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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Free Hexy Bee Pattern

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I've got an easy paper piecing pattern to share with you today. While working on Belinda's quilt, I wanted to include little a few little bees in the patchwork. I decided to draft up my own bee templates in a hexagon which I'm happy to share with you.

Download the Free Bee PDF.

Rather that being a specific size with seam allowances, I've drawn it directly as a hexagon which can be printed and scaled to any size you like.  I was thinking it would be fun with hexagons built up like honeycomb. Before I said anything, Leah mailed me and had the same idea. So I'm pretty sure there is a winner hidden in this concept.





The template is color coded and includes a basic numbering scheme. It should be fairly easy to use for anyone who has done foundation piecing, english paper piecing or freezer paper piecing before. 

Buzz, buzz. Enjoy something small to keep you busy. 

89 comments:

  1. Looks like a honeycomb. Love your bees.

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  2. PERFECT timing! The person running our do. Good Stitches bee (Australian based Cherish hive) for June has chosen hexagons and bees for us to make two blocks this month! I was thinking about this http://www.bsmodernquilting.com/2013/04/there-has-been-quite-buzz-about-spring.html , but as a fairly newbie (no pun intended) to paper piecer was thinking this might be a fairly big challenge. so thanks so much for sharing your slightly (ahem!) simpler looking pattern. Would it be OK to share it with the group to use if they choose to make this donation charity quilt?

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  3. Love your bees, thanks for sharing!

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  4. That is so cute Amy!! Thank you for sharing x

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  5. Thanks for the Freebee! I've got a friend who loves bees and I'll be making this for her.

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  6. I love bees! This looks fantastic, I'd love to see a hexagon/honeycomb quilt made with these in them, I think it would look stunning.

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  7. Great pattern! And its name couldn't be more cute and clever!

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  8. Super cute idea!!! definitely will try some some day

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  9. wow, thanks! This is cute, and what a great idea!

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  10. Wow,thank you! That's a cute bee!

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  11. ok, this is downright darling! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Super cute! I'll to keep this in mind! Thanks for making and sharing it with us :)

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  13. OM, I thought this was clever when I just saw the one block on Flickr, but the way you've shown to combine them facing various ways and in combo with plain hexies is just genius...

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  14. This is so cute I can't stand it! Thank you, Amy!!

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  15. Thank you for sharing this adorable bee! I seem to be having trouble downloading. It says page can't be displayed. Is it just me?

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    1. jan also reported a problem, but I have tried three computers here in melbourne with no problem. I am currently out of town, but can email it to you when I am home Thursday, if you still have a problem. I cannot recreate the problem here with the pdf.

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    2. I cannot download it either. Any chance I could get a copy?

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  16. It's a wonderful block, but the link isn't working for me, keeps saying it's been reset? I'm going to keep checking, thank you!

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    1. hi jan, I just tested it at an internet cafe and it worked fine. not sure why you are having problems? does your computer normally have problems with pdfs.

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  17. Thank you Amy. I have discovered I can't download anything from you. I have never had a problem before with pdf's or any file for that matter. I think its possible it has something to do with your settings and my setting on my virus protection. Either way, I went on my husband's computer and downloaded it without a problem. Crazy! Thank you for the offer to e-mail it to me. Can't wait to get started. Thanks again for sharing and being so helpful!!!

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  18. Thank you so much! I made up a block this weekend and the bee is adorable!

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  19. Thank you so much for the pretty little bee. I can't wait to get some suitable fabric.

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  20. This is so freaking great!

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  21. Love bees! This will be perfect to add to something for my daughter's upcoming bday. just super cute! Thanks so much. Pam

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  22. Hi Amy, thanks for your reply. I switched to another computer and the download worked perfectly, so it must be a problem on my end. Loving the bee, and happy to have your great pattern. Many thanks.

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  23. Hi Amy, thanks for your reply. I switched to another computer and the download worked perfectly, so it must be a problem on my end. Loving the bee, and happy to have your great pattern. Many thanks.

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  24. Switched to another computer and the download worked perfectly, so it must be a problem on my end. Thanks again, I'm loving the bee block, and can't wait to get started on it.

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  25. I love this. My daughter's nickname includes "bee" so this will be perfect to include in the quilt I am working on for her. Thanks.

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  26. I love this bee - what a great idea and design! Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Thank you for the Freebee! They'll be cute on a card, too.

