Monday, November 30, 2015

November Block for Andrea

Renae from Hive 4 here. Andrea had us make these cute little pumpkins for her block this month.

Andrea asked us our favorite holiday memory. My favorite memory to date is from last Christmas. My husband and I gifted our daughter a big wood Barbie house for Christmas. When she opened up her gift I explained to her that we had to be very sneaky not only in hiding it from her for 3 months, but also by the fact that we had snuck the fully assembled doll house into the car when she was there. Her response was lots of giggling and her proclaiming with great joy "you and Daddy are magic!" I hope that everyone gets to have a magic moment this holiday season! 

Block for Rozsamaria Hive 7

We got to do a quilt valor block for Rozsamaria! I do not usually have these colors in my stash, but I dug really deep and I hope what I have here will work.

This is the only gold and crimson color that I had in my stash. 

The question of the month is: What is your favorite quilt you have quilted for yourself and the second is what is your favorite quilt you quilted for someone else?

I have to say the most favorite thing I have quilted for myself would be a quilt be my halloween quilt that I did and had help with my beehive blocks from The Bees Knees a Quilting Bee. It was super fun to see it come together.

The quilt I made for my husband has to be my favorite so far. Also had help with my bee blocks from the same quitting bee I mentioned up above. I got to surprise him last christmas and it was super fun!

Thanks for you a great year! I'm still trying to finish up my quilt tops I just haven't had a chance to complete yet. :) 

Bev's Block, Hive #1

The end of the month always bring the sounds of deadlines...wooshing by most generally.  But not today! Bev, this block is enroute to you today.  And this brings 2015 to close for me!

November block for Laura

Laura asked us for the Ripple block in pinks/purples and reds and pulling fabric for this was a lot of fun.
 The instructions gave a very generous allowance for trimming which I thought was too much when I last made these blocks so I used 3" squares to start with and got this lovely pile of trimmings when squaring up the half square triangles.
 I tried not to put two colours the same together but somehow managed to do just that when piecing!
 Laura asked us what our retirement plans are.  Honestly I have no clue but living near the atlantic coast and having a few basset hounds around that G and I can walk on the beach with seems pretty good to me!

Finished Stash Bee Quilt Hive 4

My month was last March and I have finally finished my quilt. In August, I went to visit my best friend in Ithaca and we put the top together. She took this photo up at the falls there. 

 I finished quilting it in September but it has been sitting around waiting for the binding. I finally finished and took it up in the mountains when my family went to pick out Christmas trees this past Friday.

My friend's photography skills are definitely better than mine in the rainy, windy  mountains. 
 But Yay! its done and can go on my bed :)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hive 1 blocks for Lyssa and Bev

Due to extenuating circumstances, I sent both blocks this month. Here are the blocks I made for Lyssa:

I really had a great time highlighting some of her interests.

and for Bev:

Lyssa asked where in my hometown I'd take her if she visited... I live in San Jose, California. We have lots of great hiking around the valley that result in awesome views of the valley. Plenty of great local wineries as well! Specifically, we like Picchetti and Ridge.

Bev, as far as favorite color combination, I'm really excited about my swoon project in navy, lime, teal and aqua (with low volume background). I worked on the fabric pull for quite a while before I decided just what to do with it. It's a slow moving project (giant block with tons of pieces!), but I look forward to having it done. It'll be the largest guest quilt in the house. :-)

It was so much fun participating in Stash Bee this year. A great big THANK YOU to Alison for organizing our hive and the whole group!

September Blocks for Grace - Hive #9

Hi, this is Christina.  I volunteered to make a few blocks for Grace earlier this month, and only just got to them this weekend.  I hope you like them, Grace.

These were fun and easy to make.  I was able to use my scrap bins for most of the fabric.  Yeah!  Can't wait to see this quilt all put together.

I will have them in the mail for their long journey around the world on Monday.  


November block for Andrea

Hi everyone!

The last block of the year (tear :( ) is done!  I finished a little while ago, and hopefully Andrea will receive it in the next two days.

These pumpkins are so cute!  I'm excited to see the end result!

For my memory, I grew up in South Carolina (Clemson to be exact) and we would spend Christmas in Ohio with my dad's family every year.  My dad liked to get up early in the morning to leave, so we would always leave at 4 am to make the drive.  We've done this for the last 25 years continuously, and I have lots of fond memories of being awoken early, getting in the car, and leaving in the middle of the night to go to Grandma's house (literally over the hills and through the woods!).  Since I've moved to Connecticut, I haven't been able to make this trip, but those times in the car with my family are precious to me.  Happy holidays everyone!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hive 7 November

Yay! Here are my last Stash Bee blocks for the year.  Rozsamaria, I hope these work for you.  I'll send you some of my extra fabrics in case you can use them.  I'm planning on posting them before I go in to work this morning.

As for my favorite quilts ... that's a bit hard.  Most of my quilts have been for other people; I've only actually finished one for "myself" and that was my Stash Bee quilt from last year.  The only reason it is done is because I sent it out to Heather to be quilted.  It lives on my sewing room couch and I have to fight my kids for it when I actually want to lounge around.

