Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hive 1 Prairie Flower for Kathy

Hi Kathy,

My mom happens to be making this block right now for my 6 year old niece, I just saw her making them last weekend! I really love the deep fall colors you chose. This was super fast to make and I bet the quilt will be lovely -  Hope you like it!

Happy Fall - Greta B 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Courthouse Steps for Kathy (Hive 2)

Kathy had a really fun idea this month to have each member redo our blocks in her colors. Here's my courthouse steps in pink and purple.

Can't wait to see them all together. I'll try to get it in the mail tomorrow.


October block for Queen Janice

Queen Janice decreed this was the block to be made and sent this month.  What a cute block!!
I'm sure the quilt she makes will be fantastic!!
The block is in the mail Janice, hope it meets all expectations.

Cowboys - Hive 4

This was a lovely (and easy) block to make!  The cowboy stuff is obvious, but I added the fire for all the campfires that cowboys seem to sit around the the blue for blue skies.  They're short books, but still good stories. :)

I forgot to bring the envelope with me to the store today, but will hopefully get it out soon.
Hello Kathy,  I'm such a MSQC fan, so I was just thrilled to make your block.  This Prairie Flower block was on my wish list and Fall colors are so perfect for October.  Hope you like how it turned out.  I will pop this in the mail to you today.  Diane G.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hive #8 Trip around the world for Karen

This was fun, to make a Trip around the world again :-)
It is in the mail Karen!

Blocks for Janice

These two blocks left North Carolina today, headed to Janice.  Very pretty block choice ~ can't wait to see the quilt!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hive 3 October Block

I was on the ball this month and already have Queen Bee Lisa's block made and sent!

The granny square block is a fun and super easy sew, and I love the color scheme.


Hive 6 blocks for Janice

Hee are my blocks for Janice. They will be in the mail today. Sorry for the dark picture, it's  a dreary, gray, rainy day here today.

Monday, October 16, 2017

These were fun blocks to make for October's Hive 5 Queen.  Hope they work for you Gayle.  I look forward to seeing what you create.  Going in the mail tomorrow, 10/17.

Hive 7 for debbie

Debbie had some fun quick blocks this month for a great irish chain shes going to be putting together soon.

Hive 7 - October blocks for Debbie

These were so easy and fun to make. I loved going through my scrap boxes to find some fun prints. Hope you like them, Debbie. I will get them to you this week.

Hive 1 2017 Finish

I was Hive 1's March queen this year and it was my very first bee ever!
I really was excited by this adventure as I had wanted to join a bee for months but couldn't find any (it wasn't the right period of the year! :D ).

Choosing a block wasn't easy. There are so many beautiful blocks around the internet.... Choosing the colors was easier as I always end up buying the same  colors i'm addicted to :-/ I went for the "treasurehunt block" .
I also asked for the same block in another bee I joined this year. I was planning for a rather big quilt, not nowing what i would do with it... I would have time later to figure this out. I loved the pattern and the colors I chose, that was the most important!

In early june my dad was diagnosed with a cancer reccurence. It meant chimio/ hospital/ sickness and weakness all over again :( I immediatly thought about sewing him a quilt to brighten up the difficult days ahead. So I began to think about a pattern and colors that would be cheerful yet masculine.
The plan was to move fast to be able to give him the quilt for his 60'th birthday on august 10th.

Then the idea came to me that my soon to be bee quilt would be the perfect quilt for a comfort quilt!
What greater energy could I find than all the friendly energy people from all around the world had put in choosing the right fabrics and then sewing beautiful blocks especially for me?

Luckily I had asked for the same block in my other bee for the month of june. I might have enough time to finish the quilt on time for the birthday!
Sadly a block got stuck in the mail and I only received it when I came home from seing my parents mid august. I started the quilt right away!

It was a whole new exercise to plan a layout with blocks made out from several stashes. All the blocks were beautiful individually but they did not always work together! :D The colors wouldn't match or sometimes the size.

I finally came out with a layout for the front and the back.

I had to change my initial backing plans as it was way too girly for my dad :D

And then it was quilting time! I wanted to practice freemotion but didn't want it to be too girly as well. 

I spent a few days on it enjoying every minute , every fabric I quilted (some I didn't notice before, since I received so many blocks :D ). And I thought about my dad all along the process. It was like a special moment between the quilt, my dad and me .

When it was all finished, on the first days of september, I decided to mail it right away to my dad because I was too impatient and I couldn't wait until my next visit to give it to him. It meant that I wouldn't see the look on his face when he would discover the quilt... but well I'm an impatient person, what can I do about that! :D

I sent him a note with it explaining the fact that ladies from around the world had contributed to his quilt, and that I hoped that all these good vibes added to my love would cheer him up on grayer days.
My mom told me he got all emotional :) and he liked the quilt so much that he decided to put it on their bed instead of his armchair so it would not get dirty :D

I went to visit them on september 22nd for the week end and he gave me a big hug. I think he really liked his present!

