Baby Bee Free Quilt Block Pattern and Tutorial

Do you want to give paper piecing a try? If so, this is the perfect pattern for you! First of all, its free, and you can't do better than that. Secondly, its a manageable size for a beginner project, just 6" x 6", easy to handle, perfect for a coaster. Lastly, it's cute as a button!!!

Baby Bee Quilt Block

Simply click on this link and you will be taken directly to my Dropbox site where you can download the pattern and comprehensive tutorial. You can do it, I know you can!!!



American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast

Pat Sloan has invited me to chat with her on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast.  I'm really looking forward to it.  Be sure to check us out!

Podcast Post

Succulent Patterns are in the Shop!

The succulent trend is sweeping the nation! It's no wonder, as these adorable, drought resistant babies can thrive just about anywhere. I couldn't resist jumping on the band wagon and created this fresh pattern trio. Let's meet the newbies:

Aloe Pic
1. Aloe. Made with medium to light shades of green, this spiky plant will look great in any color pot. Do you know that the juice of an aloe plant will soothe a burn? This makes the aloe an ideal plant for the kitchen.

Jade Pic
2. Jade. A classic succulent, named for the rich green stone it resembles.  If you snip off jade leaf and plant in potting soil, in no time at all, you'll have a whole new plant!

Paddle Pic
3. Paddle. The paddle plant is the quintessential succulent and comes in a variety of colors. Don't be afraid to use greens, purples and deep reds for this plant as these color variations are all found in nature.

Each of these quilt blocks measure 8'' x 8'' when finished. They can be either paper pieced or traditionally pieced. You can reduce or enlarge the pattern to make different sizes of blocks:

For 6'' x 6'' blocks, reduce the patterns to 75 percent.
For 10'' x 10'' blocks, enlarge the patterns to 125 percent.
For 12'' x 12'' blocks, enlarge the patterns to 150 percent.
For 16" x 16" blocks, enlarge the pattern to 200 percent.

Succulents Quilt
By enlarging some of the block patterns, you can make a quilt like this!

Jade Pic 2
Paddle Pic 2 Aloe Pic 2

Just like the real plants, these blocks look great in bright color combinations too!

If you plan to piece traditionally, simply cut apart the pattern and cut out the corresponding fabric pieces adding a 1/4" seam allowance to each side. It is important to be accurate with this! Sew the pieces together with 1/4'' seams just as you would with any other patchwork. Be sure to sew the pieces together in order, i.e., start with piece A1, then attach A2, A3, etc.. Once you connect all of the A pieces, do the same with the B pieces. When the B pieces are all connected to one another, sew B onto A, and so on.

If you are a paper piecer, you know what to do!

If you are new to paper piecing and want to give it a try, you can download a free paper piecing tutorial and practice pattern from here;

These patterns make great mug rugs, hot pads, apron pockets or pot holders. Enlarge the patterns to make table toppers, wall hangings or tote bags for your gardening friends!

To purchase these electronic, downloadable patterns, just click on my shop button on the right!

Thank you and enjoy!


My Beetopia pattern collection is in the shop! This ensemble features a number of fun, bee keeping quilted projects that will bring breath of fresh air to your decor.
Bed Quilt
The bed quilt pattern is a 5 page, 8 1/2'' x 11'' .pdf (electronic) document.

The finished bed quilt measures 80'' x 90''. The pattern contains a template and sewing instructions to make the quilt top and backing. This pattern is suitable for an intermediate level quilter. A material requirements chart is included.

Pillow Covers
The pillow cover pattern is a 14 page, 8 1/2'' x 11'' .pdf (electronic) document.

The finished covers measure 18'' x 18'' each. The pattern contains designs for both covers. They can be either paper pieced or traditionally pieced. This pattern is suitable for an intermediate level quilter. A material requirements chart is included.

Mini Quilts
The mini quilts pattern is a 17 page, 8 1/2'' x 11'' .pdf (electronic) document.

Each mini quilt measures 12'' x 12'' when finished. The pattern contains designs for four different quilts. They can be either paper pieced or traditionally pieced. This pattern is suitable for an intermediate level quilter. A material requirements chart is included.

Just click my shop link button to the right to get started shopping!

Have fun!

QuiltCon 2017 Book Signing

QuiltCon Book Signing

Are you going to QuiltCon this year? If so, be sure to stop by Stash books booth #118 for my Go Big, Go Bold book signing! I'll be there from 11:00 am -12:00 pm on Friday, February 24th. Buy a book at 20% off, swap pins or just say "hello". I'd love to meet you. If you've already bought a book, bring it along and I'll sign that too! It's all good!!!

I'll have a few of the quilts from my book on display and guess what? I'll even let you touch them! Unheard of!

QuiltCon Pins

Hope to see you there!