The Honey Pot Bee: January

Okay, let’s do this! It’s time to kick off The Honey Pot Bee with the first official blocks for January. Are you ready? Can you even handle it?! I certainly can not, so it’s time to just let all the cats out of the proverbial bag! As I’ve described before, each month there will be two queens and/or kings (Royals) who each propose a block for the The Honey Pot Bee to make.  These block tutorials may be of their own design, or something amazing they’ve just wanted to try out from someone else. Now remember, you’re making these blocks for yourself, so you can choose which and how many to make. January’s Royal team consists of Angie from Gnome Angel, and the most fabulous person I know: moi!

First, let’s hear what Angie had to say about her January selection:

Hello! Hello! I’m Angie and I write over at I’m so honoured to be the first of an incredible line up of Queens as part of The Honey Pot Bee. It’s summer here in Australia and at this time of year the strawberries are plentiful. I’ve been crushing on strawberry quilts for awhile now so The Honey Pot Bee provided the perfect opportunity for me to make myself my own summer quilt. 

I’ve been crushing hard on the strawberries that Bec from Skyberries has been making and so I decided to use her tutorial and add my own touch to it. I’ve upscaled Bec’s original block to make a strawberry block that finishes at 17.5” x 24.5”. This means you can really show off your prints and pull together a quilt top in no time. I’m making a quilt top using 9 blocks in a 3 x 3 grid. 

I’ve provided all the details on how to upsize the blocks, the fabrics I’m using and my tips and tricks for making the blocks quickly. You can find them here. At the end of the month I’ll be showing you the finished quilt top and giving you the details on what you need to complete your own super sized strawberry quilt (if you want to make one of course).

If you’re planning to use The Honey Pot Bee to make a sampler quilt then I’d recommend you use the measurements in Bec’s tutorial to get a smaller sized strawberry. I can’t wait to see the blocks you make and I hope you enjoy this little patchwork piece of summer from Australia with love. 

Strawberry Quilt Block finishes at 17.5" x 24.5" and is great for a quick large quilt finish, using up your scraps and having fun with colour. This version is made featuring Karen Lewis Blueberry Park for Robert Kaufman partnered with Robert Kaufman Essex Linen.

Angie made her super-sized blocks with Karen Lewis Blueberry Park for Robert Kaufman partnered with Robert Kaufman Essex Linen. See more at

So you’ve got two options with this block:

Skyberries’s Strawberry Block – 7.5″ x 10.5″

Gnome Angel’s Strawberry Block – 17.5″ x 24.5″

This is normally the part where I’d introduce the next member of the Royal family, but since that’s me, we can skip that part! When thinking about the block I wanted to choose, I decided to go back to my very first quilt bee in 2012, and the very first quilt block I ever made. I know this is the first quilt bee for a lot of you out there, so if I managed this quilt block in my sewing youth, I know you can too!


The very first quilt block I ever made! Starflower Block using a tutorial at

This is the Starflower Block from a tutorial by Ellison Lane. There are so many options with these blocks. The Starflower Quilt Block tutorial shows how to make two blocks at once with virtually zero fabric wastage. Or you can save the extra HSTs and throw them elsewhere in your quilt, or make a simple pinwheel from them. Remember, this is your quilt, and The Honey Pot Bee is all about what you want to do! So do whatever you damn well please! (Now, isn’t that a refreshing thing to hear?!)

Ellison Lane’s Starflower Block – 12.5″ x 12.5″

So to recap, the Strawberry Block comes in two sizes, so you could make two small ones, or one big one and have the same real estate in your quilt. Or you could make two Starflower Blocks, or one of each of them! It’s all up to you now to decide what’s right for you. What am I going to do? Well, I think I’m going to have to make one of everything, and see what works and what doesn’t. I’ll be sure to fill you in on my progress in a few days!


Instagram Tags for Strawberry Block:





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10 Responses

  1. Natasha says:

    Thank you Molli Sparkles and other royal quilting authorities! You people are super awesome to share all this information with us. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. Susan Grancio says:

    Both great ideas, thank you. Starting either will have to wait until I get home from CraftNapa, but I think I will make the strawberry block big for a pillow and use the extra HST’s I am not using in my En Provence quilt (making a 4-block table topper instead of a queen quilt) for your fun block.
    Looking forward to lots of good ideas and low pressure!

  3. Elsie Bulva says:

    Cute and will love to do them as soon as I finish my scrap Christmas quilts I PROMISED myself the fabric is not going back into the cupboard for next year. Some had labels of 1997 or older. Thanks for doing this Molli Sparkles. Sounds like fun and different from others I have done. Happy New Year. I envy Angie,we in Canada are sitting in a deep freeze.

  4. Lou Wotzke says:

    Thank you so very much for 2 incredible blocks in the first round! They are thoughtful, well explained, different and better than I’ve been able to find in hours of surfing. If this keeps up, I will have a full year of, tops to sew……..who wants to make just one?
    Lou in minus 30+ degrees of Canadian winter.

  5. Liz says:

    Looks interesting

  6. How exciting! I look forward to making these soon. 🙂 Thanks for kicking things off so royally!

  7. Rosie says:

    Love the patterns for January. Do you have a Facebook page where we can post are finished blocks? I don’t do instagrams

  8. JaneE says:

    Fun stuff!

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