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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© J C Excell, 2012