The first thing I did was look back thru some patterns I have saved that I "might" want to make someday. I found just what I wanted in the pattern Swarms of Summer by Sherri Bain Driver and Barbara Tone Lister in American Quilter 2007. They took a traditional 9 patch Irish Chain and gave it a fun new look.
Here is a picture of a traditonal Irish Chain photo from the internet. You can easily see the 9 patch blocks.
I used Island Batik white basic for the background and all the bees and 9 patch blocks were from different Island Batik 5" strip stash builder rolls. The strip rolls are great for adding a variety of colors to your fabric collection.
Here is my quilt Swarms of Summer. I just love the little bees flying around! I made the quilt smaller than the pattern (I thought 36 bees were enough!) and added a bit of length to the top and bottom so that it could be a lap quilt or large wall hanging. The size is 44" x 48". I used a green Island Batik Blender for the borders, white Aurifil thread for quilting and Hobbs 80/20 Poly/Cotton Batting to complete the quilt.
I quilted a large meander to simulate the bees flying patterns.
One final picture
I hope you have a "bee-utiful" day!
Fabrics, thread and batting were provided by Island Batik Fabric, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.
The winner from my last blog post for the free issue of Love of Quilting March/April is Sewgirl. Congratulations! The magazine is on it's way.