Monday, December 31, 2012

Hive 1 January Block Instructions

Hello Everyone in Hive#1,
My name is Kathleen and I live on a small cattle ranch in NE Oklahoma. I'm about 100 miles or so east from Ree of The Pioneer Woman. I am married with 3 grown daughters and now two grandsons.
I am retired from teaching and help my husband with the cattle while he is at his job during the week.
I started sewing when I was about 12,  I tried to make a jumper to wear to the Valentine dance at school but it was a flop. I pretty much taught myself. Made my first quilt in 1980 and slowly would quilt some for the next ten years to what I would now call myself a full blown quilter. I'm trying to think about what my hardest quilt I've ever done was and I would say it would be my miniature ones. I scale down patterns to 1:12 inch. But I love the challenge.
My favorite dessert is anything with lemon, lemon meringue pie, lemon bars and so on.
My life philosophy is to live my live with gratitude and love for others.
So with that said lets get on to business here, my block I picked is one I found first on pinterest.
I followed the source to Amy Smart's blog "diary of a quilter". She has a very good tutorial that I am giving a link to.

I love two color quilts and Blue and White are my favorite

 What is required is Darlene Zimmerman's EZ Dresden ruler.
I found mine at Hancock Fabric Store for $8. 

The white fabric is Kona white and the blue I would like you to use is to be blues of the shades of denim or navy tones. Can be prints to solids from medium to dark shades. And please no prints with other colors, blue on blue only, like examples

 You will need to cut strips 1 1/4  inch from both the blue and white.  Need 5 strips of blue and 4 strips of white. Using a scant 1/4 inch, sew your strip to look like this. press the seams toward the blue. I first press the back and then turn it over to the right side and press. Getting out any folds or creases and then I lightly starch.

Place the ruler at the top on the 7" line. If you go to Amy site she has very good visual of the ruler placement  Being on blue it is hard to see,

You'll need 10 wedges from the striped fabric

And 10 wedges from a 7 inch strip of the white, a total of 20 wedges.

A couple things that are very important for this circle to work, the strips need to be 3/4 inch when sewn together. And part of the what to watch out for is pressing, try not to stretch your piece while ironing. It can distort the strips

I use a light starch on my fabric after the first pressing. I like a crisp, flat fabric to work with when cutting and sewing. but be careful too much starch can also cause distortion.

Sew your wedges together and press the seams toward the white fabric.

And that is where my instruction end compared to Amy's. I will finish the blocks. I haven't decided how to applique them down yet. On the machine or by hands so to be consistence I'll just do that part.

If you have any questions or problems getting the ruler please contact me and I'll see if I can get you a template at least. But I believe the ruler is easy to find online and I know I will be using mine again. Makes making dresden easy.

Just Squeezing in

Just 1 hour to go before the New Year arrives in the UK and I have completed my December block for Hive 4

Hope you like it!

HIVE #3.... JUST IN TIME ...

...I am getting this posted just in time for the end of the year xx

I was Queen Bee for October... and asked you lovely ladies to make up for my garden being a washout this summer by sending me a flower xx MY GOODNESS you came up trumps xx...

I was a block short so changed my original plans for putting them to-gether. HERE is my finished top... (fortunately I have BIG walls ... because it measures 92 x 92 inches!!) ...

in keeping with the STASH theme all the fabrics are from my (some what overflowing!!) stash..

I hope you can spot your block in there xx

THANK YOU again ladies xx

Have a wonderful New Year xx

Diane xx

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012


 -this cute little guy is for Deb for December-Hive 4

 -this is the block selected by Taisia for Dec.-Hive 1

-this is the block Cecilia posted early for January-Hive 4

I made it just under the wire! Whew!

I will be mailing all three on Monday December 31st!

A Happy New Year to all the lovely participants of the Stash Bee, especially our Hive Mamas who are doing an excellent job!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hive 1 December Blocks

Here they are,just in the nick of time too!  Hope you like them,they will be in the mail by Monday the 31rst.

The colors requested were in very short supply in my stash,so there isn't much variation in the shades.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hive 1 - December!

I finally caught a moment to hang these up and get a quick photo of them.

