May is my month to be "Queen Bee" for the Gridster Bee and I'm going literal with this one. I am asking for Honey Bee blocks.
The first step in this adventure will be to visit this link for the pattern by Piece by Number. Download the pattern to your computer. I am asking for a 10" finished block. To do this the pattern will need to be printed at 166%. Or you can print regular size and have it enlarged at a copy center. There are some helpful tips on the pattern page itself in regards to printing the size needed.
*EDITED* Bee members, you will get the pattern emailed directly to you
Bee bodies should be brown and yellow. Any shade of brown and yellow will do, small prints are OK. Just keep in mind to have the bee contrast with the background fabric you choose.
Wings: White, white on white, cream on white, grey on white, even silver on white.
Background: Any range of the purples, blues, indigos, violets would be lovely. The background doesn't have to be a floral. (the bee on top has feathers) Try to avoid backgrounds with large sections of white, so that the bee wings will stand out from the background.
Let's make a bee!
I am still fairly new to the paper piecing world - so these are just the things that I do to help me along.
1. I print out two copies of the pattern.
6. Begin stitching the pieces in order on the second pattern that was printed.
(true confession: I didn't know you were supposed to fold back and trim 1/4 inch after sewing the seams until Nancy's amazing instructions. Changed my life. I actually like paper piecing now)
10. Embroider the antennae. You can do this with a machine satin stitch or by hand. Which ever you feel happier doing. I did machine satin stitch because it was faster. If you choose to do it by machine, leave the paper on. Use black thread and set your machine to a reasonable sized satin stitch.
If you embroider by hand - remove paper first and use either perle cotton or embroidery thread to stitch antennae. A back stitch, stem stitch, or satin stitch would be fine. Again - I'm not too picky.
And that's it. Hopefully not too hard. I can't wait to see the variety of bees that come flying my way.
*EDITED* Please include a signature block - thank you.
Please let me know if you have any questions.