Tag Archives: Stash Bee

Bee participation and completed blocks

My weekend, well Saturday, was spent catching up and hitting deadlines for the two online bees I am participating in.

First off, I finally finished the first of two blocks for my March Scrap-bee-licious bee.
March_Scrapbeelicious_Block

My stash bee blocks for April are completed. I did an angel block this month as well.
StashBeeBlock_April

I am at an interesting point with my participation in bees. I joined both the bees I am in, for two different reasons.

  • The Scrap-bee-licious bee is for friendship, as it is made of some of the US-based bloggers that participated in Plum and June’s New Blogger Let’s get acquainted blog hop. I do like the camaraderie of this bee!! Everyone is fantastic.
  • The other one, Stash bee, I joined to get new skills and see what blocks are added each month.

However, I was so frustrated and a little disgruntled this weekend – I did not want to spend my Saturday making these blocks. I have so many other projects, I wanted to spend time on MY projects. I know I should not have left them to the last minute – but that’s me too :-). Do you all feel like that? How do you balance the commitments of a bee with your other stuff?

Anyway, our guild had a bee today, the kind which is more of a free sew….I decided to reward myself and sew something I wanted to sew. No deadlines. No expectations. I was much happier!!

I am linking up with Alyce over @ Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday and Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see buttons on the right).

WiP Wednesday: Around the block

A very short post today….

This week, I am working on all the blocks I need to get done by the end of the week….mostly Stash Bee Blocks and Gypsy Wife Blocks (February).

Feb_blocks

 

Friday wrap up

I definitely needed that snow day on Wednesday….I finally started catching up from being sick the first two weeks of January. Here I was thinking my goals were already so behind.

This week, I finished up:

  1. Pot holders (late Christmas Gift – also see giveaway)
    Potholder_Front 
  2. Feather blocks for Scrap-bee-licious
    AMH_Feathers_CompletedBlocks 
  3. Hive #3 January Stash Bee
    Hive3_Jan_StashBee_FinishedFabrics used were:
    Black: Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda
    Mustard: Timeless Treasures, Woodstock, Stitched Swirl Gold
    Yellow Paisley: Jacqueline Savage McFee, Grey Matters, Paisley Sunshine
    Grey: Leanne Hatch, Tri (Grey) – Spoonflower Designer
  4. Riley Blake Challenge Block 1 Complete
    MQG_RBChallenge_Sunrise

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy who is hosting TGIFF.

WiP Wednesday: What’s on your design wall??

What is on your design wall at the moment?? I love seeing other people’s design walls – have you noticed they  always looks so colorful.

If you have a photo/post, leave a link below in the comments, or post it on Instagram with a tag @ml_wilkie (that’s me…. I can see it :-)).

Here is my design wall, with all my WiPs. Unfortunately, this has not changed too much, the whole month.

WiPWall_29JANLeft Board: X & + Blocks (Goal Date: Feb); Middle Board: Riley Blake Challenge – Block 1 of 4 (top left, goal date Jan….Feb17th ultimately), January Stash Bee Block (Top Right), Tapa Star Pillow+ Pattern (Goal date: Feb); Right Board: Pillow Denyse Schmidt Fabric, for Pillow PopQAL. 

It is a snow day, here in Cary North Carolina (first one, YAY!!). My focus is to finish of the Hive #3 Stash Bee Block today, and get it in the mail by 3pm. I have procrastinated over this block for long enough :-). I just have to sew all the pieces together now.
Hive3_Jan_StashBee

Hopefully, I can also get in some time to finish the first two Riley Blake Challenge Blocks. I don’t think I will meet my “A lovely year of finishes” goal of have that quilt finished. But, maybe, by the end of this weekend I can have the top finished??

A quick update, for the Gypsy Wife Quilt Along there is still time to join (click on the link for details)….Most importantly, patterns are again stocked and available @ Westwood acres, (9 available) and Modern Quilter (23 available).

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right menu).

2014 – Looking forward

After reading Daisy’s post @ Ants to Sugar, instead of going a fabric diet, I am going to plan out my year (see: Amy’s post @ Badskirt on Curate) to control my fabric purchases and other aspects of my crafty doings.

So,  this post is to see what my year will look like. Take stock on what I am participating in. Also, take a look at my goals.

Goals (keeping it simple)

  • First off, I need to be realistic….I will be doing very well, if I can finish a quilt a month.  Luckily all of them, have more or less been started, so I think this is doable. I will be participating in “A Lovely Year of Finishes” to stay on track.
  • Host Book Review Tuesday every two weeks
  • New Project – Borders and lines (see below)
  • Attempt to be published in a quilting magazine
  • Teach a quilting class
  • Maintain posting a recipe per week

Balance + New Project

I was fascinated a while back, as one of the blogs I followed, posted about the Sketchbook Project, run by the Brooklyn Art Library. You receive a sketchbook and your job is to fill the pages on a given theme.  I was inspired by one of the themes, they had in the list “Borders and lines”.

To get balance back with the other art areas that I enjoy, I have decided to start a year long project to explore “Borders + Lines” in multitude of media. I plan to check in at a minimum once every two months to share what I have done.

The Plan

January February March
AFineDayQuilting X+Blocks FourSeasonsInOneDay_1
  • Riley Blake Challenge Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased, Kona
    White needed)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  •  X & + Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Four Seasons in One Day
    Baby Quilt (one without buttons)
    (Fabric TBD)
  • SECRET PROJECT 1
    (Fabric Purchased – Grey Kona Solids)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Tutorial
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
April May June
Sample_Quilt PushmePullme_Block1TheGrove_Collage_blocks NaturalCorridors_QuiltDesignmosaica3f4b5af3774f43ec70149d860ed36644a3c61d5
  • Attend Nashville Sew Down
  • Blocks and Patterns complete for
    Sample Block Mini Quilt
    (Fabric TBD)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Pullme, Pushme Mini Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased) 
  • Carolyn Friedlander Tree Mini
    Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased) 
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Natural Corridor Charity Quilt (Fabric Supplied)
  • NZ Birds Quilt
    (Use Stash)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
July August September
PinkyBar_QuiltDesign 3e0b95ce0b9d7224212173a8f1f09534 Photo and design from Lee @ Freshly Pieced IMG_8579
  • Pinky Bar Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Tutorial
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Chair Bags/ Chair Pockets (Fabric Purchased)
  • Sean’s Quilt (based on this quilt)
    (Fabric Purchased – Constellations)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in


  • Scrappy Trip Around the World
    (Fabric Purchased, True Colors…JD, HB, AMH)
  • SECRET PROJECT 2
    (Fabric Purchased if Botanics/ Fabric not
    purchased if Color me Happy, V and Co. )
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
October November DecembeR
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HexagonEPPQuilt
  •  Through the Shattered Looking Glass
    (Use Stash + Stash Bee Blocks, may need to
    purchase Kona Silver for background)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Orange/Grey King Size Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased, may need white sashing)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  •  Tula Pink City Sampler
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Hexagon Lap Quilt
    (Use Stash)
  • Christmas Gifts
    (Fabric TBD)
  • iPad/iPhone Stands
    (Use Stash)
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in

What do you guys have planned for 2014? Have you made plans?