Thursday, November 9, 2023

GO! Welcome to our Hive Quilt and Free Pattern!!!

 I am just buzzing with excitement to share a new finish today!!! Isn't it just so cute!!!   I was so excited when my good friends at AccuQuilt asked if I wanted to make a project using their new Bee & Beehive Die, I immediately knew I wanted to use Half Hexagons, to make the quilt because what goes better with bees than Hexagons ;)  Then I added the adorable applique to make my Welcome to our Hive Quilt!!!   And there is a free PDF Pattern that you can download right here :) 

I used Deb Strain's new Honey and Lavender Fabrics for this quilt and they are a perfect fit with all of their cute bee prints and lovely yellows and blacks!!  I especially love the hexagon prints for making the little bee wings and bodies.  So cute ;)    The binding and applique letters are done in Charcoal Solid so they would really pop! And of course, cutting with AccuQuilt is super fun and fast making all of those applique letters and bees a breeze to cut out ;) 

I used 1 Honey and Lavendar Layer Cake to make the quilt and  I am just so happy with how this came together :)  And the Half Hexagons mean no Y-seams, yippee :)     The Welcome to our Hive Quilt finishes at 37" x 41" so it is a Wall Hanging or Baby Quilt.   How adorable would this be hanging in a Bee Themed Nursery!! 

 I just love my AccuQuilt for cutting applique!!   Can you imagine having to trace and then cut out all this applique by hand.   You also attach the fusible before you cut, so it is super easy to layer and stack your applique to the quilt and then fuse it .   Below is a list of the dies I used, see which ones you already have in your die library and maybe add a few more ;)   

And when it came time to quilt it, I decided on an all over swirl.  Whereas the applique was over the whole quilt, I did not secure stitch around each applique,  rather I decided to secure stitch it with the quilting.  So a nice dense swirl ensures all of that applique stays nice and neat.  I love all of the texture it adds to the quilt as well.   

And that is my Welcome To Our Hive Quilt.   I hope you love it as much as I do ;)   Isn't this picture AccuQuilt took of it just so great!!!  I love seeing it styled in a home setting.    And if you want to make your own, you can download the free PDF Welcome to our Hive Pattern Here.   And when you are done I would love to see it!!!    You can share a picture on social media with #happyquiltingwithmc and tag me at @happyquiltingmc or you can always email me a picture at  I can't wait to see your Welcome to our Hive Quilts!!

Oh, and fun little side note . . . if you want to see this shared on YouTube, you can visit the Sweeter Than Honey Die Launch video.  It is shared towards the end of the show at 34 minutes in :)  It is just so fun to see your projects loved so much, just makes me smile.   

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!  
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