Queen Bee in March ‘19

It is my turn to be the March Queen Bee for our IG HoneyBees 2019 swarm, and I’ve chosen the Treasure Hunt block by Alyce@ Blossom Heart Quilts. I’ve loved this block since Ophelie chose it for her Stash Bee hive members to make blocks that she used to make a comfort quilt for her terminally ill father in 2017. Please take a look at her Stash Bee post, read her story and see photos of her beautiful quilt. This is a fairly simple paper-pieced block. The colors that I have chosen are dark pink, medium or dark grey, mustard, teal, and aqua. Below is a photo that shows four sections for a block that have not been sewn together.

The reason that they are not sewn together is that I also don’t want my swarm members to sew their blocks together either. I would like my swarm members to send me the four sections of their blocks, and then I will create a scrappy quilt by making blocks out of different people’s 6 1/2” sections.

Each section is divided into six segments. I’ve made a choice to have two dark pink segments and would prefer two different dark pink fabrics be used in the block to increase the scrappy factor.

The colors of two sections for each block (the left side of the above photo) go as follows:

  • A3 Dark Pink
  • A2 Medium or Dark Grey
  • A1 Mustard
  • A4 Dark Pink (a different dark pink than A3 if possible)
  • A5 Aqua
  • A6 Teal

The colors of the other two sections for each block (the right side of the above photo) go as follows:

  • A3 Dark Pink
  • A2 Medium or Dark Grey
  • A1 Mustard
  • A4 Dark Pink (a different dark pink than A3 if possible)
  • A5 Teal
  • A6 Aqua

In order to create the Treasure Hunt “X” the sections need to be oriented as shown in the photo below:

So far I have paper-pieced a total of 16 sections. Below is a pic of the sections mixed up to form four scrappy blocks. The alternating teal and aqua diamonds are created by alternating the teal and aqua colors in the A5 and A6 sections.

A Few Tips to Help with This Block

  1. When the pattern template is downloaded, there are  directions on how big to cut strips for each segment. I think the 2 1/4” width works fine for segments A1, A2, A4, and A5, but I recommend cutting the strips for the A3 and the A6 segments a little wider. I found that 2 1/2” strips for A3 and A6 worked better for me.
  2. You can always use wider widths and longer lengths of fabric than what is suggested because the extra fabric will be trimmed off.
  3. An inexpensive metal ruler to fold the paper is extremely useful.
  4. I would not even attempt to paper piece without this Add-A-Quarter Ruler.
  5. I have found that the Treasure Hunt templates that I printed from my iPad were undersized, but the ones I printed from my laptop where I can scale the printing at 100% were the correct size. The templates should be exactly 6 1/2” which includes the seam allowance.

I’m really looking forward to getting happy mail this month and hopefully turning these scrappy blocks into a finished quilt this summer.

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2 Responses to Queen Bee in March ‘19

  1. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! This will be so fun to make these blocks. I will print off the templates today, and possibly get started this weekend. More likely next weekend as the littles are coming over tonight and tomorrow. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. helen says:

    this will make a lovely scrappy block Mary when they are all put together. I was looking at my last stash bee blocks and am thinking of cutting them up to make a scrappier quilt

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