Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing my Save the Bees Block of the Month Finished Quilt. I’m so happy with the way it turned out–I think it’s a perfect quilt to hang in my laundry room and can’t wait to get it hung up in there. This month’s directions include information on adding the borders and setting the quilt together. I have a few tips to share below, and this month’s giveaway information is at the end of today’s post.
My friend Marion did a simple cross-hatch (about 1″ squares) on this quilt. I think this design sets off the quilt perfectly and allows the blocks and the fabrics to shine! Sometimes a very simple design really is the best one. This quilting design would also be terrific if you have added the applique’ designs as shown in Jacquelynne’s original quilt.
I really, really love this quilt! (I know I’ve already said that)! For my sashing fabric I used one of my favorite low-volume prints from our Walkabout collection. My inner green border and the outer blue floral borders are also both from Walkabout. The dot binding is from our Clover Hollow group with the sun print, some of the hexies, and the upper right block center fabric also from that collection. (Most of the Clover Hollow pre-cuts and fabric yardages are still available here). This quilt is really a fun mix of Clover Hollow and Walkabout and really has me wanting to work with a mix of these collections again soon!
Mini Quilt Tips
Since I know I’m going to hang this up in my laundry room, I folded two squares wrong sides together to make little pockets on the back of the quilt at the top. I added these before adding the binding, so they are sewn into the binding. I’ll put a dowel in the back and rest the dowel on nails or command hooks to hang it up. (You can see a video tutorial on my method to hang mini quilts here). And you can find my best tips for sewing mini quilts here.
Save the Bees Block of the Month Finishing Information
Remember that finishing instructions for the quilt are available from Jacquelynne (if you’re making the mini version like mine, you’ll need Jacquelynne’s instructions along with the mini quilt finishing details from Brenda here). And stop by all of the blogs below to the rest of the finished quilts and projects by our blogging group:
- The Crafty Quilter
- Podunk Pretties
- The Quilting Nook
- The Sewing Loft
- Flamingo Toes
- Kathy’s Quilts
- Freemotion by the River
- A Quilting Life (you are here)
Save the Bees Block of the Month December Giveaway
This month there are two different prizes…there is one prize for winners chosen from the U.S. and another prize that will be given to International Winners. Remember that you can enter on each of the blogs above for a chance to win; however, an individual may only win one prize in a month. U.S. winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the “Prettiful Posies” collection courtesy of Sarah Maxwell, and International winners will receive a printed pattern collection from Sarah. For a chance to win from my blog, please leave a comment mentioning any sewing you’re still hoping to get finished up by the end of the year! The giveaway will be open through Sunday, December 9th, and I’ll email the winner Monday morning, December 1oth.
This Week on the Blog…
I have some fun posts for this week including our December Minis and More, the new Moda Block Heads post, and a couple of new Christmas projects to share! I hope your week is off to a terrific start! Thanks so much for stopping by…
Donna Magee says
I am hoping to finish my granddaughters twin size quilt for Christmas and my husbands deer quilt for Christmas.
Glenda Morrow says
I would love to finish this quilt by the end of this year, so that I can gift it. This is my 1st BOM with Jacquelyn & I am a beginner quilter.
Carol Fraley says
I’m hoping on finishing a weighted quilt for my son.
Robin Harris says
I have a quilt that I need to bind for my son for Christmas. Just waiting to get it back from the quilter.
Sheree A. says
I still have one quilt to quilt and bind. I have some other things I would like to do, a tote bag, pillowcases but don’t know if I have enough time to complete it all.
MS Barb says
I’m hoping to finish embroidering an frog block quilt square before the end of the year!
Connie K Campbell says
Beautiful quilt and the quilting on it is perfect!
Debbie Totten says
I hope to finish my “Hugs” quilt by the end of the year. I also have two quilts to bind! I love this quilt so that motivates me to get it finished.
I have a sewing machine quilt I have been working on, I would really like to get it pieced this year.
Lori Smanski says
your quilt turned out lovely. the colors and fabrics make it so happy and bright and fun.
right now i am making four aprons for christmas.
Quilter Kathy says
I might have to copy your crosshatch quilting… it’s beautiful!
I’m hoping to finish quilting a large mystery quilt and get the binding done for hand stitching over the holidays!
