Saturday, May 18, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival {Mellifera Quilt}

I am submitting my most recent finish as my second entry in the BQF. I also entered my Happy Pills quilt in the throw quilt category.

I present to you the Mellifera quilt:
Category: Favorite Scrap Quilt

Melifera Quilt
mellifera is the species name of the European Honey Bee Apis mellifera 
Size: 56" x 70"
Pattern: Honey Honey by Kate Spain
Fabrics:  Various yellow, orange and neutral scraps. Some vintage prints
Piecing: pieced with 50 wt Aurifil thread
Quilting: FMQ stipple by me on my home machine using a 50 wt yellow Aurifil thread.

I wanted to make a crazy improv pieced back that incorporated orphan blocks, bee fabrics and any leftover yellow prints I had. 
Back of Melifera Quilt

Here are some close ups of the back:

1. Orphan churn dashes finally found a home. 2. Orphan star blocks from someone at the Stash Bash, maybe Ali asquredw? 3. Bee fabric with hexagon borders. 4. Birds and the bees fabric.

 Zoooom in on the quilting and the binding. I stipple quilted with a yellow thread. Binding is Spot On by Robert Kaufman.
Melifera Quilt

While making the blocks I created some HSTs from the scraps. A little bit of trimming later (just keep trimming, just keep trimming) and I had a tidy pile of 3.5" HSTs.

I arranged them in a 9 x 6 grid and sewed them up into a pillow sham using the same final dimensions from my tutorial.

Melifera Quilt

These two cheery, scrappy, happys are headed to my sister for a birthday/housewarming gift. Check out the entries here.


  1. I love this one, too! I love the effect of tone-on-tone... The matching pillow is cute.

  2. It's lovely to see all those yellows. The back is as fun as the front and wonderful to see you made a matching pillow from your scraps.

  3. This is so pretty! Love the color choices and the matching pillow is just darling.

  4. This is lovely!! What a lucky sister!!

  5. Your sister is going to freak. I love what you did with the back! Scrappy goodness.

    I'm always on the lookout for the frog in your photos now. Where's Waldo-style.

    And your pants hanger setup is quite innovative! I'll have to give that a try.

  6. So pretty and I really love the back!