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.
This completely original pattern is not sold elsewhere. Detailed instructions and pattern pieces required for creating your own Bustling Beehive Quilt Block are included in this digital pattern download. A PDF will be available for you to download up to three times immediately upon purchase. This pattern is for personal use only.