|Flight of the Bumblebees: 14" x 18.5"|
Last January I posted a Pay It Forward (PIF) on facebook, and my mom was one of the people that signed up. Then earlier this year my mom and her husband (they've been married like 3.5 years and it's still weird to stay stepfather, ha) added bees to their little farm. Around that same time my friend, Samantha at Making Life Prettier posted some hexie bee blocks on IG she was making for her mom. Finally I had an idea for my mom's PIF gift!
|Bee detail on the back.|
I used the Free Hexy Bee pattern from badskirt to paper piece 8 little bees (two of them were turned into a pair of coasters for a friend that got bees this year too).
|Paper piecing bees.|
It was my first time piecing hexagons together, and didn't particularly enjoy it. The best tips I found were from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.
|Piecing the hexagons together.|
I decided to add an extra layer of batting to the bees before layering the quilt (a trapunto technique).
|IG photo: Adding trapunto to the bees. Top: pinning batting scraps to the back of the bees, then I stitched in the ditch around each bee. Bottom: trimmed the extra batting off from the bees.|
I used some Warm and Natural batting scraps for the trapunto, and Quilter's Dream wool batting (from a Massdrop deal!) for the rest of the quilt. If I'd had little scraps of the wool, it would have been better for the trapunto. Regardless, the results were pretty awesome:
|Puffy little bees using trapunto. <3|
I quilted it using Superior Threads, So Fine in #473. I hand stitched the flight path and antenna using Aurifil 12wt. I used Aurifil #2024 to quilt the flower area.
|I hand embroidered the little bee antennae and flight path on after the other quilting.|
The flower print is Wild Carrot from the Madrona Road line. I got a tiny piece in a scrap pack and used up just about all of it for this quilt. The rest of the blue fabric is Kona Cornflower. The binding is also Kona, but I don't know which.
I meant for them to be honey bees, but as I was putting the last little hand stitches in my husband said I should call it Flight of the Bumblebees. I was like, haha of course! Seems like such an obvious name now ;-)
|Flight of the Bumblebees back.|
|Label from TagsToGo on etsy.|