Bee-utiful Quilt-a-long {Block 1 – Bee Curious}


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}.

Hello there! Since I’m a new Moda Bake Shop Chef, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Pamela Morgan from Sweet Little Stitches. I’m the designer of the Bee-utiful Quilt-a-long for the Summer Sewing Camp.

The quilt-a-long features twenty of my original embroidery designs, and each block has one (or more) adorable little bee!


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The best part about this quilt is that it’s charm pack friendly. I also have a “thing” for designing custom labels for every quilt I make, and this one is no different.


This time, I’ve designed an adorable paper-pieced bee. If you’re unfamiliar with embroidery or paper-piecing, never fear! I’ll guide you along, every step of the way with easy-to-follow video tutorials (The video for block one is at the end of this post), and I’ve created a special Facebook group as well, where you can feel free to ask questions and share your work!

So, shall we get started?

The Bee-utiful quilt finishes at 58″ x 70″. Each block measures 10″ finished.


{for the quilt}

1 5/8 yd Bleached White Bella Solid (For embroidery foundation)
1 charm pack or 4 mini charm packs (I used Bee Creative by Deb Strain) (sashing)
1 yd cream handwriting print (Block border)
½ yard tonal honeycomb print (inner border)
1 1/4 yd large black floral (outer border)
4 yards backing fabric
5/8 yd Black Bella Solid (binding)
Various colors six-strand embroidery floss
Small scraps coordinating hand-dyed wool or coordinating cotton scraps for appliqué (optional)
4″ and 5″ embroidery hoop
Stabilizer (optional)



For now, we’ll just be cutting our embroidery foundation. So, you can set everything else aside. Take your white Bella Solid and cut 5 strips 10½” x WOF.  Now, cut each of those strips into (4) 10½” squares.
Set aside all but one of your foundation squares. For your convenience, I’ve made each block into its own PDF printable. You can download block one {Bee Curious} here and it is also included in the Printer Friendly Version at the end of this post.
Once you’ve downloaded and printed the PDF, trace using your desired method. I used this light pad and a FriXion pen (disclaimer: I know of others who’ve used these for quilting designs and had problems, but I only ever use mine for embroidery and I’ve never had an issue).
If you go with a darker material, or want to use a stabilizer, I highly recommend these water-soluble, inkjet printable sheets by Sulky. I didn’t include these in my tutorial, since I didn’t use these for my blocks, but a Google search will pull up lots of good tutorials if you choose to go this route.
Once you’ve traced your design onto your fabric, follow the instructions included in the PDF file, and if you need help with the stitches, watch my tutorial below:



One bee-utiful cat! Each block measures 10″ finished.

I hope you enjoy making this quilt as much as I have! Come back next week (June 16) for blocks 2 and 3. And, if you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow me @sweetlittlestitches and share your finished block 1 with the hashtags #beeutifulQAL, #beecurious, and #MBSsummersewingcamp!!! I can’t wait to see what y’all create!

Pamela Morgan
{QAL Facebook Group}



63 comments on “Bee-utiful Quilt-a-long {Block 1 – Bee Curious}

  1. Rosemary Barron says:

    I love embroidery and think this is a great quilt. I tried to download the Printer Friendly Version and was unable to … is there anyway I can get that to work? Thanks.

    • I’ll check with an admin and make sure that gets fixed ASAP. In the meantime, the link to the PDF (further up in the post) pattern is working!

  2. Christine says:

    What a bright and happy project! Can’t wait to bee-gin!

  3. Deb says:

    Love bees. Several are nestled in various places Indy sewing room. I cannot wait to get started!

  4. kathyinmn says:

    I’ll admit that these are not my colors…that being said this quilt is sensational. You make me want to try embroidery.

  5. What an adorable project! I love your patterns and enjoy that it combines pieced elements as well. Welcome to the Moda Bake Shop bakers team.

  6. Barbara says:

    How do I sign up for the rest of these beautiful blocks? My grand daughter loves bees! What
    embroidery thread do you use?

  7. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for this QAL – so cute but then I am a sucker for anything with a cat on it ;-D Sure hope they can get the Printer Friendly Version button working correctly. I want the entire instructions because I love everything about your choices!!

  8. Lisa Calle says:

    Printer Friendly link corrected

  9. Mindy says:

    Will embroidery be one week at a time or is it possible to download some of them now?

  10. They will be two at a time after this week! But yes, this is a weekly project

    • stacey larson says:

      Will they come automatically in our email as this first block did? they are soooooooooooo stinkin’ cute!!!

  11. Kathleen says:

    Do you have a suggestion for the best stabilizer that isn’t dissolvable but still leaves the fabric soft? I’m concerned about some of the thread ends showing through the white fabric. It’s been a while since I’ve embroidered and not sure what’s out there that won’t make it too stiff.
    Thank you. These blocks are really cute.

    • As far as stabilizers go, I’m a big fan of Sulky brand. They have just tear away stabilizer, as well. I like theirs because they’re soft and cottony. I would check out their selection. They’re also readily available at Joann or online! As far as showing through, you can see that I used white and have no issues. However, you are going to see thread if you’re holding it up to the light, but otherwise, it’s not an issue 🙂 Hope this helps!

  12. Pamuela Hodson says:

    Like I need another project. But like someone in a previous comment said, I like anything with a cat in it. I am always looking for something different and this fits the bill. I look forward to following the journey.

