This ain’t no April Fool’s joke, y’all! It’s time for another instalment of The Honey Pot Bee block tutorials. This month brings some really interesting ideas with two completely different techniques. Our Royal Court has done an outstanding job this month picking and designing blocks that will appeal to everyone. Some of you love traditional piecing, while some of you love (or are beginning to love) foundation paper piecing, so once again our designers are brining you one of each option. Feel free to make one, none, both, or a dozen and a half of each. I’ve got my heart-eyed emoji set on making the Starry Eyed Block in a few sizes, and seeing how different colour ways affect the Stripey Stripe Block. Remember, sharing is caring, and I’ve provided all the relevant hashtags below. Kisses!
I asked Kitty to tell us all a bit about herself and selection:
Hi! I’m Kitty, aka Night Quilter, and I’m thrilled to be a Queen Bee for April, my birthday month! What better time to don a crown, right?! (Molli’s Note: There’s a block for that!) A bit about me–I’m a stay at home mom of three amazing kiddos, wife, sewist of quilts and other beautiful things, photographer, gardener, yogi, and all in all lover of life. I aim to create beautiful things every day, both for sanity and to make the world a more beautiful place! You can find me blogging at Night Quilter, sharing eye candy on Instagram @nightquilter, designing patterns for Quilt Theory, and rocking the Instagram account for the amazing Quilter’s Planner @thequiltersplanner. When I’m not doing that, you’ll find me galavanting in the wilds of Maine, quilt, camera, and tall and patient husband in hand, taking epic quilt photos as the ultimate melding of three of my biggest passions: quilting, nature, and photography. Photographing all 14 projects included in the 2017 Quilter’s Planner was one of the most exciting and wild quilty undertakings to date, but it not only resulted in pretty rockin’ awesome photographs to brighten the pages of the planner, but also my all time favorite compliment, from Amy Sinibaldi, whose quilt I photographed at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse–“you’re like part photographer-part James Bond life threatening explorer”… yup, that’s me! Danger is my middle name, especially when it comes to getting the perrrrrfect quilt photo.
I selected the Starry Sky block by Kylie at A Persevering Mom for my contribution to The Honey Pot Bee for a number of reasons. Firstly, who doesn’t want to spread the love from one persevering mom to another?! Secondly, the block is very simply pieced but visually impactful, it allows for some fun color or value play, and is a great intro to foundation paper piecing for those of you who are uncertain about the technique. I share very visual, photo-heavy foundation paper piecing tutorials on my blog here, and on Andover Fabrics’ blog here for anyone who needs a reminder before diving in. The templates included in the free pattern have 12″, 6″ and 2.5″ versions, so you can go wild! I hope you love this block as much as I do! Shine on!
Here’s a little bit about Audrey and her new design:
Hi! I’m Audrey from Hot Pink Quilts. Can you remember the first time you saw a quilt? I can. I was eight, and I saw a double wedding ring quilt at a craft show. I wanted one on my bed so badly! (Even at eight, I was a discerning soul.) Fast forward to my twenties, and a good friend taught me how to quilt so I could make my own. While I still don’t have that DWR on my bed, I’ve been quilting for about five years, and it is everything I thought it would be, and more!
When I thought about what kind of block I wanted to share with you, I envisioned a simple block that could be made up a bunch of different ways, and I think this block fits the bill. I hope you enjoy making your own Stripey Stripe block as much as I enjoyed making mine!
IG: @HotPinkQuilts (Audrey – Queen Bee / Pattern Designer)
So there you go, a few quilt blocks to keep you busy! While there is a special surprise in store later this month, there is currently no bonus block scheduled. As this month brings us a third of the way through the year, I’d suggest laying out your blocks and snapping a photo so you can see what they look like all together. Ahem. Cough. Let me clear my throat. Aaaah-hint-choooo! Okay then.