The Bee Hive – Shine Bright

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”…..

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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…..

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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!

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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!

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Now – just to remove all this paper……

Check out Alyce’s blog post over HERE.  You can grab this paper pieced pattern HERE.


14 Responses to The Bee Hive – Shine Bright

  1. Hayley says:

    Your quilt looks sensational in the Loominous. I am off to buy myself some yardage of a few of the prints for frock making

  2. Leanne says:

    love the design <3

  3. Allison CB says:

    Beautiful! Love the secondary pattern!

  4. Michele says:

    That is so wonderful and I love the overall effect.

  5. Nicole says:

    So stoked! I think I’ll pick this block for my Queen month next year!!
    Thanks!

  6. Audrey says:

    I love the design of this block, however, the site will not allow me to access the pattern. I live in Canada. Is the pattern a physical copy or is it a download? I am sure hoping it is a download.

    • Ms Midge says:

      Hi Audrey! Apologies, for some unknown reason it isn’t letting overseas locations gain access due to shipping – which I’ve never come across before with my downloadable patterns! I will try to rectify this, however, in the meantime, I have changed the post so you can download the pattern directly from the link in the blog post. xxx

  7. VickiT says:

    Beautiful block. Thank you so much for correcting the download problem.

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