Friday, September 29, 2017

Bee, Myself and I

When I began my Bee, Myself and I project I envisioned an end product similar to this quilt.


I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to work only with yellows, much as I love the range of colors available in that family. I wanted to work with my more favorite batiks and it turned out I didn't have that many yellows, nor were there many more in my local quilt shop. Being a card carrying Gemini I require variety in my work. So I started making orange blocks and pink blocks.


I planned on 20 blocks overall, for a 60" x 75" quilt. As I approached 20 and played with the layout for the blocks I was unsatisfied with what I was getting. That led to the creation of yet more blocks. However, instead of monochromatic blocks I started including more yellow within the blocks.


I also cut back on the pink as it didn't seem to be working.  I don't think I had quite the right shades.

I've been making anywhere from two to four blocks each month as my Bee, Myself, and I project. Granny Maud's Girl was the instigator of this effort, intending it to be an excuse to make something strictly for our own pleasure.

After making a few more blocks recently I decided to have another go at laying out the blocks. I began with what I think of as the traditional Many Trips Around the World setting. That didn't work. I didn't even try a chevron setting as I knew that wouldn't give me the look I wanted. But by judiciously turning certain blocks I came up with this:


Which I quite liked! I like the impression of sunlight filtering downward diagonally.


I made an effort to keep the darker blocks on the perimeter of the quilt top. I'm not sure how we'll quilt this but I wouldn't mind accenting that drift of yellow somehow. I've made the back out of this batik yardage;


So technically this Bee, Myself and I project is done. Yes, I'll have to bind it but that's just finishing details in my opinion. I suspect I will  be taking a break from selfish sewing for the immediate future. I have my needlework projects to fulfill that aspect of my studio time and I do have some charity quilts I'd like to get finished up soon. :- )

7 comments:

  1. I LOVE the layout, filtering is so true, and the top left with all the lemons and yellows, as they work the way across, diagonally, super finish.

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  2. Such an interesting quilt. Love the 'filtering sun' look. I enjoyed reading how your quilt developed. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Gorgeous effect, like sunset rays through cloud - what my mother used to call "the Finger of God effect". This is a cracker, and if it were mine, I'd be sewing it up right smart too!

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  4. The design wall was really used well for this wonderful Sunlight in Autumn quilt. The batik backing is a perfect choice. Congrats on a really unique use of the blocks. It is sparkling and I love it.

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  5. It really does look like sun through the window! Enjoy the quilting and the quilt!

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  6. That's beautiful! I'm glad you changed things. Those pink blocks will make something else, a baby quilt maybe. This is just grand!

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  7. The final layout reminds me of a sun drenched porch...love it! I think quilting it with yellow would be wonderful!

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