Yess it’s here! I finished the pattern of the Happy Bee quilt block. It’s such a fun block to make. The block measures 6 x 6 inches and would fit great in a sampler quilt, on a bag or in a mini quilt.

What are you going to make with it?

Wonky blocks

Foundation Paper Piecing is my thing, I love it! That’s probably nothing new for you when you’ve been following me for a while. I hardly design something that doesn’t involve freezer paper or tea bag paper.

But for a challenge for our quilt bee I had to make a something that was traditionally pieced. And guess what? I loved it! Ha! I thought that I would be no good at precise piecing and sewing without guidelines on paper.

Aand to be honest, I wasn’t very good at it. My blocks did turn out a little bit wonky. Some pieces didn’t really match up. But it was so much fun to do.

From the drawing on graph paper, to calculating the sizes of all the pieces and designing the pattern on my computer. I really enjoyed trying out something new.

So here is my very first traditionally pieced quilt block pattern. And I’m sharing it for free. Because I really think we can all use some happiness these days!

Get your free pattern here

You can cdwnload your pattern below. Just pop in your email address and the pattern will be send to you in PDF.

The PDF includes all the measurements and step by step instructions to piece the block.

Tea for Irene

The love that I get from all of you on YouTube, Instagram an via Email is so wonderful. Thank you all so so much, it really means a lot to me to see your finished projects or to hear that a Sugaridoo video brightened up your day.

Your support allows me to continue making videos and designing quilt patterns. So thank you so much!

One way to support me is to share this blog post with your quilting friends, like a post on Instagram or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Another way to support me is to take a look at my shop, or visit the Tea For Irene page. You’re awesome!

New mini quilt series

This bee block is the start of a new mini quilt series. I started with a ‘Bee Happy’ mini quilt where I use this bee block and my ABC pattern. In this weeks video you can see my messy design process :)

In next weeks video I’ll share the finished mini and also a second mini quilt. In that second mini I’m using my new alphabet pattern ‘Funky ABC + 123’. All pattern testers were very excited about it, so keep an eye out on my Instagram for sneak peeks.

The ‘Funky ABC + 123’ pattern will be released on the 30th of April and of course I’ll have a discount code for you to celebrate the new pattern.

Quilt kits

I will make a limited amount of kits for all the minis that I’ll be sewing over the next weeks (or months, depending on how many ideas will be coming up while making them). The kits will be added to the shop, I’ll send an update to my newsletter when they are available.

Comments (31)

  1. Thank you for your tutorials . I wish you and your loved ones health,food,and,lots of blessings . Sincerely, Sonya from Laredo, Texas U.S.A.

  2. I really love the look of this chubby little bee. I’m wishing it was a paper piecing pattern because I would feel more comfortable trying it but I suppose we all need to step out of our comfort zone once in a while. Lots of Love from Waynesville, MO USA!

  3. I love your little bee! Thank you so much for this sweet pattern!! I call my granddaughter Little Bumble and I am looking forward to making your mini Bee Happy Quilt. It will make a nice little gift to send her.🥰

  4. A happy bee! I have them buzzing around all my flowers and trees in bloom in my back yard. I will enjoy making this! Thank you Irene for thinking of us all – we definitely need to find the “happy” in current circumstances.

  5. I really like what you do ,this block is so cute I will definitely have a go

  6. Love the bee pattern. I click on the link for the pattern but I have not received an email with the pattern link

  7. I am a bee lover…everything bee catches my attention & heart. Your little video showing how you created the bee happy mini quilt was SO inspiring! I am going to subscribe to your YouTube channel to see what else you come up with.

  8. Hi Irene! Greetings from Costa Rica! We all are taking care of each other at home! I love your quilts and the way you teach! Thanks for the videos, they are a good help for me!

  9. PDF pattern was not sent. I repeated the steps of the process, and again no PDF

  10. I made the block to improve my mood, and, boy, it did the job! Thanks a lot for that!
    I just found a bug in the pattern, though. The bee part doesn’t count up to 6 (6.5) inch, it’s just 5.75. So perhaps cut piece Q 1.75 x 3.5 instead to make up for the missing quarter inch?

    Anyway, I made a mug rug from it, adding a flower in front the bee, and it turned out very happy and uplifting. Again, thank you for the darling pattern!

  11. The email for the bee pattern wasn’t sent to me….. is there a delay I should expect? Thank you for your reply! (the bee is so darn cute I can’t wait to get started on making it! 🤗❤️🐝)

  12. Hi I made the bumble bee. He is adorable. I have not put him in a quilt but I will shortly. He is just fine. I am
    part of a quartet of 4 ladies called The Bumblebees, so you see I really have a connection with your pattern. I will be making 3 more in the future, so all of us girls can have one. Thanks you . Patty

  13. Very cute, but I followed all the steps, twice, and despite the message saying “Yayy! The pattern ‘Happy Bee’ is on it’s way to your inbox.” I did not receive the PDF.

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