Bee-utiful QAL {Block 9 – Bee Fruitful}


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}.

When I was designing these blocks, I ultimately tried to think of places where bees would naturally be found. My husband suggested a watermelon. I’m so happy that this block made it into my quilt.

Can you think of anything more fitting as part of a summer sewing camp than a slice of watermelon on a picnic blanket?

There is no video for this block, but I do want to show you a few close-ups of the stitching on the picnic blanket.

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I chose to use a loosely-spaced satin stitch to fill in the blocks of the picnic blanket. It adds a nice textural element, saves on floss (I think I went through more than one skein of black floss on this block alone), and gives the appearance that the blanket is woven. Feel free to stitch however you like, but I just wanted to share my approach. You can download block 9 {Bee Fruitful} by clicking {here}.

As always, feel free to share on social media with the hashtags #beefruitful, #beeutifulQAL, and #summersewingcamp. I’m loving all the gorgeous blocks I’m seeing! Keep up the good work!

Happy stitching!


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14 comments on “Bee-utiful QAL {Block 9 – Bee Fruitful}

  1. kelleylikes says:

    the title says block 8 😀

  2. Angie says:

    I am having so much fun with this project. THANKS

  3. Rebecca says:

    Love it!

  4. Mary VanFossen says:

    What does do not print to scale mean? I really want to make this quilt but cant figure it out Thanks Mary

    • Lisa Calle says:

      Hi Mary! It just means that you should make sure that the box in the print settings for “print to scale” is not checked. This can shrink or skew the size. Try printing it and measure the 1″ square box to make sure it is true to size.

      MBS Editor

      • Mary VanFossen says:

        Thanks so much

        • Jan Terry-Sanchez says:

          Thanks for asking Mary – our group is about to start and I have been wondering that to!

      • Mary VanFossen says:

        Lisa I still cant figure this out I have purchased all the fabric for the quilt this has me very upset Is there any way I could get copies I would be happy to pay some one

      • Mary VanFossen says:

        Lisa thanks so much for helping me learn how to print the pattern My next question is how do I get the earlier patterns Thanks Mary

  5. Mary VanFossen says:

    i cant find that on my printer I’m sure it’s there but I can’t figure it out How do I find it?

  6. Dot says:

    Mary, it’s not on the printer itself, it’s an option in the Print dialog box on your computer. Or perhaps in the Page Setup settings for the app you use to open and print the file.

  7. Nancy Merkel says:

    Can’t wait to start on this quilt. Am saving it for my winter project. Even have the Bee line fabric. So, so cute.

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