A beautiful day in the neighbourhood

Hello Stash Beehive 4 buddies and everyone else.   This is the 2nd post about my “Sheltering at Home” quilt and this one is all about the stories Sara and Cathleen shared with me.

Before we take a peek into Sara and Cathleen’s lives this spring, lets get up to date with how we got here..   I was Queen Bee  for Hive 4 in June and asked my hive-mates to make a house/village block with these simple instructions.

Your mission for June is to make a quilt block about your family’s home/neighbourhood.  It can be your home, or the home of someone you love, or care about. I am looking for house/village blocks that measure between 15.5″ and 16.5″ unfinished.  You CAN make it any size you want–up to and including the maximum that Stash Bee guidelines allow… (max. 16″ square blocks that can be pieced in 1.5 hours or less).  It doesn’t have to be square, but please aim for blocks to be15.5″ wide.  (I will be adding sashing if needed to bring all the blocks up to 18″ square later).  The important thing is that your house represents you.

Earlier this month, I posted right here about the first three blocks that arrived.  I hope you take a moment to read it, if you haven’t already.

Needless to say I was pretty keen to open the envelope from Cathleen.  It did NOT disappoint.  In fact it blew me away.  Whatdayathink?  Could you build a quilt that includes this one….I guess so!



Here is a peek into where Cathleen, her hubby and the 3 furr-kids (can you find them in the block?  I love it!!) are sheltering at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.  I’m calling her block  “Home 2 Stay”.  Here are her thoughts about her home and community.

Though I had thought I would make a block that included the house that still feels like home and the house in which I currently live, I decided to only make the current house.  The previous owners left us some architecture drawings which made it easy to trace the front elevation. And I miss my old home soooo much that the thought of creating a version of it became too sad. I’m sheltering in place with my husband and three cats in an old house in a new community.  

What I’ve learned during this pandemic: 

  • I believe we need to work together to help everyone in our communities survive. 
  • I hope we become more compassionate while loudly and clearly rejecting the hate.  
  • Though I am complying with the public health recommendations, “social distancing” is painful, especially in a new community.  My need for social interaction is much higher than I ever would have estimated. 
  • “Physically distancing” seems a less painful phrase. 
  • Thank goodness for all the technology that allows interaction with far away friends and family. 
  • I feel unmotivated to create and really envy all those who have increased their creativity and productivity.  

I have several lifetimes of unfinished projects and almost zero motivation to create.  Thank goodness for Stash Bee and project promises to others as those are the only projects that have brought me to the sewing machine.  

Since October 2017 I’ve been impacted by two wildfires, relocating and the pandemic.  I need to increase calm and reduce anxiety and stop ingesting huge amounts of Doritos. On a lighter note, wearing a mask with hearing aids limits one’s mask options.  Much love, Cathleen.

I think its safe to say that there are millions of folks out there in the world feeling very much the same way as Cathleen does. And, its okay to feel that way.  Our lives have have been turned upside down and all of us have been shaken to the core.  Thank you for bravely sharing how you are being impacted by this crazy pandemic.  I know I have had all those feelings and more over the last few months.

The next block I opened was the one that highlighted Sara’s delightful dwelling.  I’d be over the moon if this was where I called home in 2020.


I’m calling this block “BEE-u-tiful” because its really beautiful and if you read down below, you’ll see it ties into Sara’s story.

“We live in an apartment with a beautiful garden out front; so I used some of my favourite florals!  My Mr. and I call each other “Bee”; we have a cat and we often sit in our courtyard to watch the set set; the windows represent these things!  Thankfully I am able to work from home so quarantine has been OK.

I don’t know about any of you, but I have absolutely no trouble seeing Sara’s home in her description of life in her hometown.

Stay tuned to see whose blocks are next.  It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.

Did you do something creative today?





  1. I’m enjoying these posts – it’s so fun to see the beautiful blocks (I want to live in Cathleen’s house!) as well as hear the stories behind them. Thank you for sharing them with us.


  2. Velda, this is an amazing idea! I love the stories of each home. It is going to be a treasure!❤️❤️


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