**The giveaway is now closed**
Here is my Bees of a Feather quilt:
Ok these are clearly not the grand reveal photos I was hoping for. No that's my 6' tall husband standing on a ladder after it totally poured with rain and was rather windy!
I did get some pictures earlier in the week before I washed the quilt. I snuck into my neighbours garden and threw it over their big fence and then their slightly worse for the weather shed!
The quilt measures approximately 85 x 100" and is VERY hard to take a nice picture of in winter, in the wet, in my little suburban house with a rubbish camera. So forgive me and I hope you gain some sense of its magnificence!
The feather block is from this Anna Maria Horner pattern.
This quilt would simply not exist without the help of two very wonderful groups of ladies. My Scrappy? Sew Bee It! bee made me the first round of feathers back in October 2012 and then the Bee A Brit Stingy crew made me another set in January 2013. They did a fantastic job and I love having a quilt made by friends that have taught me so much and really inspired me.
Thank you to Annika, Carla, Catherine, Charlotte, Christiane, Collette, Deborah, Debra, Di, Emily, Erin,
Helen, Jan, Janet, Janine, Jeanne, Jess, Jodi, Karen, Lisa, May, Nicky (twice!), Rosa, Sana and Sheila for making the feather blocks and making it such a special quilt. Honorary thanks to Helen for her always excellent advice.
|there's another row on the other side of the fence!|
I had a lot of fun piecing the feathers, though at times it was like a puzzle. I added some low volume prints here and there to make the rows the same size.
The back was done 'jelly roll race' style with wide strips of prints I love that I cut from stash. A couple of these prints were given to me by other friends so it's nice to include them.
Thankfully I was able to use the fusible wadding to baste the quilt, I wouldn't have enough pins and just couldn't face anything else! It worked like a dream, has been through the wash and is lovely and crinkly soft. I would definitely use it again and for those that hate basting you should give it a go.
I hand quilted with Aurifil 12wt cotton in 4241 for the stems and 2214 (a gorgeous deep golden colour) around the feathers. I used a milliners needle and had no problem hand quilting the fusible wadding with the thicker thread.
Since the weather is still miserable and cold this will keep us snug on top of the duvet and brighten up our bedroom. Another check off my FAL list :)
**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**
Now for the giveaway!
My sponsor Minerva Crafts are kindly offering one reader the chance to win your choice of four fat quarters of The Design Studio Collection by Camelot Fabrics. These are really beautiful prints and you get to pick any four!
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Good luck, I'm off to work on another quilt that's been in progress for the last 2 years!