Archive for ‘Bees & Quilt Alongs’

January 15th, 2019

Looking for Paper Piecing blocks from the Block Rock’n Series?

by Julie Hirt

Due to changes within Craftsy I am moving the patterns to Etsy. Each block will priced at $1 OR buy the entire series of 12 blocks for $5.

This was a free series in the past. Having Etsy host the patterns is easier for  me, so feel free to share within sewing groups. Especially if you use one of the patterns as your Bee block! They do NOT need to be purchased multiple times. Same with the series purchase.

Thanks for your patience while I got these listings updated – they are ready to go.

Purchase and download HERE.



November 3rd, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Finish

by Julie Hirt

I love how my Bella Skill Builder quilt turned out.  Huge thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for this quilt along!

Bella Skill Builder 627handworks (1)

Bella Skill Builder 627handworks (2)

We head down to Santa Rosa Beach in Florida every fall. Since my quilt colors were originally inspired by an ocean sunset (orange, yellow, sand, blues) I decided to bring it along for pics.

Bella Skill Builder 627handworks (8)

I had plenty of fabric leftover to piece a back.

Bella Skill Builder 627handworks (9)

For the quilting I decided on a simple cross hatch design. Took me forever to decide because of all the different blocks on the front.

Bella Skill Builder 627handworks (7)

I wish we could take credit for making this sandcastle. Since it was right in front of our rental we at least saw it come together.

Bella Skill Builder 627handworks (5)

Signing off with Bojangles. The dogs loving going to the beach!

Bella Skill Builder 627handworks (6)



October 1st, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: October

by Julie Hirt

I did it! I’ve finished all of my blocks for the Bella Skill Builder.


These are the Lazy Angle blocks made the Creative Grids Lazy Angle ruler. Be sure to leave that last row unattached for the assembly process.


I was really impressed with the ruler and can’t wait to explore more patterns I can use it with.

Next month is assembly and we’re done – I’m super excited!


September 1st, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: September

by Julie Hirt

How fun is this?!

Bella Skill Builder Starburst 627handworks

This is the Starburst block and you’ll need to make 5.  I’m really excited how all of these blocks look together.

One more month of block making then we get to put it all together!



August 3rd, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: August

by Julie Hirt

I like big blocks!

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt

The August blocks for Fat Quarter Shop’s Bella Skill Builder are awesome.

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt 2

The top block is 24″ and this one is 20″.  Just for funsies I tiled them to see what they’d look like:

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt 1

Umm… YES!  I totally want to make 9 of the bigger blocks for a 72″ throw. Super fun pattern that would make a good toddler quilt with 4 blocks.

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt 3

You all know these patterns are FREE, right?  It’s not too late to make your own.  One more month and then on to assembling – exciting stuff!



July 1st, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: July

by Julie Hirt

I’m so excited to share these with you. Courthouse Steps:

Bella FQS Courthouse Steps Julie Hirt (1)

This blue block right here? It’s possibly my favorite block I’ve made. Not sure if it’s the pattern, colors or combo of both.  I just love it.

Bella FQS Courthouse Steps Julie Hirt (2)

Bella FQS Courthouse Steps Julie Hirt (3)

I really enjoyed making the blocks for this month. Every round you complete there is a new look to the block, it’s nice to see them come together.

You can get the free pattern here and be sure to pick up the awesome Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim ruler. It seriously makes these blocks a breeeeeeze.




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