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The Cloth Parcel is run by Diane and Audrey, a mother-daughter creative team with combined decades of experience in sewing, quilting, and design.

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Bustling Beehive Applique Block of Month

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Bustling Beehive Applique Block of Month
Bustling Beehive Applique Block of Month Forever Bound Quilt
Bustling Beehive Applique Block of Month Bustling Beehive Quilt Block
Bustling Beehive Applique Block of Month
Bustling Beehive Applique Block of Month

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • English paper piecing
  • quilting
  • sewing
  • embroidery
  • machine or hand applique

Pattern Description:

Bustling Beehive, done in cotton fabric and wool with English paper piecing, needle-turn applique, and embellishments, is the eighth block of our "Forever Bound" LDS Museum Quilt. The Bustling Beehive is a symbol of industry, and Deseret (the beehive state-Utah) is another name for beehive (from the Book of Mormon). Roses are a reference to the prophecy in Isaiah 35 "the desert shall blossom as the rose." In the language of flowers, hollyhocks symbolize ambition and fruitfulness, and daisies represent patience and cheerfulness. These were all qualities the pioneers needed to make Deseret blossom as the rose.

This quilt was featured as "His Works- My Blessings" in the 2012 LDS International Art Competition and the March 2013 issue of The Ensign. The block finishes to about 17″ and will be one of 9 applique blocks, 4 tree of life blocks, pieced setting triangles, and borders that make up the entire quilt. It can also be used as a pillow top, if desired. The full pattern is being released on a block-of-the-month basis, so you can create your own museum piece.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 17"x17"


  • A fat quarter of medium green fabric
  • 20" of 1/4" green bias tape
  • 1/8 yard each of dark brown, brown, dark gold, medium gold, light gold, dark yellow, medium yellow, and light yellow fabric in gradient shades
  • Scraps of green, rose, white, pink floral, and black fabric

You Will Also Need:

  • Black embroidery floss
  • Black seed beads
  • Scrap of fusible interfacing
  • 3/4" paper hexagons