Friday, May 31, 2019

Last minute hearts for May

With an hour and a half to spare in my time zone, I got May's block done. 

In the mail tomorrow.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Hearts for Lynn

It’s fun to see the colorful hearts, I can’t wait to see your finished quilt. I found fabric at the Lancaster Quilt Fest last week to offset my purple pinwheels. I’m looking forward to working on it. Joan
I probably shouldn't have used the flash for this, it makes them look shiny... but here are the blocks. they are super cute and i hope they go well with the rest of them.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Hive 2 blocks for Lynn

Here are the 8 blocks that I did up for Lynn for May.

Hubby is putting them in the mail for me today. . . .so I am thinking that they should arrive around the middle of the week.

These were fun to make. . . and they would have been out sooner but May somehow just got away from me.

I hope you like them.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Hive 2 Block for Lynn

Hello Hive 2. Rose here.
 These hearts were fun to make. I made a couple extra hope you can use them. 
They should be out in the mail this week. I am having my daughter mail them because I am off to the UK tomorrow for a cruise. I am trying to finish up lots of things before we leave.  We won't be back till June.  It should be fun.  So excited. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May blocks for Lynn

It is a gray day here, so the picture is not great, but I made the blocks for May. Lynn, I hope they work well with your plan.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hive 2 Hearts for Lynn

Lynn,  I hope these hearts will fit into your plan.  Will mail soon.  

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hive 2 May blocks for Lynn

I doubled up on the blocks for Lynn since they were so easy.  Who doesn't love heart blocks?
Kathie L

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Hive 2 - May Block for Lynn

Thanks for the fun block! Bright and colourful!
It’s in the mail tomorrow morning 😀

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Hive 2 - May for Lynn

Cutting 1.25 squares never a favourite thing to do...  but a reasonably quick make for a Bank Holiday weekend.

Hope you like!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Hive 2 - May Tutorial - Heart Blocks

Hi Everyone I'm Lynn; thank you for letting me join your Hive.   I live in Maine with my husband and twin daughters (19yrs) 3 dogs( Zeva, Mojo, Ozzy),  3 cats (Clifford, Veronica, Kitty), 2 rats (Jasper, Onyx), and Pete the lizard.   One of my daughters works at the local animal shelter, we've told her no more animals!  The other just finished her second year of College.

 Thank you for your patience, April was a challenging month (I had surgery and found out where I was working was closing)  so I though this was a perfect block for May.

  Cluck cluck sew has a great tutorial on how to make this block in multiple sizes.  I plan on making multiple sizes to mix in with what you guys send me.

I choose this block in a 6”  block -   4 blocks equal 12” block

If you could send them to not sewn together that would be great so I can mix up the blocks.

Please use 4 different colors for the hearts,  backgrounds should be a low volume white / off white (text prints are fine), please make sure the background is not overpowering.  Please no neon colors, no batiks, no drab fabrics for the hearts

Here are some fabrics I pulled to give you an idea for background and for the Hearts.  Please no solids.

For each heart you’ll need:

two heart pieces 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”

2 background - 3 1.2” squares
4 background - 1 1/4” squares

Draw a diagonal line on all background pieces

Place the 3 1/2" background squares on the bottom, sew on diagonal line.

Trim off bottom outside corners, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Press

Place the 1 1/4" squares in the upper corners.
sew on the diagonal lines.  trim and press.

This is what your blocks should look like.  Stitch the middle seam, and I pressed the center seam open.

Here are the four blocks I made.   Thank you!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hive 2 - April for Kathryn

Where did April go???

I did the blocks last weekend thinking “no probs, plenty of time to get onto the blog”.  Then realised it’s now May.  Oops!

Two for one this month.  Hope you like!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hive 2 April block

A day late, sorry!  This was a fun, quick block once I had the fabric cut!

 - Jennifer

Hive 1 May Tutorial: 15-inch Solid Ohio Star for MoonlightSewing

Hi friends! My name is Em and you can find me on Instagram @moonlightsewing.

I have successfully posted an Instagram tutorial for my block this month, but I am having pretty serious technical difficulties getting my photos into blogger. My hope is that I can start writing and the photo thing will sort itself out.

I live in St. Charles, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri and I am a member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. I joined when we moved to the area around 5 years ago and I am so thankful to have a group of talented quilters to gather with in person once a month. If you have guild near by, I highly recommend checking them out.

That being said, how AWESOME is Stash Bee? I have been in this bee with several of you before, and I continue to be blown away by the talent I see online.

In addition to being a quilter, I am a mom to 4 kids, a runner, a reader, and I run a home preschool and daycare during the day.

I'm keeping it simple this month with a big, 15-inch Ohio Star block.

First, fabric and color selection.

Please use bright, saturated SOLIDS for this block. You'll need 4 shades for you block, but no red please.


Fabric 1:
(1) 5-1/2 inch square

Fabric 2:
(1) 6-1/4 inch square

Fabric 3:
(2) 6-1/4 inch squares

Fabric 4:
(1) 6-1/4 inch square
(4) 5-1/2 inch squares


First, make (4) quarter square triangles (QSTs) using the 6-1/4 inch squares

1. Match (1) 6-1/4 inch square of Fabric 3 with Fabric 2 and one with Fabric 4.
2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner
3. Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line
4. Cut apart on the line
5. Iron open to make 4 half square triangle (HSTs)

Use the HSTs to make quarter square triangles

1. Match one of each color pair of HSTs together with Fabric 3 on opposite sides
2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner PERPENDICULAR to your seam line.
3. Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line.
4. Cut apart on the line.
5. Iron open to make 4 quarter square triangles
6. Check that QSTs are 5-1/2 inches square and trim if necessary.

