Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hive #2 and #3 Blocks for June

Sorry I'm late posting these. Hope you like them ladies!

Laurel's 3D Crystal block

Evelyn's Necktie

Hive #1 June Bee Blocks for Sara

I finished my Stash Bee Blocks for you Sara.
They were pretty easy and fun to do.
What a GREAT idea!

I know you asked for bright colors.
I swear these looked bright when I made them...
I did make a black and white block.
I am not offended if you leave it out!
I just have to sign one and send it off to you.


Preview hive #3

I just couldn't wait to get all my blocks, so I put a few up on the design wall. This is what my quilt will look like. I am very excited to see it all put together. Thanks ladies of hive #3.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June Blocks Hive #4

Mandy, here are your blocks!  I had a lot of fun picking fabrics and making these.  Great block choice!  These will go out in the mail tomorrow.

Happy Sewing!



Here are my blocks Mandy!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June block for Evelyn

Here is your block Evelyn - I'm so sorry it's blurry! I took the picture and then packaged the block before checking to see if it was a good picture! I'll drop it in the mail on Monday :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hive #1 June Blocks

For June we were asked to make blocks that will be used for guest signatures. I think it is a great idea! Here are mine...
We were asked to make 4 plain blocks and one signed block with our info and well wishes.
Here is my signature block but for some reason when I put it on the blog it flips.... It reads always remember what made you fall in love.
I hope you like them Sara!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hive #3 For Evelyn

This was a great block Evelyn! Sorry I am getting to it later in the month. Man it is hard to focus on quilting when the sunshine hits :)

Happy Summer!

Hive #1 for Sara

Yeah!!  I'm not late this month.

Here is the 5 blocks for Sara.  Great idea Sara.  Congrats on your wedding.  Hope you post some pictures.

Hive 4 May blocks

I am so, so sorry these are so late Lynn - life has gotten in the way for the last month and I haven't had any time to sew. I managed to get these finished off today for you and I'll post them tomorrow.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Wedding Quilt Blocks for Sara

I finished these quite a while ago, but haven’t had a chance to photograph and mail.  They will be in the  mail by Wednesday this week.   I could have easily made all pink or all blue blocks.  I really need to broaden my color palette in my stash:)  Hope you like!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hive #2 June blocks..

This was a challenging block for me, cool but challenging.  I also ending up using a combination of hand and machine sewing.  My hubby drew the shape, after many attempts this is what we came up, he drew all kinds of cool designs but they were either to many points or the pieces were to small so I kept sending him back to the drawing board.  Hope you like it.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hive #4 June blocks for Mandy

Hive 4 - June

So - here are my two blocks - I really enjoyed making these. I didn't have any greys in my stash because I don't like grey. So I ordered some online, and now I may be a convert! Then I realised that turquoise is my next issue - I hope you like the only one I could find in my stash - it's not as dark as it looks in the photos and it is patterned and the white is a white on white, so the only solid is the grey.

I'll pop them in the post next week - I hope you don't mind, but I won't put any letter/postcard in with them - it reduces postage. But there will be my siggy block, so you'll know it's me!

Hope you're having a good weekend

Hive 2 {Late} blocks for May :(

So sorry these are so late :( But they are now done and will be on their way asap xxxx

I hope you like them!

Love Lucy (

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hive 4 blocks for Mandy

These were really fun to make. Hope you like them Mandy. I will pop them in the post on Monday.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hive #1 - May block for Jamie Lee

I'm home from a quick trip to Seattle and the house is empty and I can SEW!!

Here is Jamie Lee's block for May:

Sorry Hive #1 that I was late and we didn't get a chance to win the May giveaway.  I wont be late again! 

Jamie, I added a little something extra in your package for my tardiness.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hive 3- June block

I have been busy planning a friend's baby shower and suddenly the month was almost half over! Here is my block. I liked this one a lot and will probably do something with it in the future:)
I will get it in the mail before the week is over!

