Friday, August 16, 2013

Finished: "Seismic" Bee Quilt

It's Friday! And I'm not working this weekend! And I have a finish! It's a good day :)

This quilt was made with blocks from the ladies of the Stash Bee, Hive #3 group back in February.  I asked for modern bargello blocks, you can see the original tutorial I asked everyone to follow here.  Somewhere along the way a commenter said the blocks reminded them of waves, so I decided to name the quilt "Seismic".

This quilt had a rocky road to completion.  First I attempted to sash it with yellow, but it just wasn't right.  Then I cut apart the yellow sashing and inserted dark denim fabric, leading to the uneven yellow strips which I decided I loved.  Then I decided to try to quilt it with Amanda Jane's honey comb quilting, but ran into major distortion and wrinkling.  It sat as a UFO for a few months, but finally I picked out the mistakes and finished it!

I wasn't in love with this quilt until I quilted it and got the binding on. The quilting and that red binding made this quilt for me!  It's quilted with a grey thread in straight lines with some large overlapping circles added at the end.

This is a big quilt. Something like 80" x 87".  I am planning to keep it and add it to the rotation of quilts that go on my bed.  I went with a pieced back again. Even using IKEA fabric that measures 60" wide I had to add some to the side.  I chose the music fabric because the waves on the front kind of reminded me of sound waves, too.

The strip on the edge contains a couple of extra blocks and some soft grey polka dot fabric.  I like the back of this quilt almost as well as the front.

Thanks ladies for all your great blocks!!

Linking up to Finish it Friday.


  1. Oooh, this is fun! I love that all of the blocks are so different, yet coordinate. I never would've considered using a bargello block for a bee choice, but it's great! And I'm with you--the binding and quilting really make it. :)

  2. This is pretty cool! I have never seen anything like it, very unique. I love the red binding, the perfect finishing touch. Great job!