Siblings Together Quilt – Ta-Da!

I don’t talk much about bees on my blog, so you may not know that I’m a quilter in the Cherish circle of do. Good Stitches. A long time ago I asked the girls in my circle to make whatever they wanted, using aqua, orange, grey and white.

My personal experience is that this is the best way to get a truly unique, totally amazing quilt in a bee setting. I know it’s fashionable to use ‘impromptu’ type piecing, and I often like other people’s quilts when they ask for it, but I never seem to have an idea that goes anywhere with the whole freestyle technique. Probably because I’m not that great at it. So the only choices for me are to ask everyone to make one certain block, or to ask them to make whatever they want. I’ve done both, and when I prescribe the block it ended up feeling (and looking) like I’d just done it myself. Kinda the long distance equivalent of having someone else do your work for you.

But when I get them to make what they want, the results are often surprising and spectacular. This is just such a case and I am so pleased to have finally finished it so it can brighten up a kid’s summer in the Siblings Together camp. I’m so proud of the Cherish ladies and ever so grateful for their forbearance – they probably think I’m nuts but have the very good grace not to tell me. And really, aren’t these blocks lovely?

And here are the labels, pieced in:

So I’ll be packing this up today and posting it off tomorrow. Thank you, Cherish ladies! And thank you Lynne of Lily’s Quilts for the organisation of all this! :) You guys totally rock.

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12 Responses to Siblings Together Quilt – Ta-Da!

  1. Ellyn says:

    beautiful! I would love to join a bee one of these days. Maybe I will organize one on my blog at some point…

  2. Anne says:

    Wow, Jenna it looks great! And I always get a thrill when I see my blocks in someone else’s quilt.

  3. Kiera says:

    Love that Jenna…especially the quilting. Great job ladies!!

  4. Lynne@Lily's Quilts says:

    Oooooh I love this – there really is something special about a bee quilt where everyone did their own thing and it comes together into a quilt like this.

  5. Ella says:

    It looks lovely! I’m waiting for a couple of blocks to piece and quilt up my first do.good. quilt for the Heal circle. This time I picked the block, but next time I think I’ll just pick colors.

  6. Wow! It’s amazing! I just finished my Siblings Together quilt too – not quite so amazing as this though. Love the quilting :)

  7. Flying Blind says:

    It’s gorgeous Jenna – a great gift for Siblings Together xxx

  8. Katy says:

    Love those colours, it looks fab!

  9. This is lovely! I love the color combo too!

  10. Claire Jain says:

    This is such a great quilt for such a great cause. I love the alphabet fabric on the back, too :-)

  11. kay says:

    gorgeous finish Jenna – it looks fantastic :)

  12. laura says:

    We did good!!!! yay!

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