I would like to do a few units for a new mystery quilt,, but am working on ornaments to gift instead 🙂
Sue Vilsack says
I hope to finish several more smaller projects this weekend to give away to another nonprofit animal welfare organization to use to raise funds for their veterinary bills… this is the time of year that they can get the most in donations! I love the “Save the Bees” BOM and for me it was perfect timing. I work with a large nonprofit organization that literally did “save the bees” by raising funds to get 7 shipments of sugar syrup to Florida for the starving bees from Hurricane Michael to keep them sustained while natural bee forage material could regrow. Am working on a smaller version of this for the office!
Kathy Hawkes says
Unfinished projects are keeping me busy before Christmas but i love seeing other peoples finishes !
Beth T. says
So many projects! I haven’t given up yet. 🙂 One I’m hoping to finish was started last year, Amy Sinibaldi’s sweet Christmas pillow made with the mini charm packs and embroidered with the sayings, you know the one? I slowed down because I didn’t know which saying I would choose. Well, I’m not going to wait another year. Our grandma used to say (to my shyer sister), “Do something, even if it’s wrong”, so I’m going to pick one of the perfectly fine Christmas phrases and go with it.
Barb K says
This is my second BOM from Jacquelyn–I have also made a throw quilt from one of her patterns.
Lynn Nicholson says
I am working on a I Spy quilt for my newest great nephew for Christmas.
renee S says
I am hoping to finish two towel aprons before the end of the year – hopefully by the end of this week since they are Christmas themed.
Susan Du says
I like the crosshatch quilting done on your project!
I have a quilt all cut out for my sister. Need to get sewing!
Love your finished quilt.
Janet T says
Love the crosshatching on your quilt! Finish?? I will be laughing well into the new year at that question!! Hopefully, I will be able to finish my UFO list so that I will know just what I am up against. At last count, it was at 43. (I thought I only had maybe 15; 20 at the most. Ha, ha… )
Suzy Marshall says
I have had a lot of fun making and participating in the “Save The Bee’s” BOM. I am currently working on “Christmas Themed” bed pillowcases for all my great nephews and nieces.
Bette I says
I have to finish 2 baby quilts, a row for a guild project, and the rest of the blocks for an online weekly quiltalong. I think I’ll make it!
Anita L Jackson says
Hi Sherri! I have 2 quilts that need binding and labels, I am 1/3 completed with the first so I think It will be a grand finish if I just get into the sewing room after work!
Bee-autiful and cute little mini!
I hope to finish up a couple of pillows for Christmas. I also have to large quilts but I’m doubtful I will get them done. I’m also trying to paint kitchen cabinets. What a terrible idea to paint cabinets so late in the year! Oh well, Merry Christmas!
Verna A. says
I have a Christmas quilt I’m hoping to finish by the end of the year. It just needs borders, quilting and binding.
Joan M says
I have a couple of small stitcheries to finish up and my Save the Bees mini quilt. Your quilt is lovely, Sherri and I think I will do a simple cross hatch on my mini, also. Great idea and looks wonderful! I always enjoy your blog posts.
I have 3 bindings to sew down and my Christmas presents will be done.
This is my first ever quilt. My daughter saw it and has claimed it has been so fun.
First ever quilt
I am working on finishing this quilt and a few others before the end of the month. This has been fun!
Jennifer P says
I’m frantically trying to finish a cosmetics bag and a set of placemats to mail to my daughter for Christmas. The 12 hour work days are really cutting into my sewing time though! Adorable finish on your Save the Bees. Your border is perfect to set off those blocks.
Carolee Herechski says
I am working in Christmas stockings as well.
Sharon Treece says
I would really like to finish my Save the Bees and an Abstract Elephant quilt before the end of the year. The Elephant is for a granddaughter for Christmas the Save the Bees is for me. I love Jacquelynne designs. I did Maggies First Dance in 2016.
April Lopez says
I’ve loved doing this BOM. I loved having only one block a month. Makes it doable and no pressure.
Darlene B says
I would like to finish two baby quilts for my upcoming twin grandchildren!
Sherry Frizzell says
I still have a couple of lap quilts to finish up before Christmas!
Sandra Stewart says
I have several little projects I want to finish as Christmas gifts like dish towels and especially want to finish up this little quilting project.
What a fun quilt! You did a beautiful job!
Susan Vacek says
I am trying to finish a tablerunner by 12/14 for a BEE eschange!
