Friday, December 31, 2021

Hive 3 January Tutorial - Scrappy Heart Block for Robin Sue

Happy 2022!  

Let's Make It Scrappy!

I'm excited to start the year with this scrap buster block.  I like to cut my scraps into a variety of sizes - 2" 2.5" 3" 3.5" 4",4.5" 5" and strips.  This way I'm ready for scrappy sewing.

The block I finally settled on is the Scrappy Heart block by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

The author of this block does an excellent tutorial, although, you might have to scroll down to find it.

Colors:  Your Choice!  I am requesting that you use "happy" colors and that your fabrics are all in a similar color.

Here are my fabrics used.  I had to pull my low volumes from my 3.5" box & cut down to size.
  • 5 - 3" your choice of color
  • 5 - 3" low volume or white
  • 20 - 2.5 your choice of color
  • 6 - 2.5 low volume or white
As you can see, I have duplicates of some fabrics - I didn't want to cut into other fabrics.  Lazy, I know!

Match 3" color with 3" low volume/white.  These are for the HSTs.  

Mark corner to corner

I put a scrap under the needle before I sew HSTs

Sew 1/4" away from marked line

Make sure you sew on both sides of the line

Cut on the line

Press open (my personal preference) and trim to 2.5"

Lay out pieces to make the heart.
Sew using 1/4" seam.  I sewed in columns and then sewed the columns together.  
There is no right or wrong way.  

After I connected the columns, I pressed seams open.  Then pinned the rows and sewed.

I snipped the connecting threads, then pressed open all seams.

I'm planning to sew more scraps into these heart blocks.  Can't wait to see yours!


Hive 4 January 2022 Tutorial - Plaidish blocks for Helen

Hello ladies

We have finally left 2021 behind (ooo it was a doozie of a year wasn't it?) and we are now in a nice new fresh year, 2022. Let's hope it is a good one.

This year I would like to make a king sized Plaidish Quilt so I will need a whole lot of blocks.

This is the one I made in 2021 as part of the Plaidish SAL.

The pattern is designed by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting and you can order the free pattern here:

Scroll down and you will find an Add To Cart button - do that and receive the download.

It is an easy quilt to make and can be in so many colour ways - check out the hashtag #plaidishquilt - it will be so hard to choose.

This time I would like a charcoal, mustard/gold and soft aqua quilt. 

This is the chair in my bedroom that is the colour inspiration:

Here is my fabric pull along with the kona colours of Charcoal, Curry & Aqua for reference. 
I am asking you to make me one block and you can choose which one A, B or C.

The pattern consists of three repeating blocks:

Block A 10.5" square in my colours 


4 charcoal squares 5" by 5" 

1 aqua square 1.5" by 1.5" 

4 mustard/gold rectangles 1.5" by 5" 

Block B 8.5" square in my colours


4 aqua squares 4" by 4"

1 charcoal square 1.5" by 1.5"

4 mustard/gold rectangles 1.5" by 4"

Block C 8.5" by 10.5" in my colours


4 mustard/gold squares 4" by 5"

1 mustard/gold square 1.5" by 1.5"

2 charcoal rectangles 1.5" by 5"

2 aqua rectangles 1.5" by 4"

If using any directional fabrics within the blocks, please try to orient them all the same way - e.g. the one above the music and the motif on the top left run the same way.

The blocks are constructed the same way, they are just different sizes. You can either press to the dark or press seams open, I have pressed mine open. Please use a scant 1/4 inch seam.

Here are the three different blocks side by side. 

You can see in the pattern that the C blocks are used in both rows, with it upright in one row and on it's side in the other row. Hence the comment about needing to orient directional fabrics the same way in the block.

Please don't go too black or too light with the charcoal and please avoid some mustards that have a green tinge to them.

The aquas are quite soft and not too blue or green.

The fabrics can have other patterns/colours on them as long as they are mainly the 3 colours.

Reach out to me if you require more guidance on how to put the pieces of the block together. I figured you were all experienced quilters and so would be able to do that part OK. 

I hope you all enjoy making these blocks for me. And some of you are tempted to join the SAL for Plaidish in February on IG with @jessicaquilter #plaidishqal. I will be joining in making more of these blocks.

Thanks and happy sewing.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Finished Quilt - Hive 2

 Here is my finished quilt from February 2021 with blocks made by Hive 2. I feel happy that I received the blocks and finished it in the same calendar year! Looking forward to participating again in 2022!