Save The Bees month 2 and giveaway

Hey everyone!  Today I am sharing my second block for the Save The Bees Block of the Month by Jacquelynne Steves.  There is still time to sign up for this free BOM if you haven’t already.  We also have a great giveaway – you can find the details at the end of this post (update – giveaway is now closed).


I’m really enjoying this project, and the applique technique I chose to use is super quick!  Flying around those shapes with black thread and free motion stitching makes it so fast.  Maybe that’s why I’m enjoying it so much, or more likely that it’s a super cute pattern and I love my fabric choices.  You can see my first block here along with more information about the applique.


I used the same Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric as I did in last month’s block for the embroidery stitches.  This is another great time saver with good results.


The other thing I did was simplify the leaves at the base of the flower into one applique piece instead of three separate leaves.  It’s easy to do if you use the embroidery pattern page to trace the leaves and add a little “canal” between the leaves.  I’ve circled the leaf shapes that I’m replacing and the finished leaf shape (face down) below:


I used my Clover Bias Tape Maker to create the stem.  I wanted my stem cut on the bias because of the fabric pattern.  I love the look of plaid on the bias!

September Giveaway

The winner of this month’s giveaway will receive a copy of the Carpenter’s Apprentice pattern courtesy of Eva Paige Quilt Designs and Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers courtesy of New Leaf Stitches.  They work hand in hand to make this beautiful quilt easily and effortlessly.  Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

For my blog, all you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment by Sunday, September 9, 11:59 pm PST, on THIS blog post (not from my home page) telling me how long you’ve been quilting.  Make sure to scroll down to the bottom and look for the rectangle that says “Enter your comment here”.  On September 10, I’ll randomly pick one winner!  This giveaway is now CLOSED.

Here are the giveaway rules:

  • To enter, leave a comment telling me how long you’ve been quilting.
  • You must comment by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, September 9, 2018.  CLOSED
  • There is ONE prize per person per month (in other words, the same person cannot win two prizes within the same month.)
  • Giveaway is open to everyone.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.

Due to the high volume of comments, I won’t be able to reply to you (unless there is a direct question), but I will read each and every one.  Thank you in advance for your kind words!

You can visit the other participating bloggers and enter their giveaway for another chance to win AND to see what they have done with their block .  Plus you get to meet new bloggers; they are a bunch of talented quilters.  Here’s a list of the participating bloggers:

Remember that you can can post photos in the FB group

Make sure to use #SaveTheBeesQuilt and #SaveTheBeesBOM for social media.

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I am entering yr 2 of quilting, I so love getting your emails and seeing your granddaughters. So far my favorite quilt has been my Nordic star pattern that you posted it made a beautiful honor flight lap quilt for a local veteran.

    1. Crazy spell check! How did it Come up with Griswold from this sew along? #SaveTheBeesQuilt and #SaveTheBeesBOM

  2. I’ve been quilting for about 3 years, but have been a sewer since I was 12. Quilting has been a good retirement project.

  3. The plaid stem rocks! Love the colors. I started sewing when I was twelve and only dabbled in quilting until last year when I retired. Now I can’t get enough!

  4. I’ve been “collecting” for a while, but my skills are still lacking. Now that we are settled in our last place and I have a dedicated sewing room I am going to take on more projects that are at my skill level and develop from there. I have quilting friends who are amazing, but my skills are not where near theirs.

  5. I have been quilting since 2009. I don’t get a lot of time to work on projects but love learning from other quilters, your blog has been has been an inspiration as I learn new things about quilting. I love your block.

  6. Been quilting since 1996. Quoted a couple years and life got in the way. Started back this past year. The time is right now. So I’d say I actually got in about 4 years of the past 22.

  7. I started to dream of quilting in 1975, so I bought a red, white and blue kit for the bicentennial. One look at it and I knew that I had no idea how it was assembled. It wasn’t until I retired in 2009 that I started to learn to quilt, but I still haven’t taken on that kit. Maybe that’s a record for a UFO.

  8. I’ve been quilting for about 18 years now. I’ve been a fabric “collector” for much longer. Needless to say, I’ll never run out of fabric.

  9. Hi Julie. I made my first quilt in 2001 for my great niece. Ah, one of the few I’ve finished!! But I sure have a lot started!

  10. I have been sewing since 7th. Grade in school, at which time I made an apron.
    I started quilting in 1976. Learned to use a rotary cutter and ruler.
    I still love to quilt today. Just had my sewing machine serviced and the technician said I had 975 sewing hours, he said “that is over a million stitches !”


  11. I have been quilting off and on since I was about 10. My grandmother started showing me how to embroider and then I mainly just helped piece. My mother just gave me a nice Bernina so I have just started appliqueing. I still work so one day I hope to work on the projects that I have gathered and saved on my computer. So many things I look forward to when I retire.

  12. I’m 56 years old, I’ve been sewing since I was 8 years old and started quilting in 1997 when my youngest was 3 years old.

  13. I really love the bee-colored fabrics you are using for this project. I’ve only been quilting for about 5 years but have done very little applique so I love the inspiration and instruction.

  14. I started quilting in 2000. My Grandmother passed away and an older cousin got the Double Wedding Ring quilt that I’d had on my bed when I lived with my grand parents. (I got the bedroom set because it had been my Mom’s as a girl and she’d already passed). I found a quilt top in an old chest, destined for Goodwill, and asked about it. It was a project to keep my Great-Grandmother occupied (before they new what Alzheimer’s was) and was put together by her, my Grandma, and my Mom. I finished it and started taking classes. I’ve been hooked ever since and have been told so many times by my older cousins that I look and act so much like our Great-Grandma that I must have inherited ALL her sewing skills!

  15. I’ve been quilting on and off for about 25 years. My grandma and great aunt both quilted and were a big inspiration to take up the craft. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I am still relatively new to quilting. I got hooked after making my 1st table runner about 6 years ago. The pattern that I chose had a fair amount of leftover fabric by the time I finished it so I had to come up with a way to use it up. I didn’t have any other patterns so I just created another runner from the scraps and needless to say I was HOOKED! Nearly 6 years later I’m still at it! Stars and Batiks are my favorites.

  17. I have been quilting on and off for the past 30 years. It has been in the last 10 that I have been more actively quilting and now that I have retired I am quilting, embroidering, and checking out all the quilting blogs. Life is good!

  18. I’ve been quilting for nearly 30 years. I blame my sister as she enticed me by treating me to a trip to the huge quilt show in NYC back in 1983. I saw so many things I wanted to make and asked her if she would make me a special one I saw and she said ‘NO’, make it yourself. I had no choice but make it myself. She took me to a fabric outlet and I chose fabrics and no one can stop me now. I’ve made quilts for both of my daughters, 4 granddaughters, and 2 great grands. Son in laws, friends and many to a local nursing home as gifts to the patients. I also have a large collection that will need to be divided between my two daughters when I leave as I can’t take them with me there. no longer put aside fabric I love so much I can’t cut them up. I’m enjoying retirement and using that special fabric after all isn’t that why I bought it?

  19. I made a quilt many years ago that was pretty ugly. Did not quilt again until about 7 years ago and now I love it.

  20. I made a baby quilt for my cousin 42 years ago from a pattern with a raggedy ann. I did not make another quilt until 10 years ago for my first granddaughter.

  21. I made my first quilt at age 13. Had no instruction or training but figured it out from looking at quilts on the bed. I had quilted till I was in the 30’s then lost interest for a while. I’m now happily retired and returned to quilting about 6 years ago.

  22. I began quilting in 1996 then took a about a 10 year break. I began quilting again last fall. I really like the colors you choice for the BOM.

  23. It seems like I have been quilting forever (or for almost 40 years). I probably have the scraps to prove it! I need to work on more scrap-busting projects.

  24. Hi Julie, I just started following you on Bloglovin’. I thought I was and then realized that I was not and I miss visiting with you on a consistent basis. I don’tk know how that happened. Anyhow, now we are reconnected. I love your choice of fabrics for the bee blocks. Your blocks are very pretty and yet playful to me. How ever you finish your project, it will be phenomenal! The other day, I found my “Home is where the Heart is” block probably for a pillow. I need to finish the quilting on it. My nice machine that I used for the “fancy” stitches on the roof died and it has taken some time to replace it with a very, very different low class of machine due to lack of interest now. Of course, I could always break down and mix the little bit of machine stitching with hand stitching. My sun is dating a lovely lady who adores lavender. I just thought that that design with a lavender heart would make a nice gift for her. I miss seeing your projects, your freebie projects, and your wonderful tips for increased efficiency and accuracy for ease and happiness with my own projects. Thanks for participating in this wonder effort and encouraging each of us. Susan

  25. Facebook reminded me a few months ago, that I started sewing/quilting 5 years ago, so that means 2013. I just bought some fabric squares from ebay not knowing why and soon after, I was addicted. 🙂

  26. My cousin came from overseas to visit me for my 60th birthday, that was 9 years ago and she introduced me to quilting. I haven’t stopped since. Classes, workshops, sewing bees and a multitude of quilts in all different styles and techniques. A great big thank-you to my cousin who fills my days and empties my bank account with my wonderful hobby.

