I made a mistake and accidentally scheduled this post a day early but decided to leave it since "the cat is now out of the bag". The other posts from this bee will appear tomorrow, as we originally agreed.
The wait is over. I can finally reveal my Stitch Tease quilt top. Today, everyone is posting about the quilt tops they received, so make sure to check out all the blogs and see what this fantastic group of women has created.
Back in February of 2012 I asked a few bloggy friends (Annabella, Katy, Danny, Susan, Helen, Hadley and Dianne) if they wanted to join me in a traveling quilt bee. We had been talking and commenting on each others blogs for a while and I knew these women were talented and friendly. My hope was that we would create a group of friends, although living 1000's of miles apart, but our own little sewing circle.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would grow to have such a close bond. We not only comment and email but have texted, spoken on the phone and I have even met a few members in person. Come this July, at the Fat Quarter Retreat in London, I will have met everyone except Annabella! I guess a trip to Marrakech is in order, soon.
|Meeting Danny for the first time May 2012|
|Di drove from Czech Republic to meet me in Vienna July 2012|
|Meeting Katy (and Jack) at Sewing Summit October 2012|
We each chose a theme or design idea for our quilts and made a starter strip or large block (or two) and also picked one fabric and used it in everyone's quilt. This was the fabric I created on Spoonflower to use in everyone's quilt. It is a text print with everyone's name, blog name and city written on it.
The idea of the bee was to create a block or strip and add it to the quilt when it arrived at each members home. Since this was an international bee and shipping costs would be high as the quilts grew, we decided to send our contribution to one person and each of us would be responsible for putting one quilt together for one person.
I wanted a word themed quilt and left it up to each person to add a word and a strip (10"x 70") based on a word that they thought was a representation of my loves and likes.
When this parcel arrived on my doorstep last week I was shaking as I opened it. I could not believe how excited I was to see it. You see, this was a secret bee. After making our initial strip or block we never saw our quilt tops again or knew what was added to it.
I started mine off with the Bloom strip...for my love of gardening.
This quilt makes me cry. All I see is love when I look at it. It is probably one of the most meaningful gifts I have ever received.
Just look at all the special details and thought that everyone put into it.
The first strip was created by Annabella. We have spoken on the phone and not just about quilting. She knows how much I love my husband, whom I refer to as Mr. Romance on my blog, and incorporated our long marriage and a few of my other likes...sunflowers and country dancing.
Next is Katy's creation. She knew that my family is everything to me and did some applique blocks to represent our FAMILY, which is made up of 3 dentists, a fireman and a chef and sewn together by a patchwork of love for our growing brood, that includes our son's wives and children.
Weather...Di and I talk about weather and gardening a lot. You see she lives in the Czech Republic where they actually have weather. I am always commenting on her snow and rain and she on our sun and heat. We both enjoy gardening as well as sewing. Her embroidery embellished blocks are just beautiful.
Hadley knows me well. I enjoy a nice glass of wine and love a good celebration (like my 60th birthday party last year). She made the most perfect paper pieced wine bottles I have ever seen in some of my favorite colors.
Danny and I have talked about what we are reading (or listening to on Audible.com) and so her row of books was perfect. Those letters are so precisely cut and appliqued, at first I thought she printed them on the fabric.
The Queen Bee...that was me, so Helen had a great idea. She used some really lovely fabrics in her patchwork and paper pieced the bees. The one on the right has some of the tiniest pieces I have ever seen in a project. We also share a fondness for tulips.
Susan was the one who sewed all the strips together and couldn't have finished the quilt top with a more perfect saying...Live, Love, Laugh....Sew. And she couldn't resist adding a tomato because come summer tomatoes seem to show up a lot on my blog. Susan did a beautiful job fitting all the strips into a perfectly squared up top and now the big question is...however will I quilt this beauty?
That's a topic for another day.
Come back tomorrow and see what I contributed to everyone's quilt.