Before I start sharing my hexagon project, I again need to say a heart felt "thank you" to everyone who has given me support and cyber-love! With immunity getting me into this round, I was so grateful for all the positive feedback that buoyed me up and got me pumped up for this challenge in the competition.
Without further adieu, I am excited to show you Honeybee Heaven!
Maybe it's because I live in the Beehive State, but whenever I think of hexagons, I immediately think of bees and all things honey related. I have actually really wanted to make this honeycomb inspired quilt for a long time and probably would have already written a pattern for it had I not had the pleasant surprise of making it into the Sweet 16 of Sewvivor in July. So, I've had this one planned from the beginning and am so happy to have the chance to share this original design with you!
I used Bonnie Christine's "Sweet as Honey" fabric line, and I must say, the bright colors mixed with the earthy browns and taupes really had me drooling! A couple of the fabrics had these cute bees flying around on it. I fussy cut the bees out, appliqued them flying about the honeycomb, and then hand embroidered their flight pattern using a yummy chocolate colored perle cotton floss. I sure would be in heaven if I were one of these bees, wouldn't you?
I absolutely LOVE looking at a quilt top and letting it speak to me about what specific custom quilting I should create to make it a work of art. I brought in a bit of the celestial inspiration for this quilt using quilted 6-pointed stars in each corner and light beams placed around the honeycomb giving it a glowing effect. The neutral fabric in the middle of the honeycomb is quilted with echoing hexagons, while the colorful fabric is quilted with stripes and a closely stippled line to emulate the bees.
Since the quilt front has a lot of earthy tones, I really wanted to bring in bright, gorgeous color for the backing and binding. Instead of making life easier on myself and cutting the edges of the quilt straight for binding, I opted for the curvy convex and concave corners that really "make" this quilt. That's right; each one of those convex corners is mitered, making for 49 miters in all!
I really hope you love this quilt as much as I do! I have put every ounce of energy and creativity that I could muster (with a two week time period, nonetheless) into this beauty. I know this quilt speaks volumes about my whimsical creative style and I hope that it speaks to you! Remember to vote, and if this is the end of the road for me in this competition, I am all too grateful for the opportunity it has given me to share my passion with all of you! Thanks friends!
To vote, head over to Rachel's blog by clicking here!