Monday, June 11, 2012

June Block - Hive #4 - Friendship Hexagon

June Block - Hive #4 - Friendship Hexagon

 Hi - I just wanted to post my constructed block as an example for folks looking to see the color combinations.  Hopefully the lighting is a little better than it was for my initial fabric pull.  I followed the tutorial I linked to and didn't have any problems.  The HST construction is very simple - the hardest part for me is maintaining a quarter-inch seam consistently and matching the seams when piecing.  Seeing as how my own seams don't match up perfectly, I certainly won't hold it against you if your own seams aren't 100% perfect :)

June Block - Friendship Hexagon

Hive 2 June block

This is my crystal block for June.  I hope it works for you!  This was a pretty new piecing technique for me.  I've paper pieced before, but it's always been sewing it down to a sheet of paper instead of creating paper patterns.  This seemed to work out fine as well, though.  I mailed it off today.

June block Hive 4 for Mandy

This was a great block to make!  Hope you like it as much as I do!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hive #3 block for Evelyn

I have to admit, I actually made these blocks back in May. I knew I was going to be away all summer sailing and working in Santa Fe so I emailed Evelyn and asked if I could make her block ahead of time (and she graciously said 'yes'!).

The Lady Washington, official tall ship of Washington state, outside Newport, OR with no wind to be had. I am crewing on The Hawaiian Chieftain, another tall ship which sails with Lady.
These were the LAST thing I sewed before I packed up my sewing machine to rest over the summer. I didn't realize how scrappy they were going to be and made mine all one color; I may remake some scrappier ones in the fall once I get home. Anyway, here is a picture of how I am spending my summer and a picture of the blocks I sent to Evelyn. Hope everyone is looking at a good week ahead!

Hive #3 - block for Evelyn

Stash Bee

Here's your block Evelyn.  Hope you like it!

Nancy D.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hive #1 May and June

Yay two birds with one stone... 2 blocks with one Saturday? Something like that :)

May Block

June Blocks

June Blocks Hive 1

Here are my June blocks, I hope they are ok for you, I have realised I seem to have a blue and orange based stash lol! I just love how quickly these came together and I cannot wait to see the finished quilt, it will be so special!

I didn't trim them, I thought it best to leave it to you. They will be in the post on Monday from the UK.

Love Emily!

Hive # 4 June Block

Two blocks for Mandy - I do hope the colours are as you wanted.  I did enjoy doing the block and the using the method for the 4 triangles.  I will now package them and take them to the post to send them to you.  Pauline

June Hive #2

Hope you like it! Let me know if you want a siggy block as well. I will hand this off to Steph to send to you on Sunday!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lovely bright blocks

Here are my June blocks - fun to make while watching the Queen's Jubilee concert!!

They are on their way


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hive #4 June block for Mandy

What a fun block to make!  I've never made HST in this manner and it was super easy.  I hope you like the color combinations, if they're not right please let me know.  Lynn

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mr. Roosevelt liked pink some days, I'm sure...

Simple, graphic, cheery--some of my favorite features in a quilt.  I already mailed this, and am now getting around to posting.  :)

Hive 4 - June Block - Friendship Hexagon



Pattern: Friendship Hexagon

Tutorial available at: Don't Call Me Betsy

Due to the quick turn-around nature of this tutorial, I haven't been able to do a run-through of the block yet.  I do plan on making my own block(s) in the next few days and posting them as examples and highlighting any problems I have in the course of following Don't Call Me Betsy's tutorial.

The benefit of this block is that it is HSTs and squares, and it shouldn't require any particular solids.  It looks like it will come together pretty least I hope it does!

The above picture is from Don't Call Me Betsy (Elizabeth Dackson)

 Here is the information for the block.

1.  Background - None
2.  Colors - Teal/Turquoise (not sure which is more appropriate here), Grey, White, Chartreuse, Green
3.  Please don't trim the block when you have finished sewing it. I will trim them once I receive them all.

My Own Fabric Pull (upside down, of course!)
These are the colors I have pulled for my blocks - feel free to use solids in your blocks if you want, as long as the block has a mix of patterned fabrics as well.  Thanks to the terrible lighting in my apartment, along with my less-than-reliable processing from my camera phone, the chartreuse shows up really yellow, but trust me, there's a bit a green that comes through.  The comforter underneath will be what the finished quilt will coordinate with on my bed.  (I needed something a dude would be OK to sleep under too.)

According to the tutorial at Don't Call Me Betsy, the finished size of the block will be 12.5". As I mentioned before, the block appears to be pretty simple to put together (HSTs and squares) but it makes a really striking pattern.  I do ask that you follow the general layout provided in the tutorial to preserver the center focus, but which colors you substitute where in the pattern are completely up to you!