  27. I quilt for 3 years now. Never realised that patchwork and appliqué are things I already used, but I used it to spice up my sons clothing.

  28. I started quilting about 10 years ago (give or take 5 yrs. or so). It took about 25 years AFTER high school for my friend to talk me into it. Or rather, to catch me at a vulnerable moment. I always told her that it was silly to cut up fabric to just sew it back together again. Anyway, she talked me into attending a quilt retreat weekend and what can I say — I was hooked! I have been quilting ever since.

  29. I made my 1st quilt about 40 years ago but really didn’t get serious until the last 10 years. I am great at the planning and piecing….not so good at the quilting and binding!

  30. I have been tying quilts for at least 35 years, but I am a relatively new quilter doing it this way. I like seeing the different blocks of the month and reading the blogs.

  31. Hi Julie. I like your blocks. Ive been quilting about 18 years off and on. I’ve just started having more time and worked on a stars and stripes quilt with over 80 appliqued stars. Whew. They worked out good, and I got a lot of practice.

  32. I have been sewing since I was about 8, and have been quilting for 15 years. I am a better starter than I am a finisher.

  33. I’ve been waiting for 17-18 years! I love it and love to fondle fabric! On Wednesdays I get to hand quilt at my church with some awesome ladies and we get to relax and solve the world’s problems I’ve been doing that for 16 years!

  34. I consider myself a beginner, although I myself am older. I decided to try quilting when I retired. I have always wanted to learn and now have the time though I am challenged with health problems. So I guess for about 7 years off and on I have taken classes and tried my hand at making various blocks for charity groups. I am really loving it, and I am so in love with all the beautiful fabrics. I sometimes have trouble squaring up half square triangles, and I have seen that ruler used. It seems to really help. I love your choice of fabrics for the bee block. Thanks for posting all your beautiful things.

  35. I’m kind of a newby. Only been quilting for 5 years. A neighbor got me into quilting and joining a guild. I’ve made numerous baby quilts and my pride & joy quilt was my QOV I made my brother last year.

  36. I learned to quilt when I was 18-the summer after I graduated high school I spent part of it with my grandmother and she taught me. I joined the Army that fall, got married, had children, lived life , and did a little over those 30+ years. I am retired now and it is a part of what I do now every week….

  37. I have been quilting for about 35 years. Don’t finish a lot of big projects but enjoy craft projects. Love your choice of fabrics and things you changed up. Cute block.

  38. I have only been quilting for 5 years. I believe quilting is a lost art. I just had to give it a try and I’m living every minute of it!!

  39. I made my first quilt in 1981, but really got into it in 1997, and I haven’t stopped yet. I really love the “save the bees”.
    I enjoy making smaller projects and lots of baby quilts

  40. Debbie Bonk say: I have just started to learn to quilt in this past year! I have made some table toppers and I am totally addicted! Love seeing new patterns and learning new methods along the way!

  41. Love your blog! I started my first quilt top in 1980—I had just moved from another state and did not know anyone yet to pal around with, so I looked around for something crafty. I got hooked on handwork (this was before rotary cutters and mats!), and never stopped collecting fabric and notions!

  42. I’ve been quilting since 1975. I was a college student, killing time in a local bookstore, when I came across Marguerite Ickis’ “Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting.” I really didn’t have money to spare, but I tightened my belt and bought that book, and I became a quilter that day!

  43. I have been sewing for over 50 years, but quilting is something fairly new. I have never done machine quilting. I was trying to talk my daughter into buying a longarm with me-she didn’t fall for that!

