Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hive 6: October migrating geese!

Hello all! Although I have mailed packages to a lot of you, I thought I’d introduce myself. I am Cheryl, from the San Francisco Bay area in California and I am your Hive 6 coordinator for October. Like many others, I found it difficult to choose a block. Commitment issues, I suppose.

However, your task for the October version of Hive 6’s Stash Bee is…

A strip of 9 flying geese! Think of it as fall migration (although we are still having hot and dry weather here in California- for Forever, it seems.)

Image result for geese migration USFWS

If you use the “make four at a time no-waste method” like the tutorial link below, this goes really fast. Two four-at-a-time and then one extra, because I am asking for one of a different color...thus 9 geese instead of 8.

Example of what I am thinking of putting together (sort of): (permission kindly granted for the use of this photo: lily quilt wall)

There are a few other examples on this pinterest board I created, also. In case anyone else wants to obsess over flying geese quilts.

How do you make these, you ask? If you have a favorite method, feel free to use it!
However, here is a good flying geese tutorial:

As in the tutorial, we are making a 4.5" finished flying geese unit. You can trim these up, or not. They are supposed to be 4.5x 2.25”. I am good with either.

White (or white-ish) background and black (or black-ish) geese with one bright goose (bright, and saturated )
Solids, or whatever reads as a solid
Tone on tone

You can use all the same whites and blacks or dig into your scrap bins for a mix. Whatever works for you. Your one errant, bright colored goose can go anywhere in the line up.

For example:
(Please forgive my rudimentary photography skills. It is really laziness, I admit.)

And then you end up with this:

Or maybe this:

Mine above are not sewn together yet (note the commitment issues mentioned above), but you get the idea.

Thanks everyone for making this a fun year. I have not made a dent in my stash at all, but I have made a few things I would not have made otherwise!

October 2016 Hive 9

I'm excited that my turn to be queen has come!  A little bit about me...this is my first year participating in Stash Bee and I love it! I really enjoy seeing the different blocks and can't wait to see all the finished quilts. 

I live outside Nashville, TN with my husband, three teen girls, and two Weims.    I learned to quilt many years ago when I was fresh out of college. A friend and I took a class through our local parks and rec. At the time, we hand pieced and hand quilted everything.  I didn't mind all the hand work as I travelled by airplane and could take my piecework with me. I made a few quilts and wall hangings then got busy with life.  Many years passed and I took up quilting again. Now I piece by machine and quilt with my credit card.

I love color and lots of it! For some time I've eyed this Home Sweet Home block on instagram. Courtesy of Victoria @sewgoclimbing:

So I plan to make such a quilt with my stash bee blocks.  However, I plan to make mine out of purples and greens:

  Any shade or value of purple is fine. The greens can range from mint to teal.

Here's an example of colors I'll include:

I tend toward fabrics very saturated in color.  However I think this quilt will best show bolder colors if we include fabrics with lighter backgrounds--gray, white, or light purple or teal. (see picture below.)

It is ok with me if you include prints that have other colors in them, as long as the purples or greens shine.  Batiks are welcomed and encouraged!

Decide whether you'll create a purple or mint/teal block. I'm asking for only one block, but it should have EITHER purples OR mint to teals in it, not both colors.  

Please select 9 fabrics in the purple OR mint--teal family. (If you don't have 9 different prints, it is ok to use the same print more than once. If you do use the same print more than once, please place one square in one of the positions that I will cut when making the diagonal cuts, e.g. positions 1,3,5, 7, or 9.)   

Cut 1 4.5" square from each.

Sew these 4.5" squares together in a 9-patch using 1/4" seams.

Please press seams in rows 1 & 3 to the right. Press seams in row 2 to the left. This will allow you to nest them nicely when joining rows. Press horizontal seams open.

Your block should finish at 12.5" square.  Please do not trim it down if it is larger. Also please do not square it up.  I'll take care of any trimming necessary!
Please also leave your 9-patch intact. I will do the diagonal cutting also.

Do NOT cut like this!

Please contact me if needed. I can't wait to see the range of colors and prints used!

Thank you.

Hive 9

Hive 3: September Block for Emily

This block was fun and challenging to do! Such a fun way to use scraps! I went with the theme of Camp Stitch A lot! Even though it shows a boy, it gives you the whole camping theme. Two of the pieces are from my Fox Trails line and then a couple from Hooty Hoot Kangaroo. They play well with the other fabrics don't they!

This will be mailed out on Monday. Sorry for the delay! Been playing pseudo soccer mom while babysitting my brother's kids. Can't wait to see this quilt come together. It will be wonderful!



