Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2020 Hive 2 Quilt Top

Last month I finally finished piecing together my Stash Bee 2020 quilt that the members in Hive 2 helped me with. I love how it turned out and can't wait to finish it on the longarm, but it needs to go into the pile after a few client quilts. Luckily, this is going to be a Christmas gift for my nephew so I'm not in a rush.

~ Diana @ Red Delicious Life

Monday, March 29, 2021

Hive Crashing Hive 6

Incoming crash from Hive 1! I am a new quilter and still building up a stash, but red is probably the color I have the most of, so I went ahead and made a block for Jan's scrappy red quilt. I left it unassembled so it could be mixed in with other blocks, as there are definitely repeats. I also lost track when I was counting, so there's one extra row in there! Hopefully it helps to complete another block. :)

--Julia C. (Hive 1)

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Crashing Hive 2 for March!


I love Kimberly's circle block, so have sent this one along!

Happy Quilting!


Hive 6

Monday, March 22, 2021

March Blocks for Rita

 Man, oh man! These blocks are so much fun and they're going to make the most amazing visual quilt. I am definitely keeping this block in my arsenal for a future quilt. 

~ Diana

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day

I hope you are all finding time to get some sewing done on this Worldwide Quilting Day.  I just made a few star blocks that our guild is collecting for the 2021 Quilts of Valor block drive.

I wanted to share a few quilt finishes from Stash Bee blocks from other years.  I've finally had them quilted by a fellow guild member.  The first is the quilt I made from blocks made for me by Hive 1 in February 2020.  I think I previously posted a picture of the flimsy, but here is the completed quilt.  It is intended for Project Linus.

This quilt is from September 2018 Hive 1.  It's been sitting around for a while, but now finally quilted.  I love the green and blue combination.  Thanks to everyone who participated in helping me assemble blocks for these quilts.

Kathie L in Allentown, PA

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Hive 1 Block for Rita

Thanks Rita for coming up with such a fun block for this month! This is going to be such a bright and cheerful quilt!


-Julia D.

Hive 1 Blocks for Rita

This was a fun pattern! I got carried away cutting white strips while listening to an audiobook. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Junction blacks for Rita


My blocks are in the mail. Hopefully they make it across the sea safely!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Hive Crash from Nina in Hive 6

 What a surprise to get this block for me in Hive 2 from Nina in Canada, Hive 6. Thank you so much, they are great fabrics and what a cute fox face in the low volumes! 

From - Gayle in Texas from Hive 2.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Hive 1 March Block for Rita

 This was such a fun block to see come together. Can't wait to see the final product, with all the fabulous intersections from so many quilters. In the mail tomorrow!

-Julia C.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

March Block for Rita

 Hi Rita,

Here is my contribution to your quilt in primary colors. Thanks for the paper piecing pattern, everything falls nicely into place and creates more crossroads:)  It is on its way to you now. Have fun in completing this bright and cheerful quilt!  Warmest regards from Miami, Marie

Monday, March 8, 2021

Hive 1 March block for Rita


These were fun to make. Little tiny strips of white. Intricate to sew, yet they came together so fast.


Hive 1 March T-Junction block for Rita

 I had fun making these blocks for Rita and wanted to see what they would look like in a quilt so I had to make extra to see the pattern.  Your quilt will be so colorful and cheerful.  It's such a simple block that makes a stunning pattern with the various ways to arrange the blocks. This reminds me of the hand stacked rock walled in lands around Ireland with the different patchwork across the country.  I'm 1/4 Irish and loved my visit to my grandmothers homeland 9 years ago. This is my favorite layout.  I will send them off across the pond this week. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.  Happy stitching,  Jayne

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Hive 1 March block for Rita

 I'm so impressed with your tutorial, Rita!  We have a professional in our midst.  These were a breeze to chain piece, so they went together well.  I hope you get all the colors of the rainbow.

Kathie L in Allentown, PA

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Hive 1 March T-Junction blocks for Rita

These were super simple to make and I love the various layout possibilities.  I can’t wait to see the quilt come together.  Thank you for your excellent directions.  You definitely have a knack for documentation!  I will put these in the mail tomorrow and cross my fingers that they arrive in Ireland within a reasonable amount of time.    Karen 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Hive 2 March Tutorial- Circles of Fun

Hello Hive Mates.  My husband and I purchased our first camper ever, and since he’s restoring a 1967 Chevy pick-up, we selected a vintage style trailer to go with his truck.  We took delivery last fall-- too late to try it out, so it went directly into storage until this Spring.  Since this month marks Spring, I thought it would be fun to make a quilt for the camper.  The idea was easy, but deciding on the block drove me crazy.  I wanted something totally improvised and fun but in colors to match the vintage green theme, and I wanted something easy for you.

