Stash Bee 2015 – January Blocks

So I enjoyed Stash Bee so much last year that I decided to take part in it again this year.  For 2015, I am a part of Hive 5 with Lynn as our lovely Hive Mama.  Lynn blogs over at K&S Design Girls.

As Hive Mama, Lynn got to be our first Queen for January to start to year off.  Lynn requested a scrappy HSTs block using bright colors and low volume prints.  I had a lot of fun digging through all of my colorful fabrics to cut squares for this block!

Stash Bee 2015 - January Block

I hope Lynn likes it and can’t wait to see this colorful quilt come together!

Stash Bee 2014 – October Is My Month as Queen!

So you guys have been seeing my posts all year about the blocks I’ve been sewing for all of the other members of my Stash Bee Hive.  It has been really fun and I’ve been enjoying my first Bee experience.  But I’m particularly excited about this month because for October, I’m the Queen Bee for our hive!

That means that I get to pick the block and put together a tutorial and all month I can wait anxiously for the mailman to arrive to see if any beautiful blocks from my hive members have arrived!

I chose to go with the Star Value block!

Stash Bee, Star, Low Volume, scrappy

Melissa at Happy Quilting Melissa put together the original tutorial for this block or you can check out the version I made for our Stash Bee site.  We also had some fun questions to answer in our Stash Bee post so you can go learn a few tidbits about me!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else puts together and I look forward to some fun packages in the mail this month!

Star Light Star Bright – Finished Pillow

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated you on my progress on the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long but I promise that I’ve been working on it behind the scenes since then and now I have a finished project to show you!

But first, I want to show you the progression.  🙂

When I last posted, we were preparing for the last section of the block, the corners!  I got mine all sewn together and you can start to really see what the block is going to look like in the end.

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Now that I had all of the components made, I sewed everything together and I added a small border to the outside.

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Now I was ready to finish up the project!  I decided to use this quilt-a-long to tackle my first pillow.  I used some scraps of batting from other quilting projects and picked up some muslin at Joann Fabrics to use for the backing (since it is just going to end up on the inside of the pillow anyway) and got everything basted and ready to go!

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For the back of the pillow, I used a large piece of one of my fabrics from the Star Light Star Bright block.  I loved the fabric but the larger design definitely got chopped up in the piecing for the front so I was really happy to have the chance to highlight it here.  I did dense straight line quilting and I love the texture it creates!

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I did a lot of echo quilting in the colored areas of my Star Light Start Bright block and left the white background areas plain.  It was really easy to make the echos as I simply followed the edge of my walking foot along the previous line of quilting.

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Now that I had everything quilted, it was really quick and easy to sew the two halves together and make my pillow!

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The pillow’s final dimensions are 16″ by 16″ and I already had a pillow form ready to go (I saw it on clearance at Joann Fabrics mid-project and decided to go ahead and pick it up).

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I even successfully installed my first zipper and was honestly happily surprised to find that it really isn’t that difficult to do!

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Now I have to find the perfect place in my house for my new pillow to live!

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Can’t wait to see how everyone else’s projects turn out!  Our quilt-along host, Melissa, is going to be hosting a parade of finished projects over at Happy Quilting Melissa on April 2 so be sure to check everything out!