July 3, 2018 was the anniversary day of cancer free for one year. I received a photo that afternoon of my friend, a cancer survivor, giving a gift to this young lady. Yes, it was the Bee Quilt I had finished. I was asked to make a quilt label saying “New” and the date. This year the the word for her journey is “New”. I was so proud to be a part of the celebration and I will get to meet her on the 15th of this month. Yes, my heart is full and more than ever I feel this is the reason I quilt.
I am so thrilled my high school friend from way back asked if she could purchase the Bee Quilt to give to a cancer survivor. She gave me so many compliments and told me the quilt spoke to her. We can't wait for this brave friend to receive the Bee Quilt!
We have a bee keeper in our family. I love receiving natural honey every time we visit. This Bee Project will hopefully be completed by Sunday. I love adding embroidery to outline the shapes. I looked at a photo and made it my own. I used the Half-Hexagon and Wacky Web Templates.
This is one of four quilts made from one jellyroll of "Bliss" by Bonnie and Camille. I love this fabric! Actually any Bonnie and Camille fabric is pretty much my favorite! I used "Little Ruby" flannel on the back. (Remind me not to do scalloped borders again for a while, it isn't too conducive to speed finishes.) I started this quilt in August 2011 and finally got it finished in August 2016! It sat for years when I got busy with lots of other projects. I tend to start lots of projects at a time and I have to admit that I am way better at starting than finishing. But eventually they do usually get finished. This week I have been focusing on getting some WIPs off my plate because I am super anxious to start new quilts!
The blocks in this quilt were started by a mother and daughter almost 50 years ago but life got in the way and it was never completed. The mom has long past away and the daughter, now a grandma herself, gave the blocks (and remaining bits of fabric) to her granddaughter to pass along to another grandma who quilts. That grandma and I are quilting buddies and decided we would finish the quilt together. We had to make 4 more blocks and tried to keep them in the spirit of the original ones. Once it was completed we gave it back to the lovely lady that had started it, and one day it will be returned to her granddaughter.
This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/BusyHandsQuilts. I hosted a GRAVITY quilt along on my blog in 2015, http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/. I pieced the quilt and had it professionally quilted by Christa of Cotton Berry Quilts in North Carolina.