February was my month to be Queen Bee for Stash Bee so I had an extra busy January making both Lynn’s blocks as well as my example blocks so I could put together my tutorial post for the Hive.
As I mentioned before, pregnancy fatigue and general baby preparations have been stealing my sewing time so I figured my Stash Bee Hive could help me make blocks for a quilt that would coordinate with our little girl’s nursery.
Below is the color scheme we chose for the nursery. I wanted something that was definitely girly but wasn’t just pink everywhere. I also took some photos of my fabric pull to hopefully give my fellow hive members a good feel for the look I was going for.
Here is my block choice for this month – colorful string blocks with a 1/2″ (finished) solid white stripe down the middle!
This block is made using a tutorial for Paper Pieced String Quilt Blocks that was put together by Film in the Fridge. I found the tutorial really easy to follow and have loved seeing my blocks start to arrive at my house. I can’t wait to put them all together!
Our last month of Stash Bee 2014 was November and Sue was our Queen Bee for the month. She asked for scrappy and wonky stars on a low volume background. She even gave us a bunch of colors to choose from for the stars so it was really easy to work with what was in my scrap pile.
What wasn’t so easy (at least for me) was the wonky part. I’m too much of a perfectionist sometimes and I struggle to sew wonky. I’d rather just make it all straight and even!
I hope my blocks ended up wonky enough for Sue’s liking. They made their way up to Minnesota back before Thanksgiving.
And that was a wrap for Stash Bee 2014!
After I finished catching up on my August blocks for Stash Bee, I went ahead and made my September blocks as well. I was not going to be late again!
Our Queen Bee for September is Ashleigh. She hails all the way from Belfast, Northern Ireland and blogs at Ickle Tomato Handmade. She wants to make a modern framed sampler quilt with jewel tone colors. To achieve this, she wanted each of us to make a monochrome miniature quilt block (6″ max size), frame it in a neutral solid, and place it off center in a coordinated solid to the print used in the mini block.
I tried to go with classic blocks that would read well with just one color. For one block, I chose to make a little pinwheel. It finishes at 4″ square. The final block size is 14.5″ so you can definitely tell how miniature my little pinwheel is.
I also made a flying geese block. Geese are hard to make super tiny so this block finishes at 6″ square (still pretty small). I love the bit of silver metallic in the purple print of the geese. It doesn’t show in the photograph very well, but it looks really neat in person. The final block here is 18″.
I tried to leave Ashleigh plenty of solid around the outside of my miniature blocks to that she can trim them down to whatever size works best with her layout and with the other blocks (she left finished size open to us). Now these blocks can make a long trip across the pond to Northern Ireland!
October is my month to be Queen Bee so I won’t have any blocks to sew. But I am so excited to see what I receive from my fellow Hive members!
August, you say? But it’s nearing the end of September. I know, I know. I was a little late in making my blocks for the August Queen Bee in my Stash Bee hive. But I made her an extra so hopefully that helps to make up for my lateness!
Our queen for August was Melanie B. She requested an X-Plus block in bright colors with a grey solid background. I was really kind of excited when I saw that she’d chosen this block because I’ve pinned multiple pictures of X-Plus quilts that I love so I thought it would be fun to actually put together a few of the blocks for one.
Melanie wanted us to pick print fabrics that were “colorful”, “wild”, “60s” and “bright”. That is definitely not my normal color palette but I had fun digging through my stash to try to put together combinations that would fit that request. I hope she likes what I came up with!
Melanie said she was going to put together our blocks into a bed-sized quilt to give to her mom and stepfather. They just got married last month (which is part of what threw off the timing of these blocks).
My blocks went out in the mail this morning on their way to California! I hope Melanie likes them and that they play nicely with her other bright X-Plus blocks!
Sorry for teasing you guys with my sneak peak earlier this week but now I can finally share with you the new long-term project I’m taking part in!
A small group of us from the 2014 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop got together and decided to start a round robin style quilting bee. Many of us (myself included!) are new to this format so it’s exciting to be taking on a new challenge.
We decided to call our group Round Trip Quilts. It works by creating a starting block(s) and sending it to then next person on the mailing list. Each person adds a little bit to the quilt and eventually the quilt top will return to it’s original owner completely finished. Hence, the round trip part!
I debated for a while on what I wanted to do for my quilt start. We’d talked about giving each quilt a theme and I just didn’t really have a theme that was speaking to me. So I started looking through my Pinterest and was drawn to my color schemes folder and was just really loving the bright colors in this inspiration picture.
I pulled some fabric and was completely smitten so I decided to run with it and make my theme a color scheme! So as long as people stick to the color scheme, they are free to let their imagination run wild when adding to my quilt! I did buy some yardage of a background solid (Timeless Treasures in Sky
) that I’ll be sending along as well just to give the various additions some cohesiveness.
I really like geometric shapes and I figured those would give a ton of options for others to coordinate with. So I put together a quick improv block.
But then I was browsing Pinterest some more and I came across this improv chevrons block
and I loved it. So I made one of those too! (This block took way longer than I thought it would to put together but I love the finished result.)
But then I felt like the improv chevrons block didn’t include very much of my background solid so I made a dozen cross stitch blocks
that my group members can fit somewhere in my quilt top.
So I don’t really have a starting block to send off to the group. I have a handful of starting pieces. But I love how they look together and I can’t wait to see what everyone else decides to add!
We also decided to send along notebooks with our blocks. These would allow us to share more details about the original inspiration for each quilt as well as giving a place for us each to write about what we were thinking as we make the additions to each quilt. I found this cute notebook at Target that seemed perfect for this project!
It was great to finally get to sit down at my sewing machine again last night. And with the end of July just days away, my first order of business was to complete my block for the Stash Bee!
Our Queen Bee for this month is Yanick who blogs over at Sewn With Curves. She wanted us to make concentric squares with rainbow colors. It is sort of a wonky, rainbow log-cabin like block. She gave us a lot of flexibility in terms of finished size, squares vs. rectangles, red center vs. purple center, etc. Here is what I came up with:
I’ve not done a lot of wonky sewing so I had to resist the temptation to just make everything straight! And I know the picture looks uneven but it is just from the wonky angles. The block fits perfectly under my 12.5″ square ruler!
Yanick’s finished quilt is going to be so bright and colorful!
I feel like I haven’t spent that much time at the sewing machine these last couple weeks. I’ve been too distracted by World Cup soccer and my sewing space renovation (I’ll be sure to share more on that once I’m done!).
But I did find time to finish my Stash Bee blocks for June! Our Queen Bee this month is Angela who blogs over at The Nuts Blog. She requested scrappy triangle blocks using red, orange, yellow, green, and blue fabrics (but not in rainbow order).
This was my first time ever working with paper templates and I found the process to be pretty easy. It was nice to be able to use the template to quickly check dimensions while I played with my rainbow scraps.
Can’t wait to see what layout Angela chooses for these blocks!