  13. Helen G says:

    I love this quilt! I love quilts that include embroidery. And I love bees! I probably won’t keep up with everyone, but that’s not the point. Count me in!

  14. Lori says:

    Thank you for this great project-really creative! Excited to start, so I’m off to buy my supplies! We are driving from LA to Portland and I looked online for a hand sewing project to take with me-this will be soooo much fun to work on 🙂

  15. This is so lovely!! Thank you for the patterns – I’m really looking forward to your QAL! It’s perfect for summer, when I like to sew outdoors, listening to the bees buzzing THANK YOU x
    Hope you have a bright and bee-utiful day 🙂

  16. Barb says:

    Woohoo!! I finally found this fabric at a quilt shop and had no particular project in mind, just simply had to have it. This quilt is adorable and I can’t wait to get stared!!

  17. txtea says:

    LOVE IT! What did you use for the back?

  18. What a gorgeous quilt!! Thanks so much for sharing it!! Very generous of you!!

  19. Angie says:

    I am going to try this also. I have not done embroidery in years. but I am going to give it a whirl.

  20. Susan Rosina Escreet says:

    I cant wait to get started on this one, I am a quilter and my mum embroiders so we are going to do this as a joint venture. My mum is 81 and is excited to be sharing a project with me. Thank you so much. I hope I don’t miss any of the blocks and that they stay on line for a while. I have ordered my fabric and cant wait to begin.

  21. Susan says:

    COUNT ME IN… I love to embroidery and was thinking about starting something this summer. I’m going to use Moda grunge vanilla for my embroidery background and go through my stash to find a Moda charm pack to use. I have purchased, but have not yet tried the the sulky inkjet printables so this will be a perfect time to use it. I’m sew excited about the project! Thank you.

  22. Like Lori, I’m looking for a summer hand sewing project for traveling. THIS one fits the bill!! I love it!!!! Quick question….I’ve never embroidered a quilt? Does is wash up well?

  23. Susan says:

    Susan Rosina how special it will be that you and your mum have a project to work on together! I wish my mom and grandparents (Dad’s side) were here to sew with me. My grandmother taught me to embroidery as a child; my grandfather was the quilter in the family. He made string quilts out of old wool pants and dress/flannel shirts, no batting, but a flannel backing and tied them off. They were very warm.

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  25. Carol Epling says:

    I love this block – and all the others! I want to download this, but don’t know how. Please help!

  26. Just click the Print Friendly Version link at the bottom of the page!

  27. Lori Butler says:

    I notice that the path of the bee differs in the completed sample and on the paper pattern. I’m going to sew mine like the sample.

  28. I have never done anything like this before as I’ve never seen a quilt along/BOM type pattern that I love enough to commit the time. Until now! I love this. I’m just going to use a charm pack I already have but I am soooooo excited.

  29. Kirsten says:

    Count me in!! This sounds like fun!

  30. Deb says:

    Oh boy this looks like a lot of fun, its such an adorable quilt and I love hand embroidery I’m going to give it a try.

  31. Melba says:

    When will the next blocks be posted?

  32. MARYLEE says:

    I thought the new blocks would be released on Wednesday but nothing so far that I can see.

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  34. Jamie says:

    I don’t ever check the bake shop but so glad it came to me tonight to see what’s up! My daughter’s name is Bea so this has to be made!!! The first block is adorable!

  35. Judy P says:

    This is adorable!! I had just started, four blocks so far, of a “flower quilt” with 12 in blocks with hand stitched flowers in the centers of the blocks. This will go with it so well!! Thank you so much!

  36. Carol Engeron says:

    Is there a place, other than Facebook, to sign up to receive each new block as it is published?

    • Rebecca in VA says:

      Carol, did you get an answer? I suscribe to and these patterns are in my mailbox. You can get all the old ones just by scrolling down through the blog posts.I have a huge file of beautiful free patterns that I’ll never live long enough to make ;-D

  37. Mary Goble says:

    How fun is this quilt–it makes me smile with the bees and the flowers and the bike basket–I have a bike in my front flower garden–can’t wait to start

  38. […] For those of you that like embroidery, make sure to visit the Moda Bakeshop for their summer Bee-utiful Quilt-Along.  This quilt features twenty original embroidery designs […]

  39. Karen Cummings says:

    I Love this Quilt. I also love to embroider and I’ve not done it in years. Can’t wait to get this started.

  40. Kathleen says:

    I am enjoying my evenings listening to TV while i embroider. Love it!

  41. Bev Robinson says:

    For some reason having a problem printing this out. Love the blocks and want to get started!

  42. Charlotte Lamb says:

    Where do I find out the measurements for the borders and such, I only see directions for each block but where is the rest?

    • Hi Charlotte! I think I may have answered this for you in the Facebook group, but I will be sharing the final piecing instructions for the quilt when we wrap up embroidery. I believe August 25th is the date for the wrap up post.

  43. sloDian says:

    Do you have a suggestion for the amount of floss to get if I’m just starting the blocks now?

    • Yes! Sorry I am just now getting to this. I used less than one skein for just about every color, with the exception of yellow and black. The yellow also happens to be the only DMC number I know, and it is 3820. I would suggest 3 or 4 skeins of yellow and black. Hope this helps!

      • Dian says:

        Yes, thank you! I see that this quilt-a-long is VERY popular and as others have stated, it has reignited my embroidery passion. Thanks very much and your patterns are absolutely darling.

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