Bee-utiful QAL {Block 12 – Bee Grateful}


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}.

As I was sketching out my initial designs for this quilt, this one tended to be my least favorite. As a matter of fact, before I actually began embroidering it, I really contemplated discarding this design and coming up with another.


But as I made decisions regarding how these blocks were to be stitched, this block really started to grow on me. Especially once I stitched the sunflowers (my all-time favorite flowers)!


I really love the texture that the French knots add to this block. When I created these designs, I tried to incorporate similar elements throughout the quilt. You’ll notice that there isn’t just one block with a sunflower, nor is there one kitty, one strawberry, or one bunny. There is also more than one block that has clover and clover blossoms. Like I’ve previously stated, I tried to think of things that naturally would be associated with bees. And one of the most common types of honey you’ll see in stores (At least in the US, anyway. I’ve never been outside the states, so I don’t know what’s available elsewhere) is clover honey.

I’ve also chosen to incorporate wool into Block 12 as well. I dunno about you, but filling in the hive entrance, which is rather large compared to other satin stitched components of this quilt, didn’t really sound all that fun to me. LOL.


The stitches and methods I’ve used throughout this quilt are quite basic, as I wanted it to be appealing to  beginners and experienced stitchers alike. But when I look at this block, I think it presents you with opportunity to really make it your own. Throughout social media, I’ve really seen some of our fellow stitchers take off with creative ideas for these blocks. So if you don’t want to stick to my designs, or you want to take creative liberties, go ahead! I encourage it!!! Just don’t forget to share them! I love seeing your work. If you’re sharing on Instagram, make sure to use the hashtags #beeutifulqal, #beegrateful, and #summersewingcamp.

You can download the PDF pattern for this block {here}. And, if you’re having trouble with any of the stitches or techniques used, you can visit my YouTube page for tutorials. Or, if you haven’t already, join our Facebook group. It’s a really great community, and you’ll be sure to find all the support you need to complete this quilt-a-long with ease.

I’ll see you tomorrow for Block 13! Until then, happy stitching!


{Sweet Little Stitches}





12 comments on “Bee-utiful QAL {Block 12 – Bee Grateful}

  1. Kathleen says:

    I’m glad you didn’t discard this one, it’s cute!
    I asked the question last week but didn’t receive an answer, will you be putting these blocks in one big printer friendly document at the end? When you first started, they were being provided as one compiled doc as well as individually. I decided to not download the individual patterns and just use the compiled version. But now I don’t find a link to the compiled document. Please let me know if I need to go back and collect the separate patterns.
    Thank you.

    • mysweetlittlestitches says:

      Kathleen, I will pass this along to the editor for you. She would be the one who would do that.

    • Lisa Calle says:

      Hi Kathleen! Yes, these will all be compiled in one final PDF with the assembly instructions at the end. We decided there was too much room for error having so many copies of the instructions circulating in addition to Pamela’s PDF files with the embroidery designs. Thanks!

  2. Where do I find the first 11 blocks?

    • VAMama says:

      If you go to the top of the page, just under the Moda Bake (cupcake) Shop banner, you will see a label that says “Index”. Click on that, and you will see all of the postings in reverse order. They are nicely titled, and all of the Bee-utiful QAL posts are easy to find. They began in June, so it isn’t a lot of scrolling.

      • mysweetlittlestitches says:

        Also, if you click on the tag Sweet Little Stitches (my company) at the bottom of the post, or Bee-utiful QAL it will take you to all the posts.

  3. Lori says:

    sure loving all your blocks! thank you again for sharing all your creativity with all of us!

  4. Reminds me of sweet times sipping homemade lemonade and learning to hand embroider with Gramma. Happy memories! I still have the first pillowcase I made… My name and a few flowers and it’s just precious to me. Glad to see this QALat the Bake Shop!

  5. Mary VanFossen says:

    Im not real sure about squaring up the blocks Can someone help Thanks Mary

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