Bonnie Maas says
I have many projects in the works, but I really NEED to finish this one by the end of the year. My friend is a bee keeper,and this would be a wonderful surprise!
kathy bonvouloir says
I love this BOM, my 1st.. Thank You
Cheryl James says
I have 3 queen size quilts that need to be finished and trying out paper piecing that I hope to finish as well.
Cheryl James says
I’m hoping to finish a storm at sea quilt if I can come up with the funds for the backing. Haven’t worked for 2+ years so we’ll see.
elizabeth porter says
I hope to finish a Christmas apron for my sister-in-law
I am really behind but slowly getting some of this done. I love the embroidery parts!
Hannah W says
I HAVE A LONG WISH LIST FOR FINISHING, BUT STOCKINGS, AND POTHOLDERS ARE NEAR THE TOP OF THE MORE REALISTIC LIST:)
Susan Greene says
After moving during the summer, I just hope to get a machine unpacked and ANYTHING sewn before year-end. I’ve been crocheting some, but that’s not enough to satisfy the crafting bug!
Judy Currie says
I love your Save the Bees mini. I like the idea of hanging it up in the laundry room
I’m ready for the borders. So fun!
I will be happy just getting all my Christmas gifts done by 12/23 and then spend 12/24 wrapping.
LaTawnia Porter says
Right now I am working on Christmas gifts and ornaments but I do want to get my Save The Bees quilt finished and hung up. I like the cross hatching on your quilt. After looking at so many completed quilts I think I like it the best and since I am quilting on my domestic that might be the easiest to do.
Bette McLennan says
Oh my gosh, I have so many half finished projects to try to finish asap. But before Xmas, I have to make a journal cover for my granddaughter.
Carol Remmick says
I have so much to do I will never get done
Rita Hays says
I will have to finish going through my finished quilts and decide which quilt goes to which loved one for Christmas. Then I will have room to plan and make more quilts!
Linda Lovely says
i hope to finish this quilt and two tote bags beforethe end of the year!
Kim from Calgary, Alberta, Canada says
I’m working on a One Block Wonder wallhanging for my 83 year old mother for Christmas – here’s hoping I get it quilted and bound.
Karen A says
I am finishing up a commission t-shirt quilt, and I am also making lots of microwave bowl cozies, baskets and ornaments as gifts.
Lisa M Lamie says
This is my first BOM and have had a lot of fun sewing it. Thanks for the opportunity!
Jennifer s. says
By the end of the year I would love to get some pants sewn for my teen who is too tall for all his current pants.
Christine DeLuca says
I am hoping to finish the first quilt that I’m making for myself. I’ve made many for others, but not me.
Chantal L. says
Congratulations on your beautiful Save the Bees quilt. Lovely quilt.
I would like to finish an I Spy quilt this year as I haven’t finished anything this year. Can I at least finish the quilting on it? I sure do hope so. ;^)
Susan Spiers says
Love your pretty colors! I have three quilts that need quilting, I hope to get at least one finished before next year!
Bonnie Thiem says
I have a few Christmas projects to finish before the end of the year. I have a Snowmen banner particularly to finish.
Sharon Aurora says
Nice finish. I like the cross-hatch quilting.
Sharon Aurora says
I have several projects I hope to finish, mostly mug rugs and table runners, and one quilt.
Kathy S. says
Working on UFO’s! I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! ?
Kathy Sreaves says
Finishing up UFO’s!!
Katherine Hawkes says
I am working on little embroidered ornaments for my grandchildren that I hope to have done by the end of this week to get them popped in the mail. I keep a little basket by my chair so that I can work on them in the evening while watching a bit of tv. Be especially blessed, Katherine
Erline Lott says
Oh my your quilt is so lovely and I absolutely love the quilting on it! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and the selection of fabrics is perfect. I have a panel that I’m adding borders to and Will machine quilt it for a wall hanging for my daughter and husband I hope to finish for Christmas and your technique for hanging is right on time. Thank you so very much!
Lisa Marie says
I hope to do lots more sewing before the end of the year. I will be finishing some gifts and also doing some sewing just for fun.
Susan Barlow says
Haven’t even started my holiday sewing, I’m too busy visiting blogs and drooling ? ! Love the quilt?
I have some mending I would like to get done by the end of the year. Also, I would like to get my fabric reorganized by the end of the year.
I have a “Frenchie” pillow cover to finish for my granddaughter who has a little French bulldog named Shay.
