Stash Bee 2014 – January Blocks

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:

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:

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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!


18 thoughts on “Stash Bee 2014 – January Blocks

  1. The Stash Bee sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to get to know some new friends! Your blocks are great. You did an incredible job in the piecing! Love those fabrics. Courtney is sure to be pleased!

  2. What fun you must be having creating this quilt. Love the design of the first block and the way you interpreted the Queen’s directions. Can’t wait to see the next one. genie

  3. I think it’s great that you jumped into a bee so quickly after starting quilting! I’m just now doing my first one and I’ve been quilting for 4-5 years. Jump in, and enjoy it 🙂

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