I'd love to have two blocks from everyone if possible.

If you have any questions please e-mail me at  I'm looking forward to see what y'all come up with - the previous blocks have all been outstanding!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Hive 2 May and June

Hive 2 Block for May - Finally Done  AND and June's done already!!!!

May Hive 2 Block

My May block is late because while I thought I had the right color background fabric, it turns out I did not and had to special order it off the internet.  My apologies and I felt so guilty that I even finished June's block today also and both will be going out in the mail on Monday.....that is if I don't redo June's block before I make it to the mailbox. 

June Hive 2 Block
June's block was my first attempt at paper piercing.  While glad to learn this new skill, I am definitely rough on it.  It took me three hours to do not including watching several different videos on the methodology. I am probably making it way harder than it should be so I will try it again and see if I can do better.  I do wish some of my hive lived close to me in Michigan so I could get some advice on what I am doing wrong.  May have to find a class at my LQS on this. 

For this quilt piece, I was sorta thinking of crystals randomly floating in space while doing it so I hope that came across.

Hive #2 June Block

I have to admit that this block was a tricky one for me.  It took me forever to come up with a crystal shape that I liked that was unique, but once I had that it went a lot smoother.  I had all of my pieces cut and organized and was about to start sewing them together when my husband came in and asked "why don't you do that paper piecing thing where you sew them together by hand?"  ::pause:: Hmmn, interesting idea.  It would take longer but in the end I'd probably be a whole lot saner since I wouldn't have to sew a bunch of teeny-tiny Y-seams on my machine.  Done! and so I decided to sew the pieces together by hand.  BTW, I love that my husband knew what that was.  I love that he knows what paper piecing is.  (Though I can't take all the credit, his mom is a quilter too)

June Block for Stash Bee

So wha-la! Here is my Geometric Mess quilt block for Laurel.  100% hand pieced and hand appliqued
(I started to applique the pieces on with my machine but then I decided that the solid color going around each crystal distracted too much from each crystal, so I appliqued them on by hand).

I have to say that it was pretty relaxing to make this by hand.  It's nice to remember once in a while that I don't always need my machine and that simple is sometimes the best way to go.

I didn't make a signature block because you didn't say you wanted one, but if you do just let me know and I'll whip it up.  The block will be in the mail as soon as Rebeckah's is ready to go too.


May Hive #1 Bee Block

Here it is.
Too small, but Jamie said she can deal with it.
Thank you so much Jamie, you are a sweetie!

Kristy Lou

June Hive #2

I tried my best and after I a lot of chatting with two other ladies from Hive #2 this is what I made:

I hope you like it. The background is black for sure! There is also a signature block 4.5'' but I am not sure if you wanted one.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hive #2 May

stash bee May by helenjanei
stash bee May, a photo by helenjanei on Flickr.
I know they aren't all with me yet but I couldn't resist playing with them! It looks so great and I'm going to figure out how to add in some smaller stars as well. Some of the grays are majorly out (I think perhaps the wrong solid?) but I will either make cushions with them or maybe use them in the backing somehow?

Thank you everyone, I love it!
Helen x

Saturday, June 2, 2012

June blocks for Sara (Hive 1)

This evening I decided to sit down and whip up some blocks for Sara :)

Here are the six blocks that I sewed up,pretty!  The only problem,they are not the correct size!!  Awww,sad face :(  I cut out all the pieces before sewing up any of the blocks,big mistake on my part.

Here are the four that are the right size :)  Only problem is that I only had enough Kona White for these blocks.  So Sara,will these be okay for you?  I will send all 10 blocks to you,and maybe the smaller blocks can be incorporated on the back of the quilt.  Also I will sign one of the smaller blocks so that you still have the requested four.

Note:  I think that the Kona White squares need to be cut to 5.5 inches square,instead of the 5 x 5 inches.

Hive #1 June Block

Hopefully the fabrics I chose are okay.  It took me longer to actually find suitable fabric in my stash than it did to make the blocks!



hive 2 :: here's my square

Ok, I just finished sewing my square last night; I'm a little slow at having an example for you guys.
Mamafairy is right: the iron is your best friend, I even made my own starch spray to keep everything stiff. When you get the hang of it, this process goes pretty fast.
 Happy sewing!