Many moons ago I had my first experiences with a Bee. We were a military family living at Ft. Lewis, Washington. I loved living there, and it was a place where I made important strides in quilting. I met a group of ladies there that were also interested in quilting, and we met once a month, taking turns hosting the Bee. We each chose a block each month, and the others in the group would make the block and bring it to the next meeting. It was a lot of fun, but I was very novice. I haven’t found a Bee to belong to since.
Until last Fall. As I was beginning to delve into the world of quilting on social media, I kept seeing people posting Bee blocks, and I really wanted to participate, but the Bees were all full. Then I managed to get in with Stash Bee, an online modern Bee composed of people all over the world. We don’t meet in each others’ homes for cookies and chatter, but we do send each other goodies in the mail. Which is awesome.
It’s now the end of the Stash Bee year, which runs from January to November, and I have just completed my final blocks. So, here’s a little rundown of this past year’s blocks-
January’s block was designed by our Hive Mama, who lives in the United Kingdom, Warwickshire to be exact. This one was fun, and I got to use some of my Jane Sassaman scraps, which are pretty dear to me.
This was February’s block, which I wasn’t sure if I liked or not, but after I made it, my brain started swimming with ideas for a Union Jack. Hoping the new royal is a girl so I can celebrate… I really love it when a plan comes together based on fabric I’ve had forever, a pattern that crosses my path, and inspiration from real life events!
April’s block was very cool, and also opened up some ideas for me. I think I will make this one again. The only hard part about this one was hoping that the reds and aquas I chose were compatible with her palate.
August’s block was pretty awesome, and I learned a few things from making it. Around here, school and my seminary duties begin in August, so things are pretty busy. I wish I had had more time to dabble with this arrow and make a few for myself. One day. Maybe.
September was my turn to be Hive Queen, so these blocks are the ones I designed and posted- Hijacked Hashtag. These were so much fun- fast and easy! I loved all of the blocks I received, which are all waiting patiently for me to put them together! Click here for a link to my post with the how-to!
October was a real reach for me. Our assignment was a section of a bookshelf, which I have seen before and should have been able to come up with some inspiration. But no. Every time I went to work on that block I just ended up walking around my studio mumbling to myself. It was terrible. Then, at the very end of November, inspiration struck and the block was done in just a couple of hours. No, they aren’t books, or even book ends, but they are a collection of little sewing machines to keep all of those books company. I think this one might have turned out to be my most favorite accomplishment of Stash Bee 2014, although I am not sure I will ever replicate it!
And last, but not least, November. I can’t tell you how much I love a Pineapple block. One of my all-time favorites. This method was a bit of a stretch for me as I prefer foundation piecing or a ruler for this process, but I think it came out well in the end. I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do!
Well, that wraps up Stash Bee 2014! Looking forward to a new year . . .