Jacquelynne Steves

Save the Bees BOM Block 3 is here!

Oh my goodness, can you believe we are already up to block #3?! I’ve been following your progress over in the free Facebook group– you guys are doing a GREAT JOB on your Blocks!!!

Time for another free quilt block! 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 third block for the Save the Bees Free 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  We do our best to answer as soon as possible. PLEASE do not comment here to tell us that you can’t find your email- you comment will be deleted! Please email for assistance. Thank you!!

VERY IMPORTANT- If you email us a question and don’t hear back in 24-48 hours, please check your spam folder! We answer all emails, so if you don’t hear back from us, it’s very possible that our response is in your spam folder!!

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, or click here to sign up! 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!!!!

OK- time for the fun!

The third block features ever-popular “hexies”! I did mine with machine applique, but if you like doing traditional EPP (English Paper Piecing), you could do it that way, too. Both methods are included in the pattern:

I decided on including a hexie block in this BOM pattern for 2 reasons- first, the hexies remind us of honeycomb, which definitely plays into that bee theme. Also, hexies are super popular, but many people don’t have time to do the EPP by hand the traditional way, so I thought I’d show you a faster way to do it through machine applique.

We LOVE seeing photos of your blocks!! Be sure to join us over in our Sew Quilty Friends Free Facebook Group for fun interaction with other creative peeps!

You can share your photos and/or see others’ photos here:

~~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 #SaveTheBeesBOM and mention me @JacquelynneJSteves

~~Instagram– post your photos to Instagram and tag #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!

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Let’s talk about our prizes!!!

This month’s prize is a box of 50 wt. cotton thread from Aurifil! The 50 wt Aurifil is my absolute favorite for machine piecing and machine applique! (In fact, I have my own designer collection, which can be found here.)

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 you may also be inspired to try a different technique or color combination- I know that they have really inspired me!!

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 Sponsors! 

Be sure to visit Aurifil to find out about their thread, which comes in a variety of weights for multiple purposes, and in a rainbow of gorgeous colors. Also, you will find their blog to be an inspirational and informative read!








OK everyone- start those sewing machines!!


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    Betty Domal
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I love paper piecing – have not tried Englsh paper piecing. I nearly blanket stitch my appliques with black Aurifil thread. It’s my favorite thread.

  • Vicki
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I did not receive block number 3 in me emails looked everywhere please help

    • Anonymous
      Posted October 1, 2018 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      Did you scroll all the way to the bottom of the email? All three blocks are at the bottom.

  • Eileen Schleifer
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    HI Julie,
    You taught me to quilt! I’m slow as molasses but love sewing, including little projects like mug rugs and zipper pouches. I’ll never be precise but I still enjoy the process and I had the best teacher. Love your color choices for the Save the Bees block. Have a great time at PQIF.

  • Mlarlene Capelle
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Love hexies.

  • Sharon Treece
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Oh I love the Hexies, time for some EPP, which I learned from you. Thank you.

  • DJ
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    One more technique to add to my repertoire.

  • Gail
    Posted October 1, 2018 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I am learning machine embroidery, but enjoy hand. Applique I enjoy-by machine and some hand. Really like paper piecing.

  • Carla Ford
    Posted October 2, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    I’m new to EPP but enjoying it. Great for travel!

  • Posted October 3, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy doing items w/hexies.

  • Donica Miller
    Posted October 4, 2018 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Bee BOM is first I’ve done. Really enjoy it.

    Posted October 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi there i love your new building how exciting for you sweet. All the best.Rotha

  • Jacque
    Posted October 4, 2018 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your new building! So exciting! Love this hexie block!

  • Posted October 4, 2018 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    I have done English paper piecing with hexagons and enjoy
    the sewing technique – it’s a nice method to use when you’re on the go or watching tv

  • Anita Carol Gambrell
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    This is a good one ! I love EEP!

  • DIANE Willard
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Wishing you the best in the beautiful new house/office building. Beautiful setting.

  • Pat Knight
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Congrats on your new “home”

  • LINDA Douglas
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Congrats on your new “home”! Thanks for a neat giveaway!

  • Kathy Maxwell
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes as you continue your journey in your new house. I am enjoying learning paper piecing

  • Jeanne
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Love the colors!

  • Laura
    Posted October 6, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I have scrolled to the bottom of the email but I can’t find the link to block #3.

    • Laura
      Posted October 6, 2018 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      I figured it out I think lol.

  • Rita Long
    Posted October 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I love your colors.

  • Kay Dodds
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I live in Australia and have joined the save the bees bom am enjoying doing the quilt thanks so much

  • Cheryle
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Have a little problem on First block. White center piece is 17 in. Side pieces 14 1/2. Am I missing something? If I sew the long strips on , it’ll leave 2 1/2 inches. Do I center these strips on the 17 in. piece? Confused.

  • Barbara
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Love your “newbies” & hope you can maintain your excitement when you are ready to tear your hair out.You are one talented lady!

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