14 Jan Bee Cross Stitch
Next up on my work table is a fun project using a new basic fabric called Bee Cross Stitch designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet for Riley Blake Designs. I had fun selecting this palette from the collection’s wide variety of colours and low volumes. I chose Taffy, Plum, Peacock, Jade, Daisy, Autumn, and Pebble.
I based this quilt on my Tsuro Quilt that I designed in October 2020. Rather than using the multiple modular blocks from that quilt, I decided to make this one using only a single repeated block. Rotating the block in different directions I played with the layout until I came up with a fun new design.
I built each block piece by piece, adding one curved piece at a time. Many quilters are afraid of sewing curves, and I totally get that, but I must say that by going slowly and taking some time to practice, they’re really not that hard. And I think there’s nothing more satisfying than pressing a curved seam flat and standing back to admire it.
One block down, 15 to go!
Here’s the second block. I love how the darker colours create a “transparency” effect where the curves come together.
For my background fabric, I used Riley Blake Designs’ Confetti Cottons in “Le Creme” which is a perfect match for the Bee Cross Stitch Pebble colour (shown below).
Once I finished piecing all my blocks, I decided a simple 3″ grid for the quilting would be a nice contrast to all the curves. Here I have my quilt sandwich all pin-basted and marked up with my Hera marker, ready for quilting. I like to put on headphones and a good podcast or Audible book to help make the tedious work of quilting go by faster.
Binding! I know it’s not the most glamourous step but hey, it means I’m almost finished. I machine stitched the binding to the front…
…and hand-stitched it to the back. Here’s a closeup of my binding (in Jade) and the backing I used, Pebble.
And tada! Here’s my full finished quilt. I just love how the curved blocks play with each other and create movement.
And here are some close-ups…
And the obligatory cat on quilt photo.