  44. I have been quilting for approximately 23 years, ever since I came to USA from England. Hand quilting is a favourite with me and back in the UK I did a lot of patchwork with hexagons, known as English Paper Piecing here. Love your colors for these blocks. Thankyou for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  45. Good Grief!! I just did the math…..started in 1976, so that makes it 42 years. I am glad you didn’t ask how long we have been embroidering ;).

  46. I have been quilting for 37 years. I remember using cardboard templates and drawing around them with a pencil when I first started–My how things have changed over the years!

  47. I have only been quilting approximately 4-5 months but am enjoying myself greatly! I have tackled small projects such as a baby quilt and bags. The ‘Save the Bee’s has been so fun!

  48. I’ve been quilting for 29 yrs. During lunch at a new job I was reading a quilt magazine. One lady said she quilts, another said she’d like to, another mentioned a few other people who might be interested…and our bee was formed! We chose a Rail Fence pattern and went on our first (of MANY) group fabric shopping trek. We are still great friends and still quilt together. We go to several retreats/year, are in local guild/s, travel to quilt shows near and far, and have been there for each other through life’s many ups and downs. Quilting is so much more than a hobby!

  49. I am just learning to quilt. I am beginning with piecing some blocks, table runners, placemats, and pillowcases.

  50. Technically …. I made my first quilt in 1983, 35 years ago. I embroidered little horses on a yard of white cotton, added batting and a yellow gingham back and yard tied it as a project in high school. Then I didn’t quilt again until 2013. I did stitch a lot of dresses in between 🙂

  51. I always enjoy finding out about other’s quilting journeys! I’ve been quilting for 35 years, although only regularly for about a year.

  52. I think I made my first quilt in 1996, but have made more quilts in the last six years than I did in the first 15. Someday maybe I’ll be a real quilter. 🙂

  53. Thanks, I was trying to find a stencil from stencil company it’s the orange peel one. I tried to find the tutorial on your blog where you used it but wondered if there is another name for that type of stencil. It’s probably about the 5 inch size. I also have a wall hanging I made from one of your tutorials, the basket one I was going to send you a picture but didn’ t know where to send it. I just enjoy your blog and follow you. I’ve been quilting off and on since 40 years or more. Keep up the good work.

  54. I am a self-taught quilter (thanks for all the info you have shared with us, Julie!!!) and I have been reading quilting blogs since 2014. In 2014 and 2015, I spent more time reading blogs than actually completing projects, but in the last few years I have many more completed projects!

  55. My first quilt was for my second daughter, who was born in 1979. Since then I have made quilts for church raffles, family and friends. Am so anxious to get back to it since I have been ill for the last 5 months!

  56. Love the black and white look of the block. I have been quilting for 10 years off and on, much more serious since I retired 4 years ago!

  57. I started sewing when my children were babies. They are 46 and 43 now. But I have only been quilting for about 10 years. I love, love, love quilting.

  58. I started quilting in August 2018. I am a beginner. This is my 1st quilt & I have started several others since this one. I didn’t know that quilting was addictive…. I hope I can afford to actually have the quilts quilted for use.

  59. I started quilting in 1980, right after I graduated from college. I majored in Fashion Merchandising with the intent of having my own craft/ fabric store. Unfortunately that has not happened.

  60. Hi, I don’t remember how long. I made 4 quilts back to back then stopped for awhile. I’ve restarted quilting recently but I fell and broke my wrist. Such is my life.

  61. I’ve been quilting since September 2011. I thought I would give it a try and it seems to be a perfect fit. I’m working on my quiting PhD’s this year, and probably next. Love your blog.

  62. I hand-pieced my first quilt when my son was in Kindergarten (he’s now 33) but didn’t finish it until he was in high school, with the help of my mom and aunt and daughter – we spent 5 days hand quilting! But a dear friend introduced me to the sewing machine and modern quilting in 2011 and I have been hooked ever since.

  63. Oh aren’t Bees wonderful – my brother was a bee keeper . I have been quilting for over 40 years. Yikes.
    that sounds old doesn’t it..
    Thanks for the nice giveaway..

  64. I’ve been seriously quilting for about 13 years but quilted once in a while since I was young. I really like the grey, yellow and black you chose.

  65. I have quilting since 1982 when I was married to my hubby. My grandmother was my inspiration and my mom didn’t not sew although she encouraged my creative spirit!

