Free Kantha Manchester Bee Pattern


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The bee is a symbol of Manchester. More specifically it is the worker bee which represents the city’s role in the Industrial Revolution. The cotton mills which were once a common sight in Manchester were described as being “hives of activity” and the workers within them were described as bees.

I have a particular affinity to Manchester as I was born there and I still have family who live in the area.

The Manchester Quilting Bee are collecting five inch hexagons appliqued onto 6.5 inch cotton squares. They are being made into quilts for the families affected by the Manchester terrorist attacks. The hexagons can be embroidered, appliqued, or decorated in any way you like, but they must be able to survive a wash. This kantha bee pattern is designed to fit onto a five inch hexagon. Please feel free to download it to stitch your own bee. All details about the project can be found on the Manchester Quilting Bee Facebook page which is

This bee pattern also includes full instructions.

This kantha bee pattern can be downloaded for FREE. However, the pattern contains a link to a Just Giving Page to raise money to help those people affected by the Manchester bombings. Donations are entirely voluntary, but I ask that you give whatever you feel that you can afford.

This pattern is in PDF format.

Please note that you will have to go through to the Checkout to download the pattern and instructions, but you will not be charged anything. You will receive your download link by email.