Jacquelynne Steves

Save the Bees Block 1 is here!

It’s FINALLY here! PLEASE NOTE- I realize that there is A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THIS POST! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH IT ALL- Answers to most of your questions will be found in this post. Thanks!!

**The first block for the Save the Bees Block of the Month was sent out a short time ago. If you are signed up, please check your email for your pattern. (Please note- sometimes it can several hours for the email to reach your inbox. If you don’t have it yet, please be patient and check back a little later.)

**If you can’t find your email, please check your spam folder, and Gmail users please check your “Promotions” folder. If you still can’t find it, please email me comments@JacquelynneSteves.com  As this is the first month, and there may be a few “kinks” to work out, it may take us a little while to get back to you, but we will do our best to answer as soon as possible.

**PLEASE do not comment here to tell us that you can’t find your email- your comment will be deleted! Please email for assistance. Thank you!!

**For technical questions, like how to download/save a PDF, etc. please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

**If you are NOT signed up yet, please fill in the box in the upper right side bar of THIS PAGE to get your FREE block patterns! NOTE- THE PATTERNS ARE NOT ON MY WEBSITE OR BLOG- YOU MUST SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THEM BY EMAIL.

**Just ONE MORE THING- Please download and save the files to your computer immediately, so that you can find them when you need them. Don’t rely on trying to find the email with the links later- As many have found, emails tend to get lost, even when you put them in a special folder :)  As this event grows larger with more and more participants, it gets more difficult for me to reply to emails requesting that I re-send the patterns. THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

So… HERE. WE. GO!!!

Read through to the end of this post to find out how you can win a really great prize :)

We will be working on several techniques during this BOM. Blocks 1 and 2 feature applique and/or embroidery. (You can also leave out the applique or embroidery and just do piecing.)

In addition to the first block pattern, this month you are also receiving the “Preliminary Cutting Instructions.” This will allow you to cut EVERYTHING for all of your blocks and borders NOW- that way, you can use the fabrics as efficiently as possible, and you get to just do the fun sewing part each month!

I made the sample quilt using machine applique. I love machine applique because it’s fast- that means I can get on to my next project!

These blocks will also look great with a novelty fabric or pretty print in the centers, instead of the applique or embroidery. The patterns have directions for all 3 options, so you can choose your favorite! In the past, many people have made more than one BOM quilt, using different techniques. Click here for more color and fabric ideas.

Lots of people tell me that their favorite part of the Block of the Month is seeing all of the different fabrics people choose- and I agree! Amazing how different a block can look with different fabrics! Please show us your blocks!! You have lots of ways to “show-off”!!

~~Sew Quilty Friends Facebook Group– Our Facebook group has been around for about a year now, and it is a ton of fun! It’s also a great place to ask questions about the BOM, or any quilt related questions. Join here and post your photos.

~~My Facebook Page– post your photos to my Facebook page. You can use hashtag #SavetheBeesQuilt #SaveTheBeesBOM and mention me @JacquelynneJostSteves

~~Instagram– post your photos to Instagram and tag #SavetheBeesQuilt #SaveTheBeesBOM and mention me @JacquelynneSteves


***Even if you don’t choose to post your photos, please visit the sites above to see everyone’s work! It’s really a lot of fun!

(If you need buttons for your blog, please click here, images are at bottom of page.)

And now…. the really FUN part… the prizes!!!

We have a FABULOUS prize this month to kick off our Block of the Month! Each of our featured bloggers will be giving away a copy of The Splendid Sampler, donated by our friends at Martingale! In this book, you’ll find 100 different blocks using different techniques, so you can build up your skills- it’s really great! (I have a block in this book, so I’m just a tiny bit biased!) The retail value of each box is $27.99 US. AND it is open to US and international readers!! (US winners will receive a print copy, Canada and International winners will receive a digital copy.)

By the way- if you can’t get enough of the Splendid Sampler, look for Splendid Sampler #2 (also by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson) to come out in October…

Please visit the featured bloggers to enter the giveaway over on their blogs- that’s 8 chances to win! (There is no giveaway here on my blog, you must visit the blogs below to enter).

You will love visiting the bloggers above- not just to enter the giveaway, but also to see their fabric choices and see which techniques they’ve used. We have examples of piecing only, applique, and embroidery. “Sew” much inspiration!

