Happy New Year! I'm back from my trip to Ireland to see my family over Christmas and the trip to Dorset to see the in-laws over New Year. Due to lack of reception and wifi I've had a social media break too. I'm starting to catch up on my blog reading and am really enjoying all the posts reviewing 2012.
2012 was quite a hectic and difficult year at times and I didn't sew as much as I would have liked. But I do really like the things I did make. My finished quilts for 2012 are here so I'm not doing a mosaic this time. Instead I'm going to finally blog my finished bee quilt which is definitely my favourite thing I've finished this year.
Fresh Modern Bee 2 was my first ever bee and my month was a long time ago (November 2010!) All the lovely ladies made me 2 blocks each and I made the final two. Then it took me ages to put it all together! And once the quilt top was assembled I was scared at the thought of quilting such a huge quilt (which resulted in it being nicknamed the Beast Bee Quilt). Eventually I decided to do simple machine quilting in the sashing and hand quilt the detail on the blocks. I may have slightly underestimated just how long the hand quilting would take! But it is finally finished and now lives on our bed - the first quilt I have made large enough to comfortably fit our king size bed. Luckily my husband likes it as I won't be making another quilt so big for a very long time!
But what I really love about this quilt is all the lovely blog and twitter friends I have made because of it. I have been lucky enough to meet 5 of the lovely ladies who made blocks for this quilt (from the UK, Netherlands, the US and Australia). So thank you (in no particular order) to Amy, Susan, Lynne, Jessica, Danielle, Krista, Justine, Allison, Leila, Lisa, Lil, Alison, Reene & Yvonne
Bee Blocks made as part of Fresh Modern Bee 2 with my request being for pinwheel style blocks
Fabrics: Tanya Whelan Dolce & Kona Medium Grey (if you love the fabric, I'm still destashing some here)
Backing: More Dolce and Kona Medium Grey
Quilting: Machine quilted in the sashing and hand quilting in the blocks
Binding: Left over strips of Dolce
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