Kee Ostler says
I have several vintage farmhouse style aprons to finish. Hopefully I’ll also get sometime in working on quilting my save the bees quilt. LOL
Mary Crowther says
I have 2 table Runners and a Tree Skirt to quilt after I Quilt one more Quilt for my Friends family in CA who lost so much in the Camp Fire last month.
Kathleen Stringer says
I have set aside all projects to finish a hand quilted a tea cozy for my daughter-in-law, a special embroidered felt ornament for my younger son and a Christmas stocking for my new grandson. Thank goodness I am retired!
Been working on a quagmire that I want to finish by Christmas
I am hoping to finish Christmas pillows for my living room
I’m hoping to get some mug rugs finished for the grand kiddos!
Not quagmire-quilt as you go
Susan Smith says
This will be perfect for a laundry room quilt!!! Love it!
Leslie K. says
I like to make an ornament for everyone in my family and I am still working on those ornaments. I also need to finish (ok, start) a Christmas pillow for one of our daughters and a pencil pouch (to hold her watercolor pencils) for a stocking stuffer for our other daughter. All plans for Christmas items for my house have been put on hold until after Christmas (again).
Karen Dowd says
Hi, i am far behind on my Save the Bee’s so hoping to get some work in on that, also have some Silk Tie pouches to do up before Christmas and oh i have a bag full of ornaments i made that i need to add hanging loops to and oh and lets not forget the christmas gifts i need to make. Oh my, i better get moving!!
I hope to finish up my red stars wall hanging!! I just need to take a breath and do the free motion quilting I have planned out… Scared I will ruin it!!!
I especially need to finish assembling a Christmas throw for a gift.
Lisa R says
I have two baby quilts to make for two new Moms in our church.
Lisa R. says
I have two baby quilts to make for two new Moms in my church.
Carolyn Montgomery says
today i am making Christmas cards and then i will make a block for the countdown to Christmas qal.
Susan Stanton says
I’m finishing up the Midnight Clear Christmas quilt that I started two years ago. I only need to hand sew the binding on two of the edges and then I’m done! Yay!
Linda Steenhoff says
I am working on a Christmas panel wall quilt for a gift.
We have a quilt to finish by Christmas for a friend’s 70th birthday gift. You would think we could have had that done earlier. LOL Oh well! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ALL!!
Julie Taylor says
I am hoping to finish my 100 Days 100 Blocks quilt. I am currently working on the sashings.
Bobbie Zelenky says
I have a Nativity scene to finish. I am adding some beads to the quilted project and then I’ll be all finished. I’ve been working on it off and on since November 2016. There are many other projects waiting in the wings too.
Katherine Mikros says
I’ve enjoyed the new techniques. And love this quilt.
Carolyn Robinson says
Hope to finish Christmas pillow that was part of a shop hop. It’s all cut out, now just have to piece all those tiny pieces!
Pamela Richards says
I just finished (2) baby quilts – my daughter is sponsoring (3) foster children for Christmas this year and asked that I make these. So when we get back for Florida (came home to Indiana to do Christmas with families) – – I have (2) large quilts I need to get done before my dad joins us middle of January!! I have the house FULL of Fabric and quilts!!
Julie B says
We have a quilt to finish for a friend’s 70th birthday gift. You’d think we could have had it done before,the Christmas rush. Oh well! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ALL!
Elaine Loughlin says
I am making three more Christmas Stocking for some og my Grandchildren.
That will probably take me a couple of days to say the least.
Then I want to do some embroidered pieces for the Save the Bees wall hanging to finish it off.
Nancy A says
Right now I am trying to finish making the cover for a cushion in my daughter’s camper. I was able to cover 3 cushions while they were here this summer and fall. Next I want to finish the placemats and napkins for our oldest granddaughter who was married the end of October.
Jayne P says
I’m hoping to finish a Christmas panel the should have been finished last Christmas
Laura Sloan says
I don’t have any UFOs at the moment. I did work like crazy to finish 3 quilts for my grand kids before Thanksgiving. Since I flew up to see them for that holiday I took their Christmas quilts with me rather than mail them a couple weeks later. I purposely haven’t started another project yet because I’m rearranging and re-organizing my sewing room.
Patricia Evans says
I’m sewing down the binding on a baby quilt that will be gifted to our neighbor and I started a Christmas table runner yesterday that will be for ME! After that, I’ll just keep plugging away at the WIPs.
