This months block pattern prompt is; spring flowers. I created this applique contemporary bee block that finishes as shown here at 6" x 6", or make 4 of these bee's to create a 12" x 12" block. I have also added a 12" size if you want to make just one at twelve inches. The applique style I used for creating the block as shown here is by using iron on fusible web to the back, tracing the outline of the shapes without the seam allowance, then cutting them out and ironing onto the background fabric piece. To create the yellow and black striped piece I sewed black and yellow strips together, with a 1/4" seam allowance, strips cut at 1" wide for the 6" block, and strips cut at 1.5" wide for the 12" block. Once the skinny strips are sewn together I ironed it flat (I don't press seams open, but if you like doing that I am sure it will work well), then using the applique piece B I cut out a petal from the yellow and black strips to make one bee looking petal. I added some decorative big stitching by hand around the edge because this block went off to someone in my quilt bee group and she loves hand stitching.
For these applique templates I have included the seam allowance line in case you prefer to needle turn applique or a basting stitch and turn applique method. Please credit me as the pattern designer if you post to social media, Sara Flynn, on Instagram @mama_makes_time I would LOVE to see your take on this one!
Be sure to check out the other free blocks offered this month for the Quilt Block Mania tour: