Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pins, pins, and more pins.

I hadn't worked on my 2013 Stash Bee Quilt, based on the Simply Woven quilt from Moda Bake Shop, since before we left to go home for Christmas and today I got the top all put together unless I make more blocks.





The name of the game with this one was PINS, PINS, PINS. I had to pin at 6 points per pair of blocks to get the colored strips lined up. This one, I will admit, was not the best choice to have 15 different people make a block that requires so much accuracy to be able to sew it all together without ripping one's hair out. It made for a great variety of prints and some of them came together great -- but NOT recommended as a Bee Block for future reference unless everyone has 1000% piecing accuracy.

I'm still on the fence about how to finish this one. Does it need another row of blocks so that it's not square? Does it need a border? Then of course, I will need to ponder how it will be quilted!

Decisions, decisions.

17 comments:

  1. LOL! I'll bet that was quite a feat to get everything lined up with that many sewists! It looks terrific in the pic you've posted. I would add a border, in green or orange. Just something wide, solid, and simple. Have a super day!

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  2. This looks amazing! The bee part might be rubbish for getting perfect accuracy, but look at those colours! It's fantastic!!
    I wouldn't worry about it being square (unless you particularly want it not to be). I'd throw some orange binding on there and snuggle in :-)
    E xx

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  3. What about taking out a vertical and horizontal row of blocks to make an offset cross of background fabric for some negative space? (And then repositioning those blocks to make it rectangular instead of square.) It would get bigger and you wouldn't have to pin as much along the solid strips ; )

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    1. You could even pick rows to eliminate that leave one block each where they cross so the two negative strips look woven like your pattern. Do you know what I mean?

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  4. I love this just the way it is. I mean, it would probably look great with a border, but I can't picture it! And I really like it as a square. :) Yay! It looks great!

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  5. Very courageous to do this design as "bee blocks" -- but it looks great --- worth the effort of all that pinning!

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  6. I personally don't like square lap quilts to snuggle in. (I gave one away because it drove me nuts.) So I would probably add another row. Having made 96 of these blocks, I can understand your reluctance. You could also add borders to just two sides. I just added borders to the top and bottom of a giant star quilt to make it rectangular, and I love how modern it feels. But if you like it square, then keep it that way. It looks great!

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  7. Very vibrant and pretty! Aaaadorable the way it is!

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  8. I can't imagine how long it took you to get everything lined up! I love the way it is! :)

    -Lindsey

    Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

    Inspiring Creations Blog

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  9. I would probably do both. I prefer non-square quilts and I like borders. :) Very nice colors. Your perseverance (with lining up all those blocks) paid off!

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  10. It's very bright and cheery, love it. I too prefer non-square quilts!

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  11. Wow, your quilt is a stunner! And all that pinning was definitely worth the effort! Very well done! And yes, it is incomprehensible how a 1/4 inch seam allowance can differ so widely ;o) I have some bee blocks waiting for assembly, too. And I kind of feat the process...

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  12. Lovely quilt. OK matching up my blocks sometimes is a challenge, taking other people's too. Beautiful quilt though.

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  13. It looks beautiful and I think it depends on what you will use the quilt for as to making it bigger or adding a border. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. I think square is great! It must have been a headache to put together...but, WOW!, what a finish.

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