  66. I just found your blog and joined the Save the Bees BOM! I am a bee activist and am glad to see this BOM bring some focus to the fact that without bees and other pollinators we do mot have crops to feed us. I have been quilting for over 35 years. I still consider myself and intermediate because I never stop learning new methods and techniques. I am very glad to be part of this group and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone does with this BOM.

  67. I have been sewing on and off for 40 years. Quilting on and off for 20 years. Quilting hard the last 2 years and just ordered a long arm!

  68. I had made a few quilts when my kids were born some 37 years ago, but I didn’t seriously get into quilting until I had to stop working, & had the time to devote to it. So, I have been quilting for about 20 years.

  69. Hi Julie, I have been making quilts since 1975. My first one was a “quilt as you go”. I doubled the batting thinking it would make it warmer but instead made it so stiff that the sides didn’t drape over the bed but stood straight out for years! It was a gift for my brother in law and he used it through two marriages. lol

  70. Hi Julie, love this project. My Grandfather kept bees so this is bringing back lovely memories. I have been quilting since 1987.

  71. Hello Julie; Your block for this month is fabulous! While reading another blog today, I realized I had forgotten to do my first block. LOL. So, I have to get myself in gear and get both of them completed this month. I have been quilting for over 10 years now and loving every moment. There are still so many patterns I want to make and techniques I want to learn, it amazes me how quilting honestly has no limits to what can be accomplished. Thank you for sharing your great project and showing us the use of your fabrics and the fun way you are stitching the applique pieces down. Have a marvelous day!

  72. I guess it has been close to 30 yrs since my sis-in-law and I started doing charity quilts at Diana Leone’s shop in Los Altos. And while working in the San Jose quilt museum gift shop being encouraged to attend the local guild meeting.

  73. I started quilting in 2008 when I made an appliqué quilted door decoration for my mother’s door in her dementia unit. It helped her know which door went into her room. She has passed on but she shared her love of sewing with me and the decoration now hangs on my sewing room door.

  74. I have been quilting for probably 20 years. I always played around in quilting, but got serious about 15 years ago.

  75. I’ve been quilting for about five years. I have done sewing as long as I can remember, but got in to quilting when I wanted to sew, but didn’t have any one to sew for! Love the Bees!

  76. Just recently discovered your blog while looking for half-square triangle and square-in-a-square tutorials. Thanks for those!! I’ve been quilting about 2-1/2 yrs now. Sewed eons ago when I was in 4-H but that was clothing and I hated it! Looking forward to reading your blog posts!

  77. Great tips and I love the plaid on the bias stem too! I’ve been quilting and learning for about 6 years. My first patchwork quilt was made back in 1982, but it took me a long time to pick it up again! Yes, I still have that purple quilt!

  78. HI from Ohio, I have been quilting for almost 9 years. I love this BOM “Save the Bee” when I was 17 years old I was crowned Miss Trumbull co. Honey Queen. I know first hand how important bees are to agriculture. Also, I enjoy the challenge of learning new techniques. The rectangle half sq. will be my time making them. Happy Sewing.

  79. I’ve been quilting for 10 years. I’ve learned from watching videos and joining block of the month sew-a-longs!

  80. I have been quilting since 1998! Thanks so much for the chance to win, and for sharing your blocks…great inspiration!

  81. Hi from Eleuthera! I love and enjoy your newsletter! I’m quilting since about 6 years and absolutely love it. I have been sewing all my life and quilting was on my bucket list! Cheers from the island!

  82. I made a quilt when I was in High School but didn’t really start making quilts until about seven years when my daughter asked me to make one in honor of her College graduation. Thank you!

  83. I was 10 years old (1955) when I asked my mother how to make a quilt. She made a template of cardboard for me to use to cut fabric squares. I sewed them together on her Singer treadle machine. I still have her machine. She would be amazed at today’s sewing machines and also the modern quilting methods.

  84. Hi Julie! I’ve been quilting about 13 years, starting when I took early retirement in 2013. Love these blocks and especially the fabrics you’re using!

  85. I have been sewing as therapy after a terrible accident. I retired 2 years ago and discovered this creative and inspiring activity. So for the last year I have learned a few techniques. I learn something new every time I sit at the machine.

  86. My great grandma taught me to sew when I was around 5 or 6. She created the most beautiful quilts, all by hand and mostly with scraps from her old dresses, but I stuck to smaller projects like curtains, pillows, and clothing until I had a little one, stopped working, and started staying home with him around 4 years ago.

