Some fabrics have a siren song that just pulls you in and you simply HAVE to make something with it. Yeah… I know you know that feeling! The entire line of the Bee Grateful fabrics from Moda that were designed by Deb Strain were impossible to resist. So, I designed a quilt for them that appears in the July/August 2021 edition of Love of Quilting magazine!
Lately I’ve been fascinated by asymmetrical blocks. These types of blocks have the ability to make secondary designs where they come together and I love how versatile they are. Plus, for this quilt I chose to make BIG blocks! These are 16″ finished and when four of the blocks come together they create inset stars.
I wanted the All the Buzz quilt to be framed by a big border to show off the focal fabric while allowing the interior of the quilt to float into the outer border. I did this using the oh-so-fantastic flippy corner! The border is 8″ wide and is incredibly simple to make but so effective!
I must share a tiny secret with you, though. My original name for this bee inspired quilt was “I’ve Got Hives”. 🙂 It makes me giggle every time I’ve thought about the giant brains at the Love of Quilting editorial meeting discussing which quilts to run in the magazine and “I’ve Got Hives” comes up in the meeting as a choice. Too Funny! I can see why they changed the title used in the magazine to “All the Buzz”. But, in my heart this quilt will always be “I’ve Got Hives”.
This quilt was also featured in the 3700 series of the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting PBS show. It is always fun to quilt with Sara on set and show her my latest projects. I hope you are able to watch the episode on your PBS station. And, if you don’t get the show… call your station and ask them to pick it up as it is free for your local station to pick it up to air! And then, get your whole guild to do the same. 🙂
Here’s the promo video about the whole 3700 series. If you wind up making All the Buzz, or any of the quilts I designed for Love of Quilting, please be sure to send us a photo so we can see your hard work!