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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
The blocks that I made this month for the Stash Bee have definitely inspired a new project in my head (Just what all we quilters need right? Another quilt plan in the queue!). Shena B, who blogs at Apple Pie Patchwork, was our Queen Bee for the month and she requested Scrappy Mountain blocks.
I’ve seen these blocks around blog land before but never knew how to make them. Turns out they go together really quickly! Shena wanted a scrappy look with each block using 1 bright, modern print and 1 low volume / light colored print. Here’s the fabrics I pulled for this month:
As I said, these blocks go together really quickly. They just require HST and then with a little slicing and rearranging, you’re done!
I made two sets of blocks for a total of 4 quadrants. Here the second color combination. Aren’t the birds fun? 🙂
Since there are lots of different ways to arrange these blocks, Shena requested that we not sew them together so that she can play with layouts once she has everyone’s blocks and decide which direction she wants to go.
Can’t wait to see what she decides to do with them!