We will be having FABULOUS giveaways this year! I am really excited about the prizes we are offering, you are going to LOVE them! Here are our sponsors- please visit their websites and see all the quilt-y and sewing goodness that they have to offer!



This month’s Sponsor! Martingale publishes beautiful books, and you can find patterns, gift items, and notions on their site, too!











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OK peeps- It’s time to go make some blocks!!


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    Connie K Campbell
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Great BOM Jacquelynne and it is so much fun to see the different variations of colors! Thanks for such cute blocks!

  • Ann Schafer
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I love seeing the different material choices. Can’t wait to see everyone’s come together

  • Susan Shannon-Graves
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    You have great ideas keep up the great job you are doing. Really like the BOM .

  • Leslie Wagoner
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I am so very excited. I have never tried applique before. I am a little scared that my blocks might be ugly, but I am going to enjoy the process.

  • PL Rollins
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to having fun with like quilters across the web.

  • Lisa Lamie
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Glad we finally get to start!!!

  • Joni Clark
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    You have done a super job giving out links & information on this! Thanks for all the hard work!!

  • Judy Waters
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Ready to get started.

  • Sharon Verhagen
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to doing this quilt so wimsical

  • Diane Beesmer
    Posted August 6, 2018 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Working on a couple of online BOM samplers, but this will be my
    first applique one . I have to work on this since my last name is Beesmer.

  • Posted August 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I like to cut around my design and blanket stitch when I applique. I also like to use Batiks

  • Posted August 7, 2018 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Thank you Jacquelynne,
    I have been looking forward to your BOM.
    I have so much I’m doing at one time, I didn’t think I was going to add anything else. Then your save the bees came along. I just had to jump in. The first block is just so cute. I’m going to love this.

  • Posted August 7, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    So excited for this BOM. Bees!!! Love, Love, Love ~ Wishing I had some hives already but that will have to wait until I am off the road and retiring. What a lovely past time… But I will be making this quilt in honor of my future bees :)

  • Michelle Horgan
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Yay! I love this and starting the first block today!!

  • Ruth Houston
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    This website is new to me and being a new quilter, it was very interesting to read all the postings. Look forward to making the first block. Favorite size of quilt I like making is a lap top quilt.

  • Debra Ollanketo
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    i am looking forward to the save the bees quilt-a-long, I like to make smaller size lap quilts

  • Rebekah Newell
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Im so excited with thiss bom this is my first one ever! Im new to quilting and cant wait to see what else is ahead!! Thank you so much for this!!!!

  • Carolyn Dixon
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    This is so exciting. BOM save the bees quilt along!!!

  • Julie West
    Posted August 7, 2018 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Excited to start

  • Su Jaynes
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Quilts and purses are my favorites. On quilts, the harder the better, love a challenge.

  • Dianna Turner
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    This is so great! I had a lot of fun seeing the different blogger’s fabric choices and styles! I am excited to do this project! :)

  • Gail
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing all the creative changes that people are making. Such fun.

  • Posted August 10, 2018 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Ohhh que bonito Boom. Me encantará hacerlo, aunque lo empezaré con retraso, a la vuelta de vacaciones. Gracias por ofrecernos este trabajo.

  • maria elena blecha
    Posted August 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Love it love it!!!!!

    Posted August 11, 2018 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Jaqulynne! I first of all I sure do love the fabric you chose for your STB mini. It really came out beautiful, I especially loved the black with all the beautiful colors on them. I have made some mini doll quilts for my DIL Hillary her niece Kenna. But that is about all. Now I enjoy making baby quilts for my grandbaby Abel of 7 month’s old and Noah of 5 years old. I now make them quilts.

  • Gladys Bacon-Rust
    Posted August 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Love those bees. I already have some bee fabric, I can’t wait to get started.

  • Pat Kiebach
    Posted August 12, 2018 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I like to make bed sized quilts for my family and friends.

  • kay murphy
    Posted September 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I need help. I have a email but i cannot find the pattern/. I need help.

    thanks for your help on where to look for the pattern.



  • Denise Nash
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    This should look good in yellows, golds and greys. Will see what is in my stash for this sweet quilt

  • Vanessa Seagraves
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Love it!

  • Tonya Simmons
    Posted April 2, 2020 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    is there any way to get the save the bees blocks still?

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