I guess the ruffle quilt I made for Sarah's birthday a couple of years ago would be another favorite.  It's not pieced, but it is loved and it makes me smile every time I see her drag it off her bed and into another room to snuggle.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hive 4 June Quilt Top

Hello Everyone,
This is Diana from Red Delicious Life. I wanted to share my finished quilt top for Hive 4 before the end of this year's bee. I was queen in June and couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. Maybe it's just the light from the windows behind me but it reminds me of a stained glass window.

With the holidays in full swing, I'm giving myself lots of time to finish it. My goal is to be snuggling under it by New Year's Eve.

Hive 2 November block for Helen

Here goes with my last block of the year - courthouse steps, with a strip of selvedge for Helen.

Helen asked what we do when we make mistakes: my answer is find a way to make it work.  I don't think I've ever abandoned a project and because I'm making it up as I go along it usually seems to come together in the end.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November block for Bev

Happy Thanksgiving to all the U.S. Participants! For those elsewhere, It's a great time to think of the many things for which we have o be grateful . On that note, I am grateful that each of you shared fabric, time, thoughts and ideas with me this year. Thank you for letting me be a part of the hive. It was a great experience!

To answer Bev's question, my favorite color combinations for quilts change with my mood and the season as well as for whom I'm making a quilt. Sometimes I like brights, sometimes I like hues with more charcoal in them.  Red is probably the color I use the least.

Bev, your blocks were mailed 2 days ago. Enjoy your new home in Oklahoma! Lyssa

Hive 1 blocks for Bev

Hi Bev! This is Alison and here are three blocks for you! I made them out of the scraps from the Wallflowers line!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hive 4 November Block for Andrea

Yay! I posted this on time :) This month's block for Andrea was quick, easy and cute. She asked for pumpkins. These are literally the only orange fabrics I own so I hope she like them! Andrea asked us our favorite holiday memory. My favorite memory is every year my family drives to the mountains in NC and picks out our Christmas trees. We are all adults now but still go every year. My mom always has to get a huge tree (like 12-13 feet). I always enjoy watching my dad and brother wrestling to get the tree indoors. Fun for me, maybe not so fun for them :)

Hive 9 November Block for Erin

The first half of November totally got away from me, but this morning I was finally able to sit down and do your block Erin. It came together nicely thanks to the lovely little ruler you sent to each of us.

Then in my rush to post your block, I forgot to take a picture of it. <eye roll>

My cat, Spooky provides the visual.  He is ever willing to share his opinion of the humans that serve him. In this shot he is letting me know that I can at least show you the fabrics I used, so here is a snap of them.

Monday, November 23, 2015

November Blocks for Erin - Hive 9

It is so hard to believe that this year's bees are almost done. I've had a great time and love the blocks that our hive got to do this month. I've always been a fan of rainbows and rainbow colored quilts and I can't wait to see what Erin does with these blocks.

I want to thank her for the wonderful fabric she sent (and she was very generous) and the great little ruler. I had just started a project where that ruler was a big help!!! Plus I think this is my favorite block this year, just because it was so bright and cheery.

The pattern basically makes two blocks and they go together very quickly.  I think this is going to go onto my to do list, and maybe in rainbow colors.  Here are my blocks. They went into the mail this morning, so hopefully they will arrive very soon.

Now for Erin's question, What experience have you had that initially seemed like it would be a great burden in your life but ultimately it transformed your life in a way that you are now grateful for? I've been very blessed in my life, but in 2006 I had to make some dramatic changes in my life. My parents started having some severe health issues and it became clear that they wouldn't be able to live independently for much longer. So I sold my home, their home and my sister and I bought a house together and moved them in with us. It was hard, but I know that it made the last years of their lives so much easier/better. And I was blessed to know that I gave back to them for all the wonderful things they gave me as a child.

Bee Block for Bev

we made these great blocks for Bev this month -- I sure hope that she loves them. 
This was a great way to end the year -- can't wait to see how we start 2016. 

Julia's Block for November - Orange you glad!

Brrr....Its starting to get cold outside and its a good a time as any to stay in and sew....  For this month Julia (#2) has asked us to get our orange on!  I love Orange but have struggled on how to use my stash of this was a perfect opportunity to dig in and find some fun prints.

this was a nice simple block but has infinite possibilities.  I made one for me and one for Julia...  My sampler quilt is going to be funky!!!!  I'm using my blocks that I made duplicates of from my Stash bee experience as well as the Bee Hive.... So many blocks and color choices.

Julia asked what was your favorite part of participating in the bee? As this was the first bee I've participated in....I loved it all.  I loved getting to know everyone's personalities by their fabric and pattern choices.  I can't wait to see the finished products of this years bee.  Can we post our finished projects after this year ends?  I hope so.

Happy Holidays everyone!


November Hive 4 block for Andrea

Laura here with Andreas's pumpkin blocks, take# 1.  Yes, I had to remake them after I re-read the directions and noticed that I had trimmed them to 8".  No worries, they are quilted and waiting for binding and will make the most adorable pot holders for Thanksgiving.  Andrea, yours are similar but I forgot to take a new picture of take #2 before sealing them in the envelope. 

