive 4 March Tutorial - X & +

Good Morning, all!
I'm ready for spring as I'm sure you are too, and my block this month reflects that I think.  I'd love you to do an "X & +" block this month.  I first heard of this block a couple of years ago and am finally hoping to get a quilt done, with your help.  It's a very simple block and looks more difficult than it actually is.  The quilt will be in green, gray and white and my fabric pull is the first photo.  Think spring greens like you see when the trees first bud out.

You will need:

A.  (8)  2 1/2" squares, please use white on white
B.  (4)  4 1/2" squares for the cross pieces
C.  (1)  2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle for the plus
D.  (2)  2 1/2" squares for the plus, same fabric as C
E.  (4)  2 1/2" squares for the ends of the plus  (should be a contrasting fabric so the "plus" stands out)

Take the 8 white on white squares and draw a diagonal on the back.  Place this on two corners of your "B" pieces, as shown in the 2nd photo.  Stitch on the drawn lines, then cut, leaving a 1/4" seam.  Press out the triangle.  (Photo 3)

Make 4.  Take two of the "E" squares and sew them to both sides of the "C" rectangle.  Take the remaining two "E" squares and sew them to the two "D" squares.  Arrange the pieces as shown in photo 4 and sew together as you would a 9-patch.  The block should measure 10 1/2".  The two I made are in photo 5 as an example.  And the inspiration for this quilt is photo 6.  Please feel free to use the greens, grays and whites in any way you choose.

I was up at 3:30 AM and decided to put this tutorial together, so I won't be surprised if you have questions.  Heres hoping it makes sense, but feel free to ask anything.  Happy Spring!

Hive 2 March Tutorial - Purple Pinwheel

Hive 2 March Block Instructions
I love purple! I participated in the Color BOM last year as a new quilter and can’t resist this block by Jen at Patterns by Jen. Please make it in purples, using the 12” size. For the half square triangles one half should be dark and one light. Solids or patterns are fine. Use the same fabric as either side of the half square triangle for the 4 square sections. Follow the link below to Jen’s payhip site to download the FREE pattern. Thanks and enjoy. Joan


Above example of my block, below is Jen’s. 

Hive 1 March Tutorial - Picnic Time Block

First things first, I am in the midst of moving from Michigan to South Carolina this month, so please do not mail my block until April 1, then I don't need to worry about things getting lost in the mail.

I am Jan and have been quilting for almost five years.  This is my second year in a Stash Hive.  Last year was very enjoyable and I learnt so many things.  Also there were so many creative blocks, I am in envy.

With things very crazy here, I have opted for a very simple block.  The Fat Quarter Shop had a quilt using the Picnic Time block.  The quilt instructions are here.  We will be making one block which finishes at 15 1/2 x 15 1/2.

This is the block

 Please do not add the borders, per the FQS instructions, to the block.  I will add all the borders.

I have their permission to use the block, here is the pdf file for the quilt and block, here.

I would like my block to be red, white and navy.  The red should be mostly red.  The blue should be mostly navy and the white can be solid, tone on tone or low volume reading white.

If you can use one red, one white and one blue fabric that would be great.  If your stash doesn't work out, then go ahead and make it scrappy.

Here is my mini fabric pull, most of my fabric has been in storage since we sold our house last spring.  You really can't see the white on whites.

Following are the cutting instructions from FQS.  We will only be using the following pieces

Part            Fabric          Quantity          Size
A               White                4                3 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles
B               White                5                3 ½” squares

E               Navy                  4               4 ½” square
F               Red                    2               3 ½” x 9 ½” rectangles  
G              Red                    2               3 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles

H              Red                    2               3 ½” squares

Here are the instructions to put the block together.

Here is my sample block.

Don't forget to not mail the block until April 1.  Thanks for sewing for me.

I look forward to another great quilt this year put together by so many blocks from all over the world.

Hive 3 March Tutorial - Modern Christmas Tree Block

Happy March, Hive 3 Mates!

