Friday, January 19, 2018

Hive 4 - Star

This block was a wonderfully easy block to get back into the swing of things!  I was going to do blue and orange, the colors of my alma mater, but then realized I didn't have enough bright orange that was mostly orange in one fabric.  Yellow contrasts nicely though too!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Frozen Geese

25 years I moved from California to Mississippi, quite the culture shock. Several years later, I began to be able to understand most of what people said to me. The Deep South is different, slower, less sophisticated, but not at all unpleasant. 

You would have laughed at us on Monday though, when snow flurries were expected by Tuesday morning and everything in town was cancelled. Schools, stores, doctors, banks, all announced they would be closed. Everyone rushed out to the store to stock up on supplies and bottled water (me too). Then we got about 0.125" of snow and the streets got damp.

It is so cold here that all the smart Geese just kept on flying and all the people are huddled up indoors. I know this is a weenie complaint, but here in central Mississippi, the average low temp is 25ºF and we are totally unprepared and under-insulated for temps in the teens. 

I'll bet even Diana in central Florida is cold too. So here is a picture of the frozen geese I made for her. I will post them as soon as it gets warm enough to go out the door again.

January geese for Diana, Hive 1

I had fun with this block. . . .and even my husband thought it was pretty cool.

I am looking forward to seeing how my block plays with the others that Diana gets.

This is the second time that I am in the Stash Bee.  My first time was in 2016. . . and I still have not completed a quilt with the blocks that I received.  I have been trying to decide how I want to set the blocks. . . . and if I want to make more blocks for a larger quilt.

I have recently been doing a LOT of hand quilting to get a long term UFO completed and have been listening to books on tape.  I am on the last published book (so far) in the Outlander series ("Written in My Own Heart's Blood").

I enjoy reading of any kind. . . and books on CD allow me to listen to a book with my hands free to do the quilting.

Of course it is harder to listen while sewing (although I have done it with the volume at full blast). . . . .but it is impossible when I am using my quilting machine. . . I need all my concentration on that.

We here in New Jersey had another bit of snow. . . . hardly anything where I live though.  They say that it will be getting warmer by the weekend so I am guessing that most of it will be gone by then.

Have a wonderful day,


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Queen Diana, Hive 1

These may look a little off with shadows from a nearby bush but I couldn’t fuss with the picture much because it’s 10 degrees below zero here in northern Wisconsin!  I spent the day with my mother yesterday-packed a White sewing machine that I found in a “free” stack at a rummage last summer and worked on these blocks.  She loved them so much that I think I added a new project to my list of must dos.

Happy to be back for a third year with the Stashbees.  I have been sewing since I was twelve years old-48 years now and I still feel like a newby with so much creative talent around me.  We all have our ying and yang.  I am a lawyer in a courtroom almost everyday all day- sewing and working with beautiful patterns, colors and fabric takes me away from work—it’s my happy place.  For background while I sew, I often just listen to a local public radio station operated by volunteers with incredible tastes in music in all genres.  I’ve  also been binge watching the Netflix series “Madmen”—a drama consisting of seven seasons with more than 90 episodes so lots of material, and surprisingly contemporary issues.  I also loved the Netflix series “Frankie and Grace.”  Looking forward to learning more about my bee mates.🐝

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January block for Diana in Hive 1

Happy New Year!

This is my second year in Stash Bee and I love it!  The amazing ideas, the new & challenging blocks, the familiar & skill-building blocks, the great people -- this is a wonderful place and I am so very excited and grateful to be a part of it!

I picked a few of my favourite wild fabrics for these geese.  I hope you like them, Diana.  As for things to watch or listen to while you're sewing... I can't watch while I sew or I quit sewing... unless it's Firefly.

Like many Browncoats, I regularly let it play in the background when I'm home, because...

Usually, I listen to audio books, podcasts, or Pandora.  Lately, I've been listening to J.D. Robb's "In Death" series, the "Freakonomics" podcast, and a Pandora station seeded with "Black Betty" by Spiderbait.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January Hive 4 Block for Paulette


This was a great start to the year! Thank you for a fun block...funny part...I pulled out oranges for the background because I have a bunch to choose from, and you wanted a different fabric for each piece if we could...then I pulled out a blue for the star, until I saw you already made one like that! So I pulled out a fun green instead...enjoy!

It's on its way to you today!


Monday, January 8, 2018

January 2018 Hive 1 block for Diana

This is my first year with Stash Bee, although I've followed the blog for a year or two.  I love the idea of using up my stash to contribute to quilts that others are making.  I've been gravitating toward more modern looking quilts lately, so I enjoyed making your block, Diana.

You asked for media suggestions.  I must be on a western kick, because recently I finished the Longmire series and the Godless limited series on Netflix.  I loved them both.  Strong women in the West.  I'm also enjoying the British women monarchs on The Crown and Victoria.  Last night I started the book Manhattan Beach, which my husband read and liked.  I hope you try some of them out.

Here are the two blocks I made this month.  It was just as easy to make two as one.  One is my favorite color green and my granddaughters' favorite color of orange.

Kathie L from Allentown, PA

January Star for Paulette - Hive 4

Its my fourth year participating with Stash Bee and I was eager to get it started.  Paulette gave us a relatively easy block.  The hardest part was choosing the colors since the only parameters were that it should read the same tone. 

I chose aqua....but the photo wasn't in the best light. 

I've left it untrimmed per your request.... It will be interesting to see all the colors you receive.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hive 6 January block for Emily

Hi! Emily requested a bookshelf block. I thought about it for a bit and came up with this.

I ended up paper piecing the teapot and used selvedges for the book titles. I am tickled with how it turned out. Stay warm!