Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August Block for Monica, Hive 2

I must admit this is my favourite block on Stash Bee this year, I love this block, in fact it is on my bucket list, wonderful.  Thank you so much for introducing me to it Monica.

It was a lovely block to make too, I hope you like the fabrics and it fits in well with the others.  Sorry about the pic, I had it ready to go in the mail when I realised I had forgot to take the pic.  I cropped it and your block does have points, honest.

With smiles from,
Kate x

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thanks for your patience!

I am all caught up now!

Hey All! I took a trip in July which turned out to be much longer than anticipated. I did not bring my fabrics or machine with me so I was very far behind on my July Block.
Here is the block I have created for Julie.
I used the Wonky 9 Patch Star on the Nido Quilters blog, from their Block of the Month 2014.
I hope you like it Julie.

Here is the block I made for Monica for August. I

Mailing blocks later today. I will email you the tracking numbes after I leave the post office.

Mary Ann's August Block

Queen Bee Mary Ann asked for the garden Star block.
I hope this block is what you were looking for Mary Ann.  I had a little trouble trying to figure out the best way to do this block since it was an odd size for me.  It looks like such an easy block.
It's done and in the mail.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Hive 4 for Katrin

Here are three block sections for you, Katrin! These will be in the mail with Lori's blocks.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Alpine Block for Monica

Returned home from a business trip today and made a beeline for the sewing room to work on Monica's block. Tried out a could of different fabric combinations before settling on this one. Hope you like it.

I'll try to get it in the mail tomorrow!


Hive #8 Grey blocks for Tori

The four blocks I made for Tori. They were fun to make :-)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hive 5 August Blocks for Kristi

I made two of these wonky blocks for Kristi. They are brighter in person.

Will be getting out in the mail soon.


Hive 3 for Michelle

Here are my log cabin blocks for Michelle to turn into bento boxes.

Does anyone else from the southern US feel like we're making quilts for the Florida Gators?  😁

In yesterday's mail.
Hi Shelly!
This was a fun block to do! Hardest part for me was picking fabrics!
This will be a great quilt for your grandson--Happy Birthday to him!

I'm ready to put them in the mail, but need to confirm your mailing address. Could you email it to


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hive 1 Blocks for Greta

Belatedly Bee Blocks for Greta…I do hope you like them! Cannot wait to see your beautiful quilt!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hive 1 August Block for Sue

Sue asked for HST units--a larger, plain unit next to a smaller unit with partial borders--and gave a lovely array of color possibilities.  These were quick to put together, so I'm getting them in the mail unusually early in the month.  I'm not sure what Sue's vision is for putting all of her blocks together, but I bet it'll be gorgeous no matter what!

Sue--will pop them in the mail this week!

-Alicia (@qvilt)
Michelle,  I certainly hope you like my blocks.  These were fun and fast to make.

When I come to Australia, I'll definitely find your Winery and restaurant.  I love wine from Australia and South Africa.

Hive 5 August Block for Kristi Wonky Star

Hi Kristi, Who doesn't LOVE a Wonky Star?? So without thinking when the post went up I wrote down the square measurements and colours and put it next to my sewing machine for the weekend. The weekend comes and I make four blocks..,

Can you see the problem? 
Yup nothing scrappy there! GRRRR
So I made two more..,

Kristi I am sending you all 6. Maybe the four non-scrappy you can pop in the corners? 

:) anna - Miss September

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hive 3 blocks for Michelle

I really had planned to make 2, in each of the color ways, but my first two ended up the same plan
, so then 2 more were created.  On the way to you soon.  They were fun.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mary Ann's friendship star

I read directions more carefully to discover your request. (Photos were deceiving to me who is very visual.)

Here are 3 blocks: blue, purple and orange. 
They went together easily.

Mailed: Tuesday A.M.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hive 5 - August Blocks

With my second baby due September 1, I figured I had better be on top of my sewing this month in case he decides to make an early appearance.  Time management for the win!

