Like a diamond! You know, Rhianna and all that? #earworm
Welcome to my turn on the great Bee Hive Quilt Block Tutorial Series by Blossom Heart Quilts! I was thrilled when Alyce asked me wayyyyyyyy back at the beginning of the year if I’d be interested in joining in. I actually got to work straight away with my design, basically by playing around with different shapes. In the end, I had a quilt block I really loved, which has an “aztec” feel about it. I’ve called it “Shine Bright”…..
Isn’t she lovely? There are so many ways to play around with the fabric placement in this block. You could choose, as I have, to have the centre diamond block shine and stand out, along with the triangles – which enhances the centre shine! You could change it up and have all the highlighted pieces the same fabric, giving it a monochromatic look. Or, you could do a super scrappy version! The choices are pretty much endless!
The thing I love most about this block, and which was the premise behind Alyce starting the Bee Hive, is the secondary pattern you get once you join multiple blocks together…..
I worked my proverbial off last week to get these fabulous nine blocks pieced and joined together, to give you an idea of the overall effect. I absolutely love it! I mean, look at those pin wheels! You may notice the bottom middle block is pieced a little differently? Alyce thankfully drew the pattern up for me and the first option was to piece the block in three sections. But it was a little bulky to work with, so we’ve switched it to seven sections. Which are super easy to get through!
For my little version, I knew straight away that my stash of Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous would work perfectly. I matched it up beautifully with two different shades of shot cotton from Spotlight – and I adore the end result!
Now – just to remove all this paper……