You will find the inspiration for this quilt in the finished quilt section on the Stashbee website.  It’s circles.  Take a look.  It's so sweet and whimsical! The instruction was simple.  Make a block of any size  (no bigger than 16.5 ") using low volume fabric as the background and appliqué circles in any order you choose, using any method you choose.  

Here is a sample of the fabrics I pulled that would work.  It’s based on sea foam green (see a small piece of the truck at the top?), and please feel free to use prints with other colors as long as the sea foam shines through too.  I rummaged through my scrap bins and bag of orphan blocks and found a few bits and pieces that will also work.  Anything goes.  You decide, but don't think about it too much.  Just arrange it in way that works for you.  Planned, will all be fun for me to play with.   You can use any decorative stitching you want as well.  I'm going to pull out one of my machines with cams to play a bit myself.

This is a sample of my pulled fabrics and a low volume orphan block I found in my scrap bin, but you can crumb piece a backing, or use blocks, or strips or one piece.  It's up to you.

More rummaging in the scrap bins produced a variety of scraps I will work with.

My finished block.  Looking at a picture of it, you can see that my circles are a bit wonky so don't worry if yours are too.  I am anxious to see what you all come up with.  I am terrible with improvisational piecing.  I actually attended a retreat sponsored by Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbor, Michigan a few years back and had the most anxious weekend learning to let go.  I'm still struggling so this will help push borders for me.

P.S. Sorry for the delay in my post, but I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to transfer pictures from my ipad to my computer so that I could download them to this post.  Invariably, when you are under a deadline, the software needs updating, and your memory is all used up, and the internet is in and out because everyone in the house is driving their device to the max... and well, you get the picture.  Trials and tribulations of technology in rural northern Wisconsin.  But hey, the sap is running, so we will abandon the technology for a few days and boil sap to make syrup.  Life is good!  

Hive 6 March Tutorial- Red Scrappy Stamps

Welcome to March!!!  I am Jan and live in SC, where the sun is starting to shine.  I transplanted two years ago from frigid and snowy Michigan.  Hope you are each enjoying some sunshine and warmer weather.  Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy your fall weather.

I am turning into a scrappy 2.5" quilting lady, been quilting for a bit over five years, and in bees for the last four years.   

Whenever I bought fabric collections, layer cakes, charm packs or bundles, I also bought a mini charm pack.  Earlier this year I put together a stamp quilt using all those packs.  I used 1600 2.5 x 2.5 blocks.  It made 25 8x8 blocks.

I love this quilt, so last year I requested blue fabric stamp blocks.  This turned out beautiful and so cozy.  I use it daily on my couch.

This year I am looking for the same block, new color.  This year I am looking for red.

It will be an easy block, twenty five 2.5 x 2.5 pieces.  If you have a variety of reds that will be great.

Cut 25 2.5 x 2.5 fabrics.  I know that the rules say no more than 10 fabrics.  Dig through your scraps.  If you have more than 10 and want to get rid of a few, you can use more than 10.  If you don't have ore than 10 that is ok.  Put together 5 rows of 5 pieces.  Put those rows together for one block.

If each row uses the same fabrics not a problem, no need to sew the rows together.  Just send the 5 rows and I will mix things up when I get them.  Also, no need to iron or trim your rows.

Here are the reds that I have in my stash.   If they are whites with reds a small amount of that is good, maybe one piece per row of 6.

Try to stay away from pinks and deep burgundys.

Put my five rows together.

And quickly we have a block.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's reds!!

Hive 5 March Tutorial - Busy Block

 Jennifer's Block for March 2021- Busy Block

I really look forward to the beginning of each month to see what you all have chosen.  I always enjoy putting together a block or two for you.  I'm excited that it is my turn.  

I have chosen a paper-pieced block I saw on another hive several years ago.

The block is from Blossom Heart Quilts and is called Busy.  The tutorial and paper piece download is here.  You will need to print 4 templates.

I am asking for 4 of the components that make up one block. They can be all different - but please don't sew them together.

I would like sea glass colors, highly saturated greens and blues.  Prints are preferred, but not batiks or children's prints.  

I usually just buy a fat quarter here and there, but to give you an idea of what I like, I looked up some fabric lines, they are: Laminx from  Heather Moore of Cloud 9, Animal Crackers by Sweetwater, Figures by Zen Chic.  Blocks do not need to be those brands specifically, but you get the idea.  

