Monday, December 24, 2012

{Sew} Beautiful Bee - Lindsey's Quilt Finished!

This post has been on the back burner for almost a month - I was in a rush to finish it before our trip to see family at Thanksgiving, and with the pouch hop starting right after, I just didn't have the time.

Lindsey was excited to receive her quilt!
So here it is! Finally!

For my month of the bee this year I sent pieces of several fabrics in Joel Dewberry's Heirloom line. I asked my bee mates to create any block they wanted measuring about 5" x 7" - then border it with the 1" white sashing, and again with the print fabric. Each of these blocks were unique and I loved seeing the designs my bee friends came up with!!

I had chosen my cousin Lindsey as the recipient of this quilt last Christmas because she is really close to my family in a special way. It's hard to describe, but Lindsey is present in our family - she's there to be a support and a helping hand even though she doesn't have to do it. Throughout the past few years Lindsey has visited my sister's house very frequently, she's helped my sister through a lot of things especially by participating in the "late night baking" that my sis does as a way to de-stress/unwind etc. Any time that I'm in town Lindsey is there. She's even come all the way here to visit me!

spoonflower quilt label

I guess what I'm trying to say is that she's more than a cousin, she's more like a sister. She deserved a quilt.

The quilting process was intense!
I'm really glad to be able to share my sewing with people I love. I hope that this quilt will always be that great big hug when Linds needs one, and the knowledge that we're praying for her too (I write prayers inside all my quilt bindings... so she's literally wrapped in love and prayers!). 

Prayers inside the binding.

What's even more sweet is how excited Lindsey was to get this quilt - she really appreciates it, and understands the worth of a handmade quilt. It makes me happy to know that she loves it. 

Free motion quilt detail.
It was a real hurry to get this one finished in time to gift it at Thanksgiving, mostly because I had put off quilting it for so long. I did it though. I quilted each block with a different free motion design, and stippled throughout the white sashing. I didn't pre-plan my quilting designs for the blocks, but rather went with it once I got to a block. It was scary, and some of the blocks are better than others. 

Overall I'm really happy with this quilt. It expresses a love I have for learning new things, even if the quilting is less than perfect.


  1. Great idea for a bee block.
    What a fabulously happy recipient - the best kind.

  2. love the idea of prayers in a binding - i'm going to start using that, too. beautiful quilt.

  3. Love it - it's gorgeous. I love the Joel Dewberry line - actually pretty much all of his stuff, lol.
    Lucky lucky lady to get such a gorgeous quilt! :)