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Bee Pillow

Posted on: December 18th, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

Another quilted cushion….
This Bee pillow is another finish towards my goal of making a Handmade Holiday!

I had previously made this block waaaayyyy back in August of 2013 and blogged about it here. This was my one and only attempt at paper piecing and finished at 10″ x 10″. The Bee block was designed by Barbara of Modern Quilting by B and the free pattern can be found here.

I brought the block up to 12″ square using a narrow strip of  black and a sweet yellow print. And then added 4″ borders before quilting.

For this cushion I sewed the back and front together with right sides facing, eliminating the need for a binding. I like the results and think it gives a clean, fresh look to this little make.

For the backing I found this handsome floral print hanging around in  (my stash). And I had to convince myself to go ahead and use it. It is Floressence by Art Gallery Fabrics and it is so soft! When the said “Feel the Difference”. they meant it!

I have been making so many pillows lately that I did not even have to refer to this tutorial by S.O.T.A.K Handmade for making those hidden zipper closure for the back this time.

The “Bee” quilted pillow finished at 18″ x 18″
and was the 74th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

The Bee pillow is a gift for my Pastor. He too is a crafty person and enjoys making stained glass windows. He is an avid gardener and also a bee keeper. I hope he will BEE pleased with this little pillow!

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
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21 Responses

  1. Nancy J says:

    Lovely, the pattern, your fabrics, the zipper, and the recipient, he will be thrilled to the \”Bees' Knees\”!! You are so thoughtful. And caring.

  2. It looks great and I really like how the thin black border makes the pillow pop.

  3. Heide says:

    adorable! Yellow is such a happy color, sure to bring cheer to everyone that walks into the room with the pillows in it.

  4. I just love your little bee cushion. I don't mind one of those 'buzzing' around in the house :)! Beautiful gifts you are making.

  5. Marle says:

    I`m afraid of bees but this one is so cute that I would lay my head in this lovely pillow!

  6. Dolores says:

    Thank you for this. I know someone who may just like this. He took a bee-keeping course this past year.

  7. ann says:

    What a thoughtful gift. I have a friend whose daughter loves bees so I've passed the lnfo on to her. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Lara B. says:

    Love your paper pieced bee Lorna! Your pastor will \”Bee\” very pleased, LOL. You did a beautiful job with the paper piecing!

  9. Carla says:

    Well how could he not bee pleased! Very nice. So what kind of church do you go to?Merry Christmas to you and yours

  10. Lori says:

    your pillow is sooo adorable. thanks for sharing the tutorial with us Have a happy and fun Christmas

  11. Lisa J. says:

    Beautiful Lorna and thanks for the link to the pattern.

  12. What a perfect gift for a bee keeper! I agree about how soft the Art Gallery fabrics are and I'm off to check out the zipper tutorial.

  13. This is so cute. What a great idea.

  14. Cheryl says:

    This is a super cute pillow and a great gift for a bee keeper!

  15. What a cute bee, Lorna! Love the vertical quilting. I can already see the smile on the recipient's face.-Soma

  16. KaHolly says:

    Lorna, it's bee-utiful! I put a zipper in a pillow back yesterday and it was easy peasy. So easy, I'll always do it, from now on. Thanks so much for your encouragement and for the link to the tutorial. XO

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  18. Aww this bee is so cute. Love the colors you used on it and the border.

  19. What a beautiful gift for your pastor, Lorna. I sure think that it turned out sweet!

  20. SewPsyched! says:

    I could not possibly adore this more :)Xx

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