Here are the main colors I like for the for the center of this block:

This block is paper pieced.  There are many tutorials out there on paper piecing that can explain it better than I can.  This finishes at 6 x 6 inches.

If you don't have paper piecing paper, just drop me a note and I'll print out the template on the paper piecing paper and drop it in the mail.  I seem to have a lot of the paper piecing paper.

Don't forget to reduce your stitch size - I use 2.5 for paper piecing.

I tend to make a mess when I'm paper piecing - here is what this block looked like mid-way:

In addition to the blue or green sea-glass colors, there is pale/pastel light yellow or light pink, light/medium grey and white/ivory in this block.  

You can choose solids or prints for these sections.

When paper piecing here is the guide:

A1 = jewel tone

A2 & A5 = pale/pastel light yellow or light pink

A3 & A6 = light/medium grey

A4 & A7 = white / ivory

As a tip, here is what I like to do to make sure I don't mess up - I write the names on every block, this way I can just grab the right piece and sew.

You leave the paper on or take it off.

Amy York requested the same block in a previous stashbee - you can see her tutorial by clicking on the word 'stashbee'.  All her blocks together are here.

I'm going for the same type of configuration, just with a different color pattern.

Thank you so much!

My instagram is @JennQuilts

Hive 4 March Tutorial "Scrap Jar Stars"

 Hello Stash Bee! This month's block is *not* the scrap jar star that is made from the original tutorial from Gigi's Thimble, which you can find here. However, I saw these blocks under the hashtag #scrapjarstars on Instagram, fell in love with the block, and this is modified from that original design. Different size, different construction, same idea!

Hi there, I'm Em. You can find me sharing quilting stuff over on Instagram. I'd love if you would pop over there and say "hello". Since I'm in an Instagram hive, I'll be sharing an IG-friendly version of this tutorial so you can find it easily as you create your blocks this month. 

I've participated in Stash Bee a bunch of years. There's a blue and green stars quilt that is throw size and lives on my couch. My two youngest children have quilts on their beds that were made with the help of Stash Bee, and the quilt on my own bed (kind size!) was even made with the help of my friends in this bee. Another Stash Bee quilt went to live with one of my sweet daycare kiddos when he "graduated" to kindergarten and the 6th is still in bits ... maybe this year it will grow up and become a real quilt!

I thought I would get photos of the ones that still live here, but I waited too long, and now it's the night before I need to post this tutorial and it's too dark to take photos. Story of my life. 

Okay, here's the block. 16.5-inches unfinished, 16-inches finished. 

Dig into your scrap bin and choose scraps in one color. Your choice.

Find some low volume pieces for the background. 

Here's your cutting guide: 

(4) strips 2.5 x 12.5 inches 

[OR (20) 2.5-inch squares], whichever is easier or makes the most sense for you

plus (4) 5-inch squares

(4) 2.5-inch squares

(4) 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles

(1) 9.25-inch square


CUT a 2.5-inch square off the end of each 2.5 x 12.5 inch strip of COLOR. Sew the remaining 2.5 x 10 inch strips together along their long edges. 

Subcut perpendicular to your sewn lines every 2.5-inches to create four units that are 2.5 x 8.5 inches. 

Flip the 1st and 3rd units to face the opposite direction so same fabrics do not line up with one another and sew the units back together to create an 8.5 inch patchwork square. 

ALTERNATE: Sew (20) 2.5 inch squares together in a 4x4 grid to create an 8.5 inch unfinished square. 


Sew a 2.5 inch square COLOR to a 2.5 inch square BACKGROUND. Add a 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangle of background. Repeat three time to create 4 units that are 4.5 inch squares, unfinished. 


Note: I'm using the 4-at-a-time/no waste flying geese method here. I don't care how you make these geese if you prefer a different method. They just need to be 4.5 x 8.5 inches, unfinished. 

Draw a diagonal line corner-to-corner on each of the (4) 5 inch square of COLOR. Line up 2 of those squares with the edges of opposite, diagonal corner of the 9.25-inch square of BACKGROUND. 

Sew a scant 1/4 inch away from the line on each side of the line. Cut the block apart on the line. Press the COLOR open (your unit will now look like a heart). 

Place a remained 5-inch square to line up with the corner of the background. The line your drew will go from the corner of the background fabric up through the middle of the "heart" shape. Again, sew a scant1/4 inch away from the line on each side and cut the unit apart on the line. Press open. 

TRIM TO 4.5 x 8.5 inches. 


It's a star! Patchwork square goes in the middle. Corner units are arranged so that the COLOR is in the outside corner. 

Happy quilting!