Saturday, December 30, 2017

Finished Quilt - Gnome Forest

Hello Everyone,
Sylvia wanted me to share her finished quilt, Gnome Forest, that she made with the help of her hive from 2015!  I remember when she requested these cute little trees and gnomes and I think her quilt turned out beautifully! You can read more about her finish and see a few more close-up photos on Sylvia's blog, Flying Parrot Quilts.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hive 6 (2017) Your blocks

I just wanted to say thanks to the wonderful quilters who made these blocks for me.:

I love all the bright colored tulips and can't wait to finish this quilt. It is on my UFO list for the new year.

Again, what wonderful blocks these are!  THANK YOU HIVE 6!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Dad's I Spy Quilt

Thought you all might like to see my dad with his quilt. He loves it!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Finished Quilt - Hive 1 2017

For my month as hive queen, I asked for large Crosses and Losses blocks, in blues and greens, with low volume backgrounds.  The wonderful members of Hive 1 for 2017 sent so many awesome blocks!  Then they sat on my design wall for the rest of the year, not so patiently waiting their turn as I finished some other projects.  I got some motivation after Thanksgiving to get this one finished so I could gift it to my grandmother-in-law.  Her favorite color is green, and I'm hoping it will help brighten up her room at the long term care facility where she now lives.  My only pictures are sort of dark though - I thought my mother-in-law (who is delivering it for me) was leaving today, so I was up late last night binding!  

My daughter chose the fabric for the back, and I also made use of two extra blocks, plus a block I made when testing options before my month as queen.  My original plan was to ask for a 16 inch finished block comprised of four 8 inch Crosses and Losses sections, but my test block took me far past the 1.5 hour limit!   

I had enough of the backing fabric left to also use it for the binding, but I won't be doing that again!  Binding is my least favorite part of quilt making (and the only part that I actively *dislike*), and I had the hardest time seeing the edge of the binding against the backing when sewing it down on that side.  Only highly-contrasting bindings for me from now on!

I really enjoyed the bee this year, and am looking forward to 2018!  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Stash Bee 2018 - UPDATE - Notifications Going Out!

Just wanted to let everyone know that hive information for the 2018 Stash Bee will be sent out by the end of this weekend so you should see something in your inbox by Sunday evening. Sorry for the delay in getting the notifications out, it just took a bit longer to sort out the hives this year. Thanks for your patience everyone!

There are also a few slots available if you're still thinking of signing up. If you don't get in, you'll be added to a waitlist and we always dip into it throughout the year because life happens to all of us! CLICK HERE to access the sign-up form.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hive 2 Block for Heather

Hi all,
Paper pieced blocks are a challenge as my printer does not have an "actual size" or 100% setting and the patterns always print small.  So, I play around with enlarging and can usually get close. But this time.. it was a struggle so I contacted Heather to send me papers but something happened and I never got them.  So, I went ahead and made the alternate block and I'll also send the Circle of Geese block that I made but I think it's a tad too big. 

It's been a fun year! I've got my top pieced together but need to decide if I'm going to do borders and then to quilt it on my longarm.


Finished Quilt

I was the March queen for Hive 6, and many of you sent blocks for my dad's I Spy quilt. He has been in a long term care facility since May, and seems quite happy there. The quilt is finished, and is on it's way  to him for Christmas. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hive 5 November - Scrappy Cross Plus Block

Hive 5 November Tutorial - Scrappy Cross Plus Block

I am really pleased with this block - I love the teal, green blue ripples that I have fussy cut to lighten into the center cross. From a distance it has a three dimension / optical awesomeness! 
It's in the post. 

Miss September - anna

Queen Carolyn Block 8

I started work on a mystery quilt a couple of weeks ago and clue two required gaggles of geese, so this block went together pretty fast!  Love your colors, Carolyn.  I just hope that it is okay that the pinwheel was all in the same color group.  

Friday, December 1, 2017

Hive 5 - November Blocks

Kristen asked for some scrappy Cross Plus blocks.  I've made this block a few times before and love how quickly it goes together.  Here's my finished block:

I hope you like it, Kristen!  Sorry it is slightly late.  November got away from me!

Thanks for a fun year, Hive 5!

Block for Kristen, hive5

It is a lovely block! And easy to make (then why t took me so long to finish?!)
Hope you'll like it :)

Thanks for this year!
Have a Wonderful Christmas :)