Happy New Year!
Lucky me, I get to start the year as Queen Bee for my Hive in the Stash Bee. Which means that I get to pick the block. Yay!!
Here is my write up for our Hive:
I am so in love with my quilt from last year's Bee, (It
is at the long-armers now, so I will be able to share it soon), that I
wanted to pick something for this year that would be just as special. I
love taking traditional blocks and playing around with them, and I LOVE
So, I started out with a traditional bear paw block.
Then decided to take out the sashing.
Then tried flipping the paws around.
Then I thought that if I was going to break it apart, it should be scrappy, of course!
make things easier on you, I am going to have you make all 4 quadrants
in the same fabrics just like I did, but ask you NOT to sew them
together. That way I can mix them all up when they get here and make it
Now on to colors!
I have chosen a color palette based on that gorgeous Les Fleurs fabric. So dreamy.
Navy, shades of cornflower blue, shades of peachy pink and a hint of gold.
Here are some thread colors to help.
a few bolts I pulled as examples. As far as fabric, pretty much
anything is fair game. I love dots, plaids, stripes, florals and even
novelty - just no batiks please.
Now on to the tutorial:
You will need 3 different fabrics.
From fabric 1 - cut (4) 5 1/2 inch blocks
From fabric 2 - cut (8) 3 1/2 inch blocks
From fabric 3 - cut (8) 3 1/2 inch blocks and
cut (4) 3 inch block
Choose the lighter set of your 3 1/2 inch blocks and draw a diagonal line on the back of each.
Pair them up with the darker set, right sides together and sew 1/4 inch on each side of your drawn lines.
Cut on the drawn lines and press to the darker side. You should have 16 HSTs. Trim to 3 inches.
Lay out your 4 quadrants as shown. I stack them together so that I can chain piece.
should have (4) 8" square sections. Remember you do NOT need to sew
them together. That way, I can play around with the settings and mix
them all up.
I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!
Let me know if you have any questions.