My favorite holiday memory is going to get a Christmas tree with my brothers.  We surprised our parents who were traveling home from my dad's stay in the hospital two hours from home.  Little did we know that we had chosen the proverbial "Charlie Brown tree" as the needles began dropping on the packages under the tree a few days after we put it up.  We took it down and got another one because we could not turn the lights on for fear of fire. We still talk about it years later when we are together.

HIve 7 -- November finish!!

It's hard to believe we've finished year together.  It's been fun to make blocks for everyone and to get all those lovely birds you made for me (still waiting for their turn on the work wall).
Here are the final two blocks -- for Christina -- she is make a Quilt of Valor.
It's an easy block to piece and as I was looking at it on the work wall, I got to thinking it will be fun to experiment with the layout -- seems like there would be some interesting variations!
She asked us what was our favorite quilt we've made for someone else -- a picture helps -- this is one of three quilts I made for my adult children last Christmas with some help from their great, great grandmother!! 
I told the story of the blocks and the quilts last winter on my blog -- read it HERE!

And the favorite that I've made for myself -- much harder question.  It's always the one I'm working on at the moment, but I have to say this scrappy tumbling block I made while developing the script for my DVD, Set-In Piecing Simplified is pretty special.  My favorite part of this quilt is that it has such a wide variety of fabrics -- a good scrapbook of my deep, deep fabric stash!!

 Being part of Hive 7 has been a pleasant experience.  I'm sitting out 2016 -- too far behind on too many things. 
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. 

Mary Huey

Happy Orange Block for Julia

I can't believe there is less than a week until Thanksgiving in the States.  Julia had a create a festive orange block this month.  It went together quickly, even though it took me longer to get started.  Note to self, read the directions from start to finish first.

My favorite part of the bee this year has been waiting for the first of the month to see what new block I got to tackle.  It has been a pleasure working with you lovely ladies of Hive 6.  May your holiday season be filled with family, friends, and good cheer.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hive 9 Erin's block

Hi Rose here. I finished the two blocks for Erin. It was fun mixing up these colors.

I like this block, I will have to add it to my star stash.
I will be getting them out in the mail this week. 
As for her question??? Really can't tell. There have been many ups and downs 
in my life.  Yes some downs were very low. Losing my mother at a young age 
was a big low, but our family grew stronger together and we all are good people.
We would have done well with her, but my father made sure we were ok. He was 
strong for us.                                                                                                            

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hive 7 Quilt of Valor

November is done and what a fun year it has been.  Thank you Hive 7 for a great 2015!  Our momma chose to do a Quilt of Valor in gold and crimson.  These blocks were fun, simple, and fast to make.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hive 7 November block

We were asked to share our favorite quilt or quilted thing that we have made for:

  1. ourself- I participated in a Scrappy Trip Along swap and made the quilt for myself.  I love this block pattern.
  2. others - My favorite quilts for others have been for my granddaughters.

Lizzies I-Spy Reversible Quilt

I had a lot of fun being in the online Stash Bee this year.  I enjoyed making a variety of blocks for my bee mates, and I especially enjoyed receiving all of the eye-spy blocks that were sent to me.

I used them to make a quilt for my niece, Elizabeth.  I love how that each block has a story.


I ended up with way more blocks than I thought because this is my first bee, and I expected just one block per bee mate, and many of my bee mates were very generous or just liked making tiny 1-inch blocks.  I received so many blocks, the quilt was going to be bigger than I wanted.  I was thinking it would be a small quilt that Lizzy could have in her stroller to ward off those unexciting moments waiting in line or just sitting still.  She could look at it all day and keep seeing new items and colors, and make up wonderful stories.
Yvonne from CA sent me three blocks in bright colors, a monkey, a giraffe, a butterfly and some soldiers, Kaja from the UK sent me a bright pink bicycle, Yanick from FL sent a cute yellow bumblebee and a way cool surfing girl.  Caroline from CA sent cute orange kitties and a pink ballerina, Jo from the UK sent a proper London bus. Sue from MN sent a butterfly and yummy strawberry. Helen from Ireland went overboard with little red riding hood, a house, a fox, and a Santa - you could make up a great story with those alone!  I really love the diversity of this group.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hive 2 November blocks for Helen

These blocks were great fun after I figured out the selvedge thing.  I cut a few too small before I realized I had to add some extra into the fabric so they showed enough fabric.

I loved all the freedom with these blocks, any size, any color, any size strip.  I didn't feel like I was going to make them wrong!  LOL.  I think putting these colorful blocks in an array of sizes on a neutral background will look fantastic.  I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

When I make mistakes, I usually rip them out.  Unless they are a happy accident!  Sometimes the mistake looks good enough to keep, and in that case I will keep it.  For me quilting is relaxing, and personally I find ripping out seams relaxing too, so I don't mind ripping them all and starting again.  It is all good therapy!

-Jennifer in Delaware, USA

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November block- Hive 9

I loved playing with the rainbow for this block! I hope you enjoy it Erin.

I loved the question- I think the time that was the hardest for me was moving away from my college friends to a town that I did not want to move to, but did it for love. I learned a lot about myself and my boyfriend, now husband.