Totally thrilled today to finally have a finished flimsy to share with you! This quilt top is made from blocks made by members of Modern Irish Bee 2014. Yes it has taken me a while to finish it!
This started as an idea prompted by the back of one of Elizabeth Hartmans's quilts. She makes gorgeous quilt tops but also spends the time to make interesting quilt backs too. My test blocks from December 2013 were made in any fat quarter I had to hand and didn't mind cutting! As I picked Kona Ash for the background for the Bee these have been lying in a box since then so I think they need a home on the back of the finished quilt, just to come full circle with this one!
My Hive mates did a fantastic job adding in little fussy cut critters to the 1" squares. I thought I was being a good Queen for the first month picking all squares and lots of open space but the 1" finished squares in the centres were not that easy, though really scrappy friendly!
Modern Irish Bee is different from other bees I've been in, in that 2 blocks per month are made; maximum size is 12.5" unfinished. This means a little bit more work for the hive mates but you get very close to a finished quilt for the Queen bee.
I do get there eventually though and decided to make 3 more blocks for a 5 x5 layout, 25 blocks in total. To break up the squares a bit, I made 3 star blocks to add in here and there in the quilt top.
I'm thinking I might write up a pattern for this one!
I love how cute mini blocks look and I really like the scrappy colour combination with all that Kona Ash. It's such a lovely warm grey.
The weather has continued glorious today and hunting around the garden for a photo spot was a challenge!
Only thing is it needs a name. Help! I'm not great at naming quilts at the best of times and this quilt looks really happy to me even though I keep coming up with terrible names. Any ideas?
I'm hoping to keep the quilting simple enough and stitch in the ditch around the squares and fill in the background with free motion quilting.
I have a work trip this month and a swap deadline too for May 1st so a quick meander might be the way to go. Going to bind it in Kona Ash too to keep it seamless. Then add hanging sleeve etc. Bit of work to do yet!
Still, I'm happy just looking at it this morning in the beautiful sunlight. I hope my Bee mates will forgive my tardiness in getting this put together. They did a fabulous job in making quirky bright and fun blocks. Thank you ladies! Looking forward to sharing the finished quilt with you in June!
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