Thursday, June 30, 2022

Hive 1 Block for Julia H


Sorry for finishing very last minute. But this block was super fun to make. Ive never made a block with so few initial pieces that turned out so detailed. I hope you like them! 

Hive 5 - July Tutorial - 'Stella Del Mare' Block for Ruth

 Friday, 1 July 2022


Hive 5 – July Tutorial – Stella Del Mare Block for Ruth


Hi Fellow Hive 5 Bees!


It’s been an interesting few months making blocks for half of you. Pretty blocks and so very different in colours and designs. I can’t believe, it is already June and my turn. I was so well prepared in December when I decided on my block design and actually made two sample blocks. And I apologise that it is a bit similar to Amy’s block in March. I was considering changing my design, but then decided against it.


Here in Australia we are in the middle of winter and I wanted to brighten up this dull and rainy time with a block that reminds me of summer, sun and beach. Hence the name ‘Stella Del Mare’ and the colour choices.


I am not yet sure, if I will sew the blocks together square or if I will rotate them by 45degrees.




     Fabric Selection


I prefer fabrics in blue/aqua/turquoise colours. Think of all the colours of the ocean – from a deep blue to the lightest aqua and turquoise. Due to the nature of the block I prefer smaller modern prints (like AGF or Ruby Star Society). I don’t mind having other colours as part of the prints as long as the main colour of the fabric fits in the above description.


Please no batik, novelty/licensed prints, solids, neon.


Background fabric can be solid white or tone-on-tone prints. Please avoid cream and beige coloured fabrics.


Below are photos of my sample blocks and a selection of fabrics from.





·      Skill level: skilled beginner

·      Read all instructions first

·      Seam allowance is ¼”

·      RST – Right Sides Together

·      ALWAYS measure twice, cut once.


     Fabric Requirements



15.5" x 15.5"









Colour 1

3" x 12" strip












Colour 2

7" x 20.5" strip












Colour 3

6.5" square












Colour 4

2.75" x 11" strip












Colour 5

5.5" square













12" x 14" rectangle










     Cutting Instructions














Colour 1

(4) 3" squares



















Colour 2

(1) 6.5" square



(4) 3.5" squares



















Colour 3

(1) 6.5" square



















Colour 4

(4) 2.75" squares
















Colour 5

(1) 5.5" square




















(4)  3" x 5.5" rectangles




(4)  3" squares



(4) 3.5" squares









     Fabric Cuts





The Block measures 15.5” x 15.5”unfinished.

     Snowball Block



1.              Take (1) 5.5” F square and (4) 2.75” E squares. Mark a diagonal line across all four E squares (or you could just press the line). Fig. 1


2.              Place (1) 2.75” E square on top of the F square, RST, making sure the marked line on the E piece is angled from the top left to the bottom right. Sew along the marked line, trim ¼” away from the sewn line and press the seams open (Fig. 2a to Fig. 2d). Repeat this step for all four corners. You will end up with a Snowball Block  (Fig. 3).




                    Fig. 1                                       



          Fig. 2a                  Fig. 2b                Fig. 2c                   Fig. 2d



           Fig. 3



Flying Geese(4-at-a-time)


1.     Take (1) 6.5” D square and (4) 3.5” C squares. Mark a diagonal line across all four C squares (or you could just press the line) (Fig. 4a to Fig. 4b).


                   Fig. 4a                          Fig. 4b


2.     Place two C squares on top of the D square, RST. Sew ¼” on both sides of the marked line (Fig. 5a), trim on the marked line (Fig. 5b) and press the seams open (Fig. 5c)



Fig. 5a        Fig. 5b                     Fig. 5c


3.     Place one C square on top of one of the units created in step 2. Sew ¼” on both sides of the marked line (Fig. 6a), trim on the marked line (Fig. 6b) and press seams open. Repeat for the other unit. You will end up with four flying geese units (Fig. 6c). Trim to 3” x 5.5”.




                    Fig. 6a                                                        Fig. 6b    




  Fig. 6c




4.     Repeat steps 1. to 3. above with (1) 6.5” B square and (4) 3.5” I squares. You will end up with four flying geese units (Fig. 7).





Fig. 7

     Corner Blocks



1.     Take (4) 3” A squares, (4) 3” H squares and (4) 3” x 5.5” G rectangles (Fig. 8a)


2.     Sew one 3” H square and one 3” A square together, press the seams open (Fig. 8b). Make (4) sets. 


3.     Sew one 3” x 5.5” G rectangle to the bottom of each of the units created in the previous step. Ensure your squares are on the left side. Press seams open (Fig. 8c).





Fig. 8a                                                Fig. 8b





                   Fig. 8c


     Block Assembly



Once all units are completed start assembling your blocks. First, sew together (4) sets of flying geese as shown in Fig. 9 below. Press seams to one side.



Fig. 9


Pin and sew blocks together in rows as shown below. (Fig 10a – 10d). Press seams open.





                                                         Fig. 10a  





                                                          Fig. 10b



                                                                Fig. 10c     





                                                        Fig. 10d


Press your block and you are done. The finished block measures 15.5” square. Thank you for joining the fun and making my July block Two Hearts with solid fill