The Honey Pot Bee: May

Happy May Day, everyone! We’re now a third of the way through The Honey Pot Bee journey, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results all of you have been showing off! I asked all of you to take a group photo of your blocks, but I had a slight ulterior motive. While you were staring at them, I hope you took some time to think about all that you’ve accomplished, as well as any design direction your future blocks should take. For me, I realised I need to add more cool colours because the intensity of the orange is taking over. Look back at your own photos to see what you can discover!

After you’ve given that some thought, it’s time to jump into the next round of blocks! This month’s Queen, Julie Dueck started the fabric store, Intrepid Thread out of a desire to feature her own favorite fabric lines and designers, as well as offer the best possible customer care available! Not only is Julie passionate about fabric, she possesses a knowledge of fabric that only comes from years of researching it, blogging about it and buying it! She likes to say her favorite thing about quilting is buying fabric so she made a career out of it. An introvert, mom, and wife who loves Jesus, Coffee and Crafting in that order. Besides quilting/sewing, she loves planners, knitting, and DIY of all kinds.

Julie is sharing with us her own tutorial for her Feather Leaf Block. There are so many reasons why I love this block. It is smaller at 9″, so it will help fill in some gaps throughout the quilt. You get two blocks for the efforts of one! You can customise this block to use the thousands of strings you’ve been saving, and there are no seams to match! Win. Win. Win. AND Win.

Feather Leaf Block



IG: @intrepidthread (Julie – Queen Bee & pattern designer)

Now for those astute Glitteratti that have been leaning on every word, you may remember that the second royal seat for May was supposed to be Collin Fellows. However, due to unforeseen (legitimate, for reals) circumstances, he’s had to bow out for the time being. But don’t worry, he has a butterfly block in the making that will hopefully debut later this year as a bonus block. So, we’re short a royal appointment, what in the hell are we gonna do?

Hold a mother-effin’ walk-off, that’s what!

So here’s where you come in! I want you to hit me up in the comments with your best block tutorial. You can simply drop the link, or you can preach to Molli on why it needs to be part of The Honey Pot Bee lineup. Testify! I’m heading off on a fierce, fabric shopping mission to Singapore later today. So when I return to Sydney on Thursday morning, I want to see some awesome ideas that you have been keeping to yourself.

As a royal, you have no other responsibility! (It’s so easy to be a Queen, truth!) You can choose to make the block, or just share your own $0.02 about what colour mine should be. I’m so eager to pick one of the many favourites you are sure to share with me. C’mon, hit us with your best shot!


Okay, Molli’s back in town! I was away a bit longer than expected (more on that tomorrow), but some of you made some really great block tutorial suggestions! There were seven to pick from, and quite frankly, any of them would be a wonderful addition to The Honey Pot Bee family. Which means, feel free to follow along any of the suggested tutorials in the comments and make any or all of the blocks. It is your quilt after all!

Now, I did say I would pick one official tutorial that one of you suggested. So I’m going with Peggy Pirillo’s recommendation of Kate Basti’s Tall Tales Quilt Block. Awesome choice, Peggy! I love this block because it is paper pieced, but with less angles than last month. So for those that are paper-piecing-challenged (no shame!), you will undoubtedly find this block an easier experience. Plus, it’s perfect for fussy cutting, on the smaller side (so you can make a whole library), would look great as a mini-quilt, and I think it will complement that As You Wish envelope oh so well!

Tall Tales Quilt Block



IG: @katebasti (Pattern Designer)

IG: @peggypirillo (Queen Bee)

That means this month’s newest member of The Honey Pot Bee royalty is our Canadian Glitterati friend, Peggy Pirillo! Thank you Peggy for such a great suggestion! I’m adding your name to the royal court, and I can’t wait to see how you whip up this block. And while I’ve got you, check out two of Peggy’s blocks: Echo from March, and Star Kisses from February. All that rainbow combined with the black and white is looking so hot, it’s what we like to call flamin’!

11 Responses

  1. Susan Grancio says:

    Just moved this past week, actually saw my #honeypotbee box today, but it will surely be a couple of weeks before I am in the studio regularly – must finish emptying the kitchen dish packs and set up the office first! @susansquiltstudio

  2. Alison says:

    I recommend the free lipstick block tutorial by Shruti Dandekar. I haven’t tried it yet but would love to include it in my Honey Pot Bee top!

    Bonus: the nail polish block by It’s Sew Emma is a free pdf pattern download from Fat Quarter Shop.

  3. Peggy says:

    Here’s my $.02 for a block idea – how about Kate Basti’s Tall Tales Quilt block, free on her site . Thanks Molli – enjoy Singapore! That’ll give me time to finish April’s blocks.

  4. Preeti says:

    Lorna of Sew fresh Quilts has several quilt block tutorials. There is Zany Zebra This finishes at 12″ by 14″.

  5. Jess says:

    I have 2 votes: I’ve been dying to make a x & + quilt, but haven’t yet. I think a block of that would totally fit the vibe so far! My other choice is a mushroom. I mean, come on! Who doesn’t love a mushroom??? And, coincidentally, my kiddo found the everloving jackpot of morel mushrooms in my backyard today, so that seems like a win. I’m probably making one regardless. Like right now.

  6. I tried posting a day ago. No go. So. I vote for either this adorable mushroom Timely, as my daughter spied a treasure trove of Morel mushrooms this week!! I’m probably going to have to make this one regardless! Or…a block I’ve been wanting to make for a whole scrappy quilt… x&+.

  7. Rebecca says:

    One of these would be good to balance out colour choices 😉

    Or maybe this one for a simple but effective paper pieced block

  8. Peggy says:

    Thank you Molli! With so many great choices, I am so honoured to be part of the Royal Court!! Kate’s block is amazing and I can’t wait to whip up a few.

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    […] with my original fabric pull and only add tonal prints if absolutely necessary. So in reviewing Molli’s May Honey Pot Bee Blocks and tutorials, I ultimately decided to make only the Feather Leaf […]

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