Welcome to the fifth week of the Firefly Quilt Along! This quilt was designed by Lindsey Neill of Pen and Paper Patterns, and is new and exclusive to Pattern Drop! There is also a bee version included in the pattern–click here to see some examples of bee blocks!

Interested in sewing along? You can purchase the Firefly Quilt Pattern here.

Firefly Quilt Top by Jessica @euphoria_jessica

Sign up for Pattern Drop here

Purchase the Individual Firefly Quilt Pattern Here

I’m not sure about everyone else, but for me, my two favorite parts of making a quilt are choosing/gathering/purchasing fabric, and sewing the last seams on a quilt top! There is something so exciting about finally finishing a quilt top. Of course, then there is still the basting, the quilting, and the binding to do, but finishing a quilt always feels like such an “aha!” moment for me.

Firefly Blocks by Lauren Speer @tekstilcrave

Simple Tips for Sewing Borders

Sometimes, I think sewing a border on can be almost the hardest part of putting a quilt top together. You don’t want the borders to be wavy and if you just start sewing a border onto a quilt without pinning or measuring, they often turn out wavy. Not awesome!  This is the way I sew borders onto a quilt.


And if you are like me, and your quilt blocks are still in pieces [or you haven’t started yet], its your lucky week! Next week is a catch up week.  Happy sewing!

You can post pictures of your progress and finished blocks on Instagram [use the hashtags #fireflyquilt #fireflyquiltalong #patterndrop].

Looking for examples of firefly and bee blocks and quilts? 

Firefly Quilt Along // A Beehive Full of Bees –examples of bee blocks

Firefly Quilt Along // A Baby Bee Quilt

Firefly Quilt Along // Fireflies at Dusk –examples of firefly blocks

Purchase Kits

If you haven’t purchased a kit yet and would like to, you can purchase quilt kits [slightly different fabric choices] from Sewtopia or Fabric Bubb!

Sewtopia Quilt Along Kit Fabric Bubb Quilt Along Kit

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 + Tips for adding borders [this week]

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