Turkey Tracks: January 9, 2017
“Bee Land” Quilt
I can’t quite believe that I have finished this quilt.
I started it in Charleston, SC, Thanksgiving 2015 as my “take along” project. I used scraps from my 2 1/2 inch square bin. It felt more than a little daunting to take on a project this size with so many tiny (1-inch) pieces to make by hand using English Paper Piecing.
I called it “Bee Land,” after finishing the binding a few days ago.
The design is from Edyta Sitar’s “Flower Garden,” which is on the cover of her book HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.
I did NOT attempt to do Edyta’s amazing applique borders, as you can see.
As a side note, I met Edyta in Houston in October 2014 and saw this quilt in her booth. It is so gorgeous “in person,” as is Edyta Sitar. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with her. I have many of her books and so love her tiny, tiny pieces and exquisite work.
The quilting went so well on this quilt. Lucy the Longarm behaved beautifully. And I like the warm old gold thread color I used. The pantograph is a 12-inch version of “Simple Feathers” by Anne Bright.
The doll faces look lacy from a distance.
I had another fabric for the borders, a blue fabric with medallions, but discarded it in favor of the warmer red/orange. AND, I had TWO other backings, one to go with the blue fabric and another modern fabric that was whimsical. At the last minute I settled on a more traditional fabric that I had bought in last year’s April “Shop Hop” for 40% off. It’s perfect for this quilt.
It is a really good feeling to finish a quilt you have spent a year +++ making. There were hours of sewing pleasure with this project It is all done by hand except for the binding and the quilting on Lucy.
I would love to make this quilt again using low-volume fabrics that are very light and bright, whimsical fabrics.