Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Hive 1 - June Changing Squares for Jennifer

 Jennifer, I’m SO sorry my post and send off was delayed and I hope that by sending 2 blocks, you’ll allow grace to me!

Can’t wait to see what this quilt will look like once you’re finished. 


Monday, July 8, 2024

Hive 1 July Crumbs on the Drunkard's Path for Leah


Royal colors for our July Queen. I hope you like them, Leah. They'll be in the mail soon.

Drunkard's Path and crumbs for Leah

Hi Leah,

Here is my contribution to your quilt. I aimed for complementary purple and yellow. Crumbs are crumbs so other colors were added, but I still hope in the end that everything will fit well in you plan!

Happy quilting!


Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Hive1, July, Crumbs on the Drunkard's Path Block for Leah

Hi Leah,

Great Block for using up scraps!

Easy-peasy Block, they came together quickly and will go on their merry way to you today.

Happy quilting,


Monday, July 1, 2024

Hive 6 July tutorial - Old Missouri

 For my July block, I wanted to remake an antique block called Old Missouri. I originally found this pattern in my box of saved patterns from the Kansas City Star.  I grew up in Missouri, and I still live here. I have a great love for my state. I want to make a red white and blue quilt. 

The Fabrics: You can use solids, patterns, or blenders for any of these fabrics as long as they read red, white, or blue. Kitschy or patriotic fabrics are welcomed.

Finished practice block

This is the 1932 newspaper template that inspired this block

  • 3 blues: Line them up from darkest to lightest. The darkest for the corner triangles, second darkest for the bars, and lightest for the center piece. 
  • Red: Any red for the two quarter circles.
  • Background: white, white-on-white, or off-white
Here is a picture of the fabrics I am considering.  I love a scrappy quilt, so you will notice that my sample block uses cats and flowers. If it's red, white, and blue, it works!

  1. Print out the templates I've created and cut them out. I have modified the original pattern to include seam allowances. Once it is printed, check to make sure the templates match the measurements. I realized that I had to download the pdf document to get the right sizes instead of printing from the web. (Note: the measurements I've written of the template reflect the original pattern, without seam allowances)
  2. Use template piece 1 to cut a 4 1/2 x 4 3/4 a rectangle in the lightest blue for the center piece. You could also just cut this without the template.
  3. Use template piece 2 to cut a 2 3/4 x 4/14 TWO medium blue bars.  You could also just cut this without the template.
  4. Use template 3 to cut two tringles in the darkest blue, or cut a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch square and cut it on the diagonal.
  5. Fold your background fabric in half and use template # 4 twice to cut four background arches, two facing each direction.
  6. Use template piece 5 to cut two red quarter circles. 
  1. Sew two opposite facing background arches together on the short straight seam, right sides together. Then, sew the other two opposite pieces together, right sides together. You will end up with two of these.

  2. Fold the quarter circles in half and finger press them to find the center. Line up the center of the quarter circle with the center seam of the arch. Using a quarter-inch seam, carefully stitch the arch to the quarter circle. Here is a video you can watch about how to sew this drunkard's path. Repeat for the second drunkard's path. This was my first time sewing curves on a quilt block. Mine practice block is not perfect, so I am not expecting perfect blocks from you guys either.
  3. Next sew the two medium blues (pieces # 2) on to both sides of the center piece (piece #1). Press toward the darker blues. Press toward the red. 
  4. Find the center of both dark blue triangles by folding them in half. Align this crease with the center of the medium blue bar stitch a triangle onto both medium blue bars. Your path now has light center (piece 1), bookended by two medium blue bars (pieces 2). These are bookended by two dark blue triangles (pieces three) that form the corners of the block. Press toward the darker blues.
  5. Sew one drunkards path on to both sides of the path. I pressed to the white to reduce bulk. You can press toward the blues. 

Hive 1 July Tutorial: Crumbs on the Drunkard's Path for Leah

This is my first time participating in Stash Bee, and I'm so excited to get to be the Queen Bee this month! Thank you in advance for humoring me here, and please let me know if anything is unclear. 

I recently participated in another swap for crumb blocks, and have an awful lot of crumbs left. So I've put together a somewhat more structured use for the crumbs I still have hanging around. I'm sure I didn't actually invent this block, but for our purposes I've taken the liberty of naming it "Crumbs on the Drunkard's Path"--this will have some similarities to Rita's block from April, so feel free to refer back if her directions for curves work better for you.

I'm asking for a finished product of two squares, approximately 10" apiece. 

