Sunday, January 14, 2018

Queen Diana, Hive 1

These may look a little off with shadows from a nearby bush but I couldn’t fuss with the picture much because it’s 10 degrees below zero here in northern Wisconsin!  I spent the day with my mother yesterday-packed a White sewing machine that I found in a “free” stack at a rummage last summer and worked on these blocks.  She loved them so much that I think I added a new project to my list of must dos.

Happy to be back for a third year with the Stashbees.  I have been sewing since I was twelve years old-48 years now and I still feel like a newby with so much creative talent around me.  We all have our ying and yang.  I am a lawyer in a courtroom almost everyday all day- sewing and working with beautiful patterns, colors and fabric takes me away from work—it’s my happy place.  For background while I sew, I often just listen to a local public radio station operated by volunteers with incredible tastes in music in all genres.  I’ve  also been binge watching the Netflix series “Madmen”—a drama consisting of seven seasons with more than 90 episodes so lots of material, and surprisingly contemporary issues.  I also loved the Netflix series “Frankie and Grace.”  Looking forward to learning more about my bee mates.🐝

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January block for Diana in Hive 1

Happy New Year!

This is my second year in Stash Bee and I love it!  The amazing ideas, the new & challenging blocks, the familiar & skill-building blocks, the great people -- this is a wonderful place and I am so very excited and grateful to be a part of it!

I picked a few of my favourite wild fabrics for these geese.  I hope you like them, Diana.  As for things to watch or listen to while you're sewing... I can't watch while I sew or I quit sewing... unless it's Firefly.

Like many Browncoats, I regularly let it play in the background when I'm home, because...

Usually, I listen to audio books, podcasts, or Pandora.  Lately, I've been listening to J.D. Robb's "In Death" series, the "Freakonomics" podcast, and a Pandora station seeded with "Black Betty" by Spiderbait.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January Hive 4 Block for Paulette


This was a great start to the year! Thank you for a fun block...funny part...I pulled out oranges for the background because I have a bunch to choose from, and you wanted a different fabric for each piece if we could...then I pulled out a blue for the star, until I saw you already made one like that! So I pulled out a fun green instead...enjoy!

It's on its way to you today!


Monday, January 8, 2018

January 2018 Hive 1 block for Diana

This is my first year with Stash Bee, although I've followed the blog for a year or two.  I love the idea of using up my stash to contribute to quilts that others are making.  I've been gravitating toward more modern looking quilts lately, so I enjoyed making your block, Diana.

You asked for media suggestions.  I must be on a western kick, because recently I finished the Longmire series and the Godless limited series on Netflix.  I loved them both.  Strong women in the West.  I'm also enjoying the British women monarchs on The Crown and Victoria.  Last night I started the book Manhattan Beach, which my husband read and liked.  I hope you try some of them out.

Here are the two blocks I made this month.  It was just as easy to make two as one.  One is my favorite color green and my granddaughters' favorite color of orange.

Kathie L from Allentown, PA

January Star for Paulette - Hive 4

Its my fourth year participating with Stash Bee and I was eager to get it started.  Paulette gave us a relatively easy block.  The hardest part was choosing the colors since the only parameters were that it should read the same tone. 

I chose aqua....but the photo wasn't in the best light. 

I've left it untrimmed per your request.... It will be interesting to see all the colors you receive.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hive 6 January block for Emily

Hi! Emily requested a bookshelf block. I thought about it for a bit and came up with this.

I ended up paper piecing the teapot and used selvedges for the book titles. I am tickled with how it turned out. Stay warm!

Are you a gadget girl or guy?

I’m thinking about gadgets and how we use them.  I’m also thinking ahead to the block I will ask my Hive 2  Bee buddies to make for me...away into the future.  That led me to start thinking (and dreaming and drooling) about my new obsession...curved blocks. .FYI, for me this is the year of the curve.  I am resolved to master this skill in 2018.

I know many of us are a tiny bit freaked out about making blocks with curves.  Ask me someday about my theory re how the drunkards path block was named....I’m convinced the maker may have had one...or six...glasses of wine during the construction period.

So after that somewhat convoluted introduction, I want to know what rulers and gadgets you rely on in your cupboard.  I’m also curious if you have any tips on how you use these gadgets to make better blocks. And...of course I want to know how comfortable you are making curved blocks...because I’m really really interested in making a quilt that involves lots of beautiful curves.

These are the rulers and or gadgets I have purchased over the years because they seduced me into thinking that I could, with their help, produce a perfect arc.

Quick Curve Ruler
Quick Curve Mini Ruler
Omni Arc
EZ Circle Ruler

I’ve had various levels of success and some spectacular failures  with all these products.  Right now, my go-to Ruler is the EZ Circle. I like it because it’s really versatile and can be used to cut many sized arcs, and half or full circles..  It is however somewhat fragile...Either that or I have a very heavy hand...mine broke in two pieces  at the 10” mark...but I can still use it.  And I intend to use it a whole lot this year.

How about you? Are you a curvey girl or guy? Do you have tools in your toolbox to make curved blocks?  Would you be comfortable to do so? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Look to the Blog

In case you hadn't noticed, the blog looks a bit different. That beautiful banner at the top of the blog is thanks to our very own mama from hive 3, Alanna!  She came up with the graphic for her hive and I loved it so much that I asked if we could use it for the entire bee.  The website needed a bit of a refresh and I thought it was just what we needed.

Thanks, Alanna!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 2018, Hive 1

Hi Diana!
Fun block to start the year with!
The stripe that looks greenish is more grey in real life--I hope you'll agree! I'll clean up all those stray threads before I mail it off to you.
I finished it earlier this week. Here in Northern NJ/NY area, we're getting hit with the storm that's been moving up the coast, so with a snow day today, I'll get it packaged up and hopefully drop in the mail tomorrow morning!