Virtual Quilting Bee

Hi there! I’m excited to share a block tutorial with you today! My friend, Amy Smart has been hosting a fun Virtual Bee with a great quilt in the works. If you haven’t been following along yet, it’s not too late to join in the fun – get all the details HERE.


I selected a quick block that you can chain piece in no time! Let’s get started –


Cutting instructions :

From the red print, cut:

2 strips 1 1/2″ x 20″

1 square 3″ x 3″

From the aqua print, cut:

1 strip 1 1/2″ x 20″

1 square 3″ x 3″

From the white bunting print, cut:

1 strip 1 1/2″ x 20

2 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Piecing the block!

To begin mark the diagonal on the wrong side of the aqua 3″ square. Sew 1/4″ away from both sides of the marked line, then cut apart on the diagonal. Press the seam allowances to the red fabric, then trim to 2 1/2″ square, using the seam as a guide.

Also, sew the aqua and white strips each to a red strip. Press the seam allowances to the red fabric.


From the aqua/red strip set, cut 8 segments, each 1 1/2″ wide.

From the white/red strip set, cut 4 segments, each 4 1/2″ wide.

Sew 4 four-patch units from the aqua/red segments, press to one side, and layout the block as shown.

Sew the half square triangle units to the 2 1/2″ white squares as shown, press the seam allowances to the white square. I suggest sewing the center column together, then attaching the sides, just be sure to turn the four-patch units so that the seams nest.


I’m not sure which is my favorite – they are both so fun! What fabrics are you using for your Bee Quilt? 


Please link up in the flickr group or if you’re on Instagram use the #virtualquiltingbee – I would love to see your versions of this block!


There won’t be a featured quilter this week…my laptop totally crashed, and died this week. Thankfully my husband was able to recover the files, but I’m without my usual hub of activity for a week or two. Wish me luck in setting up a replacement!

Have a great weekend –



By |2017-02-06T09:18:10-07:00July 26th, 2013|Block of the Month, Tutorial|8 Comments


  1. Lynn July 26, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Another pretty block! I am using bohemian festival by riley Blake, an older line. Very bright and cheerful!

  2. Queenie July 26, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Outstanding block!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  3. lisa m July 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I think the aqua/red segments should be 2.5″, not 1.5″. So that your 4-patch is 2.5″ square.

  4. diane stanley August 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I’m almost caught up, like the little engine that could…I think I can, I think I can. Choo Choo

  5. Cathy Smith August 4, 2013 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I’m making mine from an older Moda line, “Strawberry Lemonade.” I had fallen behind for a bit but am finally caught up after this one!! Thanks for such a great block!

  6. Block 11 - The Sassy Quilter August 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    […] yeah, back to the quilt block! This weeks block is by AmyEllis@Amy’sCreativeSide. To get all the details on the previous blocks in Amy Smart’s Virtual Quilting Bee, visit […]

  7. Jocelynne August 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Hi! I know this is a lot to ask, but I wonder if you have the instructions for this block without the chain piecing? I’m using scraps from another project and I don’t have the lengths you’ve noted. Please let me know, ok? Thanks!

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