We are so excited for the Firefly Quilt Along, which runs July 2-August 24, with a catch-up week in there, because life is busy, especially during the summer!  This quilt was designed by Lindsey Neill of Pen and Paper Patterns, and is new and exclusive to Pattern Drop!

#fireflyquilt #fireflyquiltalong #patterndrop

We have a few tips for organization in the first week’s Firefly Quilt Along post, here. [published 7/2]

Firefly Quilt Along — Fireflies at Dusk — a few firefly versions here

Baby Bee Quilt information here!

We wanted to make sure that you knew that Lindsey also included instructions on how to make a Bee quilt! I wanted to share a few bee blocks, in case you might want to make a bee quilt, too! [Or instead, but really, how can you choose!?]

This calm bee, sewn by @penandpaperpatterns inspired me to make a Bee baby quilt using a light cream colored fabric. In hindsight, I wish I would have used linen, but I still love it!  Isn’t that flower print so good? We found a really fun floral you could use at Fabric Bubb: search London Calling.

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Purchase the Individual Firefly Quilt Pattern [with Bee directions too]

Block by @LindsayLovely

Aren’t those polka dots just so awesome! One of the most fun things about both the bee and firefly blocks is that the blocks look good in every fabric combination! Happy to share some that our pattern testers have made.

What! How cute is this non-traditionally colored bee, with the low volume flower background? All the heart eyes for this block by @penandpaperpatterns.

This great version, by @debkonopka makes me think this is a very happy bee, flying in a field of clover!

Erin @houseonhillroad also used an incredible floral on her bee!

And I was happy to finally use this great Cotton and Steel print that I’ve had for a few years for the wings! @swimbikequilt

Just 4 of these super sized blocks makes a smaller-sized baby quilt–perfect for a crib or a stroller or a lovey. If I would have included a border, like instructed in the quilt instructions, it would have been just a bit bigger, and the perfect size!  This jade green binding just made me smile–and did you see the Liberty queen bee in the top left? Every bee quilt needs a queen bee, I think. More about this bee quilt, here.

Ah! How great are these color mockups for the bee quilt, included in the pattern and put together by Lindsey of Pen and Paper Patterns, the quilt designer.

BEE QUILT FABRIC REQUIREMENTS
1/4 yard each of two prints for the abdomen
3/4 yard fabric for the wings
7/8 yard fabric for the antenna, head, and thorax
5 yards background fabric
5/8 yard for binding
4 1/2 yards backing fabric

Quilt Along Schedule

Week 1 – July 2-6: Cutting

Week 2 – July 9-13: Piecing the 1st 5 blocks

Week 3 – July 16-20: Piecing the 2nd 5 blocks

Week 4 – July 23-27: Piecing the remaining 6 blocks

Week 5 – July 30-Aug 3: Piecing the quilt top

Week 6 – Aug 6-10: Catch up week

Week 7 – Aug 13-17: Quilting

Week 8 – Aug 20-24: Binding

Week 9 – Celebration and show and tell