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Save Our Bees Quilt Project

SAVE OUR BEES QUILT

LEVEL: EASY


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Fabrics are from the Save Our Bees collection by Studio E.

  • (A) Bees Patch Panel - Beige 1 panel
  • (B) Shot Cotton - Carbon* 1 1/3 yards (1.22m)**
  • (C) Honeycomb - Yellow 1 1/8 yards (1.03m)
  • (D) Bees Allover - Cream 1/2 yard (0.46m)
  • (E) Bees Tossed - Grey 1/2 yard (0.46m)
  • (F) Bee Words - Beige 1 yard (0.92m)
  • (G) Bees Flowers - Light Gray 1/4 yard (0.23m)
  • (H) Bees Honey Pot - Beige 1 yard (0.92m)
  • (Backing) Bees Allover - Yellow 4 1/4 yards (3.89m)
  • 4-3/4 yards Backing Fabric
  • Batting 75" x 75" (191cm x 191cm)
    (Recommended: Air Lite Colour Me 100% Cotton)
  • Piecing and sewing thread
  • Quilting and sewing supplies

 

* Peppered Cotton Collection
** Includes BindingQuilt designed by Heidi Pridemore
Finished Quilt Size 67" x 67" (170cm x 170cm)


Save Our Bees Quilt Project
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INSTRUCTIONS

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please note: All strips are cut across the width of fabric (WOF) from selvage to selvage edge unless otherwise noted.

WOF = Width of Fabric

LOF = Length of Fabric

Fabric A (Bees Patch Panel - Beige), cut:

      • Fussy cut (8) 9 1/2" (24.13cm) blocks.

Fabric B (Shot Cotton - Carbon), cut:

  • (4) 1 1/2" x WOF (3.81cm x WOF) strips, sub-cut (16) 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" (3.81cm x 24.13cm) strips.
  • (6) 1 1/2" x WOF (3.81cm x WOF) strips, sub-cut (16) 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" (3.81cm x 29.21cm) strips.
  • (3) 2" x WOF (5.08cm x WOF) strips. Sew the strips together end to end with diagonal seams and cut
    (2) 2" x 59 1/2" (5.08cm x 152cm) strips.
  • (3) 2" x WOF (5.08cm x WOF) strips. Sew the strips together end to end with diagonal seams and cut
    (2) 2" x 56 1/2" (5.08cm x 144cm) strips.
  • (7) 2 1/2" x WWOF (6.35cm x WOF) strips for the binding.

Fabric C (Honeycomb - Yellow), cut:

  • (2) 4 1/2" x WOF (11.43cm x WOF) strips, sub-cut (20) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8.89cm x 11.43cm) strips.
  • (8) 3 1/2" x WOF (8.89cm x WOF) strips, sub-cut (92) 3 1/2" (8.89cm) squares.

Fabric D (Bees Allover - Cream), cut:

  • (1) 10 1/2" x WOF (26.67cm x WOF) strip, sub-cut (12) 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" (8.89cm x 26.67cm) strips.
  • (1) 3 1/2" x WOF (8.89cm x WOF) strip, sub-cut (8) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8.89cm x 11.43cm) strips.
    Fabric E (Bees Tossed - Gray), cut:
  • (2) 3 1/2" x WOF (8.89cm x WOF) strips, sub-cut (20) 3 1/2" (8.89cm) squares.
  • (2) 4 1/2" x WOF (11.43cm) strips, sub-cut (12) 4 1/2" (11.43cm) squares.

Fabric F (Bee Words - Beige), cut:

  • (6) 3 1/2" x WOF (8.89cm x WOF) strips, sub-cut (24) 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" (8.89cm x 26.67cm) strips.
  • (2) 4 1/2" x WOF (11.43cm x WOF) strip, sub-cut (24) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8.89cm x 11.43cm) strips.

Fabric G (Bees Flowers - Light Gray), cut:

  • (1) 4 1/2" x WOF (11.43cm x WOF) strip, sub-cut (5) 4 1/2" (11.43cm) squares.
    Fabric H (Bees Honey Pots - Beige), cut:
  • (3) 4 1/2" x WOF (11.43cm x WOF) strips. Sew the strips together end to end with diagonal seams and cut
    (2) 4 1/2" x 59 1/2" (11.43cm x 152cm) strips.
  • (4) 4 1/2" x WOF (11.43cm x WOF) strips. Sew the strips together end to end with diagonal seams and cut
    (2) 4 1/2" x 67 1/2" (11.43cm x 172cm) strips.

Backing (Bees Allover - Yellow), cut:

  • (2) 75" x WOF (191cm x WOF) strips. Sew the strips together and trim to 75" x 75" (191cm x 191cm) for
    the back.

SEWING

Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance with right sides together (RST) unless otherwise indicated. Always press towards the darker fabric while assembling, unless otherwise noted by the arrows.

Block Assembly

Step 1. Sew (1) 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" (3.81cm x 24.13cm) Fabric B strip to each side of (1) 9 1/2" (24.13cm) Fabric A square.

