Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Queen Bee Block Swap

Last fall a group of friends asked if I would join in their block swap that would start in January of 2021. I had never participated in one before so thought why not.  This swap is a Queen Bee block swap as each month one of the participants is queen for a month and all the other members make the block she chose and you sent the blocks you make to her that month. Since there were 9 of us participating we decided that we would all make each queen two of the blocks she chose so that we all end up with 16 blocks total.  I got the month of April and chose the paper pieced butterfly block that is a free pattern on Lilyella's blog which you can find at this link here.  The pattern has 3 different butterfly designs so I got a lovely mixture in the 16 blocks I received.

I asked for bright colour fabrics and send the ladies the above picture for inspiration. 

So here are the blocks I received from my wonderful swap buddies! 









Now to figure out how to make them into a wall hanging as the blocks are only 5" square.

Once the year is over I'll share all the blocks I made for the other participants.  But if your on Instagram we have been sharing our blocks with the hashtag #badassmbquilters and #beebadassblocks and I have been sharing the ones I have made so far on my personal Instagram at 'tamarackshack1' 


  1. Beautiful pieced butterflies, lucky you. But at only 5in square they must have been fiddly to make?

  2. What fun, Kathy! I can't believe it, but I just made 4 coasters using these same patterns!! I will send you a photo through your email. I had some monarch butterfly fabric for the back. These are so sweet, like the idea of a swap.

  3. Beautiful! I'd love to join a swap one day!!