September Block for Laura

This was so much fun!!! Sorry I'm a day late posting. You should be receiving this by the end of the week.

Crashing Hive 6 for September

Here is another block for Judy.


Good day to all my Hive 2 Quilters

This is my first year in Stash Bee and I am so loving every bit of it.   I found The Evening Star Block earlier this year and decided that is the block I would like all you gifted quilters to help me make this quilt.   Have always loved blue and yellow, so that will be the colors I would like.   Instead of writing a new tutorial, I am going to give you the link that I used.. However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at  .  The finished block is 12.5 inches. 

The tutorial can be found at About Quilting   Below are some of the fabrics that I have used.   The only request is that the yellows can be any shade except neon yellow.

As you can see, I used both blues and yellows as the star points.  So again it is up to you as the creative creatures you are to chose blue or yellow as the star point.
On more picture.  This is the block cut out.
So thanking you in advance.

Hive4, October 2016 "Don't Worry, Be Happy" Block

Wow, so tell me, where did the year go?  It seems like such a short while ago that I first signed up, and I remember being so excited to be assigned a hive.  This is where I wrote and published my first blog--ever!  I started sewing in 8th grade and began making quilty gifts as a cheap alternative to department store shopping when I was a poor law student 35 years ago.  After our only child was born, I put sewing on hold and managed my law firm and our son's many activities.  I started quilting again in 2012 when I was recovering from surgery and needed something to keep me busy.  I discovered the world of quilting had changed dramatically with the Internet, and I love it.  Anyone besides me out there recall saying early on with home computing, "blogs-- what the heck are those and who would waste their time reading others' diaries."?  I have numerous blogs I follow and I am absolutely in love with the fabric lines now.  Yes, the quilting world has changed. I taught myself to machine quilt so my hand quilting these days is a bit limited.  I have learned so much, particularly this past year.  Thank you bee mates!!

I have been married to a wonderfully talented writer/carpenter, Steve, for 36 years and live in northern Wisconsin.  I have the pleasure of working in a busy law office 4 days per week for a Tribe north of my primary home, so instead of commuting one hour each way everyday, I stay at our Lakehouse a few nights a week and spend most of my evenings admiring beautiful sunsets over the lake while I sew.  I feel very BLESSED.  I just finished my 75th quilt and I gave them all to family, friends or charity so this is really exciting to get one for myself!  (And I have 100 more that I want to start, right?)

Sometimes I just like to sew without thinking too much so I wanted to make this month an easy block.  I confess that I feel like the Varmit on this block
because I am raiding your scrap box for a finished block that measures 15.5" square.  So here goes:

1.  Pull from your string scrap bin, strings measuring between 1" and 2.5" wide in low volume or very light pastel prints---anything that reads low volume.  

2.  From any low volume or light print fabric, fussy cut a 5.5" x 5.5" inch square of something that makes you happy and share with us why when you post your block. (Well, this one is no so low volume but I like it anyway.

Hive 5 October 2016 Improv Quilt - Go Green!

It's OCTOBER!  What?!?  Wasn't I just basking in the hot summer sun?  Well one glance outside and it's obvious that fall is here, the rainy months have come to the Pacific Northwest, and thank goodness.  I love to sew when it's raining!  The wet evergreen trees out my sewing area window are every shade of green and the red berries are abundant on my neighbor's holly tree.  I love the sweater and leather weather.

Without further ado it's tutorial time and it's going to be painfully obvious that I've never done this before.  Bear with me through this my Stash Bee buddies, it's another IMPROV block request!

My ultimate goal is something similar to this (photo & quilt by the lovely and talented Debbie Jeske at A Quilter's Table blogspot):

BUT I would like you to dig deep into your stashes and come up with DEEP GREEN solids for the backgrounds and a mix of mustard, green, purple and grey blue solids for the "x" highlight pieces.

What really happened here is I volunteered to bind a charity quilt made by my guild (Seattle Modern Quilt Guild) last July and totally fell in love with it.  See inset photo (taken by me at Westport WA).

Kinda didn't want to give it back after I was done if you know what I mean.  The dangers of getting involved.

It was all different REDS and YELLOWS!  I say it in caps because it really screamed red and yellow, it was fabulous. That's it in the photo on the left, it can even compete 30' up with a giant concrete beach front lookout tower!
But red and yellow is a color scheme that's not for my house.  My house calls for soothing mix of dark greens with a pop of mustard, purple and grey blue.

Think deep forest colors with a wild flower or two and you'll see my living room.

