Block #1 is released today for the new Save The Bees BOM by Jacqueline Steeves. This is such a fun project and I hope you will join us and make your own version of the quilt.
Here is my version of block #1. I have been collecting bee fabrics in anticipation of this project and have used some of my favourites in this block. You can see my fabric collection here.
I pieced the border blocks by machine, but the applique was stitched by hand, which perhaps explains why the leaves are not very uniform. I'm calling them "organic looking" leaves!
I started the applique by stitching the 4 pieces of the sunflower together. Then I stitched the whole flower to the background fabric. Some swear words may have been said trying to get those curves to be round instead of pointy. The farther away you stand, the better the curves look!
I used all the tips I learned in a class with Becky Goldsmith, such as using tiny applique pins (so the thread doesn't get caught), finger pressing the curves before you stitch, and using a toothpick to turn edges as needed. I did notice that by the time I started stitching the bee, my curves were improving. Maybe my next block will be even better!
The sweet little bee was appliqued and embroidered by hand. I had to give her a little french knot eye.
Fun fact - do you know that bees have 5 eyes?!? Check it out here. I only gave my bee 1 eye so you have to imagine that there are 4 eyes on the other side of her head!
I wasn't sure if I wanted to stitch the bee trail because I think it looks great as is, so I'll check out the other blocks (links below) and then decide if I want to add it.
|Block #1 in my tomato garden|
- The Crafty Quilter
- Podunk Pretties
- The Quilting Nook
- The Sewing Loft
- Flamingo Toes
- Kathy's Quilts (that's me!)
- Freemotion by the River
- A Quilting Life
|Giveaway = Splendid Sampler book, coaster and FQ|
To enter my giveaway which includes a copy of the Splendid Sampler book, this bee coaster, and a fat quarter of this cute bee fabric, just scroll down to the bottom of this post, and click on where it says "comments". At the bottom of the list of comments, type your comment in the box and tell me something about bees. Do you know a beekeeper? Have you visited a bee hive? Do you love honey? Do you grow flowers to attract bees in your garden? Are you sewing along with us to make your very own Save the Bees quilt?