Bloggers Quilt Festival - Scrap{Bee} 2.0

I was planning on sharing the results of my minimalist quilt exercise today, but when I started taking pictures this morning, there were some rather noticeable water stains from removing a stain the other day. So it's in the wash right now. Fingers crossed! Lesson learned - don't bother spot cleaning a white quilt, just wash the whole thing! Barring any other quilty hiccups, I'll share it tomorrow.

No worries though because the Blogger's Quilt Festival starts today! Woo Hoo! I love this festival and always come away inspired and motivated to try something new. Thanks to Amy for organizing such a great event!

I decided to share my Scrap{Bee} 2.0 for the festival. It certainly feels like my biggest quilty accomplishment (literally and figuratively) over the last few months and I'm just so happy with how it turned out. :)

This quilt began as a challenge to use my more traditional fabric scraps in a modern design. I enlisted the help of my Don't Worry {Bee} Happy bee mates in 2012-13 for making most of the blocks. Huge thanks to these wonderful women:

Katie @ There & Back
Charlotte @ Twelfth Zodiac
Chelsea @ Pins and Bobbins
Elyse @ ElyseSusanDesign
Alisha @ A Squared Craft Affair
Marian @ LookWhatLadyFaceMade
Heather @ Winding Bobbins
Rebecca @ Sew Festive
Bianca @ Sweet Diesel Designs

Previous posts about this quilt and how I made it can be found hereherehere, and here.

The full frontal:


Each coloured square is quilted with a different motif in the coordinating colour. The background was improv quilted using a cream coloured Aurifil thread (thread colours below).




The backing is pieced with scraps from the front and some beige yardage from my stash.


This quilt has been a test at almost every step of the way, but I've learned so much and tried some new things throughout the process. My lessons learned can be found here.

Fabrics: Colours - scraps, Neutrals - Kona Parchment, Raffia, Bone, Oyster, Ivory, Natural, Cream, Eggshell, Champagne, Putty, Tan, Wheat, Sand and Essex Linen. Backing - Scraps
Thread: Aurifils 2000, 2314, 2140, 4093, 1243, 1320, 1135, 2581, 2740, 2460, 2870, 5017, 2875, 5124, 1104, 1100, 2885, 1240 and Gutermann 2626
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom

Finished size: 86.5" by 86.5".

I'm putting this in the ROYBGIV category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Hope you get a chance to check out the inspiration at the Festival and participate!

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Comments

  1. I'm so loving this! Looks fantastic!

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  2. Oh Michele, my fav quilt ever! I have my nomination sorted for sure! I know I already told you many times but I just LOVE it!

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  3. Definitely a good choice for the festival M-R! Love how this one turned out! Good luck!

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  4. So pretty. It's warm and yet the colors just leap out. Nice work.

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  5. This is so fantastic, M-R, and it always amazes me how a bee quilt can come together and appear that the same person made all the blocks!

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  6. This is a great quilt. I love the border area near the corners best--all the colors. Great quilting.

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  7. What an absolutely awesome quilt! I love that playful border. It adds so much character!

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  8. There are not enough words to tell you (again) how much I love this one - the improv, the low volume solids... Love love love...

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  9. Stunning! And the quilt has such movement too! Love.

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  10. Great quilt! I love the dancing border:))

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  11. This is one fabulous quilt. It's one of those quilts that I could keep looking at for a long time. Beautiful!

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  12. This is stunning. A really peerless example of modern quilting, great design, and fabulous group effort! I hope you'll thinking about entering it into some shows!

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  13. This is an amazing quilt. It will do well in the Festival. Good Luck!

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  14. Loving this quilt! Really great work.:)

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  15. just amazing! Such an original design and just.... amazing!

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  16. This is GORGEOUS! The neutrals work so well with the colours, looks just like a painting :)

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  17. I *love* this quilt, M-R! Congratulations on being nominated for a Viewer's Choice!!! xoxo

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  18. Congratulations on your nomination. Its a stunning quilt !

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  19. Gorgeous quilt, so lovely to see such amazing work!

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  20. Hi! You have made amazing quilt! Really Special and beautiful desing with fantastic colour palette! x Teje

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  21. I love that it looks so modern and vintage at the same time - great job.

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  22. You have already had 30 comments telling you how great this quilt is - I'm really pleased to see it has got through to the last 25 - and well deserved. The modern cream piecing around the coloured blocks is so successful but what I think lifts the quilt to the next level is what you have done on the upper left and lower right corners. That was a stroke of design genius. And the fractured darker beige adds a rhythm throughout the piece. Great design. It gets my vote.

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  23. Neat neat neat quilt - so eye-catching and has a kind of optical illusion quality - and the natural background is super - love it!

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