January 18, 2017

Strawberry Quilt Block - The Honey Pot Bee


Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting

I am a total strawberry lover. Have been ever since I was a kid. In fact, anything strawberry, especially lip balm, is my fave! Even before I found Lip Smackers, I was gifted a strawberry flavoured lip balm that was just my jam!  I loved it and wish I still had it J And remember those itty bitty wild strawberries that grew in ditches and other random places? Well, I do! Because they were some of the tastiest strawberries I ever had and it marked me for life. I still hunt them down when I’m at the cottage; although, wild raspberries seem to be more common up there than those teeny strawberries.
So, I guess it comes as no surprise that I thought Bec’s strawberry quilt block was just the cutest. And then I started seeing those strawberry blocks pop up everywhere on my Instagram feed. And I was wondering what was going on! Turns out it’s the featured January block for Molli Sparkles The Honey Pot Bee. And I thought, they’re cute, but this is my year to concentrate on my WIP and focus on depleting my fabric stash. I didn’t think much more of it.
That is, until it was Day 13 of the Quilter’s Planner #QPbestyearever2017 January Instagram challenge and the theme was Bees & Swaps. My planner pages were sadly very empty and so I reached out to you for suggestions. Not only was Molli Sparkles #thehoneypotbee block the main suggestion, I loved how the focus was no pressure and all about making stuff for fun! 


Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilting Bee Block

I don’t have to worry about sticking to a timeline. I don’t have to stress about getting the blocks mailed out on time. And I figured it’s a great way to keep on target of working through my fabric stash. That’s my kind of bee block J
And so, resistance was clearly futile and I’ve succumbed to the strawberry block!  
You’ve actually got two size options to choose from: the original one designed by Bec measures 7.5” x 10.5” or the larger version designed by Angie from Gnome Angel which measures 17.5” x 24.5”.  I opted for the smaller version, no particular reason, it’s just what I went for. And this block comes together super easy and super quick.


Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilting Bee Block

A short cutting session. A few HSTs. A little squaring up. And then you’re piecing it together. Easy peasy!


Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilting Bee Block

And before you know it, you’re first strawberry quilt block is done!! Woot woot!


Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilting Bee Block

The most challenging part was finding green fabric scraps! If my stash revealed anything it’s that green is clearly not my go to colour.
I can see this making a really sweet quilt for a little girl’s room. I know I would have loved one on my bed when I was younger ;)
If you’re looking to try out new blocks and have fun with our quilting community, check out Molli Sparkles The Honey Pot Bee and the full list of designers by month. There are two blocks released per month, but you don’t have to follow that schedule. You know, for when life gets in the way ;)


Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilting Bee Block

Now I’m just itching for strawberry season to hit Quebec. We buy strawberries by the case on our way up to the cottage and spend a good half day cleaning and de-stemming them. It’s a whole production, but then it’s all about making some strawberry shortcakes and homemade jam – yummy times ahead!


Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilting Bee Block

Happy quilting!
xo
Shannon

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4 comments:

  1. Love your block, Shannon. I was umming and ahhing about joining the honeypotbee but as soon as I saw that strawberry block I was a goner! I like that it's a make for yourself which is a lot less pressure than for someone else. Luckily it IS strawberry season here - I'll be thinking of you ;-)

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  2. Oh, you are so lucky, Sue! Enjoy strawberry season and I can’t wait to see your blocks throughout The Honey Pot Bee!!

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  3. Such a cute block! I'm also a huge fan of strawberries. I remember going strawberry picking with my family as a little girl and coming home with my very own basket of strawberries!

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    1. It’s amazing what we remember from our childhood! For some reason, food plays a big part in my childhood memory bank ;)

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