Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Bee Hive 'Double Star' Quilt #5 - Quilt Top Assembly - Now What?

Puppilalla, stained glass, finished quilt top, Double Star Block, The Bee Hive


Ta da - pretty huh? Don't we all love a stained glass quilt shot? I was busy on Sunday and joined all blocks. By the time I was done, there was no proper light left for a progress shot but a stained glass one still worked.  =)

A few weeks ago I completed three more 'Double Star' blocks to bring the number up to 20. My fellow swarm mates were incredibly generous with the goodies they sent along in March. The extra material they provided went towards making the last blocks look and feel like those provided by my fellow bees.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee

Each block will have a size of 12 x 12 finished. Laying the blocks out in a grit of 4 x 5 blocks will yield a quilt top of 48 x 60 inches. That is not very big at all. I would like to make the quilt bed sized without adding further blocks. More blocks would only make the quilt top look even busier than it already is.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee, Blossom Heart Quilts

Proceed with a plan



Therefore, I have decided to add borders. I am still changing my mind every five minutes but right now I think, I might add a broader white border, followed by a pale green border followed by a colourful border imitating the squares that are hidden in the repeat of the joined blocks.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee



Like so – ish. What do you think? Any clever ideas as how to improve on the idea?

Completing the 'Double Star' quilt is one of my Finish-A-Long goals for the last quarter of the year, though I doubt that I will manage to add three borders, sew a backing, sandwich, quilt and bind until the end of the year. Any progress is still progress though.


Puppilalla, Double Star Quilt Blocks, Free Quilt Block pattern, Bee Block, Quilting Bee
Final block layout prior to sewing. No, wait, I swapped two more blocks after that shot was taken. 
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8 comments:

  1. Your quilt top looks gorgeous, Katrin! I am so glad to having participated with two blocks for it.
    I agree that borders would be the best, and your suggestion of colors will fit very well. I look forward to seeing the outer border!

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    1. And I am grateful that you did =) Thanks again

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  2. It's fun once all those bee blocks start pouring in, huh? They all look like really fun and interesting blocks. Have you thought about adding some solids in between the stars instead of a border? It might make it feel less busy, although I do really like the outer border with the geese.

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    1. I had thought about that but then decided I would rather keep the secondary pattern. =)

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  3. Hi! I love these blocks! Great colours and stars are always good! Your last photo is so beautiful! Perhaps you changed few blocks with similar colours ... did you change one more time! Borders sounds good and I like also the outer border. Greetings from Finland! x Teje

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  4. I love your stained glass look photo! I always struggle when it comes to adding borders. I really like your plan, especially having a solid white border first. It will control the busy-ness of the center and then your final border will tie it all together.

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  5. I like the outer border - with the pattern echoing a motif hidden between joined blocks. Lovely!

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  6. I do love a good stain glass shot of a quilt! All of these blocks look great together. I love the possible design you have penciled out for the borders!

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Happy to see you here. Thank you for taking the time to engage. =)