Friday, August 31, 2012

My turn for Stash Bee

Hey all!

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am that it is my turn to have blocks made! I wanted to share this post with you, my readers, just in case you wanted to make me some blocks too. I'm not ashamed. Maybe some of you are looking for something fun and nice to do on your Labor Day weekend. :)

Here is the post from Stash Bee Blog:

But first, let me tell you a little about myself:

1. Name? Danny Heyen


2. Where do you live? Sunny old Gilbert, Arizona, USA


Mercy Gilbert Hospital


San Tan Mountain

3. Family status (married, single, kids, grand kids)? I am married to the most awesome man in the world and we have one daughter who reeks of our combined awesomeness. Her name is Miss Maze (Clara Mae).

Clara Mae's First Birthday

4. Hardest quilt thing you have ever made? Would you make it again? There was this block I made for another bee I was in. It was made of dozens of itty bitty, too tiny HSTs. It just gave me a headache. Then, to add salt to my wounds, none of the freaking corners lined up and I had to stare at my mistakes in the face. I would NEVER make that block again. Curses to that block! Curses!!!

5. Favorite dessert food? Oh so hard. I've been losing weight, so ALL sweets sound delicious to me as I have been starving my body of them for some time. I like tiramisu. I like peach pie. I like Moose Track Ice Cream with milk in it. I like Mango Fro-yo. All so good.

6. Last time you laughed REALLY hard (and what was so funny)? That would be this afternoon. Let me tell you a little story:

My daughter is one and she is the most independent, strong-willed, "I-don't-care-if-it-will-burn-I'm-gunna-touch-it" child. So today we were visiting our friends Robin and Addy (mother and daughter) and Maze was "reading" some of Addy's books. Now, I should preface this by telling those of you who don't know me that I am a book lover. We are nice to our books. We are gentle with our books. We do not throw, chew, or tear our books or butts get busted. Feel me? Maze got a little silly with one of the books, so we had a chat and I put the book away, handing her a board book instead. Robin and I carried on our conversation while the girls played, though out of the corner of my eye, I watched Miss Maze turn the pages of the board book, just to be sure she was being nice to it. Eventually, the book crawled its way up into Maze's mouth, and I being the watchful mother I am, scolded her for chewing on her friend's books and shamed her by telling her Addy wouldn't invite her over anymore if she ate all the books. I realize my child is one, but trust me: she understood what I was saying. I placed her back down on the ground and waited to see her next move.

Turn the page. Turn the page. Turn the page. Close the book. Hold up the book. Look around to see if anyone is watching. S-L-O-W-L-Y pull book to closed lips. Hold book there. Look around again. Slip tongue over top of book. Lick book binding. Open mouth for little nibble.

You see where I'm going with this.

"Clara. Do not chew your friend's books."

Startled. Jump. Put book down. Look at mom. "What mom? I don't know what you are talking about. I was just sitting here. Reading the book. Being a good girl."

Turn around. Turn the page. Turn the page. Turn the page. Close the book. Hold up the book. Look around to see if anyone is watching. Again, slowly place book on closed lips. No one's watching. Take a little lick. Give a little nibble.

Bah! What have I done to deserve such a sneaky little monster??? I had to laugh, silently (not out loud), to myself for a second before I got up to scold her. I won't go into the details of all that, but let's just say there was some crying after.

Robin and I were practically giggling! You know that giggling you felt when your sibling got in trouble as a child and you knew you shouldn't think it was funny but you just did?! Well, that's what I was feeling in that moment.

You may think I am a terrible mother, but mark my words: librarians will love me.

7. What is your day job? I am a SAHM. That just doesn't seem like an apt title with all the other things going on in my life that I juggle (as I'm sure many SAHMs would agree), but alas, that's my title.

8. When did you learn to sew? Who taught you? My Grammar-rock taught me to sew. I've already written out this story. You can read it here if you are feeling so inclined. She was lovely. It really is worth a read.

9. Do you remember the first thing you ever sewed? I made a little Annie costume with my Grammar-rock.

10. Life philosophy? Carpe diem. Seize the day. Live life to the fullest. John 10:10.

And now, on to my block!

I hope you don't mind, but I totally disregarded the whole Kona Charcoal thing. I thought I knew which block I wanted, but when it came down to it, I decided to go with something easier. I'm crazy busy with commission work and TRAC and bees and church and my daughter's health and I think I just need some simplicity in my life right now. Instead, I am asking for Starburst blocks because they are pretty.

starburst quilt

starburst quilt

starburst quilt

All of these images have been hijacked from Film in the Fridge's blogpost you can find here. If you don't follow this blog, you really should.

I saw this quilt when it was first posted in 2010 and it was immediate love. Infatuation. Amore. I know it's been done, but I don't care. I want one of my very own!

Want to know what's more awesome?? She made a tutorial too! Bonus! You can get that here.

I would like you each to make at least 2 blocks. I say "at least" because if you have time, I would LOVE more. I did the math and if each of you makes two, it only gives me enough to make a crib size quilt, hence the whole "the more the merrier" attitude. Trust me: this is a lot easier than the paper pieced butterflies I was going to have you make!!

I'm a little obsessed with color. I adore the colors in the original quilt.

starburst quilt

And, if you need more inspiration for colors, you can hit up my pin board full of beautiful, "pinspiring" images.

If you are having any issues with this block, feel free to email me directly.


Thanks so much!! I can't wait to see the finish products!!



  1. You will get an awesome quilt!
    PS. Board books - designed for eating, duh!

  2. That's going to be one fabulous quilt! Cute family shot!

  3. I can't wait to see this quilt! Awesome choice (naturally!) :o)

  4. Great! You're looking good, girl! I'm going away this weekend but it'll be next on my list for next weekend.

  5. Ooo, I think I just found the quilt I am going to make for my sister! That or a strip quilt. I'm gonna try out a block and see how it goes. Thank you!

  6. You are so funny! I love the quilt and thanks for the tutorial link, I love the block! And I'm exactly the same way with books and my kids. and I laugh at them sometimes when they get upset or in trouble. It's just funny!! And your daughter is so stinkin cute.

  7. You should know that I love reading your blog. The story about your grandmother is so sweet. (I just read that today.) The story about your daughter is so funny. Keep up the good work.

  8. Gosh the Maze story had me in stitches! She must love the taste of paper! The Younger giant chews his fingers which peels the skin off the tips, you get the picture....I went into his room to tell him off!!
    The quilt looks gorgeous....I wonder if I have enough fabric to make a block for my quilt..... =D

  9. haha the teacher in you shines through with the being nice to books :)
    i'll be exactly the same way.. one day! haha
    gorgeous block, I was thinking of using this next month for do.good so, maybe copy catting you and to make up for it maybe i'll make a block for you.. MAYBE, if i decide its worth turning the iron on despite the heat :)

  10. Love that block choice...I have printed out the tutorial for me, lol! Can't wait to see how yours comes out too!

  11. You are going to have a beautiful quilt when this is finished. I love the pattern

  12. Danny,

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my comment during your giveaway -- so very much appreciated! It's always lovely to hear from a follow Hunger Games fan. :)

    Your blog post is great -- so many interesting things about your. Your little daughter is such a cutie. I read that you worried about her health. All the best -- you all are in my thoughts!

    Sunny greetings from Munich,


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