Lisa Lawrence says
I am working to finish quilted cosmetic pouches for Christmas gifts, three done and four to go!!
Colleen Ferber says
I hope to finish some cork wallets, and bind a red and white wonky tree quilt!
I really like your quilt with the blue border on it and you are right about the crosshatch quilting, I love that! The one thing I am hoping to finish is my Christmas quilt that I started a couple years ago. I am ready to quilt it now so I am hoping I have time to finish it before Christmas.
I am hoping to finish a Christmas table runner for the holidays.
Patty W says
I like the blue in your quilt. I only did a little Christmas sewing this year.
Marti Napier says
Love the challenge…I’m working on a bakers dozen “The Tallest Tree” wall hanging for family and friends.
Helen LeBrett says
I hope to finish the quilt I started for a young friend with your Front porch and Creekside fabric. I’ve got to hurry, but I’ve got about half of the blocks done, so I’m a good way into it! 🙂 Love your quilt! I’ve got to get going on that one too!! 🙂 Hugs, H
Diane Osbourne says
Hi… I still have a Xmas wall hanging to finish but l’m getting there. Love your version of the Bees with the blues.. Lovely?
lena hussey says
I am finishing up a king size quilt for my granddaughter and then hope to get new stockings made for each family member
Deb Piela says
I am hoping to get my 7 year in the making Christmas Quilt Quilted in time to give to my daughter for christmas
Linda Kanthe says
Hi! I am hoping to finish up a few projects by the end of December. There is a Christmas quilt I am working on. Also I’m hoping to finish up stocking for my 3 furkids. All dogs and loveable.
I need to quilt a Christmas table runner for my small quilt group exchange. Our party won’t occur until the first part of January so I’m procrastinating a little bit, although I should finish it now and get it off my to-do list!
Carolyn Bolthouse says
I made one Christmas pillow you featured on your blog and would love to make another!
Rose Vander Velden says
I am planning to finish my Save the Bees, a wall hanging quilt, and some little gift items!
Dana Olness says
I am working on a few things this month and hope to at least finish a quilted lap throw (gift for a friend) and the Save the Bees wall hanging. I still haven’t figured out if I’m keeping my Save the Bees or maybe giving it as a gift. I also enjoy making mug rugs with scrap holiday fabric.
Laurie Wendt says
I am finishing some Christmas gifts for my two daughters, using up my stash and specifically leftovers from the wedding quilts I made them two years ago. One if them has a 6 month old, my first grand baby, and of course I’m making a quilt (4th one since her birth) for her and a Christmas stocking. So much fun!
Teresa Knittingdancer says
I am hoping to find the time to make a tote bag before Christmas. I love the blue print border you chose for your quilt.
Wilma Kinder says
I have one more quilt label to make and all my sewing for the holiday will be finished.
Sue H says
I would love to say I finished Jinny Beyer’s Kyoto MQAL. I forgot how beautifully slow hand piecing was! In the meantime, I’d like to start & finish your All Is Calm All Is Bright pillow for a Christmas gift.
Debbie Doctorian says
I just hope to get back to sewing after Christmas. So many projects, so little time.
Linda Nelson says
I have a table runner I need to finish.
I am still working on finishing three stockings for my grandkids, a mini quilt and a fabric gift box!!
Carla Hundley says
How darling your quilt
is. Love the colors. I
hope to make a couple
of Llamas up before the
end of the year.
Carla from Utah
I still have a few quilts to finish…
Sheila Ramsden says
I’m working on finishing up a few Christmas presents, I think i’ll be done!!
Nicole Sender says
I hope to finish some small items for Christmas gifts. Aprons are left on my to do list!
Sally H. says
I hope to finish the quilt top for my bed so I can quilt it in the new year.
Rosemary B says
Sherri, your quilt is beautiful
This is an adorable pattern
the fabric is gorgeous
Right now I am making cute sachets for lavender I have grown in my garden
Becki Bostick says
I hope to complete the quilting on a Christmas/Winter wall hanging that will be my front door decoration. Just need to add a bit of silver to the snowflakes and then bind. I do my hanging the same way you showed. Simple–one and done!!!
Barbara Gearin says
I have to quilt a quilt for my mother. My mom made my brother’s mother-in-law a quilt for Christmas. I need to get my n it.
LInda Barnhart says
I love the simple quilting design. I may do this with my bees quilt. Thank you.