Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May Hive 2 blocks for Brigitte

Hive #4 - April

Here is my block for Carol - I hope you like it!!

Hive 1 - April Block

Just in the nick of time!!!

Bee blockin. #stashbee

Here is my block for Jo. I don't have many solids (for shame...) but found these tucked into a bundle of Bella by Lotta Jansdotter I had ordered from Juile at The Intrepid Thread a while back. She must have known I would need some solids for bee blocks!


Hive 4

May, hive 2

These blocks were easy to make. But my iron had a hissy fit and splurted  on one of them. . I propose to send it anyway, because you will wash the quilt, and I think it will wash out. Is that ok? Please?
I also thought, I should leave them un trimmed, because if they get trimmed too neat, and your 6" is bigger than mine, that may not work?  Is this ok?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

May Hive 2 Block

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be the Queen Bee for the month of May and have chosen a block I think is very cute and very easy to make.

Name, etc:  I’m Bri, and I live in central Oklahoma in a rural area with my husband, daughter, and two silly dogs who keep us smiling.  Barlie is a black pug and Hampton is a boxer/mastiff mix.

Hardest quilt thing you ever made?  I tend to steer clear of hard things; however, I have been making some of the Farmer’s Wife blocks with a swap group on the About.com quilt forum.  So far, the blocks I have done haven’t been too hard but I know I’m going to get there.  I am kind of looking forward to the challenge… LOL…

Favorite dessert food?  I love CHOCOLATE!  By itself, with caramel, with nuts, with whipped cream….anything chocolate…yummmmmy.

Last time you laughed really hard and what was so funny?  My daughter and I love looking at dog pictures on the Internet – Pinterest, blogs, etc.  There are some great ones – dog shaming, dogs wearing clothes, just adorable and sooooo funny!

Day job?  I work in IT, and that’s all I have to say about that.  The quilting is so much more fun to talk about…

Do you remember the first thing you ever sewed?  I can remember an embroidery project.  I think I was 9 or 10 because we had just moved from the city to the country.  I also remember reading the Little House on the Prairie books in 4th grade and our teacher having us sew together little 9 patches….that’s my favorite childhood sewing memory….

Life philosophy?  I had to write a mission statement in a college class a few years ago, and it boiled down to ‘Inspire Optimism’.  I believe everyone is capable of anything they set their mind to.  Sometimes, they just need to be reminded…

The block I chose for this month is super cute.  I first made it a few years ago in an Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild Bee.

You can find the tutorial for the Asterisk block here on the Selvage Blog. 

I would like the block(s) made in USA patriotic colors – red, white and blue.  The fabrics can have other colors in them if that’s all you have in your stash, I would just like for them to read ‘red or blue’, but I won’t turn anything away.  J  Please use Kona White for the asterisk.  The blocks end up 6” unfinished.  Make as few or as many as you like.  Thank you!!!!


Friday, April 26, 2013

Hive 1 - The Pippi Gang

Just popping in quickly to show you the Pippi blocks all pieced together - don't they look stunning?  I am so thrilled to bits.  Thank you all so so so much.

Now, I need your tips and advice for how to quilt this one??  Remember I am still a novice and so straight lines are the best I can do.  I was thinking of doing straight lines through the squares across and up and down the quilt (if that makes sense).  But I would be grateful for your suggestions and ideas.

Tanya x

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hive 3 - April Update

Hello Hive 3! The end of the month is coming near so I thought I would give an update on the blocks so far:
Blocks I have received:
Lauren Hungler          
Diane McClure                       
Carolyn Hudson          
Jackie Parnell             

Pictures posted but have not received  in the mail yet
Nancy Dyess               
Julie Larson                
Kat Drinkwater           

Have let me know they will be late
Kelli Sanders

Have not heard from
Tara Antones
Debbie Gay
Rachel Venables

Here is a glimpse of them together

Thanks so much!

