Catch-up: Bee Adventurous Round 3

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This is a while back now, but to catch up, here’s my work on Round 3 of the Bee Adventurous journey me and my wonderful beemates have been on together. (Clare’s work in the center; Rebecca’s on the next section around that, with the circle corners; mine around the outside, the strippy diamonds or whatever they should be called.)

This quilt belongs to Clare, who I was lucky enough to meet in person at this year’s Festival of Quilts. Ohmahgosh, is she the most adorable person?!?!? I just wanted to squish her to bits (in a good way)! I was so happy to meet her, it was a definite highlight of this year’s already wonderful show.

Anyway, it was some time ago, but this quilt was a definite challenge for me. And I couldn’t figure out why for ages. It seemed like a perfectly me thing to do, but then I realized two things:

– For whatever reason, I’ve definitely shifted to a more low-volume / minimalist feel with my fabric choices and designs. I know that’s definitely not what Clare wanted in her quilt.

– Even though I love when other people use solids in their work, I was just not accustomed to it! For ages, I couldn’t figure out how to fit them in and make them work with the prints I wanted to include. They just looked all … blank and stuff. I’m clearly used to playing with prints.

But it all worked out pretty great in the end – though I didn’t think so at the time. I only reluctantly sent it along to the next beemate, still partially feeling like I’d made a mess of it and should rip it out and start again. Now I love it very much.

And it really got me out of my comfort zone. I’m including more solids in my sewing, naturally now and not forced – for me, this was the whole point of the bee: stretching my stitchy legs and trying new things. Sounds like such a silly thing, needing practice to include solids? They just didn’t look right to me at first, but now I’m really enjoying them.

You can see the continuing work on this and all the quilts in this bee by checking out the tag #beeadventurousquilts on Instagram!

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