As the January Queen for Molli Sparkle’s Honey Pot Bee it’s my honour to choose a block for everyone to make. I’ve been dreaming of a Strawberry Quilt for months now and so this was the perfect excuse to indulge that desire. My good friend and quilting buddy Bec (of Skyberries Handmade) has a fabulous tutorial on how to make a strawberry quilt block and so I decided to use this tutorial to make my own blocks… with just one change. I’ve upscaled them (because I’m lazy and love a quick quilting finish).
I’ve been hoarding a selection of Karen Lewis’ Blueberry Park by Robert Kaufman and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to dig into them. I paired them with Essex Linen in Natural by Robert Kaufman. I love this combination because the linen reminds me of the hessian bags farmers use to carry grain in. These blocks are huge and I love the impact they give. I’m so excited about this quilt, it’s ridiculous.
Combining my block sizings with Bec’s tutorial will make these strawberry blocks finish at 17.5″ x 24.5″. So, what do you say, ready to make some supersize strawberries?
What you’ll need:
- Bec’s tutorial on how to make a strawberry quilt block – click here.
- Green fabrics – light, medium and dark contrast
- Fabrics for berry – 2 to 19 fabrics depending on how scrappy you want to make your block
- Optional: 6.5″ x 6.5″ Bloc-Loc Half Square Triangle ruler
To help you keep things together while working across my site and Bec’s tutorial I’ve used her table below to give you the measurements that I used to make my blocks.
|17 x 4″ squares
3 x 5″ squares
|2 x 5″ squares from print A
2 x 5″ squares from print B
2 x 4″ squares from print C*
|4 x 4″ squares
5 x 5″ squares
* If you’d like to make a version like mine you’ll need to replace print C with 1 x 4″ x 7.5″ for each stem. If you’re a seasoned quilter you’ll know what to do to replace it, if not just stick with the 2 piece stem. Either way it’ll work a treat!
I’ve used these cutting instructions to make a quilt in a 3 x 3 grid with a quilt dimension of 84″ x 87.5″. If you’d like to do the same simply set your block with a 4″ (unfinished) sashing and border. (If you’re unsure what this means never fear I’ll be back at the end of the month to show you my finished quilt top and tell you how to assemble yours.)
Making a Honey Pot Bee Sampler
If you’re using The Honey Pot Bee to make a sampler quilt then you might like to make the quilt block as per Bec’s measurements, this will give you a block that finishes at 7.5″ by 10.5″.
If you’ve not heard about The Honey Pot Bee you can read about it by clicking here.
Sharing your Strawberry Quilt Blocks
If you decide to make strawberry blocks don’t forget to share them on social media with the hashtag #TheHoneyPotBee or in The Honey Pot Bee Facebook Group.
I hope you love making these blocks as much as I have and I can’t wait to share with you my finished strawberry quilt.