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Free Pattern Friday – You are my Sunshine

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Welcome back for Free Pattern Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Need some green? Check out last week’s Free Pattern Friday!

There is nothing I love more than a clear blue sky and some spring sunshine. Having my kids home from college for Spring Break has made even the cloudy days feel clear and blue!

Today, I have a sweet 5″ pattern to paper piece. Want a different size? I can help with that.

you are my sunshine 2017

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Stop by Sewhooked on the second and fourth Mondays of every month through June for the Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (PPV2017)!

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Paper Piecing: Bee-Treat

Bee-TreatBee-Treat 6″ & 12″ Pattern

$2.95 on Craftsy

Bee Treat

I am an extraordinarily lucky woman.    Every year, I go with my group of quilting friends for a long weekend of sewing, eating and giggling.  We join forces in a house by the lake and leave the world behind.  I honestly don’t know where I’d be without these women in my life.  They inspire, encourage and bring loads (and LOADS) of laughter to my life.

There is a wall in the house where we have left mementos of previous years’ retreats.  So far, all of them have been made by Shirley, one of the wonderful ladies in my group.

This year, Shirley issued a challenge.  We were all to make a 6″ block out of our communal scrap basket.  These blocks will go into a quilt that will hang on the wall next year.

Quilt Retreat 2009

previous years’ quilts made by Shirley, along with a bonus applique birdhouse by Osie (bottom right)


On the last night of retreat, we all set to work.  The basket of scraps was dumped and we started to choose fabrics.  We were unusually quiet as we went about planning our blocks.  I pulled out my graph paper and started to draw.  Normally, I design my patterns in Photoshop, so hand drawing my pattern was a challenge in itself.  After about 20 minutes of sketching, I was ready to sew!

We sewed, and sewed and were very secretive about what we were doing!  We waited a respectful distance to use the ironing board, holding our blocks close to us so no one could see.  The whole plan was for what we made to be a surprise.

Even though we’d planned to take our time, none of us did, and a small work-frenzy took place that lasted no time at all.

When the last one of us said “done” we shared our work.

Quilt Retreat 20092009 Retreat Block Challenge

extra pinwheel blocks on top; L-R Top:  by Osie and Linda;

Middle Row: Marylin and Shirley; Bottom Row: Marge and Jennifer


We all had fun with our Block Challenge and loved seeing what everyone made.  There’s an inside joke here and there in the blocks, not the least of which are the giggles surrounding the projects these scraps came from.

Now, I wonder what we’ll make next year?

Quilt Retreat 2009Bee Friends L-R:  Jennifer (me!), Linda, Osie, Shirley & Marge
front:  our hostess with the mostess, Marylin

In honor of these wonderful ladies and the fun we always have at retreat, I’ve named my 6″ block Bee-Treat.

If you make any pattern or craft from Sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo.  Add it to the sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win a prize!

Happy crafting!