Kristi asked us for wonky star blocks this month which go together pretty quickly.  I can be a bit of a perfectionist sometimes and the engineer in me struggles to be wonky so hopefully I was able to put enough wonky-ness in these blocks for you.

Here are my finished blocks.

They already went out in the mail yesterday so hopefully they will make it to you soon!

August, Hive 4 block

August, wow!  Where is the summer going?  I hope you're all doing well.  Here's my block for the month.

The colors don't look to good in this picture, so I hope these work for you.


August Alpine for Monica

Monica asked for fabrics that mimic the look of linen with lines in the print and when I looked at her photo, I knew I had some selections in my stash that would work well. I took my time to carefully draw the lines, stitch directly on the line and gently press the triangles back to make the flying geese and they turned out great.
Interesting secondary design when you see all the blocks coming together. Block is on its way!
Happy quilting!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Late July blocks for Hive 1

July got away from me.  I do most of my sewing on the weekends, and they've been busy!  I had the pieces cut, but when I went to assemble the blocks on the last day of July, I broke what turned out to be my last needle.  Argh.  I finally got them done, and will get them in the mail this week.


August block

Kristi's Wonky Star block went together quickly and easily. I will have it in the mail tomorrow. Patti
Karen's block is a string block, and yes, I am late posting to the blog (Karen, your block has been on it's way since this past weekend).

Karen's Block ist ein "string block" und ich bin mit dem Posting wieder einmal spät dran (aber der Block ist seit dem Wochenende zu Karen unterwegs)

 And here is my block:

  Und hier ist er:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July Block for Meredith

Hello!!  This flip and stitch block was a ton of fun to piece.  I will definitely make more of these from my stash!  Thanks to this group, my blue and orange stash is now coming back under control!  ;)  Also, I apologize for the awful picture.  This is an honest picture, though -- if it isn't on my kitchen counter these days, I don't remember it.

Meredith, this block was in the mail Monday.  I hope you like it!  And, happy wedding!

August 2017 Hive 4 Block for Queen Katrin

 Once again, my "love" of paper piecing is confirmed!  This block, with hope, will be beautiful once assembled.  But I am going to ask you to finish it before I rip its little head out!  Everything appears to be sewn correctly on the segments, but my frustration level has peaked getting them to line up.  I am afraid I am going to hurt it if I keep trying😂  Anyway, thank you for the challenge and confirmation that paper piecing and I keep our safe distance from each other. 🦊😘

August Garden Star Quilt Block Tutorial for Mary Ann, Hive #6

Friendship House is coming to Fayetteville.  There will be six apartments.  Each will house one adult with cognitive challenges - and three adults in medically related training programs such as medical school, nursing school, or PA school.  My goal is to have a colorful quilt on each bed when the doors open in 2018.  ... Talk about stash busting!  Anyhow, I really appreciate your help on this project.

I have chosen the garden star quilt.  You can find a tutorial for this on You Tube if you search for the free Garden Star pattern by Missouri Quilt Company.  It is a combination of a Friendship Star and a four-square block.  I hope you have fun with it.

My suggestion is you cut the pieces bigger and square them down.  Theoretically you could use charm squares but they leave little room for error.

You will need five 5 1/2" white or white-on-white squares (background fabric).
Choose a bright color for the friendship star and lighter, complimentary colors for the 4-patch squares.  You will need two 5 1/2" squares of the bright color, one 5 1/2" square of a complimentary color and a 5 1/2" square of lighter complimentary color.

Start with your white squares.  Cut one down to 5".  This will be your center square.
Take two white squares and on the back side of each, draw a diagonal line.  The other two white squares will be used for your four block.

For the four Friendship Star squares, put a white square with the diagonal line drawn on it, right sides together with one of your bright color squares.  Stitch 1/4" from each side of the diagonal line.  Cut ON the diagonal line.  Repeat this process.  You will have four half square triangles.  Press the 1/4" seam allowance to the bright color side and square these blocks to 5".