Hive 4 April

Hi Carol, here is your April block, hope you like it. Best Wishes Caroline

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April Trees for Hive 1

These were a fun one to play with.  Once I actually sat down and started on them, they came together quickly.  Great tutorial--easy to follow.  Thanks.  I didn't practice on paper, but I did lay out the strips over the block to get an idea of where to cut.  These will go out in the mail today or tomorrow.  One for me and another as an angel block this month :)  Enjoy!

~HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'n

Monday, April 22, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Hive 4 April Block for Carol

Why do I love my hive's queen?  Because she sends out such timely reminders!  I made this block last week, but realized I hadn't posted it.  Here you go, Carol!

It was mailed last week.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A tree for Jo

Hope this works for you Jo!

Your instructions were great!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April trees.........

Here are my April tree blocks for Jo.....  I made one, and loved making it, so made a second - the second one went wrong wrong wrong, and meant a lot of unpicking!!!  Anyway here they are - I hope you like them.

Tanya x

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A tree for Jo-Hive 1


Here is my tree for Jo!

The picture does not show the colors properly-it is a lovely brilliant green with a pretty robin's egg blue background!  
This block was a pleasure to make. 
 The tutorial was FANTASTIC!
It was so easy to follow!
Jo I am so happy you picked this as I will DEFINITELY be making more!

Hive 1, Improv Tree for Jo

I loved making this block and I hope you enjoy it as well. It was easier than I had anticipated and I am now inspired to make some more!

Colors are purple and aqua.

March and April Hive 4

These were fun to make - hope you like them ladies! Will get them in the post ASAP


Monday, April 15, 2013

Hive #4 for Carol

April block for Carol.  Practice makes perfect, well a little less imperfect.  I shall be putting it in the post in the morning.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hive #1 Tree for Twinkle Toes!

Improv anything is hard for me to do but this was FUN!  Hope ya like it.  The colors aren't showing right the aqua looking is Kona turquoise and is much more vibrant than the picture, the background is Kona charcoal.

Did I miss an email with addresses or are we waiting for a new google doc.?  I will go check my junk mail folder and make sure nothing went there but I never check it so it will take me a while. :D

Hive #2 April Block for Linh...

Linh,  I made two hope you like them.

Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Hive #4 April Blocks for Carol...

Hi Carol,  
Finished your block, thank you for sending the Bella White!  
Hope you like it.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hive 1 March blocks

Sorry for the tardiness.  My hubby has been having some health problems and since he is super healthy and never, ever gets ill the last month and a half have been very nerve wracking and busy running to doctors and hospitals and stuff.  Anyway, we think we've got him squared away now so hopefully I can get back on my regularly scheduled, never late roll with blocks and things!  Hope you like them!  They'll be mailed Monday.

EDIT:  I need Emily's mailing address! :D  So these will be in the mail as soon as I get that. If you want you can email it to me at quilty @ fairpoint (dot) net

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hive 2:: April

I decided to go scrappy, but in a color-coordinated way. There's a whole lotta red, red-orange, and mustard yellow. Hope to see it all together!
<3 Laurel

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hive 1 Improv Tree block

For some reason this block was kickin my butt :(  Guess third time is almost the charm!

Jo,I hope that this will work for you,the colors are not showing up correctly on my screen.  The tree and branches look a blue color.  They are actually Kona Glacier,while the background is Kona Pomegranate.  Plan on getting this on the way by Saturday.

Hive 3 blocks from Raven

Hi block buddies

Well here are my LAST blocks for nayone else ..
THe X + is a block I have made before .... 81 of the blighers actually
for a quilt that went to my local Alzheimers carers support group .
A lovely block once you get used to the technicalities
Starch is your friend

To my swap partners ... thank you for the last 18 months or so . ad I look forward to next month .
Raven UK

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Blocks...

Here are all my blocks for April.
Hive #2

with DS Quilts Picnic & Fairgrounds

and this one is all scraps.  Hope you like them Lihn!

