Monday, March 18, 2013

The Bee in my Bonnet Row Along...Quilt Label and a Bee in my Bonnet Bumble Bee Tutorial!!!...


I'll bet you thought you were finished making blocks for the 
didn't you?
Well...guess what???
It's not summer yet and you have a little more time to finish your quilt!

You really didn't think that I would 
let you get away without a label for your quilt did you?
Of course not:)
I just had to designed another block
to finish it off perfectly!!!

A bee in my bonnet bumble bee of course...
so that you can remember me 
and our fun time rowing along together:)

Lets get started!


Get your bee cut!!!


Start by sewing the stripes together to form the body.
***NOTE the yellow stripe is at top and the gray at the bottom:)



Press towards the gray.



Lay a square on one side of the body segment at the bottom.
Stitch from corner to corner to form an Easy Corner Triangle.



Trim and press towards the triangle.



Repeat for the other side...



Yes...your seams will overlap.
You will be forming a stinger:)



Now sew ECT to the bottom sides of the wings.
Trim and press towards the triangles.



See the cute little stinger?
ow:)
Now sew the rectangles to the bottom of the wings.
Press towards the rectangles.



Then sew the wings to the side of the body like this.
Press towards the wings.



You will be sewing 2 large easy corner triangles across each upper corner.



Use squares...
 and because they are larger than the Angler 2 lines...
lightly mark a stitching line from corner to corner with a mechanical pencil.
It will only take a second...
Don't guess because they are large squares and will
 easily become distorted if you don't mark them.
Trim and press towards the triangles.



Now let's move onto the head.
Sew ECT onto each side like this.



Trim and press.



Then sew the remaining rectangles to the top and then the sides.
Press towards each rectangle.



Finish up by sewing the head section to the body...
 then the remaining background strips to the sides and then the top.


If you want...
you can draw some antennae 
(on paper first)
 and then trace them onto 
the top of the bee head for embroidery. 



You can do the same with the words that you want on your quilt label.



You can see through your background fabric to trace the words 
by using a light box or taping them to a window on a sunny day:)



Now choose 4 colorful prints that you have used in your rows and cut them to border the block.
Press all seams towards the print strips.



Your label is almost complete and ready to be stitched onto your backing.
YaY!!!
I'll show you how to finish it up
in the backing tutorial
 later this week.



I will be using this green daisy print for my backing.



In my last post I showed you my outer border fabric....
the medium green gingham by Riley Blake.

I will be using the aqua daisy print for the inner stop border.

I will also be using my
 white background fabric for all of the borders.
We will talk about the binding later:)




Today kicks off a week long celebration of
  finishing up the quilt...
ending with a 
fun giveaway announcement on Friday!
(so be sure to leave me some bloggy love)

Have a quilty kind of day my friends...
xx
Lori




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63 comments:

Nedra said...

What a perfect label coming from you! I think of you (and Nanette) every time I see something with a bee in it. I'm excited to make this one!

Just Sew Sue said...

Such a cute label. I'm only half way done on my rows, but come the first of April, I'll be ready to recommence the blocks.

tubakk said...

What a cute little thing, this bee. Thank you so much. I struggle with the two last rows, but have started to join the rows together.

Leanne said...

Hello from Australia, I have enjoyed making every row in this quilt and the label is just adorable. Thank you for all your hard work.

trish said...

That is the *cutest* label Lori!!
Such a charming touch for your fun
Row Along!! :0)
Have a lovely week. Trish

Kathleen Grace said...

Holy cats! I could make a whole quilt out of this adorable block! I love EVERYTHING you make:>)

Michele said...

Oh my gosh, how sweet. I've really enjoyed seeing all your cute blocks. You are one talented cookie.

Sewn With Grace said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!! What a fun week this is going to be. Sew happy I have something to look forward to!

Missy Shay said...

I was trying to think of a quilt for my sister, I was thinking of doing a basket quilt, but I might do this one instead. The only thing is it needs to be a king size quilt. Do you think I could make it work by adding more borders? Or do you have any suggestions on making it bigger?
Thanks!
missysaprons@gmail.com

Chris said...

The label is PERFECTLY ADORABLE!! :) Although i haven't made a single row...I am going to this summer for a grandbaby on the way...I LOVE this quilt and you are so very generous and kind to share your talents with us all! THANKS!! Looking forward to making this in the summer!

Lorna McMahon said...

Your quilts are BEE-u-tiful! Love seeing what you are sharing next!

Cecilia said...

I love your Bee label! I haven't been able to sew along, but I hope to make this quilt one day. Thanks for all of the great tutorials.