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  28. I love it! Thanks for share it.
    I'll share it in my blog, too:
    http://conunpardeagujas.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/esta-semana_9.html

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  29. Thank you for the great freebie

    Peg xx

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  30. This is just too darn BEE-utiful! Thanks for sharing your design....I can't wait to give it a try! I've been wanting to play with hexies...this just might be the inspiration I needed!

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  31. just retired and just learned to do paper piecing 5 weeks . still finding it challenging but enjoying. also new to the whole internet blog, sharing, craft thing its amazing so many people willing to share and help others . Bee is lovely. I ran a children's charity called Bees Nees for twenty years so it will be nice for me to make as a reminder of my years there thank you for sharing

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  32. just retired and just learned to do paper piecing 5 weeks . still finding it challenging but enjoying. also new to the whole internet blog, sharing, craft thing its amazing so many people willing to share and help others . Bee is lovely. I ran a children's charity called Bees Nees for twenty years so it will be nice for me to make as a reminder of my years there thank you for sharing

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  33. Thanks for this freebie! I love it!

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  34. As a life-long lover of ladybugs, bees follow as using them for things I create. This pattern is definitely a keeper.

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  35. OK. This is super cool - and even more so that you're sharing. Thanks so much!!

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  36. what an adorable pattern and so easy to follow! thanks!

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  37. Love the bee! Definitely something fun to work on. Would be great to use on a quilt label too!!!

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  38. Love the block, am terrified of paper piecing, but just got the cutest bee fabric to play with...

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  39. This is very kool...thanks so much!

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  40. thanks for the free bee very cool

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  41. Thank you for sharing, this is a great pattern and idea.

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  42. Thank you so much for the cool free bee pattern. I definitely will use it time and time again.
    Lyn

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  43. Thank you for the pattern. It is adorable. I have found the "add a quarter inch" ruler to be invaluable in paper piecing, especially with no seam allowance.

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  44. Saw this post from Aurifil, cute as can bee!!! Thanks so much!! I think I will start another quilt, hexies with bee's, love it!!!!

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  45. Dziękuję,że mogłam pobrać wzór PP pszczoły ! Jest super! Nie mam jeszcze wprawy w technice PP , więc taki prosto skonstruowany wzór jest własn ie dla mnie! Pozdrawiam z Polski! :)

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  46. clever idea! I love it for something bright and cheerful!

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  47. Thanks for sharing. Didn't have a printer so did a freehand sketch and made yesterday. Easy to paper piece. Thanks again.

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  48. Thanks for sharing. No printer so did a freehand sketch & made yesterday. Easy to paper piece. Thanks again.

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  49. That's gorgeous Missus. Cheers!! xo

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  50. That's gorgeous Missus, Cheers!! xox

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  51. How fun! I can't wait to make a few of these. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.
    -modalissa

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  52. Thanks, Amy, for sharing your pattern. This Bee adorable! :)

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  53. Wow that is adorable. I didn't have any paper piecing in my to do list for the next few months... drat I do now!

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  54. Adorable! Thanks for sharing. Gotta make this for our family's new baby.

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  55. What an adorable quilt. I have long wanted to try paper piecing and I really want to make a bee now! Thanks for sharing your pattern I can't wait to try it out.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  56. Lovely, Amy. I made one today, and think of putting it on the front of a diary for my sister, She is a bee-keeper. Thank you so much.

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  57. Thank you for the free tutorial! I made a mug rug and loved it! You can see it here:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/easypatchwork/16738891546/

    I look forward to more of your creative sews! Karen

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  58. I love the bee... :)

    its wonderful...the Nähbegeiterte

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  59. Thank you for this pattern! I know you posted it a long time ago, but it's just perfect for a little gift I need right now!

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  60. Any way to get this pdf emailed to me ?! I tried the links and they are broken!!

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  61. Late to the party...this is adorable! the link is broken though =( Any way I can get this pattern still?

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  62. Is there another source for this .pdf? I think the above link is broken...

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  63. Is this pattern still available? I have tried the download link on several devices with no luck. I keep getting an error message. I usually don't have any trouble with pdfs. Thanks

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  64. Is this pattern still available? I have tried to download it on several devices with no luck. I get an error message. I usually have no problems with pdfs. Thanks!

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  65. Hi, I have tried to download this pattern but can not get it. Can you I buy it from you?

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  66. I could not find it. My Daughter is a bee keeper. Id like to make it for her.

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  67. The link doesn't work anymore :(

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  68. Love this pattern but the link is broken? Anyone have a clean link to the pattern?

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  69. I don't know if it's because it's 7 years old, but the link doesn't work.

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