Here is my last Stash Bee update, at least until I finish assembling my quilt top.
I am going to take a break from Stash Bee next year for a bit of selfish sewing, but I would recommend it. It has made me try different blocks and different colour combinations, some I love so much I want to make a whole quilt of them, and I have crossed paths with a new group of talented sewers.
Lori asked for deep red, dark blue and tan/off-white star blocks in any size. I had a stack of these colours already set aside for my Union Jack quilt, so her fabric pull was easy.
It is a good thing that she said any size block. I had planned to make two 12-inch blocks, but when I grabbed my old set of templates for the cross block (I think it looks like a spiky star), I forgot that it was a 13-inch block. I did not realise until I had finished it!
The first block uses a fabric that features all of Lori’s colours: blue, red and tan. I hope the lighter blue is still acceptable. I love this fabric and thought it would work in her colour scheme.
Yes, Y-seams do not frighten me! Oh, no!
Lori’s question for the month was about our favourite block or design. I am not sure I have a particular favourite block, but I guess if I had to narrow it down, I would say that I am fond of blocks that I can appliqué. They are not necessarily the ones that I like the look of most, but hand sewing allows me to sew in front of the TV and watch movies from my comfy armchair. I also have a soft spot for the double wedding ring, and I made one a few years ago.
I also gatecrashed Hive 6 and made this for Kate. I have made dozens of wonky stars, but this improv wonky star challenged me. It was supposed to end up about 12 inches square, but my calculations fell in a heap. It is a peculiar rectangle with scope for squaring up. Fortunately, that is what Kate wants.
Our hive’s task for our last month, November, was to make dark red and golden-yellow blocks. I only had traditional fabrics in these colours, but I emailed a photo of what I had to our hive’s queen bee and she approved these choices.
We were asked to share our favourite quilt or quilted thing that we have made for:
This is a difficult question to answer as I like most of what I make, so I am going to tell you what I have had the most fun making.
For myself, I have had the most fun making my Dear Jane quilt. I have been working on it for three years, and it is not yet finished. It has driven me batty at times, but I enjoyed the challenge of making all those daft, tiny blocks and proving that I could. After a very long break, I have just started hand quilting it this month.
For others, I have had the most fun being part of the Possum Magic group. Eight of us, spread across Australia and New Zealand, spent a year on a round robin project. Every quilt was different, and each project pushed me to try something new. It was a lot of fun, and I recommend trying a round robin if you have not done so already.
In my usual gatecrashing style, in November I also made Helen in Hive 2 a courthouse steps block incorporating selvedges. My chosen bright colour was aqua. Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl beat me to orange!
I am very proud of my clean bee record. In spite of family tragedy and overseas travel, not a single block was late. Yay for me!