Start with one 10.5" square of solid fabric (or print! But one solid piece.) A second 10.5" square should be a crumb block, an orphan block, or if you don't want to bother with crumbs, just a busy print that contrasts with the other block's calmer color/print. I'm happy with any color, as long as the two squares contrast. Please keep the most prevalent colors in one square on the opposite side of the color wheel from the most prevalent colors in the second square. I'd like them to be complementary colors as demonstrated on this color wheel image, or near to complimentary.

In the photos I've used a mostly greens and blues print with a crumb block pieced from mostly reds. A block made from a pile of scraps might be very multicolored--just go with whatever overall impression you get if you squint at it when determining what color to pair it with.

Stack the pieced block on top of the solid so you can plan your cut to avoid any areas with lots of seams, and cut a curve freehand from midway across one side to midway across an adjacent side, the same through both blocks. (The cut is hard to see in this photo. It's a curve from roughly the center of the right side down to roughly the center of the bottom edge.)

Spread them out and swap the inner and outer pieces so you have two squares each composed of a solid piece and a crumb piece.

Fold an inner wedge in half along the curve, finger pressing along the center to create a crease.

Make a matching fold on the outer piece and then line the two centers up together. Then unfold both and match the right side the fabric of both center folds, pinning all the way to one edge or finger walking your way to find where you should start sewing the curve. 

Pin the whole thing if you prefer, or fly by the seat of your pants while trying to keep the edges where you aligned them. (That's my usual method when not trying to plan a tutorial--perfect for when a very small person has been playing with and hidden a pincushion.)

The two pieces won't match exactly; the outer piece will extend a bit further than the inner piece.

Sew the two pieces together with a 1/4" seam. If you choose not to pin, try to match the center folds as you ease the edges around.

Press the seam to one side. If you sewed through seams on your crumb block, you'll have an easier time pressing toward the single piece of fabric side, which means toward the center of the wedge on one block and away on the other. 

Square up the edges, but don't worry too much about size. It may vary depending on your curve. I'll make it work!

Thank you so much! I can't wait to see what you all do!

Hive 7 - July Tutorial - Tree Blocks for Sara

I went back and forth on a few ideas for blocks this month but decided to stick with another choose your own adventure block. A while back I came across Wombat Quilts Wonky Tree Forest quilt, and really liked the style and color choices. I’ve since seen other quilts with a similar style and I think it’ll be a great Bee quilt.

Here is the original inspiration:

The ask:

I am looking for blocks that are 12.5” tall by either 6.5” or 12.5” wide that contain at least one tree. Trees do not need to take up the whole height or width of the block but can be surrounded by low volume to make up the remaining dimensions. For the trees, I am looking for a variety in realistic shades of green, with brown for the trunks. I would prefer ‘forest’ type trees – not palms or potted. Press as desired.

Fabric Selection:

Trees: I would prefer solid, blender, or low/medium contrast prints greens or browns to be used. Greens should be used for tree canopies, and brown for tree trunks. In the photo below, the greens to the left work well, while the prints in the greens to the right are too busy to come across as realistic.

Low Volume: Whites, creams, and low value tans are preferred, with light/medium contrast. In the photo below, the fabrics to the left were ones that I used. The ones to the right would be ok in moderation but had darker contrast in the prints so I omitted them.


Time to Sew!

Since this is a choose your own adventure, I’ve got a couple tutorial options written but have also linked to several other resources. There are so many ways to approach this block.

If you need to see larger pictures, either click on them or drag the image to the search bar. If that fails, please let me know!

Tutorial 1: Classic Pine

Cutting Directions

  • For the tree branches (green): If using one color, cut one 2.5" x WOF strip, then subcut.
    • Cut 1 – 2.5” x 4.5” strip
    • Cut 1 – 2.5” x 6.5” strip
    • Cut 1 – 2.5” x 8.5” strip
    • Cut 1 – 2.5” x 10.5” strip
  • For the tree trunk (brown):
    • Cut 1 – 2.5” x 2.5” square
  • For the background (low volume): If using one color, cut two 2.5" x WOF strip, then subcut.
    • Cut 10 – 2.5” x 2.5” square
    • Cut 2 – 2.5” x 3.5” strips
    • Cut 2 – 2.5” x 1.5” strips
    • Cut 2 – 2.5” x 4.5” strips
    • Cut 1 – 2.5" x 10.5" strip
    • Cut 1 – 2.5" x 12.5" strip

