Bee Hive 2018, Quilting, swaps, Tutorials

Bee Hive 2018 – Testing my block

The Bee Hive

I’m really excited to be part of @blossomheartquilts The Bee Hive 2018.
The basic concept is that you sign up with Alyce, get allocated to a swarm, and then for the next year swap blocks based on tutorials from The Bee Hive.

I’ve long been part of Quilty swaps and block swaps on Instagram, and over the course of the past year I’ve been involved in a quilting round robin. After those experiences (which I’ll write about at some point) I think this bee Hive swap will be more my speed. I’m looking forward to making blocks in colours outside my comfort zone. Being exposed to new approaches and new ideas by fellow quilters is the best part of online engagement.

Now the swap doesn’t start till next year, and my swarm is still setting up, but I’ve already been playing with test blocks. And I immediately feel in love with one block.

My block

So here’s my plan. I’m going to use the Checker Block designed by Jess The Elvin Garden

I really like the options for different layouts. Plus, since it’s likely my swarm will be making two blocks per person, the fact that you effectively prep the half square triangles for both at the same time is ideal.

My plan

As you can see from my test block, I’m going for a fun, funky, bright quilt. Prints or solids or a mix is great. Novelty prints are good too. The key focus is just the contrast been dark sashing, bright triangles and neutral squares!

My colours

Sashing – Black, black tone on tone or if you have it, black with a white print would be awesome. But really, anything that reads black will be fine

Half square triangles – Brights. I really like the design feature in Jess’ original block where each half square triangle is two shades of the same colour. So if you can replicate that, that would be great. As for colours, any colour in the rainbow is great.

Rectangles– Low Volume or white tone on tone.


I highly recommend following Alyce’s advice at the end of the checkers tutorial about pressing the seams on the rectangle blocks to the left and right to enable you to nest the seams when doing the final join. Here’s my version of following her instructions. I credit it for enabling the line up of the Black sashing.

So looking forward to this year long block swap. And hopefully, by the end of 2018 I’ll have a completed quilt to share.