Bee-utiful QAL {Block 4 – Bee Humble}


NOTE: This quilt-a-long has wrapped up. If you are looking for the full set of embroidery patterns and quilt assembly instructions, please visit the final post {here}.

I’m not gonna lie. I have never seen — in person, in real life — what we always see represented as a beehive.


Have you?


My husband, brother-in-law, and I were sitting in my studio, admiring this quilt hanging on my design wall. We all agreed that we’ve never actually seen this type of hive in person. I was telling my brother-in-law how the addition of the entrance on this hive came later on, after my husband told me that it looked like a steaming pile of …you know.


Nice, huh? 😒 (Don’t judge him TOO harshly; he was just talking about the hive itself, not my work.)


Then I showed my sister-in-law, and she suggested the addition of the door or entrance to make it look less, ahem, pile-like. LOL. Oh my, I never thought there’d be this much potty-talk while writing about quilts! And, for what it’s worth, I’ve never thought that’s what it looked like.

Anyway, as usual, I’ve made y’all a PDF pattern (download here), and video tutorial to teach you how to do a lazy daisy stitch, which is really just a single “link” of a chain stitch. So nothing too complicated.

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Lastly, if you’re participating in this quilt-a-long and haven’t joined the Facebook group, you’re missing out (Click here to join)! We have over 600 members sharing their work, answering your questions, and just having an all-around good time! And share your work on Instagram, too. Use the hashtags #beeutifulqal, #summersewingcamp, and #beehumble.

Happy stitching!


{Sweet Little Stitches}


Note: The Printer Friendly Version will have each new block added to the original instructions. If you are new to this quilt-a-long today, print this and you will have everything you need so far. If you started with the first block, print only Pamela’s PDF download above.






10 comments on “Bee-utiful QAL {Block 4 – Bee Humble}

  1. Melanie says:

    Hi Pamela, This kind of bee hive is known as a “skep” It was woven from wicker, reeds or straw, rather like a basket, depending on what was available in the area. It was a home made item, from an age when it was not possible to go out and buy such things, so I think it’s a very suitable addition to your lovely quilt. One thing though, (tho? sorry, not sure of American spelling!) they were never hung from trees. But I like it.

  2. I just got started on a block last night at my knit night. Four of us were doing embroidery or cross stitch so not much knitting going on! I’m pretty sure I tempted three or four more ladies from my group with these adorable blocks!

  3. Wona says:

    Well it was enough to get me to go google it. According to wikki they were also outlawed in the USA in 1998. Apparently in most of these skeps it is difficult to remove the honey without destroying the entire colony of bees. I guess since most honey today is gathered on a commercial level that really does not make good business sense. I had an uncle that used to rob hives but usually they were found in the woods in trees. But I can remember him bringing us jars of honey and eating his honey as a young girl.

  4. Barbara says:

    Beautiful bock!! What are your thoughts on pre-washing the background fabric for the embroidery?
    I am fairly new to embroidery! I do not not usually wash my fabric before using it when I am quilting.
    Bees are so cute.

  5. Sue H says:

    Love it! Love all things bees too!

  6. Linda J says:

    These blocks–and the quilt–are wonderful. I think I might have known the word “skep” but not exactly what it was so thanks to the commenter above for that. There is a bee keeper that I drive past all the time but all I see are box like things, LOL.

  7. Kathleen says:

    Not only are we getting another lovely quilt block, but we are also gaining an education on bees!

  8. Joan says:

    I told my husband about the pooh reference and that when I read it I thought to myself that Pamela, you must have a husband like mine. His comment…” I bet most of us husbands are like that!”

  9. Jackie Hale says:

    Just found your Bee-utiful Quilt Along! Thank you!!

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