Last year I joined a quilting bee run by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. I had never participated in a bee before and had a lot of fun “meeting” new people and sewing different blocks. The bee ran from February 2015 through January 2016. I was the last queen – I didn’t realize how fun and overwhelming it is to receive 11 packages in the mail during your queen month!!
I chose the Quartrefoil block designed by Jennie of Clover & Violet for my block and just love how it turned out! I received an extra block from a bee-mate and made 4 more to make the quilt a bit larger. I have made everyone in the family a quilt backed with Minky except myself, so I decided to find a Minky that wasn’t overly furry and make myself one too. I’ve quilted Minky in the past and just hated the poof and all of the fur that pulls through to the top when it is being quilted, so I knew to look for something with shorter “hairs” this time. I have also learned not to use a high loft batting with Minky as I did with my husband’s quilt.
Here she is. I struggled a bit with a quilting design. I thought I wanted to emphasize the straight edges, but after echo quilting the main shapes, the negative space just wasn’t lending itself to the look I thought I wanteed. I changed to some loopy stuff, flowers, and a bit of square spirals (can you have square spirals?), and I called it done.
I was really surprised that the minky showed the quilting so well. In the past, it’s been lost in the general furriness. After quilting two large quilts 70+ inch quilts over the last few months, this smaller 48×48 quilt was such a delight to quilt on my domestic machine.