    I caught the quilting but and haven’t stopped! I wish she were still around so I could enjoy it with her… AND to share all the fun fabric options available now! Such a great hobby.

  87. I met my mentor in birth class when we were both pregnant. The kids are 18. She know I was a seamstress adn asked if I had ever considered quilting. And that’s how it all started. 🙂

  88. Hello Julie, I have been sewing all my life, in fact my mother used to spank me when she caught me on her sewing machine. I never gave up on sewing. Then in 1983 my husband-to-be took me to quilting classes, I was hooked. I have lost count of the number of quilts I have made. Several quilts in progress right now. Just love quilting.

  89. I’ve been quilting nearly 10 years now. A beginning that’s easy to remember since my first quilt was for my nephew’s christening. He turned 9 in April and was born at 31 weeks gestation, so suddenly I had to kick it into gear on his quilt. I’m so proud of how it turned outstanding I was hooked.

  90. I started quilting when my grandchildren started to come along 6 years ago. I have only done small quilts but will sometime soon breakout and make a large one . I love the bee above.

  91. I first started quilting 20 years ago when a quilt store opened where I live and I took a couple of classes. Then the store closed and life got in the way. I am trying to start over again.

  92. I hve been quilting small projects off & on for probably 40 years. Have renewed interest since my retirement. Love the BOM projects.

  93. Started quilting Dec of 2015…via YouTube videos of the great quilt designers like Pat Sloan, Jacquelynne Steves, Jenny Doan, etc. Learned a lot from all.

  94. I’ve been quilting for 10 years; I started later in life close to retirement age. But I love it! Just found your site today and glad I did. The bees are great.

  95. I have been quilting since I was in high school, about 43 years ago. Quilting and MY quilting have changed quite a bit in those 43 years!

  96. I have been quilting for 52 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes over these years. My love for fabric and how to manipulate it still is deep in my veins!

  97. This is really a cute bee project and I am also trying to find out about a stencil and would like you to get tell me how to contact you to find out the type of stencil you used on a project.

  98. I have been sewing since I was a young teenager but only quilting for the last 10 years. I had always wanted to learn to quilt so I signed up in a local fabric store and spent many hours with the owner and learned so much. I also like to watch quilting videos to learn new techniques. I have 16 grandchildren and hope to make a quilt for each one. I love seeing your projects. Thanks for sharing.

  99. Hello, I have been quilting for 2 years. I wanted to start quilting for a long time, but I finally took a class 2 years ago and I have been quilting ever since then. I love it, especially BOM quilts.

  100. This is my first time parcipitating in BOM. I have been quilting since 1999 when I moved back to my home town and my sister got me started. I love it!

  101. I’ve been quilting for about 12 years. I thought it would make a good activity for retirement so I started building my fabric stash while I was still working. I love it! I like the way you chose to applique your blocks.

  102. Thank you for the suggestion of making the petals as one unit. I like that idea very much. I’ve been quilting off and on for about 25 years

  103. Hello. I have been quilting for close to 40 years..oh boy…I love your fabric color choice. By using those black and grey tones anyone one of us can add our own favorite little “pop” of color….

  104. I think it has been at least 35 years. I probably tried some patchwork even before that because I have been sewing for more than 50 years.

  105. I am very new to quilting. Have made several tops, but have not quilted a full quilt yet. I have been doing the hand embroidery since I was a small girl. Love adding this to the blocks.

  106. I’ve been quilting for 18 years, a professional long armer for 12. I started sewing 65 years ago but only did garment sewing until I found quilting. thank you for your tips on this second block.

  107. I love the Bees! What a fun QAL! I just now realised how old I am (my oldest grandaughter says I m older than Dirt!). I have been quilting for 50 years! My Gramma had me making Nine Patches and joining them with sashing, all by hand when I was 12. Now I used my much like veld ancient Janome and only do hand work for appliqué and paper piecing!

  108. I have been quilting since I was about 17. (almost 40 years! EEEK!) I come from a LONG line of quilters and have it in my blood!

  109. I started trying to quilt about 12 years ago. Life got in the way an so I had to put it on hold for almost 6 years. That was a long, twitch – twitch, time to be without sewing or quilting.I am back and learning so much.