A few days later he got a small infection and due to his compromised immune system, things went very fast and he died the very next day on september 29th. 
He only used his quilt for a few weeks, but at least I hope it felt as if I was next to him. I'm so glad it's this particular quilt I decided to give him. My "friendship treasurehunt quilt".


Hive1 August block for Sue

This One was an easy one on the sewing but difficult one concerning the fabric choice!
Sue gave us a lot of choices and possibilities with her fabric/ color selection :) I was even more afraid than usual that my block wouldn't fit with the rest of the blocks.

Finally I went for a combo that pleased me hopping Sue would like too :D


Hive 1 July block for Greta

In July Greta asked for a mapple leaf but we could choose the pattern we liked best.
As it was my first one, I went easy and not fancy :D

I'm really glad she asked for this block because I always admired mapple leaf quilts thinking it must be difficult. And I just discovered it wasn't :D

So here is my version:

It made me want to make a mini quilt for autumn but sadly time went by too fast and I haven't had the time. Maybe next year! :D


Hive 1 June block for Alanna

These were my June blocks for Alanna.
It was a scary block for me to make as I'm not really friends with flying geese :D But I really enjoyed the final result.

I can't wait to discover the beautiful quilt Alanna will make out of all the flying geese!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hive 1 September block for Alicia

Finally finished my september block yay!
It was on my sewing table at the end of the month and life came in the way. So here I am, late gain :-/
Though I loooove teal aqua and turquoise and compulsively buy fabric in those shades, I'm not a blue person so this block was a real challenge for me :D

Here is my version of the Mediterranean Tiles block for Alicia:

Oph (@QuiltOph)

2018 Stash Bee Sign Ups - What You Need to Know

Sign-ups for 2018 are just around the corner so here are all the details. There are some changes so please read this post carefully before you decide to sign up.

You will be able to access the sign-up form on Wednesday, November 1st.  It will be in a blog post on that day. There will also be a link at the top of the right menu on the blog.

Who Can Join?

The bee is open to new and returning members. Something that will be changing this year is that we will be reducing the number of hives to 7 to more effectively manage the number of people. That means that we can only take 70 people so sign up early. Returning members still need to sign up each year.

Please note - returning members, you MUST be in good standing with the bee. That means that all of your 2017 blocks must be mailed and received AND you cannot have been late more than twice throughout the year.

Things to Remember

This is a modern bee. That means your hive members can ask for modern blocks, modern techniques, and/or modern fabrics within the scope of the block restrictions. If you prefer more traditional blocks and more traditional fabrics (like reproduction fabrics, civil war prints, etc) then this bee is NOT for you.

Also, Stash Bee is international friendly. You should expect to have 3-4 hive members from countries other than the U.S.  ALL HIVES will have a mix of countries, there will not be a domestic-only hive this year.

New This Year - Let's Get Social!

During the sign-up process, you will be asked if you would like to be assigned to a social media hive. You will have the choice to join a hive that will communicate primarily through Instagram or Facebook.  Don't like or use those platforms? That's okay! You'll be assigned a hive that will stay right here on the blog. Stay tuned for a more in-depth post about how this will work in the next week or so.

That's all for now.
Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October Granny Square for Kathy

For October, Kathy asked us that we recreate our own blocks using her color palette.  What a great idea, Kathy! It was fun to revisit this block as I'm looking forward to getting back to my own granny square blocks soon. I hope this one works well with your overall scheme, Kathy.  Mine will go in the mail along with Cyndi's blocks soon.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hive 3 Granny Square for Lisa

Lisa, here is your cute granny square.  This was a new one to me and I keep thinking there is probably another method to this, like a trip around the world, but it was fun and I like it.  I am currently working on a scrappy red white and blue quilt hosted by Moda School of Sewing, so I had all my patriotic colors already pulled together so that was easy. 

I am also in an agricultural community, farmers are the best.  We had a farm, raised wheat, cotton and maize.  Sold it after the kids graduated from college and weren't planning coming back to farm.  We had a seed and chemical business, so we know that part too.  And then my husband retired two years ago as executive secretary of a cotton organization, so that was a great way to keep involved with agriculture. 

My town is probably smaller than yours:  About 2500 people, 1 grocery story, Family Dollar, Dollar General, a new big truck stop, 7+ good restaurants, a local department store that sells jeans, shoes, clothes, etc.  And most of all importance, a really great quilt store. 