For the four patch squares, you may use any method you are comfortable with but I loved this approach.  Match each complimentary colored square with a background square.  Arrange them with right sides together as you did with the previous two squares. Sew a 1/4" seam across the top and bottom.    Cut a straight line down the middle.  Press the 1/4" seam allowance to the complimentary color side and trim this unit to 5" by 5 1/2".

Sew the units together on the 5" side, alternating the lighter complimentary color with the darker complimentary color rectangle units.  Cut 2 1/2" off the bottom.  Now cut the remaining units in 5" lengths so the measure 5" square.  Assemble the 4-block unit so the complimentary colors are across from each other and the white squares are diagonally across from each other as well.

Now assemble the 9 units that make up this block.  Below you will see an example of one that is all in the same color family and intensity of color... and one that is not assembled that has the two shades of complimentary colors.  The friendship star pops in the latter but either is fine.  You can really use any method that would yield a 5" four block square... who will know.  I was not familiar with this method and found it fun.

Thanks so much.  Sorry I'm late in posting this.  My draft disappeared so I had to start over :)  It has been one of those weeks.  Let me know if my instructions are not clear or if you find an error.

Mary Ann

Hive 7 August block Lauren

I love doing this block, it is a block I want to do in the future. It is in the mail.

Hive 7 August Block Tutorial

It is my month to be Queen Bee. The block I want to use is from It is Starry Sky Block.  I will be using the 12 inch paper pieced pattern. When printing make sure the setting is not fit to page as it changes size of pattern.
  I would like people to use low volume for background. Anything that is interesting but will not take away from color in the stars.  Below is my fabric pull for background.  I use color, grays and black and white.
Black and white



I have picked a focus fabric for color selection. I find this to be the easiest way to use color from my stash.  It is a batik,  I do not use solids so would like people to use bright prints. 

I then selected many different colors.

And now for my block.

I hope everyone just has fun.  The colors need to contrast enough from the background.  I can't wait to see everyone's block. It measures 12 1/2 inches. I will be on vacation til 8/7 and may not see any Email if people have questions. Will answer once I get home

July 16 patch

About the 2nd week of July my hard drive crashed on my laptop so I'm doing what I can on my tablet including this post! I lost so many pictures, patterns, documents and just hoping the specialty company can recover the data from my drive. I'm sure it will be expensive but can we really put a price on it?  Anyway, today's public service announcement... Backup your data!

I love doing 16 patches and used it as my block last year. It's fun to pull from scraps ando see if you can do 16 different fabrics.  I knew I had lots of pink variations so the following block will be on the way soon!

Happy Quilting!

Hive 3 August Block Tutorial

Hive 3 Block for August 

Hi my name is Michelle and I live in Australia. At the moment we are in the middle of winter, but it is a really mild one so not really too cold.
I live in a small rural town called Kingaroy, which happens to be the navy bean and peanut capital of Australia, dont get much more rural than that. I am a vet, but recently had a job change and started working as a creative arts coordinator at a aged care facility. Huge job change, but was a just a short break. We are currently in the process of purchasing a winery and cellar door, with a cafe attached. I can see that sewing will take big step backwards when we settle and I start running the business.
I share my sewing space, with three kids and one husband, two dogs and a stubborn cat.

Ok now for the block
I had planned to have some fancy block, but after last month I had a few blue and orange two inch strips left so though I would use them to make a bentobox block. Please could you make at least two of these blocks, but feel free to make as many as you want, they come together really fast.
It is similar to a logcabin. I changed the tradtional larger centre size to the same size as the strips - so I guess it is actually just a logcabin block
The plan is to cut these blocks into four and mix and match them to create a new block.

You will need 2 inch strips in blues and oranges ( ideally left over from last month)

 Start with a 2x2 square in either blue or orange . The next round would be the alternate colour and the next round the first colour and the last row the alternate colour.

I have included the two colourways.

It is pretty straight forward, and even if they are abit wonky it adds to the effect.