Friday, October 25, 2013

Springtime Riot Bee Quilt {Blogger's Quilt Festival}

Hello! It's that time of year again, for those of us who only wish we were in Houston to celebrate the Blogger's Quilt Festival! This is my third time to participate. Thanks so much to Amy for hosting :)


I am entering Springtime Riot in the Bee quilt category.  I joined the Nurture circle of do. Good Stitches in February and working with these ladies has been the most wonderful experience!  The level of commitment and skill is far beyond what I had experienced in previous bees and most of all, it's just a lot of fun making quilts for charity.


Springtime Riot was my second quilt to design as the group quilter. Scrap quilts are my preferred style, and I'd been on a bit of a string quilt kick, so I designed this block for the group.


The finished quilt turned out better than, I think, any of us had hoped.  I loved seeing all the cute fabrics hidden in those busy blocks!


I quilted the quilt on my home machine with a loose stipple.  You can't beat a good stipple for fresh-from-the-dryer krinkle factor.


I opted to keep the binding low volume and machine sewed it down to both sides.  Our group donates our quilts to My Very Own Blanket, a charity the provides quilts to kids in foster care. So I wanted this quilt to be able to stand up to a lot of love and abuse.


A couple of the ladies in our group have confessed, after the quilt was done, that they had had doubts as they were making their blocks but were won over by the final project.  I think that is one of the best parts of bees: making something as a group that is greater than the sum of its parts.


The quilt got an appropriately riotous IKEA backing and a label under the binding before shipping out.


Thanks and major kudos, as always, to the ladies of the Nurture circle.  I can't wait until January when we start quilting again!


I am entering this quilt in the Bee quilt category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Be sure to check out all the entries. And visit my other entry in the baby quilt category here.

13 comments:

  1. What a fun scrappy quilt! I think when you fall in love with a quilt after the fact, you end up falling harder for it. Love the back too!

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  2. Beautiful quilt! You and your bee mates did a fantastic job bringing together so many fabrics.

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  3. This is just great! Love the scrappiness.

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  4. I love it. I think you are right, it is always greater than the sum of its parts. That's why I love bee quilts too. This is just beautiful.

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  5. Very pretty Kat !! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. beautiful colours, and such a great idea for a bee block!

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  7. Great idea for a bee quilt, love the colours too!

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  8. Oh, this is lovely! And what a fun bee quilt! I haven't seen this before. :)

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  9. Very cool - love the stacks and how well all the blocks work together!

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  10. Love this. I also love that you admitted that your group was honest in telling you they weren't so sure, but of course they loved it in the end. I run a lot of group projects and I KNOW lots of people are thinking that even if they don't admit it.

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  11. I love this quilt! It looks great from a distance but has such fun things to find up close. Thanks for the tutorial. I have strings from Quilts of Valor that I could use for this.

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  12. Your use of low volume is amazing, as are the colour choices used. This is a great looking quilt! And thank you also for the link to your charity.

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  13. Hi Kat! So generous of you to share such a beautiful quilt with a child in need. Not only is the quilt itself gorgeous, but the story behind it is so perfect. It's so nice when something is more than the sum of its parts. Thanks for sharing!

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