My Group/Bee Quilts entry for Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side Fall 2013
friends+fabric = a modern stash bee
The Photo Shoot - Showing off Tassels
This quilt was special and deserved more than the classic front porch shot. It had been a long time coming and was going to be ALL MINE! These pictures are from a sunny day in Corralitos with friends -it was fun posing and staging. Trying to capture both the light and dark portions was tough.
My very first tutorial was definitely a challenge because I tend to change my mind along the way and this was no exception. The test block had a center star instead of two tassels - the same four segments just oriented differently. I tried my best and was pleased to have pushed to try something new and my bee mates were so supportive.
|original orientation of the parts created a center star|
Although I love my own stash - it was really fabulous to see what arrived in the mail. Blue has such a wide range of shades and I was going for a specific gradient look transitioning with the yellow to mustard tassels. My bee mates did not disappoint. The pops of pink and red scattered throughout that I had not originally envisioned add a bit of whimsy.
|Blocks on the Design Wall|
I realized that it was a bit too tall and skinny so I ended up unstitching the bottom row and adding a column to one side. This also helped balance the flow from light to dark.
The Backing and Quilting
Orchids hold a sentimental place in my heart because they remind me of my dad. The Art Gallery fabric for the backing played along well with a dark scrappy narrow strip and light chunky section.
|piecing the backing|
The Inspiration and Specs
Tassels was inspired by my Crush Quilt that I made using Cheryl Malkowski's Dancing Twilight pattern. Although it does look quite similar, I used a different technique to create the blocks and changed the proportion for the 12.5"x12.5" bee block.
Started April 2012 and Finished February 2013
Finished Size: 61"x 73" (although I must say it feels BIGGER!)
Pieced and quilted by me on my BabyLock Symphony
Aurifil 50 and 40 thread
Natural Bamboo Batting
Friends+Fabric=A Modern Stash Bee