Monday, 4 July 2016

The Bee Hive 'Double Star' Quilt #4 - Progress Report

It has arrived! Hallelujah! Praise the Quilting Fairy! It is now July and my queenly March block request has finally run its course. As of last Saturday, all blocks are accounted for. The final block that for some reason was returned to sender, has finally made its way to me. (By the way, that block from Norway I feared was missing also eventually arrived at the end of April.)


Blossom Heart Quilt, Puppilalla, The Bee Hive, Double Star Block, Quilting Bee, Patchwork


My super generous interquiltinental bee mates have therefore realized a total of 15 ‘Double Star’ blocks for me. I have commenced the process of making three more to bring the number up to 20. And yes, of course I am sure that the maths works, ha ha. I had already made two sample blocks when I initially prepared the tutorial.  =)


Blossom Heart Quilt, Puppilalla, The Bee Hive, Double Star Block, Quilting Bee, Patchwork


This is my first quilting bee and going through the process, I found that there are stages to them. The first phase is the planning and realization of the sample blocks. The next phase is the waiting for the mail of your fellow bees followed by the stock taking of the received blocks against the initial plan. The latter went right of the window for this project as half of my eager fellow bees went rogue and ignored my colour scheme. =)


Now that the final block has arrived, I take up the mantle again to bring it all together.


Blossom Heart Quilt, Puppilalla, The Bee Hive, Double Star Block, Quilting Bee, Patchwork























For the final blocks, I am making use of the bountiful treasure trove of extra fabric pieces my bee mates sent along with their blocks and assorted goodies. All these beauties for my viewing pleasure and for further projects. I feel truly spoiled. The purple fabric with the birdie, immediately found a home in my sample block for the second quilting bee I am participating in.





There are smaller pieces that are not big enough to cover the fabric requirements for an entire block. Those will be incorporated in the border I have planned for the quilt top. Whatever is left after that, goes into my trusty scrap collection to await its turn.
























In the last few weeks, well months really, I had a lot of time to look at my little collection of ‘Double Stars’, which I continued to tape to my living room wall. Having had to let go of my initial idea, I needed a little time to fall in love them. Some blocks are lower in contrast than I would have liked, one is too busy and as mentioned before, about half does not adhere to the requested colour scheme. Nonetheless, all were made with attention and care and look individually stunning.

By now, I love how they look together and am still surprised that they work as well together as they do. I have made a conscious decision to use all of them in the quilt top. None will be left behind, be banished to the back or orphaned.

What you cannot know and might not have spotted yet is that some block pieces became mis-oriented where their makers lost sight of the pattern. (Just for fun, see if you can find the blocks and leave a guess as to their number in the comments)

=)

Blossom Heart Quilt, Puppilalla, The Bee Hive, Double Star Block, Quilting Bee, Patchwork


Instead of taking those apart with a view to 'fix ' them, I shall leave them exactly as they are to enjoy the extra bit of character they provide.

The blocks were not made from scraps but due to being all different, they give off that homely feel I associate with a well loved scrappy quilt. I expect it to become a beautiful quilt top.


I will keep you posted on the progress of my final three blocks. My, I had forgotten how fiddly and small the pieces of the block were.



The Bee Hive




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11 comments:

  1. Hi Katrin: I think the fact that they went rogue on the colour scheme makes for a more interesting quilt. Ssecond row second from the left, Third row right hand side. I really had to look for them.

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  2. The blocks look stunning! I know what you mean about the colour scheme. I participated in a house quilt bee. So many different houses, tepees, bird houses, you name it. Bright ones, dull ones! I have them for months on my design wall, still thinking how I am going to put them together!!!

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  3. I've never participated in a bee block exchange before. I've only lived through others, reading about their experiences. The thought of the fellow hive mates going rouge would have never crossed my mind. I could see where that could be a good thing and a scary thing. I do love the blocks they have sent you. I do spy maybe 3 that went off the beaten path in piecing, but I really had to look to find them. If you hadn't mentioned them, I don't know if I would have noticed.

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  4. Tish is right, three blocks spot little differences. =)
    I forgot to make it absolutely clear that passion for the block and excitement for the bee exchange caused my fellow bees to let their creativity run away with them. There were no mal-intentions whatsoever. The beauty of the individual blocks and all the goodies bear witness to all the love that went into them. =) I am very happy about all of the blocks.

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  5. I'm glad you are leaving the 'mistakes', it adds character to the quilt. I think the blocks go together well, there's a lot of visual interest!

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  6. Love this quilt. Its beautiful. I totally get the "mistake" adding character.

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  7. I think we've all experienced that moment of opening an envelope and thinking, how do those colours fit what I asked for. But as you said, all are made with care and thought and ultimately make for a lovely quilt.

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  8. There is always a risk when swapping blocks, but these are beautiful! I only found two that were 'wrong' and they were pretty hard to find! It is going to make for a gorgeous quilt!

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  9. I love all of the unique blocks. I think making a quilt that includes the viewpoints of different quilters has it's own special beauty. As artists, we all have our own ideas about what is beautiful (even those that include a "mistake" on purpose to make it unique) and this quilt has quite a few different interpretations and I think it is going to be just lovely!

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  10. All those blocks are wonderful! The colours go well together, and it has that scrappy appeal to it that I really love about this! And I think the 'mistakes' add to it's uniqueness, the value play is delightful!

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