With so many different quilt-alongs, online/virtual quilting bees, block-of-the-months, and other quilting activities getting started with the beginning of the new year, it is really easy to find some extra activities to get involved with.
One thing I’ll be doing this year is participating in Stash Bee 2014!
Stash Bee is made up of multiple hives, each containing 11 hive members and running for 11 months (January-November). I’m in Hive #6 with the following lovely ladies:
- Courtney L who blogs at Mon Petit Lyons
- Diane M who blogs at The Cheshire Quilter
- Melodee B who blogs at Melodee Sews Stuff
- Kim T who blogs at Windsor & Main
- Shanna R who blogs at Red Poppy Quilts
- Angela N who blogs at The Nuts Blog
- Yanick B who blogs at Sewn With Curves
- Toye M who blogs at Quilting Adventures of a Ginger
- Shena B who blogs at Apple Pie Patchwork
- Sue S (who doesn’t blog – at least not that I know of!)
Each month, one member is the “Queen” and posts a tutorial for a block she would like the others to make. Everyone else completes her block using fabrics from their stash and sends it off to her to finish the quilt top. Danny Heyen, who blogs at Mommy For Reals, coordinates all of Stash Bee and makes sure everything runs smoothly.
Courtney was our Queen for January and she wanted a basic nine-patch block but asked for low volume for the corner squares and scrappy mini-nine-patch blocks for the other five. Here are the blocks I’ve made for her:
I’ve been starting to collect mini charm squares (the 2.5″ ones) because I’d eventually like to make a large postage stamp quilt. It was fun to get the chance to play with postage stamps for a bit with these blocks. I also learned what a wonderful thing chain piecing can be. 🙂
I hope Courtney likes them!