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!
Hedgehogs play hide and seek in this cheerful bordered periwinkle quilt from Jenny Doan's tutorial of the same name. They remind me of my twin toddler granddaughters who follow each other everywhere. For the fabrics, I selected "Simply Colorful V & Co. Moda Metro", Bluebird Park by Kate & Birdie Peper Co. for Moda Fabrics, paired with assorted batiks. To give the quilt a unifying appearance, I sewed the hedgehog print in each octagonal section. It is my second quilt utilizing the demonstrated paper piecing technique. I free motioned Irish Stars circular designs in the octagonal shapes , cursive "e's" on the narrow border, and used the walking foot to channel stitch the quilt top. I was happy with the final result ... so is my daughter-in-law who loves the color yellow and was the recipient of this happy quilt.