Hive #3

I love these!  I would love to make these for myself :)  Hope you like them Adrienne.

I will be putting all the blocks in the mail tomorrow!

April Block - Hive #3

Here are my blocks, they are super cute!!
This is my last month in our hive. I am moving to Japan at the end of next month and we are just so busy!! I have really enjoyed doing this so thank you to everyone for making it great:)

Monday, April 8, 2013

February 2013 Hive 1

Sorry I'm so late posting! Here is my Pippi!

I didn't trim her down.  Hope you like her.  I included an extra something because I was late! :D


Hive #4 March and April Blocks

Here are my blocks for March and April.  I am so happy to finally be caught up and on time with this month's block. Wahoo!  Ladies, these will go in the mail tomorrow.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hive #1 - April - for Jo (Twinkle Toes) - Improvised Trees

Hi guys!

Firstly a HUGE apology for the lateness!

Initially I'd forgotten that I was April - still thought I was August, then when I had realised that (mid March(!)), I thought April started this weekend, as Easter was the end of March - doh!!

Had meant to post yesterday, but ended up in A&E yesterday afternoon with severe pain in my side and have endured the joy of kidney stones - I would NOT wish that on anyone!  Trust me - rid the world of nuclear weapons, just have the threat of kidney stones!!!

Hey ho - here now!!

So about me:

I'm Twinkle Toes - or Jo Onions in real life, yes that is my surname, yes I can make you cry, etc...  and yes I kept my maiden name when I got married (I like the unusualness of it!)

I live in a lovely little village called Harbury on the outskirts of Warwick / Leamington Spa in the UK.  Just the opposite side of the motorway to Shakespeares birth town of Stratford on Avon - for those not in the UK, literally in the middle of the UK.  We have lived here for 12 years, but are still considered newcomers  ;o)   

I live with my hubby and two child substitutes (Phoenix and Bilbo (Billy Bobs))  Both 12 year old black cats.  Bilbo has only been with us 2 weeks as we adopted him after having to have Phoenix's brother put to sleep a few weeks ago  :o(   She/ we were missing him, so we got her someone else to torment!

Me and the hubby have been together nearly 14 years - but only tied the knot a couple of years ago - and typically it snowed!

My favourite dessert changes by the month.  After going to The Pudding club a few weeks ago - I'm off puddings and am really into cheese and biscuits at the mo!

In real life I'm an Engineering Programme Manager in Automotive - basically I manage new vehicle programmes for an automotive supplier - keeps me out of mischief and no two days are even the same!

I learnt to sew when VERY VERY VERY little.  My Mom and Nan both sewed, knitted etc, so  didn't have a choice really!  Most Saturdays I would spend at my Nan's and I still have the very first piece of embroidery I did at the age of three!   I've sewed all my life  and had my first sewing machine for Christmas when I was 19 - but only started quilting 3 years ago.

My life philospohy is - "Live life and each day to the full as you may not be here tomorrow"

Right - onto my block - Improvised Trees!

A friend showed me how to do these a few weeks ago on a retreat, and I thought it was perfect for a Bee block!

This is the first tutorial I have written and it's rather picture heavy - so have put a PDF on google - so hopefully you can download it:  Improvised Trees

If you spot any errors - please let me know.

They are addictive - so if you want to make more than one feel free, but I'm happy with one.  All I ask is solids only please and bright colours (They don't have to be tree colours!)

Have fun!

Blocks for Adrienne.  I like this pattern.  I will mail the blocks this week. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hive 2 - April Block for Linh

Hi Linh,

This was a fun block.  I hope you like it!   Now that I am all moved in Again... I can get my blocks done way ahead of time...  I will place it in the mail on Monday....


Hive 3 February and March Blocks

Ok ladies I am SOOO sorry for being late!! Here are my blocks for February and March, they will be in the mail on Monday!!!!