One thing I'll say before I get started, she wants variety. Her color requests are green and purple with the white ....accent parts. Anyway, just because I've used purple in the middle and green around the edges doesn't mean you have to! My hope is some of you change it around and others do it this way. :)
Let's get started shall we?!
You'll need one purple and one green fabric (fabrics A and B) and white.
Cut the following:
From Fabric A:
1 - 5.5" square
From Fabric B:
4 - 3" x 3.5" rectangles
4 - 3" x 6" rectangles
From the White:
2 - 1.5" x 5.5" rectangles
2 - 1.5" x 7.5" rectangles
4 - 1.5" x 3" rectangles
Tip: When working with a new block design, I find it easiest to lay out the block. This ensures I don't sew things together incorrectly. ;) This block is no exception. There are short rectangles and longer rectangles for both the white accents and the outer color border. Look at the following photo closely and lay out the rectangles as marked. (It won't ruin the block if the rectangles are swapped, but it looks nicer when it's consistent.)
|Short borders and white accent strips on the sides, longer ones on the top and bottom.|
As always sew all seams with a scant 1/4". I press all seams open. If you press to one side, press the seams toward the darker fabric.
Sew the two 1.5 x 5.5 white rectangles to the right and left side of the center square. Set and press seams.
Then sew the two 1.5 x 7.5 white rectangles to the top and bottom of the center square.
Set and press your seams, then trim/square up block if necessary. It should measure 7.5" square at this point.
Sew each of the 4 - 1.5 x 3 white rectangles between the corresponding Fabric B outer borders, both sides and top/bottom. Set and press all seams.
Sew the shorter border pieces to the right and left of the center square. Set and press seams.
Sew the longer borders to the top and bottom of the center square. Set and press seams.
At this point, I always turn my block right side up and give it a good final pressing.
|Don't mind the magnets, they're just holding the block in place.|
Trim and square up to 12.5" if necessary. You're finished!
Great job!! Stand back and admire your block. :)
*Disclaimer: I did this tutorial to help my hivemates with their bee blocks, along with anyone else that may want to make these blocks. While the tutorial is my own work, the design is not. If this block is your original design, please email me so that I may either give you credit or remove the post, at your request.*