If it’s time for Quilt Market, it must be time for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, where those of us mere mortals who are unable to walk those hallowed halls, congregate to ooh and ahhh over each others’ masterpieces.
For my entry this time, I had to go for the Best Group Or Bee Quilt category to celebrate my favourite quilt of the year, my Brit Bee Retro Flowers (apologies to regular readers for its reappearance!):
The fabulous ladies of Brit Bee made me the aqua and grey blocks, while the lovely Cindy made me an orange one, and I made the rest, including the Di inspired reverse block, to give me a nice 5 x 6 layout. I’m rather ashamed that it took me about 9 months to actually assemble it, and add the borders, but I timed it nicely to hand over to the amazing Trudi at one of our Brit Bee get togethers so that she could perform her quilting magic on it in time to hand it back at FQR (whereupon it promptly got bound and went on its holidays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a month!).
There are gorgeous feathers swirling around the borders, a feather in each petal, and a swirly shape between each petal junction (for want of a better description)
Fabric: Selection of fabric from a large number of lines + Michael Miller (binding) + Moda extra-wide (backing)
Thread: Quilted using Aurifil 50wt on top, and Superior Bottom Line on the back
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: 84″ x 72″
Piecing: Brit Bee + Cindy
Quilting: Free motioned feathers and swirls
Quilted by: Trudi Wood
Pattern: Retro Flowers by Christina Lane
I so totally and absolutely adore this, and I do hope that all of you reading will agree with me and vote for it as your favourite Group/Bee Quilt. Even if you don’t, I’ll still love it :o)
Don’t forget to check out all the other entries in the Festival, there’s quite the selection of categories to wander though!
Love it 🙂
Enjoying seeing all the wonderful quilts again, good luck!
That is a pretty awesome Bee quilt 🙂
I adore this quilt x
It really is a fantastic quilt – that reversed block is pure genius.
Fabulous choice! Love it.
I never tire of this one… I love the reverse block! She did a great job of quilting, too.
Absolutely lovely! I am still contemplating my entry…
It's great to see this quilt again!
It is a gorgeous quilt that I am proud to be a small part of. I love the colour scheme you chose. It works so well.
Beautiful quilt – and just lovely colours!
Absolutely love it Katy. The colours, the quilting, it's really gorgeous!
It is the prettiest of quilts. Such fabulous quilting too
Lovely to see it again xx
don't worry about showing it again – it's still gorgeous!
I think I like this quilt more each time I see it. I love what you've done with the orange here, and I'm not generally a fan of the colour.
Of course this is a true favourite!
Very pretty, wonderful quilting. I like the color combination which is unusual and striking.
What a fun quilt. I love that reversed orange/white block a lot! It adds such a nice focus to the quilt. Kudos to your quilter on such lovely feathers too. 🙂
I love this pattern and you colors you chose!! Fabulous bee quilt!
No problem with looking at this beauty again Katy! Just keep on showing it….partcularly love the colour scheme!
I love it every time I see it! Gorgeous!
Lovely quilt, I have this pattern, just need to get sewing it!
Beautiful quilt! The orange sort of "made" the quilt, – really great 🙂
Thank you so much :o)
I'm totally diggin' the colors in this. So happy! And the quilting is divine (*swoon* feathers!). I never would have thought to use feathers in this design– but it looks amazing.
Love this quilt so much… don't mind the second look 🙂
I love this one, too! Is it part of your replacing-the-duvet quilt pile?
This is one of my favourites, as you already know. It is great to see it in the festival.
I love this one! The reversed block is perfectly placed. It definitely has my vote
The colors are so beautiful–love the reverse block too. Really lovely quilt.
Oh I love your quilt! I bought this pattern and it is just sitting waiting for me to be brave enough! Love the quilting too!
Love the colors in this quilt! And, the quilting is amazing!