We're talking bee quilts here of course. At long last my Stitch Tease Bee is finished.
In February 2012 I sent off this block to Hadley
and 12 months later, she sent me a quilt top made by the 8 talented ladies of the Stitch Tease Bee. You can read all about that here.
Since beginning this bee, we have changed our bed for one that is quite a bit bigger, so the original quilt size didn't cover the new bed. That meant I had to add quite a sizeable border, which I was worried might look a bit odd. But needs must, so I added a small border of outward flying geese and a 8 inch white border.
I quilted it with an all over meander, because that's about all I can do! I did toy with the idea of hand quilting it, but maybe a quilt this size isn't a good choice for your first hand quilting project! It wasn't without it's traumas (broken machine, a million broken needles, tension problems, sore hands and shouldrs) but it looks beautiful now. Because the quilt is now much larger than originally planned, the backing I bought didn't fit, so I went out to Ikea and chose the fabric you can see below, which is just the right sort of chalky colours
Don't you think a very special quilt needs a very special photo shoot? And someone who can take good photos? Our friend Rob, who was here last weekend, is a pretty good photographer, so we went off to the chateau in the early evening to snap a few shots
And here's one shot of it in it's final resting place (not so good - I took it!)
The only shot that is missing is the one with Ted on our rocking chair in the garden. I will take one, but it's on the bed now, with Gordon fast asleep under it. I don't think I'd win many Brownie points by whipping it off now, just to take a photo!
So thanks to all my Stitch Bee friends for making such a beautiful quilt for me. It will always hold a place in my heart, being my first!
And would you believe it it is already my month in the second round of Stitch Tease. But more of that later