Monday, November 6, 2017

Bee Happy Sew Along - Week Eleven!!

Hello friends! 
It's "Bee Happy" time and
this week we are adding 
the borders to our quilt:) 

We have been having so much fun
 making this quilt...
and I can't stop smiling about it:)

I've loved playing with the
 Bee Happy set of 

If you are just getting started...
remember that there is
 a link to each and every blog post 
of this sew along...
right here on my blog.

Simply look on the right side bar
 and scroll down to find the 
Bee Happy Sew Along...
 and  click on the post 
that you would like to read!

Thanks so much to everyone who is participating
and especially for all 
of your sweet and kind words 
about the sew along...
my fabrics...
the quilt design...
 my methods and tutorials...
 as well as the detailed 
Sew Along Guide
(click HERE to download)

This was taken just minutes
 after the last borders were 
sewn onto my quilt...
And I just have to say...
it was a bittersweet moment for me:)

 I was super happy to see it
 come to life for reals...
after it's humble beginnings that buzzed around in my head and then 
to just paper and pencil.
Once again...
a big thank you to 
for allowing me to bring my dream
 of this project to life.

I put so much of myself into this quilt!

 Because of using all 3 
fabric collections together...
I really wanted it to be special.

You and your participation...
 along with your 
amazing enthusiasm...
 have indeed
 made it truly special for me.
I thank you from the 
very bottom of my heart:)

It almost made me a little sad 
to have it finished!
I really did enjoy every step
 of making my Bee Happy Quilt....
from start to finish:)

I designed the Honeycomb borders 
because of course...
honeycombs are perfect for 
finishing off a
 "Bee" happy quilt:)

We are using D-10 and D-11
Sew Simple Shapes

In addition to the squares that
 you cut for the borders...
I used these 3 from the 
gingham Multi Patchwork print.

You should have a total of 
sixty eight - 4" print squares
 for the large honeycomb shapes

And a total of  
thirty one - 2 1/2" solid squares
 for the small honeycomb shapes

I know y'all have it down by now...
 but I'm going to go through the steps of
making one of each size of honeycomb shapes.

Here we go! 
After tracing...

It's time to sew...
trim and cut an "X" in the back:)

Turn...shape...and press!


There are four square honeycomb
blocks in the border.

After applique...
trim these down to
 4 1/2" square to
 sew into the border.

The denim honeycomb block 
goes on the left side border...
 and the mint gingham goes 
on the right side border.

The red stitched heart honeycomb 
goes on the top border
 and the coral chicks honeycomb
 goes on the bottom border.

But wait!
Don't forget to do the 
running stitch embroidery
 around the solid honeycombs first:)

I used all 6 strands of Aurifloss.
I used either a lighter or darker color
 in the same tones...
and how I decided was 
which one contrasted the most:)

*I did all the embroidery first
 on all of my small hexagons... 
I just pinned all the blocks 
for the photos to show you placement*

These four strips have 
3 honeycombs across
 and should measure 
4 1/2" x 10 1/2" 
to sew into the quilt.

The top one goes in the top border...
the second one goes in the bottom border...
the third goes in the right border and 
the fourth one goes in the left border.

These are the two strips that
 have 5 large honeycombs across.
They should measure 
4 1/2" x 16 1/2" 
to sew into the borders.

The top one shown above
 goes in the bottom border 
and the one underneath 
goes in the top border.

Here are the two strips with
 6 large honeycombs across.
They should measure 
4 1/2" x 20 1/2"
 to sew into the borders.

The left one above 
goes in the right border 
and the other one 
goes in the left border.

The two strips with 
7 large honeycombs across
 should measure 
4 1/2" x 22 1/2" 
to sew into the borders.

The top one goes in the 
bottom border and
 the one underneath it 
goes in the top border.

The last two strips with 
8 large honeycombs across 
should measure 4 1/2" x 26 1/2" 
to sew into the border.

They go in the side borders...
the one on the left 
goes in the left border
 and the other on the right!

Sew all of the four border strips together 
(add the coral chicks cornerstones ) 
and sew onto the quilt after adding the
 inside border and cornerstones...
using the directions and diagram
 on page 4 of the Sew Along Guide.

All side borders always go on first:)

add the green bandana
 outside border!

Bottom left corner...

Bottom right corner...

Top right corner...

Top left corner...

All ready for quilting!!
I'll show you mine after quilting 
next week 
and I'll also show you my
 that I made using  leftovers.
It's called "Bee Blossoms" and 
I can't wait to 
tell you all about it:)

1 comment:

sewingnancy said...

That is the most adorable quilt, love our designs.

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