I teach piano, play for a church, lead a tai chi group, deliver meals on wheels when it's my turn and sew whenever I can. 

I'm having a ton of fun in stash bee and look forward to another year. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bears Paw Blocks

I tackled the September block right at the first of the month and was so excited as I think they turned out super pretty!.. and then life happened and they never made it in the mail.  Between being sick, travel, hard drive crash and crazy work schedules, it just didn't happen.  There they sat staring at me on my work table every time I had a few minutes to sew.  When my hard drive crashed, it was really hard to figure out how to do anything! I'm so dependent on my computer and my files were all lost and my last back up was about 18 months old.  Take it as your public service announcement, BACK UP your stuff!  Anyway, a new computer and many tears later for the lost pics and documents, I'm back up and running.  So, here are the September blocks.

My most sincere apologies for being late.  I hope they work well in your quilt.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Queen Bee Lisa S., I loved making this block, it was so easy!  I can't wait to see what your quilt looks like once assembled.


Hive 5 - October Blocks

Gayle asked for some fun flying geese blocks this month.  She wanted large scale floral/paisley prints and coordinated solids.  There's only one problem - those are probably two of the least common things in my stash!  I think I found a couple of combos that work well together so I hope they fit her vision.

Here are my finished blocks!

I hope you like them, Gayle!  They'll be in the mail soon!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October blocks for Janice

Queen Janice asked for blocks with high contrast.  I hope these fit the bill!

Emily, Hive 6

Hive 7 October block

Fun and easy nine patches this month, they will be mailed tuesday along with some 6.5 inch squares.

Hive 6 - October 2017 Block for Janice

These were quick and fun blocks to do! And for once I am early getting them done!

Hope they are bright and modern enough for you janice..looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.
These will go out in the mail this weekend


Hive 6 - September 2017 Block for Debbie apologies to Debbie for my lateness with her block..seems life really got in the way in September
But.. better late than never!

Here is my September block Debbie..hope you like it.
I think it turned out so cheerful and are going to have a lovely quilt!

I will get this in the mail this weekend.


Hive 4 Cowboy - Fisherman Library Quilt Block

Queen Kim's idea of the library quilt for her uncle left me really stoked. All the fun cowboy related paraphernalia you could have in your book shelf like potted cacti, mounted revolvers, photographs of Indians and so forth. I had to reign myself in and allowed myself to put one item onto the future shelf. So here are my beautifully bound and embossed books all subtly playing on the theme of Wilderness adventure and a cowboy hat. I suggest sprucing it up further by some embroidery but I will leave that decision to Kim.

I hope it suits. =)

Hive 7: October 2017

Debbie made this super easy this month!

She requested 9 patch blocks using 2.5" squares.

Seriously.  This is what I cut scraps at!!!
My drawer:

So it was super easy to just grab some bright squares
and go to town!

I ended up with 6 little blocks.
I cut a few low volume too.

This will be a sweet quilt!

Peace to all,


Saturday, October 7, 2017

I love flying geese so I was excited to work on Gayle's blocks. I love large florals so I had lots to choose from. They went in today's mail.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Gayle's Flying Geese October Block

Gayle's Flying Geese October Block. Super sweet and and lovely to spend some time combining solids with patterns. Try as I might I always struggle with Flying Geese. I slow right down, I work the quarter inch, I'm careful when I cut but they never really square up perfectly. Is it just me? Here they are;
Now they are far brighter in real life but the photo was taken on a grey grey day. 
Winging their way to you on Monday WHOOP WHOOP

Miss September - anna

October blocks for Kim

Here they are. What fun.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October Hive 7 block for Debbie

These bright blocks will go in the mail tomorrow for Debbie.  They look a bit washed out in the pic, but are very bright in real life.  Such a fun and easy set of blocks.

aka Kitch Kouture

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hive 3 Block for October

Block for October

I forgot how much I loved granny squares!
great block
Its on it's way

Hive 3 BLOCK for September

Block for September
Or the block that will always be known as URGH!!! Where is the seam ripper

I love the block, even mastered my Bloc-loc for this block but everytime I ironed it I saw I had done something wrong

Oh well - love the way it turned out in the end.
Hope you enjoy the block

Hive 3 September Block for Pam

   Pam requested this great little bear paw variation as her block for September.  I managed to finish it just before the end of the month and it's wending it's way to her now.  I hope you like it Pam.  I had fun picking the fabric for it and made the whole thing with my scraps.  How awesome is that.  This will be a fun quilt.   Lisa J.

Hive 6 blocks for Janice

I had fun picking out bright cheerful  prints. I ended up with some prints in blue, but different hues and a yellow/orange . But I like how they turned out.  Hope you do, too?