Monday, 2 December 2013

I Shall Tease You No More

As some of you will have gathered, I have been struggling to find a balance between family life, work and blogging these last few months. My new teaching job has taken up much more of my time than I thought it would with lesson planning replacing any sewing and blogging time. I've missed sharing everyone's makes  - the highs and the lows.  Still, I'm hoping that as this semester winds up, things should improve and I resolve to be a better blogger!

Still, I have a finish to share!


Almost 2 years ago, my sweet blogging friend Di invited me and a few other friends to form a new round robin bee.  We picked a theme and over the course of the next year, we secretly made for each other.

I asked for scrappy curves, and my bee mates didn't disappoint.


Di assembled my blocks perfectly and in spring this year I received my gorgeous flimsy - an eclectic, one of a kind quilt top!

I quilted it with alternate 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" diagonal crosshatch straight lines and bound it using a couple (on the basis I never have enough of anything) of different Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room prints.


I wanted a darker binding to frame the blocks, and I think the colours work perfectly. I used a bamboo and cotton batting from my mum's local quilt shop and the backing is Pagoda Hill by Tina Givens. The quilt measures 72" square.


It's such a pretty quilt, and I can't thank my bee mates enough.  It really is one of a kind!


Top Row (left to right):  Di's wonderful Drunkard's path block, Katy's beautiful abstract appliqued blocks and my clamshells.
Middle Row: Susan's gorgeous portholes in her signature bright colours, Helen's amazing Dresden block that reminds me of millefiori every time I look at it, and Di's beautiful lemon and limes block.
Bottom Row: My lozenges using my quick curve ruler, Danny's beautiful appliqued pebbles and Hadley's exquisite New York Beauty!


Thank you my friends - if I'm not checking your blogs....know that I'm thinking of you every time I look at this quilt.

Linking up with Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day.

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35 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

An absolutely beautiful quilt! I love the binding and each block is marvelous! Nice to see you back :-)

Cindy said...

Its absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful quilt - you can really see each contributor's personality in there! Beautiful.

Kate said...

Gorgeous quilt.

Diana and Rosie said...

That has got to be one of the cutest quilts I've ever seen!

Leanne said...

This is beautiful, what a wonderful quilt!

Deborah said...

This is one very special quilt!! Fabulous!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Oh this is so gorgeous, love it!

Carla said...

Oooooh I love it! What an absolute treasure : )

Heather D. said...

It's amazing! So beautiful, everything about it.

Dianne Neale said...

Wow, this has certainly made a stunning quilt. The quilting is perfect. I am pleased to have been able to contribute to it

Di said...

Bee quilts are always special and this one is no exception. Di x

pennydog said...

This is gorgeous- and worth the wait :)

Sarah said...

This is a really super quilt and I think your quilting really did it justice. Enjoy just looking at all those fab curves!!

Indianna said...

It's a lovely quilt made by a great group of friends.

Julia Graber said...

Your 'bee' quilt turned out great. Love the different designs and colors.

heart of charnwood said...

Beautiful! Love the quilting and hope you can find a happy balance across all aspects of your life. x

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, it looks great, live the quilting :o)

CJ said...

Such a stunning quilt, it really is. I especially like the blocks with the little circles - so cleverly done. Such skill by everyone to make such perfect curves. It really is remarkable.

Judith, Belfast said...

Such a brilliant quilt - so much to look at! And lovely memories of your bee mates. Jxo

Jessica said...

Amazing! Love how unique this is! :)

Canadian Abroad said...

It's beautiful and personal, but I somehow think I went a little too bright when I thought jewel tones.

Nilya said...

What a beautiful quilt!!! And I love your drunhard paths - I love curves :)

maria said...

Wow, you quilt is gorgeous. I'm in a round robin bee where we make a patchwork strip for each other, it's been fun and I'm looking forward to the big reveal.
I hope you find more sewing time soon.

Charlotte said...

it's fab!!!!!

Nina said...

Coming to you from Lily's Quilts....what a beautiful quilt! Great job.

Debbie said...

What a fun quilt! Sorry life's so busy these days! Hope there is a breather soon!

moira said...

it's beautiful. I think the quilting is perfect for showing the blocks at their best

diane said...

It's a beauty and this bee is what cemented us all as friends. I love it and I love our bee and friendship

Nicky said...

Fabulous! You were obviously a great inspiration!

Lisa said...

This is one of the prettiest quilts I've ever seen. Love it!

Kirsten said...

Loving all of those curvy blocks!

Adrianne said...

Oh this is stunning Annabella! What a lovely thing to have to remind you of your friends!

cheeky monkey said...

It is a wonderful curvy quilt. So many beautiful colors! Brilliant

Martha said...

It is a beautiful quilt. Each block has it own personality but they complement each other so well. It is absolutely gorgeous!!! Sometimes it is hard to find a balance and juggle all the things in our lives. I hope you find your happy balance soon. Sending you happy thoughts your way XX

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Oh it looks fabulous Annabella! You've done us all proud - and I'm feeling very guilty about not having finished mine!!