Although it seems like it's way too early to be thinking about Christmas, I'm one of those people who tends to start a holiday project Thanksgiving week only to see it set aside in the rush of gift wrapping, baking, and visiting. So, this year, I thought I'd use my month as Queen to get a head start with these fast and fun Modern Christmas Tree Quilt Block by Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter). Her tutorial can be accessed here: https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2015/12/modern-christmas-tree-quilt-block.html I'm requesting the larger size (7 x 9), but her original tutorial for the mini blocks has some additional tips for sewing the pieces together.

Here's a picture of my fabric stash. The light in my kitchen was giving me trouble, but it's just a mix of holiday fabrics range in dark green shades, reds, and tone on tone whites. My color preferences are traditional reds and green, but they don't have to be holiday fabrics. Solids and tonal prints are fine. I used the white poinsettia print as the inspiration - so dark green for the leaves and reds for the flowers. I seem to have collected a number of fabrics with gold metallics. I can't remember really setting out to purchase those, but I think it will add a fun element to this project. And it reminds me of the foil that is often around the pots when you purchase a poinsettia. Feel free to toss them in there if you have some. 

These blocks come together really quickly, and you'll make two at a time. You'll need two 8.5" squares of your contrasting fabrics (one of each fabric - I used green and white for my samples); two 2" x 8.5" rectangles (one of each fabric); and two 1.5" x 2" rectangles from a brown fabric. I have a lot of scraps of Essex linen left over from another project, so I've been using those. But any tan or brown fabric that matches your main prints are fine. Here's a shot of my brown fabric pull.

Here's an image of the cut pieces of fabric you'll need.

To make the block, you'll layer the two 8.5" squares on top each other, right sides facing up. You'll then make two diagonal cuts to create the improv triangle in the middle for the tree. Here's a photo of the cuts I made for one block.

Note: in this image I have one of the fabrics facing wrong sides up. This is INCORRECT. Your angles won't match if you do it this way. I was still able to make the tree blocks but it came out smaller than it was supposed to. 

Once you have your cuts made, swap the prints and sew along the edges of the triangle. Due to the way I was cutting the angles, I needed to sew the left seam first and then the right hand side because that was the longer piece. If you have problems with this step, Amy Smart has a more detailed tutorial here: https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2014/11/patchwork-tree-quilt-block-tutorial.html

Once the triangles are sewn together, cut your 2" x 8.5" rectangles in half, and sew a matching pair to either side of the brown fabric for the trunk. You'll trim the bottom of your tree so that it's straight, and then attach the trunk. The trunk piece is oversized to give you a cushion for trimming.

The tutorial says that the blocks should come out to be 7.5" x 9.5". Only one of mine came out to that size. Mine were closer to 7" x 9". Don't worry too much about that. I can trim them to a standard size after I receive them all and see what the average size is. 

Here's the start of my modern forest. I can't wait to see what fabric choices you make!


Hive 5 March Tutorial - Double X

Hi everyone.  This is my first year in the Bee and I've been busy testing out lots of possible blocks for my month!  What fun that has been.  Practicality won out in the end, though.  Years ago I made a set of six inch Double X blocks for a mini quilt. A traditional block done in solids for a modern flair. I liked them a lot so decided I wanted to make more for an actual lap quilt.  I did a few then got distracted by other projects.....a problem I have!  LOL!   Fast forward to now and my decision to have y'all help me get this project going again.

This is the Double X block:

I'm not sure how much direction y'all need because its super easy.  I hope the following is enough.

I want only solids. Main color in sea/sea glass hues with white solid (not a white on white print). Please keep the blocks to one color, not scrappy.

You'll be making me a 9" finished block.

Cutting directions:
From sea/sea glass solid color:

  • 3 - 3.5 inch squares
  • 3 - 4 inch squares

From white solid:
  • 3 - 4 inch squares

On the 3 white squares draw a diagonal line:

Pair with a color square and sew 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line.  