Sew (1) 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" (3.81cm x 29.21cm) Fabric B strip to the top and to the bottom of the Fabric A square. Trim the block to measure 10 1/2" (26.67cm) square to make (1) Block One square (Fig. 1). Repeat to make (8) Block One squares total.

Step 2. Sew (1) 3 1/2" (8.89cm) Fabric E square to each side of (1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8.89cm x 11.43cm)) Fabric C strip to make the top row. Repeat to make the bottom row. Sew (1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8.89cm x 11.43cm) Fabric C strip to each side of (1) 4 1/2" (11.43cm) Fabric G square to make the middle row. Sew the (3) rows together to make (1) Block Two square (Fig. 2). Repeat to make (5) Block Two squares total.

Step 3. Place (1) 3 1/2" (8.89cm) Fabric C square on the left side of (1) 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" (8.89cm x 26.67cm) Fabric F strip, right sides together (Fig. 3). Sew across the diagonal of the square from the upper right corner to the lower left corner (Fig. 3). Flip open the triangle formed and press (Fig. 4). Trim away the excess fabric from behind the triangle, leaving a 1/4" (0.64cm) seam allowance.

Step 4. Place another 3 1/2" (8.89cm) Fabric C square on the right side of the 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" (8.89cm x 26.67cm) Fabric F strip, right sides together (Fig. 5). Sew across the diagonal of the square from the upper left corner to the lower right corner (Fig. 5). Flip open the triangle formed and press.

Trim away the excess fabric from behind the triangle, leaving a 1/4" (0.64cm) seam allowance to make (1) Unit 1 strip (Fig. 6).

Step 5. Repeat Steps 3-4 to make (24) Unit 1 strips total.

Step 6. Sew (1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8.89cm x 11.43cm) Fabric F strip to each side of (1) 4 1/2" (11.43cm) Fabric E square to make (1) Unit 2 strip (Fig. 7). Repeat to make (12) Unit 2 strips total.

Step 7. Sew (1) Unit 1 strip to the top and to the bottom of (1) Unit 2 strip lengthwise to make (1) Block Three square (Fig. 8). Repeat to make (12) Block Three squares total.

Step 8. Repeat Steps 3-4 using (12) 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" (8.89cm x 26.67cm) Fabric D strips and (24) 3 1/2" (8.89cm) Fabric C squares to make (12) Unit 3 strips (Fig. 9).

Step 9. Sew (1) 3 1/2" (8.89cm) Fabric C square to each side of (1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8.89cm x 11.43cm) Fabric D strip to make (1) Unit 4 strip (Fig. 10). Repeat to make (8) Unit 4 strips total.

Step 10. Sew (3) Unit 3 strips and (2) Unit 4 strips together end to end and alternating them to make (1) Side Pieced Border (Fig. 11). Repeat to make a second Side Pieced Border.

Step 11. Sew (3) Unit 3 strips and (2) Unit 4 strips together end to end and alternating them. Sew (1) 3 1/2" (8.89cm) Fabric C square to each end of the new strip to make (1) Top/Bottom Pieced Border (Fig. 12). Repeat to make a second Top/Bottom Pieced Border.

Quilt Top Assembly

(Follow the Quilt Layout while assembling the quilt top.)

Step 12. Sew (1) Block Three Square to each side of (1) Block Two square. Sew (1) Block One square to each end of the new strip to make Row One. Repeat to make Row Five.

Step 13. Sew (3) Block Three squares and (2) Block One squares together, alternating them, to make Row Two.
Repeat to make Row Four.

Step 14. Sew (3) Block Two squares and (2) Block Three squares together, alternating them, to make Row Three.

Step 15. Sew the (5) rows together in numerical order to make the Center Block.

Step 16. Sew (1) Side Pieced Border to each side of the Center Block. Sew (1) Top/Bottom Pieced Border to the
top and to the bottom of the Center Block.

Step 17. Sew (1) 2" x 56 1/2" (5.08cm x 144cm) Fabric B strip to each side of the Center Block. Sew (1) 2" x 59 1/2" (5.08cm x 152cm) Fabric B strip to the top and to the bottom of the Center Block.

Step 18. Sew (1) 4 1/2" x 59 1/2" (11.43cm x 152cm) Fabric H strip to each side of the Center Block. Sew (1) 4 1/2" x 67 1/2" (11.43cm x 172cm) Fabric H strip to the top and to the bottom of the Center Block to make the quilt top.

Layering, Quilting and Finishing

Step 19. Press the quilt top and 75" x 75" (191cm x 191cm) backing well. Layer backing (wrong side up), batting, pressed quilt top (right side up) and baste. Quilt as desired and trim excess batting and backing when quilting is complete.

Binding

Step 20. Cut the ends of the (7) Fabric B binding strips at a 45-degree angle and sew end to end to make (1) continuous piece of binding. Fold in half lengthwise and press wrong sides together.
Step 21. Sew the binding to the front of the quilt, raw edges together. Turn the folded edge to the back, and hand stitch in place.

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