Thursday, January 17, 2019

Save The Bees Update

Jacquelynne Steeves is hosting a Grand Prize Giveaway as a Grand Finale of the Save the Bees BOM. As if it isn't generous enough of her to share this pattern freely with all of us, now you can win more prizes! Hop over to the giveaway post here, and enter your name to win.

I was hoping to have my finished quilt to show you today, but it's not even close to being finished. That's what happens when you have a creative brain with more ideas than the schedule has time for. 

I pin basted the quilt using my favourite tool called the "Kwik Klip" which makes it so easy to put in and close hundreds of basting pins in a short amount of time. 
I was planning to do easy straight line quilting which would have been finished in a jiffy, but I kept getting ideas for custom quilting each block in a different way. 

I quilted in all the seam lines ("stitch-in-the-ditch) around each block and each border. 
Then I outline stitched in some of the blocks around the shapes, like around these hexagon shapes. Next I want to hand quilt about 1/4" inside each hexagon in a brown thread. On the right side of the photo you can see the gold backing fabric. 

Here I am free motion stitching the bee's trail, and then stitched around each leaf and flower petal.

This is how my quilt looks at the moment. 
There are still lots of basting pins in and I want to stitch around the letters to make sure they are permanently fastened to the quilt. 
Then I will fix up the face on the pieced bee block, and plan to add a few more embellishments by hand. I haven't figured out how to quilt the borders yet. Do you have any ideas to share with me?!?  As you can see, I have several more hours of work to do before I get to the binding stage (which is my favourite)!


Jan Snell said...

How about a honeycomb design in the borders?

ThreadCatcher said...

I was thinking honeycomb or a free hand stack of bee hive's...I like all that you have done so far.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

I like that! Cute the way you did the bee trail. I like the honeycomb idea, or more bee trail loops in the border.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Your Save the Bees hanging is gorgeous, Kathy!

Janet O. said...

I struggle to come up with quilting ideas, so I am just absorbing your ideas, but have nothing to suggest.
It is a very cute wall hanging. The bee garden on the acre next to us could use this as its banner. :)

MissPat said...

Well I immediately thought honeycomb for the border quilting and I see I wasn't the only one. A meander with some cute little flowers would also work. It's looking great and I love your colors. Perfect.

Lisa J. said...

I'm with Carole. It 's really cute Kathy.

Mary said...

Bee trails around the border? I'm going to make this later this year! You do so good at keeping up with your BOM.

Kate said...

This is such a fun quilt! I like Mary's idea of bee trails in the borders.

Kathy S. said...

That's beautiful. Good luck in the giveaway!

Deanna W said...

What about quilting FM a bee and its trail in the border. I have seen a template to this effect. It would be the cherry on top!