Cut apart on the diagonal drawn line. Press open.  Square down to 3.5 inches.  

If you prefer a different method for making the six half square triangles, please use it.  I don't care how you do it.  😊

Arrange pieces like this...be careful of the orientation of the white:
Sew just like you would a nine patch. I pressed most of my seams open. (The exceptions were that when I could press to a plain solid square I did)

Voila! You're done.  Your block should measure 9.5 inches.
Thank you so much!
Cindy 😘

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hive 2 - February for Sherry

Nice easy blocks this month, done a couple of weeks ago, but work travel has overtaken my life...  so late posting!,

Think the light and dark will make an interesting quilt.

Hope you like.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Hive 2, February block

Hello Hive 2, This was a fun block for Sherry.  I really meant to make to more squares, but with extra family things going on I ran out of time. Hope you can use the extra blocks. They are on their way.
Enjoy! Rose

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Delayed picture for Hive 2

Sorry for this late post.  I thought I had written and posted my February blocks for Hive 2, but apparently not.  Here's try 2.  I know they have already arrived at Sherry's, so I'm glad I did THAT part correctly!! Enjoy.
Kathie L

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hive 2 February Block

Had a lot of fun making this super cute block this month! and i got to use my stash, which was super fun!

Hive 2 Block for February

Hi Hive 2!
I am trying to stay warm in a super cold February, and I’ll admit that the cold is draining my motivation to get stuff done. It’s too tempting to cuddle under a blanket and read a book instead. But I managed to wake up from my hibernation to ge this block done. It was fun to sew, and I enjoyed getting to pick whatever fabrics I wanted. This is in the mail first thing in the morning.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Block for Sherry in Hive 2

I'm also hive crashing Hive 2. Here is a block for Sherry.

Hope you like it. I left my email address in the comments on your tutorial post, please send me your address so I can drop this in the mail.

Block for Dawn in Hive 1

I am hive crashing Hive 1, because I have soooo many 2.5" strips. I loved Dawn's cross blocks, so I decided to make her some.

I will not be sewing them together, because I used the same 4 fabrics for the 4.5" strips in both blocks, that way Dawn can mix and match.

Hope you like them, and please send me your address so I can get them in the mail (I left my email in the comments of your tutorial post). Thanks!

Hive2 blocks for January and February

Somehow I missed setting up the link so I could add my blocks. Thanks to Paulette and Alanna for their help. Happy Valentines Day everyone ❤️. Joan

January - Hive 2 - for Paulette

January flew by, this was done and posted, but blogger got the better of me!

Not a block I would normally go for, but think the colours work well and the overall effect will be brill.  Looking forward to seeing them all together.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

September 2018 Hive 6 Quilt Finished!!

Finishing this quilt was number 1 on my crafting to-do list for 2019, and I had a lot of fun making it.  The blocks from my hivemates were all beautiful, and I made a few more to make this quilt the size I wanted.  I'm participating in Stashbee again this year, and I'm having fun working on my bee blocks.  I'm not Queen until November, so I have time to think up another block for my 2019 Stashbee quilt. 

 I quilted it in straight lines about 1/2" apart, and bound it with a bright teal.  I'm very happy with how my "Improv Spinners and Hourglasses" (I couldn't think of a better name) quilt turned out. 

 I'm smiling behind the quilt. :)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hive 2 - February blocks

Here are some fun blocks for Sherry.  Another easy fun block to make, made a few extra. I hope you like them.  Sorry for the bad lighting.

Hive #2 - January block

January blocks for Paulette,  hope you love them!  These were easy and fun to make.

Stash Bee Hive 2 February Blocks for Sherry

 These are the blocks for February, Stash Bee - Hive 2. I hope these will play well with your collection, Sherry! They were simple and fun. Thanks!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hive 2 blocks for Sherry

 I loved making these cute little blocks.  I hope they will suit your project Sherry.  I will be mailing this week.