Always More Bee Blocks

Since I’ve enjoyed making bee blocks this last year so much, I decided to join my first ever international bee – The Stash Bee. I made my first blocks this last weekend.

String Block


The Queen asked for four string blocks put together any way we wanted. I decided, of course, to do a chevron pattern.

The Queen asked for bright, jewel-toned fabrics. I thought I had an abundance of that in my scraps, but I actually don’t. I have lots of grays and cool blues, which I should have known. Most of my bright, jewel-tones are in solids.

Finally, I made a bee block for myself to match the other Modern Maples for the 3×6 bee.

Modern Maple


I asked for low volume blocks, so I made a low volume Modern Maple. I love how it turned out!

Now on to even more bee block making!

  1. Becky’s avatar

    Where do you find all these wonderful bees? Are you worried about the quality of the workmanship or the fabrics? Since I love a challenge, where would I look for bees, especially as a more traditional quilter?


    1. Lesley’s avatar

      Most of my bees are through the KC Modern Quilt Guild. If it’s a good bee, the Bee Mama will have some rules like only using quilt shop quality fabric, etc. Also, I take a laid back approach to it. I try to do as much prep as possible, provide good instructions, use blocks that can be trimmed and are pretty easy, and not worry if something is late.


    2. Becky’s avatar

      That is good information. I like more traditional quilts and fabrics so how would I find a bee for 1800’s or 30’s fabrics, for instance?


      1. Lesley’s avatar

        I would recommend searching on Flickr or just a regular Google search.



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