For 2015 I am participating in the Bee Hive bee and I am part of Swarm Tina. At first I was a bit nervous about joining in, but we have a great group of ladies and it has been nothing but fun. Our group has a dedicated Facebook group and we are able to communicate, share stories, get to know each other and just have fun (last week there was a week long discussion on what we were eating for dinner!). I was the Queen for February and I have all the blocks I received put together and finished the quilt this week.  Whoop!!

The pattern we used was called ‘Chainlink’. It’s a free pattern and is available here. I asked for blocks made with blues/teal/aqua/green with the background in white.

Chainlink Quilt Pattern

Look how perfect this is!! It is so interesting to me that twelve people made these blocks and they go together so perfectly.  One of the girls sent two blocks (she said she messed up but I don’t see it 🙂 ) so I made three more to make the size of the quilt a bit bigger and be able to use that 13th block. Many of my bee mates sent extra fabric and that made it easy to make extra blocks that fit right in.

Chainlink Quilt Pattern

I used a blue print for the backing – it is from Windham Fabrics and is called Spin. I also pieced together all the scraps the ladies sent and added them to the back.

Pieced Backing

One of the girls in our group had a Bee logo printed for us and I added that tag to the back. Isn’t it adorable?? This picture also shows the detail of the blue print fabric.

Bee Logo

I quilted this in a loopy, swirly, flowery design from Christina Camelli. I like the way it looks and the loopy flowers really allowed the fabric to crinkle and I love that look. It’s a fun pattern to quilt and it works up pretty fast. The picture below shows the detail of the quilting and this was taken before washing. I’m not sure why that blue looks so washed out here; it really is a brighter blue like above.

Quilting Detail

I am so happy with this quilt and grateful to the ladies who so graciously sent blocks and tons of other goodies. It’s a beautiful quilt and I love using it. What a fantastic finish!

Linking up this week:

Whoop Whoop Friday
 – Finish It Up Friday
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She
Pink Doxies



About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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14 Responses to Bzzzz……

  1. Lynette says:

    LOVE this quilt! How fun to have the bee logo on it, too. 😀

  2. Renee says:

    What a great quilt! I love how some of the blocks seem to float alone and others kind of mesh into each other. The bee tag is perfect, very nice detail to add!

  3. maartjequilt says:

    Wow!!!! Congrats with these blocks and finish. I love how all those fabrics comes together.

  4. This was a great block to have done by a bee, the scrappiness works so well for this quilt. I love the colors and the quilting you added.

  5. marykmalon says:

    I love the concept of the Queen Bee. How does that work? Does each member make a block and then one person gets to keep the quilt. Wow, it looks great. I am new fairly new to quilting and had no idea about these types of social networks.

  6. soma1773 says:

    I am having hard time believing that the blocks were made by different hands, they look beautiful together. Your quilting looks amazing, binds the whole quilt together perfectly. So great that you are part of such a wonderful bee group 🙂


  7. Kate Yates says:

    Beautiful quilt Beth! I love this color scheme, the blocks go together so well-it’s hard to tell this is from a bee! Nice job on the backing too 🙂

  8. Judy says:

    Awesome quilt!! And that label is absolutely adorable!! What a great way to document the fact that this quilt was made in connection with a bee 🙂 And the quilting is fabulous. Congrats on such a beautiful quilt!

  9. Jasmine says:

    So pretty! I really like the block. When I first saw it, I thought it was nine patches and snow ball blocks. I really like how the block gives that impression.

  10. Susan says:

    I love this quilt! I’ve loved that pattern since it was posted, but seeing it like this is really a push to do it.

  11. Shauna says:

    Ohhh so pretty, I’m in Swarm Johanna and it has been lots of fun so far. Your color choice was great, it looks awesome.

  12. fancyfootfarm says:

    It looks fantastic! Your quilting and backing are perfect. I hesitated about joing the bee too, but am having such a great time.

  13. Fabulous! Congratulations for getting your bee blocks turned into such a lovely quilt so quickly; it came together beautifully. And how super nice of your bee mates to send extra fabric. The label is sweet

  14. Terri Ann says:

    Such a beautiful quilt and how sweet of your group member to make those charming bee labels. I found out about the beehive too late (*bummer*) so I’ll be watching from the sidelines and enjoying everyone’s beautiful makes.

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