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!


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

  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!

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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...

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

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

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

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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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