Janet E. said...

I've had such fun with this quilt. I didn't start on it until February 1 and I finished last week - well sorta. I decided that my baskets needed flowers in them so I am now embrodiering flowers and/or vines in all of them. I used my stash of 20 years(with only a couple exceptions) for the entire quilt so it is bright and scrappy. Can't wait to see the borders. Thanks for a wonderful project.

Linda said...

I love your Bee label!

Susan Pfund said...

This label is to so perfect for this quilt. I just came along your blog last week. I can't wait to make this quilt. So darling.

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

I came late to the Row Along, by way of the Country Barns! I am going to be digging through my stash in search of my "Happy" colors for sure...& see if I can get a friend or two to join me in a "Better Late Than Never" Row Along! The Little Bee is adorable, and the icing on the cake! Thanks also for reminding me that we can trace our lettering on our labels. I constantly get questions about making labels from the girls as work!

Lois Ruley said...

Wow, just Wow ~~ this has been such a fun project. I can not tell you how much I have enjoyed doing this and my friends have enjoyed seeing my progress ~~ Thank you for sharing so much love ~~ You are a real blessing~

Sowing Stitches said...

:) Adorable bee! I have so enjoyed watching the progress of your row quilt! Such fun and great inspiration! Thanks for sharing!!!

Mountain Home Quilts said...

I so wish that I had found you when you started this quilt. I would have joined in the fun! I'm already loving the Quilty Barn Along.
Anyway, the bee block is absolutely adorable. How fun!

barncat said...

I'd just been thinking this quilt needed a label (something I'm not very good about doing), but you came up with the most perfect one! That little bee is just the cutest!

Lois R said...

Wow, just wow ~~ this is so cute and such a special way to finish the quilt. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed each row and my friends have enjoyed seeing my progress ~~ Thank you so much for your gift ~~

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

I didn't do the follow along as in making a quilt myself, but have followed along your posts, and am thinking I would like to make this quilt sometime when I have more time to do it. It is gorgeous. I do keep pinning and admiring.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It just keeps getting more fabulous Lori!

Deborah said...

You are just too amazing!!! I'm giving myself the rest of 2013 to finish my quilt and I know it will get done!

Bev said...

I haven't finished up because I've been sick...I will miss your wonderful, fun tutorials. I have really looked forward to them. I can't wait to get my tulip row done and now the cute label. You are a very talented designer and this has been so much fun. Thank you!

Wistful (because it's almost done) wave from Bev

Ruth Ann said...

I love attaching labels to my quilts. I even did a class on it for my Quilt Guild. This one is just too cute! I will be making it.

Ramona said...

I love it. I have ended up with a bit of embroidery on the front -so having some in the label will be nice too. Now I need to get working on the barns - but I want to finish up the rows first. Thanks for this wonderful quilt.

Susan Smith said...

I LOVE this little bee block! It is PERFECT for the label. I have so enjoyed making this quilt---I still need to finish my tulip row and put my rows together. Hopefully I'll find time for this this evening. Thanks so much for this wonderful project!

Sandy said...

That is the perfect ending to this quilt. Love Love LOVE IT!!! I must say this is one of the cutest row by row quilts I have ever seen. Keep up the great work.

Rebecca said...

Oh my Goodness...lol I just found the row along last week ( I am working on the houses today) and having soooo much fun.Love the bee.

Susan said...

What a lovely bee! Thanks so much for a very fun row along.

Kerri said...

Your tutorials are as pretty as your cute. I enjoy them so much! I would never dream up a super cute label like that, so I am so grateful for your sharing.

Annie said...

I love it!!! I have two more rows to go - I better get sewing!

Vicki Luxton said...

Lori, you are so generous with sharing with us your love of quilting. I love the Bee Label. You are amazing! Thank you. Vicki

Beth Strand said...

Oh my! Now I want to do a whole quilt of your bee blocks! So cute, thank you!

KaHolly said...

Loving that label!!

Wanda Correll said...

Thank you for this wonderful row-a-long quilt. I have been unable to do it but have saved it for the future. I simply love your patterns and your fabric. I have slowly been collecting every collection. I have been working on a quilt using one of the collections. Thank you again Lori.

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

Ramona said...

Someone may have already pointed it out, but I think you need to amend your gray bee stripe size to 1 1/2"x 5 1/2". Right now it is just 1/2" x 5 1/2". It was easy to see from your fantastic photos that it should be (BEE) the same size as the yellow Bee stipes.

Sally said...

Love this quilt. Wish I had started it a long time ago. Off to the sewing room to start pulling fabrics.

