Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Garden Fence Bee Quilt


In March of this year, I was Queen Bee for the QCA Bee #1. For my block, I requested  "Garden fence" as designed by Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt designs. Cindy even has a tutorial for this block and you can find it here. I was inspired by Cindy's colour choice, so decided to ask for my blocks to be sewn using blacks, yellows and greys.


My bee group are spread out across the country. Soon I was receiving blocks from Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales! The lovely ladies in my bee were also very generous, often sending me more than one finished block.



I also added some extra blocks of my own to come up with a quilt top that included 36 blocks in total.

And so here it is - finished!







I've got to say that I am LOVING my new quilt photography location - slung over the balcony of the townhouse that we are renting :)

The back is pieced using strips of fabric that were incorporated into the quilt top.




I actually have had the quilt top and back finished for a while but had been putting off the basting and quilting part for months. I then had chance meeting with a lovely lady called Jenny who owns a longarm. She was more than happy to quilt this for me - and my quilt didnt have to be square!! (mine never are). She even did the basting for me! I think I love her! We chose a basic large stipple for this quilt and I think she did a fabulous job.











This quilt is a gift for my dad who has had a bit of a rough year this year. He has separated from his partner of several years and for the first time, has bought his own home. So this is for him. And what makes it extra special is the little bird that Kristy from Quietplay included in her block. My dad and I share a love of birds so it seems quite fitting that I share this quilt with him.





Linking up with Sewing By Moonlight for my first even TGIFF!





17 comments:

  1. Oh WOW - this turned out stunning!
    Your Dad is very lucky to have you and I is going to love this.

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    1. You missed it at quilt group last week - I brought it in for show and tell!!

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  2. Just love this quilt Marieka! I think it's a lovely gift for your dad!

    Fab new photography spot too!!

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  3. Gorgeous! I love your Garden Fence quilt. The grays and yellows make such a lovely combination. I'm sure your Dad will really appreciate it. Thanks for sharing it with me!

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    1. Thanks for the great tutorial Cindy!

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  4. Your quilt is so beautiful! Love yellow and grey together.

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  5. Your quilt looks great. Yellow and gray work so well together.

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  6. Your dad will have a chance to get to know himself in 2013 I suspect. It was a great chance meeting With a great outcome. Well done to all.

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  7. That is a beautiful quilt Marieka!

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  8. A beautiful quilt from all the Bee participants. How lovely that you are giving it to your Dad and I love the bird too. Janine

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  9. What a splendid quilt!! Some day I really want to participate in a bee. I just love the coordinated scrappiness that ensues. Very nice back for this, too.

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  10. I love the quilt, the quilting, the colors, the bird, and your photo location. well done! That same bird was in my Road Trip quilt (don't know if you noticed that!)

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    1. Thanks!

      I have to admit that yesterday was my first visit to your blog! I was encouraged to link up by Kristy from quietplay . I have just had a look at your Road trip QA...and there is the aviary bird in not one but 2 of your blocks! I really like the colours that you chose for your blocks too. I try to look for fabrics and colours that aren’t too feminine – I am totally outnumbered in a house of boys!

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    1. Thanks..I am so pleased with how it turned out. It's bright and colourful and happy :)

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