As you know, this week is pretty special for me because I’m participating in the New Quilters Blog Hop. Inspired by the friends I’ve made, I designed a Bee Hive block. You might use the block in a quilt, or in a gift for one your own bee/hive mates! I’m going to use one of my blocks to make a special zippered pouch for a friend.
The basic block is pieced, and I designed it to use up your fabric scraps…gotta love that!
The bee hive entrance is appliqued using the fusible applique method. Quick as a wink, your block can be done!
For an extra special touch, you can add an applique bee…or simply sew on a bee button or two. I found my buttons at Joanne’s.
I couldn’t resist adding a “flight path” for the bee using a simple running stitch. The antennae and smile are drawn on using a fabric marker although you can stitch them as well.
To keep the edges from fraying on my fusible applique, I used the new applique technique Lara Buccella introduces in her Crafted Applique book. I won’t reveal her secret, but I will tell you that if you’re planning on adding just one book to your quilting library, this book should be it! Her technique is life-changing. I was lucky enough to win a copy of her book in a recent blog hop, but I’d have bought it if I hadn’t won—it’s that good. (honest opinion)
I'm pretty happy with my Bee Hive Block, and I hope you are too. Making an applique pattern was my Brave Quilter challenge this month, so that makes me even happier!
To celebrate the New Quilters Blog Hop, I’m offering my Bee Hive Block pattern for free until midnight Sunday, EST. After that you’ll be able to purchase the six page pattern for download for a mere $3.00. If you like the pattern, come back this week as I add another quilt pattern to my online store! Exciting times indeed.
Enjoy my Bee Hive block and have fun my virtual friends and bee/hive mates! If you make anything with the block, I’d love to see photos! I have a special Facebook group and a Flickr group you can post directly to, or simply share the photo through social media using the hashtags #BeeHiveBlock @InquiringQuilter.
See ya tomorrow! In the meantime, don't forget to visit my hive mates who are also participating in Week 2 of the New Quilter's Blog Hop!