I'm losing a friend this week. Okay. That sounds really melodramatic. She's moving to another town several hours away, but I won't see her every week and I won't get to sing with her, perhaps for a very long time so I'm feeling a little melodramatic.
I started this quilt in 2013. I saw something similar somewhere and set out to recreate it. I was very new to quilting and didn't understand that it was a simple 9-patch. I laid all my 2½" blocks out on a bed and sewed strips together. When I told my much more experienced quilting friend how I did it, she laughed herself silly and took pictures so she could show more people and tell them the story of the newb.
After the top was done, I put it away for years. I just didn't have a clue how to quilt it.
Enter the friend I mentioned at the beginning. I was showing her my unfinished tops. We stopped at this one and just looked and looked and looked at the wonderful little bits of fabric patterns. We found thimbles and purses and as the title of the quilt suggests, bees. I realised this is the good bye I needed to give her.
I quilted prayers into the black borders:
The bless you
the make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
This is a finished for Q2 (click here) with Finish-A-Long
I'm linking up to One Monthly Goal, Thread Thursday and Crazy Mom Quilts