Here is a cherished painting which hangs in my living room above a dark leather couch for inspiration (note the sage green living room walls):

If I had a quilt draped over the couch which feels like our mid-century modern painting hanging above it I would be in heaven.

Debbie Jeske, who is a wonderful and talented leader in our guild and has a blog called A Quilter's Table,  kindly said I could use a link to her tutorial for "X Marks the Improv" for my Stash Bee buds this month.

Debbie's tutorial has the unfinished block size at: 12.5" x 24.5" Obviously that is too large for our Stash Bee guidelines so an unfinished size of 12.5" H x 15.5" W is what we're shooting for here.

The block can be made of a couple "x"s or just one, your call.  You know the drill, as you're pulling your fabrics and making you're block the improv will speak to you.  Or was that just the voices in my head?  I get confused...

Here is what I pulled from my stash for the background evergreen tree colors:

Green olive to deep evergreen and blueish green, think forest canopy.

Here is what talked to me for the "X" cut and insert highlights based on the colors in the painting:

For the highlights I pulled everything from lime green and Kona Wasabi to honey mustard for the bright pops.

For the purples I pulled from magenta purples to deep Kona Storm blue, an ultra marine for pop and a very very blue grey.

I used the Kona names above only for reference, I do not wish you to use those exact fabrics unless you have them and want to use them.  I'm not wild about brown fabric as a rule so feel free to leave that one out entirely.  Plenty of brown already in the living room.

Please stick with (any brand) solid fabrics only for this project.  No "tone on tone" either please.  I'd like something that feels very "modern" (whatever THAT means to you) and "improvisational" to go with my mid-century modern art.  I hope I haven't constrained you too much with these colors and requirements and you can let your creativity fly here.

I'd like to post photos of blocks I've done for myself but alas there aren't any.  Yet.  I'll post them as soon as I can.

Thank you so much for what I know will be marvelous and inspired blocks.
It's been an amazing year so far with you my Stash Bees.  You're all so talented and wonderful.

Susan Pray
Shoreline, WA

Hive 7_Queen Bee Tutorial__October_2016

 I’ve been wanting to make the block, Which Way* by Kahtryn Wilson Tucker, for several years.

The 12 ½” square block uses a few partial seams which aren’t difficult if you’ve used them before. If you haven’t sewn partial seams, I’ve provided directions and illustrations below. If the directions aren’t clear, there are tutorials on partial seams on the internet. Here is a YouTube video: 

My color selection is aquamarine (or medium turquoise), butterscotch/goldenrod yellow, crimson red and low volume white (preferably, grey on white; no creams please). I tried the block with a medium gray before I changed the gray to white-low-volume. So, the block construction steps show the gray fabric. Please use white in your block instead of gray.

From each color, cut the following:
1 sq. 5 ¼”
1 rectangle 1 ½” x 5 ½”
1 rectangle 1 ½” x 7 ½”
1 rectangle 1 ½” x 9 ½”
1 rectangle 1 ½” x 11 ½”

Cut the 5 1/4“ square into 4 pieces by making 2 diagonal cuts as shown below. You will only need 1 triangle per block.

Arrange the triangles in color order as illustrated below. The color order is important.

Sew aqua and white triangles (also the red and butterscotch) together. Press to aqua (red) side. Join these sections together with seams facing opposite directions. Press & trim to 4 ½” square if necessary.

Lay out the 5 ½” strips next to the same color in the square.

Starting with the butterscotch strip, sew a partial seam from the crimson end to roughly the middle. The ending point does not need to be precise and please don’t back tack. Press toward strip. Next, sew the crimson strip to the square (the side will include the crimson triangle and the end of the butterscotch strip). Continue in the same manner for the white low volume strip (shown in gray in the picture) and the aqua strip, pressing toward strips.

Finish the partial seam by pinning the unsewn part of the butterscotch strip to the unsewn butterscotch triangle side.

Sew the partial seam by starting about ½“ from where your first partial seam ended (overlapping stitching). Again, please don’t back tack.

Arrange the remainder of the strips as shown below. Each color will form a continuous ring around the block. The block should finish at 12 ½” square.

Begin the second ring by sewing a partial seam with the crimson strip attaching to the butterscotch strip from the previous round. Finish each ring/frame of the block in the same fashion.

Wha-la!!! A beautiful Which Way block! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

* Published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks,  Vol. 8.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Almost Late ... Hive 1 Stars

This month kicked my butt several times over, and for some reason, every time I sat down to do my bee block, something "blocked" my progress ...

I've don't remember ever being quite this late posting and sending a block before ... Sorry, Laura!  Hope at least one of these work well with your vision.