Monday, December 16, 2019

Modular Realized

It's taken a while to get this far, and now that I'm here, neither schedule nor weather has allowed for the truly modular photoshoot I had in mind. But that doesn't mean the finish isn't worth celebrating, so I'll call it a day and maybe another time I'll get that photo I'd hoped for.

So my Modular Bee Sewcial finished at 68" x 82". Two of the blocks I'd received plus my own were unique shapes, and the others were all more rectangular. So it ended up that I added to the three unique-shaped ones to square them up a bit. That wasn't my original intent, but it's what seemed to make sense once I'd come up with a layout. One end of Marci/@marci_girl's I did leave angled though, just because I liked the interest it added.

In trying to tie in the orange spots in each block, I used half-inch strips of two orange solids, drawing them all the way to the quilt's edge via matched binding once on each side. Another thing about the binding is that I made it to finish at 1/2" wide to add another connected element to the orange "sashing."

Quilted with a hand-drafted 3 1/2" x 4" tumbler design, execution went really well, though overall it's less dense than I usually quilt. I tried out several tumbler sizes and shapes, though, and the one I went with just seemed to fit the scale of the rest of the blocks. Not sure why the quilt looks wrinkled in these photos, because in person it looks really sharp. In fact I'm super pleased with it. Bee Sewcial quilts are always a special kind of challenge, and I'm glad to have conquered this one. Thanks to Karen/capitolaquilter, M-R/quiltmatters, Leanne/shecanquilt, Stephanie/spontaneousthreads, Ken/thekinglacker, Felicity/felicityquilts, Silvia/astrangerview, Marci/marci_girl for their inspired blocks - exactly the kind of improv with intent I was hoping for.

More about this quilt was shared during its making, so if you'd like to know more, see:

And of course #inspiredbybeesewcial is worth a periodic perusal. 

Lastly, this project was on my 2019 Finish-A-Long Q4 List!
Linking up with 2019 Finish-A-Long Q4 Link Up!


  1. Extending the orange to the edges including the binding is a great finishing detail. Congratulations on the finish; figuring out how to assemble the various blocks seems like a fun and challenging puzzle. Also, what a large quilt and helpful quilt holder to get these photos (with assist from the stairs)!

  2. Great job getting all the different units working together as a whole.
    And the orange 'sashing' enhances the look.

  3. I love everything about this. the use of negative space, the extended orange lines, the matched binding.... stunning

  4. How cool!! It is so geometric yet so free formed at the same time!!

  5. Another "Rock Star" quilt from it and the process you took to piece it together. Awesome!

  6. I'd love to see it in person! Maybe at Quiltcon in 2021 ?! 😊

  7. Congrats on your finish! I am glad you kept that one angled block in there. I really love it this way. And great idea with the lines and sashing. Enjoy :)