Honey bun, how you thrill me, a-ha, honey bun
Honey bun, nearly kill me, a-ha, honey bun
I'd heard about you before
I wanted to know some more
And now I know what they mean...
So I might have taken a few liberties with Abba's song. (It's not the first time, and they're in good company for that.)
I was a little late to the Honey Bun game, mostly because I like to starch my fabrics, and I struggled with getting the accuracy I like. After Betsy Chutchian and Laurie Simpson told me how they prep their Honey Bun strips, that took care of one problem. I shared that here - Pre-cuts & Pre-washing. Then I played around with a trick I'd learned years ago, would it work for Honey Buns? (And Jelly Rolls.) It did, and you can find that here - Jelly, Honey & Accuracy.
If you're new to Honey Buns, it's a Moda pre-cut with 40 strips measuring 1.5" x 42" wof.
So what can you make with Honey Buns? Log Cabin blocks and quilts. And what else?
It turns out there are quite a few options.
This is Ribbons All Around by Coriander Quilts. While Corey designed this to go with her Holliberry collection, this is what it would look like using a Canning Day Honey Bun. Ribbons All Around finishes at 54" x 65", and it is CQ 162.
And finally, because Honey Buns really are perfect for Log Cabin quilts.
This quilt and pattern are so good, Camille's made it a few times. Including this Navy and Gray version.
The fabrics are from Bonnie & Camille's Bonnie & Camille Wovens. (Say thatt three times fast.)
So there are a lot of options for Honey Buns.
If you're looking for something that is ridiculously fun to make, join us next Friday for Honey Games. Or Bun & Games. (I like both names.) We'll be sewing over the Labor Day Weekend, seeing how far along we get.
One Honey Bun will make 20 blocks that finish at 8" x 8". Two Honey Buns makes 40 Blocks. Meaning, two strips measuring 1.5" x 42" makes 1 block.
To plan ahead and get ready, here are size options:
- Use 1 Honey Bun to make 20 blocks. Set 4 x 5, the finished quilt will measure 24" x 30". With 1" sashing and a 2.5" border, the quilt will finish at 32" x 39".
- Use 2 Honey Buns to make 40 blocks. Set 6 x 6, the quilt will measure 48" x 48". With 1" sashing and a 2.5" border, the quilt will finish at 58" x 58".
- Use 3 Honey Buns to make 56 blocks. Set 7 x 8, the quilt will measure 56" x 64". With 1" sashing and a 2.5" border, the quilt will finish at 67" x 76".
- Use 4 Honey Buns + 1 Fat Eighth to make 81 blocks. Set 9 x 9, the quilt will measure 72" x 72".
We'll share a tutorial next Friday, including a PDF download option. We'll share tips for pressing and cutting, and Lissa's super-cool way of incorporating Jen Kingwell's Lollies into some of the blocks. The fabrics here are from Jen's Fine And Sunny collection, it's in shops now.
We'll also have a few teasers on social media tomorrow - #modahoneybunqal. We hope you'll join us.
Have a good weekend. Stay cool, and stay safe.