  110. Woe! When I stopped to count it up it’s been way longer than I realized…..almost 20 years!! I can’t believe that! Doesn’t seem that long at all….but first quilt I made was for granddaughter as a pre-teen and she is not 28!! sooo, I love it more each day! Thanks for your great tips and tutorials. Always enjoy them!

  111. Love your tips. I’ve been quilting for about 7 years and love to learn new techniques. Thanks for what you do.

  112. I’ve only been quilting for about 4 years and I’m LOVING it! The best part is making a quilt for someone and choosing fabrics and designs that I think they’ll love. Thanks for hosting this!

  113. I have been quilting for ten years but have been crafting for years. I love the applique patterns and ideas you share. I loved the plaid bias tape. I’ll use this soon. I just came across a box of my grandmothers sewing supplies, bias tape, cording, ribbon, and the priceless tatting that she made herself. Now to come up with a way to use this in a creative way.
    Thanks for your blog.
    Molly Fox

  114. I first started sewing in home ec, I was 14, I have never stopped! Quilting started in 2004. I bought a kit at Joann’s and my mother did also. We sewed beautiful quilts, our very first one!! It had applique, embroidery, and blocks we never saw before. It took a long time to complete, but we completed them!! Mom passed in 2015 and I continue to make quilts from scratch these days!! I miss mom, we always were quilting together. Now she watches me from up above!! ♥️

  115. I’ve been quilting since 1990. I still use my mother’s 1960s Singer Slant-O-Matic 500A machine. Works very well and has the big cabinet extended left side to hold all the bulky items I work on.

  116. I learned to quilt back in 1978, so 40 years now. Back then it was all done by hand: the piecing and the quilting. Now, I enjoy doing it by machine, especially since the fingers no longer like to hold that needle!

  117. I started quilting in 2001. I had wanted to do this years ago after graduating from college, but the process with scissors and templates was too tedious. Fast forward to rotary cutters and here I am.

  118. My first quilt i made in as a senior in high school in home ec class, and we are having our 40th reunion this year!! so i guess its been 40 years. Mostly all my quilts were sewn on machine and tied not quilted. A few baby quilts i quilted. Now i do lots of other crafty sewing too! This BOM is my first and has been fun!

  119. I have been quilting for approximately 25 years and am still learning thanks to great teachers like you.

  120. I’ve been quilting 5 or 6 years, I guess. I didn’t label the first quilt, so I’m not sure when it was done.

  121. I started quilting about 3 years ago maybe 4 { wow times flies when I’m having fun}. I joined Jacquelynne Steves group a couple years ago and have learned so much. I really like your block one, the colors are great.

  122. Hi Julie! In 1976, 3 friends and I took our first (of many) quilting class together in Northern Idaho To this day, we are all still quilting in some form or another! One has become a professional long arm of 40 some years. I have since moved away but but keep in touch by sharing ideas, projects and just plain silliness. I have worked in quilt shops. We also get together once a year for a riotous 5 day Quilt Retreat in Eastern WA. My husband and I travel in our motor home so i have quite a few groups up and down the West Coast that I quilt with while on the road. Life is a good! Thanks for your fun and informative site ! Kennie

  123. Hello Julie, I started quilting in 2001 after my husband passed. I wasn’t sure if this was something I could since I was always amazed at al the beautiful quilts I have seen over my years. I took a class and from then I got hooked and there was no turning back. I have made over 200 quilts and they have been given to family, friends and donated to charities. It is truly amazing how of far I have come and everything I have learned over the years. Not to mention all the friends I have made and how many more I will make. Thank you for a chance at this giveaway!

  124. I have only been quilting for about 10 years – bought a new embroidery machine and didn’t know what to embroider, so a quilt class was in order.

  125. I have been quilting for 5 years and have done each of Jacquelynne’s BOM since I started. Thanks for the gel marker info!

  126. I have always been a crafter and NEVER thought I’d quilt….those 1/4″ seams sounded awful. Well 7 years ago the bug bit and I love love love quilting. All aspects of it. Love learning all new things about this new art.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  127. I started quilting about 3 years ago. I think I’m obsessed, I’m at my sewing machine almost every day. The bees are adorable! I love your choice of fabrics and your appliqué technique is perfect for these blocks. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

  128. Love your fabric choices! I officially started quilting (piecing) 4 years ago. Had done tote bags and tied some baby quilts long time ago – did not know it was part of quilting! Lol

  129. The bee project is soooo cute! I’ve been quilting since 1980, making quilts for my siblings and their spouses and now am stitching up fun quilts for the next generation in the family.

