Stash Bee April Blocks

Stash Bee Hive #2 April Blocks

Stash Bee

Angela requested the Starburst Cross block in modern blues and greens with a white background. Blue and green are my favorite colors, so I went straight to the fabrics that spoke most to me: Text in Navy by Carolyn Friedlander and Pearl Bracelet in Green paired with Kona White. I couldn’t decide where I would prefer to put the blue or green in the block, so I just make one version each way. And lest you miss out on my OCD tendency, I would like to point out that I kept the text all heading in the same direction in the blocks. πŸ™‚

Stash Bee April Blocks
Stash Bee April Blocks

Angela wants to know our favorite childhood memory… I have a lot of great memories, but as we are just days away from Easter I think I will share 2 of my best Easter stories. I don’t remember the first, but when I was 2 or 3 my family (at that time just mom, dad, and I) went to my father’s employer’s Easter party. They were having raffles to give away prizes, and apparently when it came time to announce the large final prize (a HUGE Easter basket), I got up and yelled, “That’s MINE!” and made a bee line for the stage. Sure enough, my dad had the winning ticket. It’s a shame I don’t have a digital scan of the picture – the basket was taller than I was! The other Easter memory I want to share means more to me with each passing year. My family (mom, dad, younger brother, and I) met my dad’s best friend, Mike, and his wife at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky one year for Easter. We went fishing on the lake, we took many walks (I came across a rattlesnake on one of the trails), and I remember how much fun it was to hang out with Mike. Not long after that, Mike passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, and I am just so thankful to have the memories of spending time with him that weekend.

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  • These blocks are gorgeous! I think the blocks make a powerful statement with the words all running the same direction; it just wouldn’t have the same look if they were all willy-nilly. That’s a lesson for me, I think, since I tend to disregard direction sometimes (okay, most times!). Visiting you from Hive #6.

  • I get a little OCD too. Love how the text goes the same way. My mom has a quilt where it doesn’t, and I can hardly stand to look at it, but it is a cosy flannel.

  • Your blocks are great! I love that the text all goes the same direction, that is tricky and not usually something I’m willing to put the extra effort into. I’m not very good at Easter and rarely enjoy any part of it. Even trying to bring up a fond memory of Easter is difficult (as in, the events weren’t that memorable).

  • Your blocks look great! I used text print one time and didn’t pay attention and it went every which way. Drove me nuts – I had to redo it. My OCD really comes out in quilting, not so much in other parts of my life so it all equals out! πŸ™‚

  • These look great, and I agree that the text heading all in the same direction is the way to go! Thank you for sharing such sweet memories! My biggest Easter memories include the annual egg hunt in town, although my long term memory doesn’t provide me many details.

  • That Easter basket story is hilarious. I wonder what would have happened if dad had not had the winning ticket. Maybe you should hire yourself out as a psychic with those powers of prediction!

  • What a great Easter story! Your blocks look fabulous! There is something to be said about a little OCD when it comes to using text fabrics πŸ™‚

  • Your blocks look great, with perfect points as well as text all going the same way. My quilting is a bit OCD too, so I get it, and I know how difficult it is to make directional prints all go the same way. Great job!

  • Sometimes I like the look of text going willy nilly, but your blocks are stronger the way you’ve done it. They look great!
    Ah, memories and family stories! I can just imagine “little you” making a beeline for the giant basket – no pictures necessary!

  • Lovely memories. And great blocks, although I’m not big on new fabrics I am increasingly drawn to ‘text’ fabrics of all sorts at the moment, they always seem to be incredibly effective in patchwork.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)