Honey Bee Block – Pat Sloan
I have mentioned before that Pat Sloan is running a Solstice Challenge for the 182 days between the Winter and Summer solstice. She just recently released her block #14, which is called Honey Bee. You can find more information here on her website, and the direct link to her tutorial is found here. The whole quilt is going to be beautiful!
It is when Pat took off the appliquéd pieces that I find this pattern to really shine. We make nine-patch squares all the time for a majority of our baby quilts. Next to them we usually offset them with a square of fabric the same size either to feature a cute hand-quilted design in the solid fabric square or to feature a fabric design. This is a whole new spin on the nine-patch and its frame around it.
Pat’s framed nine-patch blocks – my name, not her’s – she hasn’t named this block/quilt pattern yet – are 12 inches finished. I am thinking of doing this to our usual 5 inch finished size nine-patch blocks. The strips we use are 2 inches, so each finished block would end up about 8.5 inches. This would end up slightly larger than our usual finished quilt at about 42 x 60. It might be fun to mix things up for a change!
I love that the actual nine-patch colors are swapped out to match the framing color fabric. Since we usually make an extra nine-patch square each time we sew a new quilt, this would add two to my mix-and-match collection that will become its own quilt when I have enough squares for one. See we do lean toward polka-dots a LOT:
I think we should try this pattern, whatever Pat Sloan decides to name it, for the next baby quilt we make. What do you think??