They're now packed up and will be handed off to the mailman tomorrow.

Stash Bee - Dec - Hive 1


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hive 3 December Blocks

Well, life got in the way this month (seems like the holidays are like that) but here are my blocks, finally! You said you were short on blues, so since my stash seems to be approximate 70% blues I went with that :)  I'll pop these in the mail when they reopen after the holiday.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hive #3 for December and my update for Hive #2

Here are Tara's blocks for December.  I love making these! I hope to make some for myself in 2013 :)  Mailing them out today.

Also!  Here is an updated list of blocks I have received for December Hive #2:

Thanks so much for making these.  I just love them and can't wait to put them all together.  Please keep them coming!!  With Christmas in less than a week I understand some of us are running out of time.  I don't care if you are late just send them next month :) !!
Thanks!  Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December Hive 4 Block for Deb

Hello Hive 4, it's almost Christmas!

Until this block, I hadn't done any machine applique before, but I think it looks pretty dang cute and it was fun to make!

Getting this in the mail hopefully tomorrow or Saturday!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hive #1 December blocks!

I was working on the blocks when I had to stop and take the dog out and it was SNOWING!!!!  I love snow!  Anyway, the dark fabric is charcoal, not black even though it looks darker in the pictures.  I need to add to my gray stash, what you see in these blocks is all I've got!  Oh and the top right yellows are actually yellow not that orangy color they are showing in this picture.  I think I need to learn to take pictures with this camera better!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hive 3 December Blocks for Tara

Hi Tara - here are your blocks. I really enjoyed making them, think I see more of these in my future :)
Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hive 1 November Block

Here it is, done and on it's way to Texas.
Now it's on to finish Decembers.


Hive 2 December Blocks for Jackie

Hi Jackie! Here are your December blocks. I will pop them in the post on Monday.
Happy Holidays

Hive 1 December Blocks

Here are my two blocks for December! Super quick and easy! I love this color scheme! They are packaged and will be shipped next time I run to the post office. I hope you like them and I can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Stash Bee - December 2012 Block 2
Stash Bee - December 2012 Block 1

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hive #4 December Block

This is a super cute December block made by Cyndi.....

She said, "This little guy looks like he's trying not to get blown away in all the wind we've been having!"

Posted by Carol for Cyndi

December blocks Hive 1

Here are my blocks for Taisia for December.  I really do hope they are OK, clearly I don't have any grey in my stash at all, I bought the kona iron, and the mushrooms and birds, and then realised clearly I don't have much yellow in my stash either!  Sorry...... so this was what I managed to come up with.

They will be in the post tomorrow

Tanya x

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hive #2 - December Blocks for Jackie

These blocks were really fun to make -- I can't wait to see your quilt!

Stash Bee - December 2012 Stash Bee - December 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hive #4 Angel block

Here is my angel block for our missing member. I'm having fun with the owls. I may just have to make myself a quilt.


December Blocks - Hive 3

I enjoyed playing around with my stash to create these. I must have Christmas on the brain because I didn't realize until I was done that I chose red and green. I hope you like them:) I will get them in the mail by next week!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hive #1 November for Colby

Finally! The November block is all done. It is a lovely design and I had a lot of fun picking colours. A small order of Winterkist arrived just in time to become part of the orange side!

November Hive #1
I finished it a few days ago, and have been rather wistfully looking at the pretty...It'll be in the mail tomorrow.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

November Blocks for Hive #4

Here are my November blocks for Jessica.  I am sorry they are so late.  Thank you for being patient with me!  My house is turned upside down with renovations and getting ready to move.  I will put them in the mail tomorrow.  Happy holidays!


Hive 2 December block

Here are my blocks for hive #2:

I hope you like them.  I have to say, I love the block/quilt design you chose.  I might make one for myself in the future, except I plan to use 2.5" squares as I have so many more of those.  I love how scrappy this will be when all of our blocks are put together.  I hope you post the finished product!

I blogged this at

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hooters for Hive #4

Ha! There I said it:) You knew somebody was going to.....

My owl blocks for hive #4. They won't get mailed until Monday. Hope you like them.