Thursday, 17 October 2013

with a little help from my friends...

it all started back in September when i was queen bee for bee a brit stingy flickr group...a fab bee filled with lovely british quilters.


i have never been in a bee before so i wasn't very sure what to expect or how it was all going to play out.
my first dilemma was what block to choose. the bee started in january and some peeps had already picked some blocks that i may have chosen so that was those out. some demanded a more cohesive palette, some were too large and some were just too fiddly.
i eventually decided on this hourglass block and requested low volume, 1930s, liberty, vintage type fabrics.


to be honest i wasn't entirely sure how it
was all going to pan out. when i create my quilts i spend forever picking fabrics moving them around until they don't jar in my eye anymore and remove any fabrics that just don't sit well. in the bee group we are all very different, have different styles, different fabrics to pull from and i was a little nervous with how this would work for me.

but apparently what i love most about this is that it is full of little jewels of fabrics that normally i don't get to see in my own work, from overtly pretty florals to more muted geometrics. every single block that arrived filled me with EEEEEEKS!

honestly they are a magical bunch this crew.
i'm not even sure you can tell how wonderfully everything gels here, but in the flesh it is all so alive. the bee group made about half the blocks and they all look stunning with the ones i made.


it's all been a great big success in my eyes and hopefully we'll do it all again next year. (i hope so because i have already picked my block...)

and if you want to see how everyone else's quilts turned out go and check out the group here. there are some stunners.

the only question that remains is...
how on earth shall i quilt this thing??


10 comments:

Nicky said...

eek indeed! It looks fabulous Karen. Good question about the quilting! Something simple perhaps?

Ooh glad you are up for another year and intrigued to know what that block will be!?

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Ohh it looks so gorgeous! Maybe diagonal straight lines? I like being in a magical bee, i would love to do another year!

Charlotte said...

so glad to have been a teeny part of it :-D

Mary said...

Oh, it's lovely! Sounds like a very nice bee. How about spiral/concentric circle quilting? It's my current fave that seems to suit such a lot of quilts.

atelier077 said...

Lovely quilt!

Sheila said...

It really does look good, so glad you are happy with it.x

Jill said...

It's beautiful, and the bee sounds fun.

Flying Blind... said...

Lovely! When Bees go 'right' they are the best xxx

Trudy said...

How lovely that this quilt came together so well, it's beautiful. I'd be tempted to hand quilt each little square and leave the triangles alone!!

Catherine said...

It looks amazing! I am hoping for another year too!