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)!