Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Hive 5 Crashing

 I just couldn't resist making some tea cups!  This is a Buggy Barn pattern that I changed the heart to a star.  Sorry, I like stars better.

Please email me your address.  I would like to get them in the mail before the holiday weekend.

Hive 1

 Love these blocks.  This quilt will be fantastic!!


Hive 1 Changing Squares for Jennifer

Such a fun and quick block. I don't buy jelly rolls anymore but this was perfect to use up some strips I still had lying around. 

Including an envelope photo for my own accountability--this will go in the mail tomorrow.


Hive 1 Changing 🟪🟧🟩 for Jennifer!

Jennifer - I promise the red-looking color is not actually red! It's a nice (🤞) raspberry. Hopefully these fit your aesthetic; they're pretty... jewel-ly. They were fun to do!! They'll be in the mail ASAP.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Hive 1 - Changing Squares for Jennifer

 I guess my first post didn't get published,,, darn internet!

Your block is in the mail as of this morning. This block was a lot of fun to work on, I hope you like the colors!


Thursday, August 17, 2023

Hive 1 - Changing Squares for Jennifer

 I really like the look of the block this month and with the jewel tone palette, it's going to make a beautiful quilt. Here is mine to add to the collection. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the colors are navy, light blue, maroon, and cream.

~ Diana 

Crashing Hive 5 - square in square for Susan

 I just love these simple designs with bright contrasting colors. I hope these fit right in with your turquoise theme.

Kind regards,

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Hive 1 - August Changing Squares for Jennifer


 Hope these play well with others!  I realized my stash is short on solids and jewel tones. I enjoyed making them tremendously - quick and very interesting!

Can wait to see this quilt when you’re done. 

Happy Quilting,


Hive 1 - Changing squares for Jennifer

 This was a quick and easy sew for August. I don't have a ton of solids to choose from so I hope this yellow suits your theme alright.

I've included an angel block for a member who couldn't participate this month. I look forward to seeing the finish.

Kind regards,

Nicole P

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Crashing Hive 4 for Marissa

Marissa and I met via r/quiltingblockswap on Reddit and are now friends IRL. Obviously, I had to crash the hive for her block.


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Hive 1 August Changing Squares for Jennifer


Hi Jennifer,

I do love Cathleen's block and the inspiration painting as well!
Hope my fabric selection is not too bright for you. (The pictures are not really colour authentic either) I don't have too many real solids in my stash 😟. They came together pretty quick and will go in the post tomorrow.

Happy sewing,

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Hive 1 - July Tiny Tiles for Chris

 Hi Chris!

July flew by and then some... I put your block in the mail on Saturday and then totally forgot to post!

This will be a fun quilt to assemble, I can't wait to see it finished!


Hive 1 - August Tutorial - Changing Squares for Jennifer


Way back in February, I saw the block requested by Cathleen in Hive 4 and LOVED it! I was planning on requesting the exact same block, same colors and all. But as I was pulling fabrics at the quilt shop, I developed more of a deep, jewel-toned palette including colors like plum, garnet, deep blue, coral, and tangerine. So, I'm requesting that you follow Cathleen's tutorial, only with the following palette.

1940s design color guide I used as inspiration

Here is my fabric pull

For medium and light tones, I think cream or light shades of blue, pink, yellow, tan or green will look lovely.

I would prefer all solids, and to avoid black, white, and bright red. However, I know some people don't keep a lot of solids, so tone-on-tone fabrics that read as solids will work as well. If you don't have anything along these lines, just pick whatever you think is best. A few pops of pattern scattered throughout might end up looking super awesome!

The yellow in this block is a tone-on-tone

I've made a couple of blocks, and laid out a few more, and can't wait to play around with all of the lovely blocks I'll be receiving! Thank you in advance!!

Hive 3 - August Tutorial- Bowtie Block for Cecilia

 Hello Hive 3! 

This is my first time participating in Stashbee and my first time ever writing a tutorial! I love blue fabrics and have a lot of scraps so my blocks will all be made from medium to dark blue fabrics and low volume white/ivory. A bowtie block should be familiar to most quilters and I chose an easy tutorial from Elea Lutz. You can find her bowtie block tutorial HERE.

Here is a photo of the fabrics I pulled to add to my scraps:

I made 4 - 6 1/2 inch blocks (unfinished) and sewed them together to create a 12 1/2 block (unfinished). 

Cutting for one 6 1/2 block:

Light or white background fabric: (A) 2 squares 3 ½”
Solid or print bow tie fabric: (B) 2 squares 3 ½”; (C) 2 squares 1 ½” same fabric

Cut four different sets.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both (C) 1 ½” fabric squares. With right sides together, place a (C) square on the corner of one (A) 3 ½” square. Stitch on the drawn line and trim seam to ¼”; iron flat pressing seam open. This partial Bow Tie unit should measure 3 ½ x 3 ½”. Repeat these steps again for each of the four sets, making two matching blocks from the (A)/(C) squares.

Next, sew one (B) 3 ½” square to the right side of one sewn unit as shown below. The (C) square (now half triangle) should be positioned in the bottom, right corner. Sew the remaining (B) square to the left side of remaining unit. The (C) square (now half triangle) should be positioned on the top, left corner.