Piecing Directions

  1. Using eight 2.5” low volume squares, snowball the corners of each green strip. On the first strip, which is the shortest, trim the first seam before doing the second corner. (Pictures 1 & 2)
    1. On four squares, draw a line from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. On the other four squares, draw a line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
    2. Align each square with the edge of the strips, right sides together. The diagonal lines should be aligned so that they lead to the bottom corner of the strip.
    3. Sew directly on each line.
    4. Press as desired.
    5. Trim the outer excess to leave a ¼” seam.
    6. Repeat for all green strips.
  2. Using the background strips, assemble each individual row (Picture 3). Sewn rows will be 10.5” wide and 2.5” tall. Press. I've included a diagram to show which piece goes where below.
  3. Sew rows together (Picture 4). Trim to 10.5” square. Press.
  4. Attach the 2.5” x 10.5” low volume strip to any side of the block, resulting in a rectangle that is 10.5” by 12.5” (Picture 5). Press.
  5. Attach the 2.5” x 12.5” low volume strip to a short edge, resulting in a 12.5” square block (Picture 6). Press.
  6. Unfinished block should be 12.5" x 12.5".

Tutorial 2: Improv Trees


  • For each tree:
    • One green square or rectangle (can be pieced)
    • One brown rectangle
    • Four small low volume remnants
    • Low volume for background

Piecing Directions

  1. Make the tree canopy by snowballing either the corners or edges of the green square or rectangle with low volume fabric. (Pictures 1-5)
  2. Make the tree trunk by attaching low volume background fabric to either side of the brown rectangle. This rectangle should be the same size or larger than the tree canopy. (Picture 6)
  3. Sew the tree canopy and tree trunk together. Press. Trim, if desired. (Picture 7)
  4. Continue to add background fabrics to the square to create an unfinished block 12.5” tall by either 6.5” or 12.5” wide. Press. (Pictures 8-10)

Other Options

There are so many fantastic tree blocks out there! I’ve got a few different styles linked blow as reference, but this certainly is not a complete list.

Thank you! I'm excited to see what we create!

Hive 3 July 2024 Tutorial - Log Cabin(ish) for Emily

This is a little different than a traditional Log Cabin.  The “traditional” one would have you start with a light square next to the center.  This one has you start with a dark square next to the center.  It gives it a slightly different look. 

For this block you will need 2 1/2" strips or scraps in varying lengths. 

Fabric requirements:

Note:  Please no holiday*, word fabrics or glitter 

* Holiday exception would be Halloween.  Use whatever bat, skulls, rats, spiders, and witches you like but please no words (Happy Halloween, boo, scary, etc…) 

** If your low volume is light in your stash, please feel free to only use 3 fabrics as in my block example.  Otherwise it can be as scrappy as you like. 

Bright red 

It can be solid or it should read as a solid. Here are a few I pulled from what I have. 

Low Volume 

These can be solid white, low volume, or white on white.

Here are a few samples from my stash.


These can be almost any darks you have in your stash. 

Please compare your fabric choices to your red center square to make sure it has a high contrast. 

Cutting Directions:


Cut 1 - 2 ½” square (Center)


1 - 2½” Square (1)

1 -  2½” x 4½” rectangle (2)

1 - 2½” x 6½” rectangle (5)

1 - 2½” x 8½” rectangle (6)

1 - 2½” x 10½” rectangle (9)

1 - 2½” x 12½” rectangle (10)

Low Volume

1 -  2½” x 4½” rectangle (3)

1 - 2½” x 6½” rectangle (4)

1 - 2½” x 8½” rectangle (7)

1 - 2½” x 10½” rectangle (8)

1 - 2½” x 12½” rectangle (11)

1 - 2½” x 14½” rectangle (12)


  1. Start with the red 2½” square and the dark 2½” square and sew together.

  2. Turn the block and add the dark 2½” x 4½” rectangle counter clockwise.

  3. Continue adding strips in cutting order as shown in the picture below.

  4. Press seams away from the center.

  5. Block will measure 14½” square. 

Hive 5 July Tutorial for Laura

 Hello Bee-mates!

I am so excited to return to Stash Bee in 2024!  I believe I participated in Stash Bee for 7 years….first as a hive mate, then as a Hive Mama, then assisted Alana when Diana stepped down in 2019. 

I needed a break as well and have been gone for a few years.  But it’s so good to be back and creating again!

I have made some beautiful quilts with the help of all my hive-mates!  I’m sure this one will be amazing as well.  I’m keeping it pretty simple…I saw a similar block and sketched it in my idea book so I created this tutorial-I’m calling it a Split-Six block and it’s super quick and easy!