  130. I love this BOM. I have been quilting for 20 some years and just recently started working on appliqué. Wish me luck.

  131. I have been quilting for 15 years, but I am just learning to applique onto quilts at this time. I love the way you outline with mulitiple stitching lines for your applique. Thank you for the tip about the leaves at the base of the applique. Great idea! Awesome block, Julie!

  132. I’ve been quilting off and on since the mid 80’s. I started full time in the 00’s when I taught myself to applique and have been hooked ever since!!!

  133. I love your color choices and great technique suggestions. I’ve never done a BOM, but I am queuing this one up! Love your blog!

  134. I love what you are doing with the patterns. Thank you for all of your tips on how to speed up the process.
    I have been quilting for about 20 years, with large breaks in that period where I focussed on other crafts.
    Thanks for the chance to win..

  135. I’ve been quilting for 14 years. Started when I retired from full time teaching and I enjoy it more with each passing year!

  136. I just started quilting and this is my first quilt! I am enjoying learning new techniques with each block. I love the colors you chose for your STB quilt!

  137. I love your block and the fabrics you have chosen! I took my first quilting class 32 years ago. I carried those blocks (with one unfinished) around for 30 years, and then finished it, and hand quilted it. I still love it!

  138. My mother taught me to sew and quilt when I was a child. I loved the time we spent together when I was about 8 and through all the years since…….at least 60! I miss stitching, fabric shopping, pattern selections, hand quilting with her but am so blessed to share sewing and quilting with my granddaughter.

  139. I have been quilting since 1998. Basically small wall hangings and table runners. Once I made a circle jeans quilt that measures 68 inches square. Extremely heavy!

  140. I’ve been quilting about 25 years. It’s always been interspersed with other sewing/embroidery etc Still love sitting in front of my sewing machine creating things.

  141. Took my first quilting class back in 1981!!! Back then – no rotary cutters, no templates — had to make your own from cardboard. I made one pillow and gave up on the quilt (King size, no less). Put it all away until the late 90’s — took another class and did complete two quilts. Began quilting with some regularity in the early 2000’s. Still just consider myself an advanced beginner, as there is so much I am still learning. Just got into applique in the past couple years. LOVE it!

  142. It has been about 20 years. While I was working full time, I was a part-time quilter. But, then I retired and became an “obsessed” quilter. Guess I am making up for lost time.

  143. I have always been a fabric collector, but I started quilting about 10 years ago. Your tutorials and blogs have inspired me and taught me new techniques.

  144. I started Quilting 8 years ago, just before my grandson was born. My first project was a quilted bag for my daughter to keep all the baby necessities in. I’ve been hooked ever since.

  145. Love this block and the streamlining you’ve done!! I’ve been quilting for about 15 years and find I really like to create “art quilts”.

  146. I started quilting when my daughter was born…25 years this September 10th!! Life got ahead of me and through the years I put quilting aside…until my Granddaughter was born last September
    Now I’m quilting like a crazy lady, so I can giver her and my daughter quilts for their birthdays this year.

    Life is good

  147. I have been quilting for about four years now. I am retired and quilt during the day, in the evenings I crochet, most everything I make is given to family and friends or donated to our local hospital pediatrics ard and our organization that puts on the Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

  148. I’ve been quilting about 17 years. I got a job in a quilt store, and my boss taught me to quilt. I haven’t looked back. I work in the LQS where I live now, and love the enticement and ideas surrounding me. I love this new Save the Bees project.

  149. I took my first class in 1988 in order to make quilts for our 2 daughters. They were being married with in 4 mos of each other and I needed all the help I could get. Lots of quilts over the dam (so to speak) since then and I love it! Especially ‘patting the fabric’.

  150. I have been quilting since 2011. My best pal from high school (1969) got me hooked and this year we go to Paducah next week. It has been a fun ride and a steep learning curve.. I really enjoy your Save The Bees Blocks. Thanks

  151. Thanks!! I started quilting about 4 years ago when my sister was given a few boxes of fabric. Who could say no to that? Picked it up and kept on going!!!!

  152. Hi! I’ve been quilting since 1965, I was 6 when my grandmother taught me on her 1904 Singer treadle, which I now own. Thanks for sharing!

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