Make & Review – Spelling Bee by Lori Holt


I bought Lori Holt’s beautiful book last year as an early Christmas gift to myself.  It is a bit pricey, but has masses of patterns and I think it’s worth every penny.

The book is split into patterns for upper and lower case alphabets, punctuation blocks and picture blocks.  Each pattern has instructions for 6.5″ and 12.5″ blocks.  At the end of the book are layouts for 6 quilts and 6 mini quilts using the blocks.

As soon as I saw the 100% CUTE mini I knew I had to make it for Hetty.  Though one of her Insta-friends did point out she is 110% cute – sweet talker!


The instructions are very clear and the letters were easy and quick to make.  The percentage sign took a little longer, but it wasn’t difficult and all the pieces fit together beautifully.

The back was inspired by the quilt my friend Kathryn made for her son.  Lots of colourful squares.


I also made Hetty a Christmas stocking/sack using the dog picture block.

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There are lots of tiny pieces in this block and it took me ages!  I am fairly new to this kind of piecing, so I took my time and made it over a couple of days.

One of the most time consuming parts was keeping track of all the pieces.  I found it easier to cut  and assemble each section, rather than cut everything at the beginning.

My seam roller very useful and saved on trips to the ironing board.

I loved making these patterns and look forward to using the book again – maybe for a human next time!

Hetty loves her quilt and has been sleeping peacefully on it as I type.  Shhh…


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