Lastly, sew the top and bottom units together to get a 6 ½ x 6 ½” (unfinished) Bow Tie Block! 
Do this again three more times to make all four units of the quilt block. Once all four units have been sewn, sew two together where the blues and low volume fabrics meet.

Next, sew two rows together to make one block. 

That's it! I really hope this made sense and I'm super excited to see what you all make! 


Hive 5 - August Tutorial - Square in Square for Susan

For my very first effort as Queen Bee, I've selected a super quick and easy square in square block featured in this free quilt pattern at Cluck Cluck Sew.

These blocks finish to 8 inches (8.5 inches unfinished) so I'm requesting 2 blocks in opposite colorways. Only 2 different fabrics are needed. Instead of orange and white fabrics, I've chosen aqua/turquoise and black & white prints. Please no solids, batiks or novelties except as noted below.

Aqua/turquoise - these colors are similar and discerning between the two is subjective - think of the Caribbean Sea and beautiful turquoise jewelry.  I'm hoping for color saturation; small amounts of other colors is fine, as long as the fabric reads aqua/turquoise.

Black & white -  pretty self-explanatory.  The fabric can be either a black print on a white background, or a white print on a black background. You can use a novelty print here, as long as it's not too juvenile and does not contain holiday, religious or political motifs.  

My fabric pull:  


You will need one aqua/turquoise fabric, and one black & white fabric for 2 blocks.  From each fabric cut the following:

  • One   4.5 x 4.5 inch square
  • Two   4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles
  • Two   8.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles

For the first block, use the aqua/turquoise square, and the black/white rectangles.  With right sides together and using a 1/4 inch seam, sew the smaller rectangles to the sides of the square and press seams open.

Next, with right sides together and using a 1/4 inch seam, sew the longer rectangles to the top and bottom of the square/sides.  Please press seams open.  Your block should measure 8.5 inches square.


Now, construct the second block in the same manner with the black/white square in the center and the aqua/turquoise rectangles as the border.  And you're done!  

Thanks for sewing for me 😊.




Hive 6 - August Tutorial - Improv Bear Paw for Mary

Greetings from Tennessee. This is Mary Siemen. I've picked an improv Bear Paw for my block this month! Hold on to your seats and take a deep breath. It will be ok!  Here's a sample block:  

Notice how the block above is not squared up? The arrows are pointing to places you might normally square. Not needed!

Here's the first block I made that is smaller. After sewing first and then thinking, I realized a directional print for the triangles was not a good choice!


You'll need 4 different fabrics:  a bright solid or something that roughly reads as a solid. I'm not too picky here. This is for the large rectangle. Then you'll also need another fabric--solid, floral or pattered print for the skinny bands. (Stripes would be great here too!)

Finally, you'll need two other fabrics--your choice: solids or prints, for the wonky triangles. You can't have too much color for me!



1 rectangle 6.5" x 8.5"

1 border/edge piece 2" x 7.5"

1 border/edge piece 1.25" x 8.5"

2 different fabrics for triangles 2.5" x ~20"

1 2.5" x 2.5" square from one of the triangle fabrics (not pictured above


1. Sew the 1.25" border piece to a long edge of the rectangle, using 1/4" seam. Press the seam open, please.

2. Placing the strip you just sewed vertically to the right, sew the 2" border piece across the top so that both border pieces form a right angle:

Press the seam open. (Trim the extra 1/4" from my bad math if that piece bothers you!)

3. Making the actual claws or triangles - These will not match! None will or should be the same size; this is to be expected. 

* Please don't worry about squaring up your block - especially the claw or triangle sides! *

I have  a video to give guidance on cutting and sewing the wonky points. BEFORE you click on the link, please know that the first few minutes are filled with the creator 'thinking out loud'. I got a bit impatient the first time I watched it as I wanted her to just 'get on with it' and show me how she cut and sewed the block! If you're in this camp, skip forward to minute 8:10.

Here is the example video: 

NOTE: I recommend you keep the triangles in the same order as you cut them. Also sew them in that same order.

You will make 2 rows of triangles. One for each side of your rectangle that had the border sewn on.  


When joining 2 triangles, press that seam OPEN. After joing multiple triangles, press those seams to the side, all in one direction. Take care not to stretch the row due to the bias seams in the triangles.

Note: your triangle rows may not look like your best sewing effort. This is completely ok! I plan to trim the bottom edge (the pink side) and sew that to the border.

* Please DO NOT trim the outside edge of your triangles. EVEN if they are uneven and don't look pretty. See how uneven mine are??

4. Sew one triangle row to the long edge of the rectangle. 

Press the seam toward the border/rectangle.

Square off the end above the right angle of borders. (This is the left end in my picture below.)

5. Ensure that your 2nd row of triangles is long enough. Square off the inside end. Sew the 2.5" square to that end. 

6. Sew the triangle/square strip to the left side of the rectangle. Press seam toward rectangle.

Your block is DONE!

7. One last small request: I like adding information on my beemates who've made blocks for me, to the back of my quilt. I'd love for you to write your name (first and last) and where you live (city and state) on a smallish piece of fabric. It doesn't have to be any certain shape (in keeping with my improv/wonky theme! Please use a permanent pen or sharpie.  Thank you!