It finishes at 12” but just send me the 4 corners loose
as I’m not quite sure on my design plans.

My color inspiration- rich pinks, oranges and yellows - also white or low volume:


My fabric pull:

Simply choose 4 fabrics and cut each into a 6” square:

Then cut each square in half so you have (2) 3” pieces.


Next cut (4) 1 x 6” strips of white and/or low volume.


Add strip to one side of the split square, pressing away from the white strip.

. .

Then attach the other side, pressing again away from the white.
Repeat 3 more times.

And you’re done!  Send the 4 corners to me as is and I
guarantee I’m going to have a blast creating the design!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Hive 4 July Tutorial - Monochrome Madness for Kate

Hi guys,

This is my first time participating in a Monthly Block Swap and also Stash Bee. Loving it so far! 

Slightly scared now it is my turn, but I hope the below is understandable.


I am going for a black/white/grey monochrome look. I have included some ideas for fabrics, these 

are all from my stash and are what I have made/will be making the rest of the blocks from.If you 

don't have much variation in your stash, please don't worry about it and just use what you have.

Off white, large prints, batik, novelty prints, text prints, florals, all fine, just treat them as their "main" 

colour. To see where they fall, you can use the B/W filter on your camera to find the value, similar 

to what we did for Sara's block in March. As you can see in my examples below, I've used some 

dark fabrics with a tiny amount of colour, this is OK, but I’d like the main colour to read as black/

grey or white.

If you don't have a massive array of shades, happy for it to be a stark black and white block too. 

The main point here is to have fun not using colour! I've had this in mind for a while, so have been 

collecting fabrics!

Essential tools:  Ruler, Rotary cutter, Cutting mat, Hot dry iron, Ironing mat/board, Glue or safety 

Pins. And, of course, a sewing machine!

Nice to have tools: EPP Glue stick, Add a quarter ruler, Rotating cutting mat (I don't have one, 

but it is on my wishlist!)

Instructional FPP videos and guides: 

Foundation Paper Piecing: 

Tiny Orchard Quilts YouTube Video

Whole Circle Guide

Paper piecing made simple | Quilting Tutorial with Angela Walters for Craftsy

Sewing a curved seam: 

Secrets to sewing curves


There are two main options, zigzag or circle. I am happy for you do do either one or both if you 

fancy mixing it up! The zigzag creates a star or diamond shape when 4 pieces are combined, 

the circle is likewise made of 4 pieces. The circle can be made of 4 plain pieces, or from a variety 

of FPP options, which are all included below in the PDF patterns. 

I forgot to put the inch square as the printing measure, however you can check they are correct 

as one of the quarters should be 7.5 inches along each side (this is including the 1/4 inch seam 

allowance on each side) , and the final block should be 14.5 inches. If you print to actual size, or 

100% scale, it should work. However, if it is too big or too small, don't worry, as I am happy to either 

cut it down to size, or add a border to make it up in size. 


The PDFs can be found here:



Please let me know if this link does not work and I can email them to you directly instead. 

Block ideas: 

The first one is slightly skewiff as I was experimenting with an asymmetrical zigzag. It didn’t 

quite work how I wanted it to, but you can see the difference that the fabric choice makes when 

you compare to the second one.

You will need 4 copies of the zig zag pattern to achieve either of the below options: 

This is an alternate way to layout the zigzag, to create a diamond in the middle. You will need to 

print 4 copies of the same pattern for this option as well, but the layout is different. 

This is the circle option. Within it, there are a few variations as well. 

This is the basic block, just curved seams. 


Part A, B, C and D from pages 1 and 2 as below

This is the basic block with a striped FPP band in a white to black colour gradient. 

Part A, B, C (option 2) and D from pages 1 and 2 

This block was done in dark fabrics. You have a subtle flying geese, as well as the corner and centre 

being the FPP blocks. 

Part A (option 2A and 2B), B, C (option 3) and D (option 3A and 3B) from pages 1, 3 and 4. 

Due to the way they come together, Parts A and D are in two pieces. 

Apologies for the smudge at the top of Part C Option 3, the original paper tore and I didn’t realise 

it would show up on the scan. I’ve had a bit of a mare with scanners, so I decided to leave it, lest 

it refuses to work for me at all!

This is the same as above, but using a greater variation of the colour gradient. 



Thanks for participating! Any questions or issues, please let me know!

All the best, 

Kate @toodlipoops