Debby said...

Love the bee. I could see a whole quilt of these.

•stephanie• said...

i should have known that the perfect quilt would have the perfect label.
♥ it!

Cynthia said...

I just love the little bee Lori! I can hardly wait to start quilting again :). When I copied you on Instagram, I hadn't seen your blog. Ha ha! I thought it was designed by someone else. Now I know that you had a blog post about it. We are being treated to a Monday post as well as Wednesday! I love reading your blog, it is always so fun and interesting. Thank you :)

deb said...

I love the bee lable. Your patterns and fabric are always so cute !

CJ Latour said...

This is a cute block! I'm surprised you didn't add this into the quilt for one of the rows. I know it would have been a cute touch to the quilt!

Do you think this block would work to be added as one of the rows?

Thanks for sharing this awesome block! :)

Mary said...

great tutorial for your bee. perfect for the label. This is going to finish the quilt off just right.

Terrie said...

OMG soooo adorable and perfect !!!
I am still three rows behind and am sooo anxouse to catch up and get it together !!! This has been SUCH a fun project, Thank you so much !!!!

free indeed said...

I've followed along with this quilt-along without making the quilt but I just received my order of some fabric that I plan to use with this pattern to make a quilt for my oldest granddaughter turns 10...she's 8 this year...so I've got time to work on it. :)

Sally Nicol said...

I've been doing this but fallen behind with last few rows because mum ill in hospital but I will finish this. Really enjoying it.

Beth said...

Finishing with a label is a great idea. I'm trying to get into the habit, and making a cute label is great motivation. Thanks!

CeLynn said...

This has been such a fun quilt to sew up with you! I need to get the last row done (hopefully this week ) to keep up and finish on time.

The label block is way to cute,love it,just like the rest of the quilt. It fits right in! Thanks for letting us sew along ;0)

Mary Prowse said...

Thank you, thank you... but sad to see it end. I started quilting last July and quilting along with your fabulous row-a-long helped me learn so much. I joined all my rows on the weekend and left it draped over a chair in my sewing area so I could admire it's lovely quirkiness - it made me smile every time I saw it. It will be a keepsake representing the start of a hobby and passion that truly makes me happy. Thank you so much Lori for all your hard work - it was very much appreciated!

bonran said...

I am loving this row-along. Thank you so much for doing this, I am learning so much!!

Sandy said...

Just when I think your blog can't get any better you come up with this adorable bee label. Thank you so much for all of the patterns you offer us here. I just returned from a weekend quilt retreat...yeah...and worked on the barn blocks with the quilt square. My friends loved them, and so did my hubby, who has a big red barn. The row along is next for me...had other committments to finish. Such fun!

Trisch said...

Great label! I am planning to work on this quilt during my summer break. It is so cute and I can't hardly wait!!

Lynn McIndoe said...


You are so clever Lori.
I loved making my bee. She is just waiting for the words to be added. Your bee would be perfect to go in a gardening themed row along. Bees, tulips, baskets and leaves are designed already. You could add gumboots, a wheelbarrow, other flowers etc.Hint hint.....

Now to start on some barns.

Tamara said...

Love, love, love these quilt blocks! The bee is my favorite!

Kristy said...

What a darling bee! I am so glad you had more for us to make. :-) I still need to finish those tulips! Gotta get done with some costumes first. Great job on the row-along. I have loved putting it together row by row.:-) Thanks so much- K-

elena piña garcia said...

Such a huge one!! As always your work is amazing.
Kisses from Spain,
Elena.

Deb said...

Amazing, just amazing! As I'm reading this post at 6 a.m. I'm sitting in my robe and nightgown, and on my gown there are printed tons of bees...not as cute as yours though! I especially love your label because my son just started keeping bees! Thanks for all your hard work.

Carol Stearns said...

Lori, you are incredibly talented and I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed this row along. I have learned so much from you. Some of the rows I absolutely dreaded, ike the leaves. all those tiny squares scared me. But, I got everything ready to go and in order and it went quickly via the assembly line.My top is finished nad it is SEW cute and I wlll treasure it always. Thank you for sharing and being sew generous!

Quilting with Kinsey said...

The label is adorable! I'm still finishing my tulip row but very excited to start sewing the rows together. Have really enjoyed the row along and appreciate all of your talent and providing us the designs!

Dee D said...

This bee is too cute! I love this row along and have been following it since I found it. I hope to make it in the future- the right fabric will be the key.

barb said...

I am in awe of your talent!! This is such a beautiful quilt babscorbitt@gmail.com

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