Make the Ohio Star block

Arrange the Ohio Star as a nine-patch. The 5-1/2 inch square of Fabric 1 is the center. The QSTs are middle sides with Fabric 2 toward the center and Fabric 4 toward the outside. The (4) 5-1/2 squares of Fabric 4 are the corners.

There! Wasn't that easy?!

Hive 3 - May Tutorial - Treasure Hunt Block

I was in my sewing room pondering about my block choice when my eyes rested on my scrap basket that I keep next to my cutting table.  At that moment I thought, I can't be the only one who has tons of scraps that need to be used.  You don't think this basket is the sum of all the scraps, do you?

Time to clean up the scraps!  I am hoping this is simple for everyone.  I'm using the Treasure Hunt Block from The Bee Hive with Blossom Heart Quilts.  I've made it for others and found it to be addicting.  It is paper pieced - so many tutorials on the internet.  I used two techniques - 1. sew directly to the paper,  2. use the paper as a reusable guide. 

Print 4 copies - Mark the color layout

Print one and fold without stitching on the paper (4 times)

Grab some scraps!   
Almost anything will do.  I would prefer that you stay away from novelty and seasonal prints.  

Sew and trim 1/4"

 There's a suggested strip size guide on the paper - I wasn't that particular.

(This is from the single paper technique - I used 2 pins to hold A1 in place until all strips were sewn. This piece wasn't pressed and it's not really wonky.)

Here's the end result.
These were sewn directly to the paper (and pressed).

You can sew the four quadrants together or leave for me to sew.  Your choice if you want to remove paper.  

Thanks to all of you!

Hive 5 - May Tutorial - Snowball block for Jennifer

Pink and Orange Flowering Snowball:

This is the first time I am treating myself and making something for me to use.  It is super fun to get to pick colors without having to please anybody else.  I am going for bright.

I really love bright pink and orange, so I am looking for fun and colorful!  The little yellow squares can be any shade of yellow.  For the petals, I used Kona Bright White, but any white will do.  The trick to this block is to have the two orange opposite each other and the two pinks opposite each other so they end up making a pink block and an orange block.

Below are the basic 9 steps to these blocks with some pictures showing my journey putting this block together.  There is also a link to a complete tutorial that includes the templates. Templates can be tricky, so take care to make them exact so things line up.

Here are the steps:

1. Download, print and cut out the templates
2. Fabric - cut 8 of the white petal pieces
3. Fabric - cut 4 of the corner pieces from PINK
4. Fabric - cut 4 of the corner pieces from ORANGE
5. Fabric - cut 2 one inch squares from YELLOW

6. Sew - Sew two white pieces on a corner, round the curves.  I usually pin in the middle and just adjust it as I sew to line it all up.


7. Sew - Sew two more white pieces on the opposite corner (same color)
8. Sew - Sew opposite color corner pieces to Yellow middle piece
9. Sew - Assemble and sew together following the curve

Here is a blog post with the templates and instructions:

I"m looking forward to a month of excitement delivered in the mailbox!
Thank you to all.

-  Jennifer                  Instagram:  @jennquilts

Hive 4 - May Tutorial: Stacked Squares

Hello Hive 4 and welcome to May! This is Diana from Red Delicious Life and I've got a super easy block for you this month. It doesn't look very impressive but it's what I plan to do with it after you send it to me.

I'm going to make these blocks into a Stacked Squares quilt. It was originally posted on the Moda Bake Shop, but it wasn't until I saw Kelly's version of it from My Quilt Infatuation that made me want to make it. I plan to give this quilt to my oldest brother.


Here is my color inspiration for your blocks - Greens with grays:

Think sage and slightly muted greens. Light and dark gray (which aren't in the design seeds pic above) is good too. Use your best judgment when it comes to the placement of the fabrics so that there is a good contrast. I tended to alternate between light and dark (light-dark-light or dark-light-dark)

Because the original block was 18" square, I've had to make some changes to fit within the StashBee guidelines so please follow my tutorial below.


You'll need 3 different fabrics cut to the following sizes:

Fabric A = cut (1) 8.5" square

Fabric B = cut (2) 2.5" x 8.5" rectangles
                  cut (2) 2.5" x 12.5" rectangles

Fabric C = cut (2) 2.5" x 12.5" rectangles
               = cut (2) 2.5" x 16.5" rectangles


Step 1 - take the smaller Fabric B rectangles (2.5" x 8.5") and sew them on opposite sides of the Fabric A square. Then take the longer Fabric B rectangles (2.5" x 12.5") and sew them on the top and bottom. You will now have a Square-within-a-Square unit.

Step 2 -  take the smaller Fabric C rectangles (2.5" x 12.5") and sew them on opposite sides of the Square-within-a-Square unit above.

Step 3 - Finally, take the longer Fabric C rectangles (2.5" x 16.5") and sew them on the top and bottom.

And that's it! You should end up with a double Square-within-a-Square block that measures 16.5" square.

I'm asking that you leave them just like that. I will cut them up and rearrange them when I'm ready. If you have any questions, just let me know. Thanks!

~ Diana @ Red Delicious Life