Be Free Bees: Paper pieced addition for Bernie

The Be Free Bees are a quilt group of which I’m a part.  There are eight of us, and starting in January, we each sent a starter piece off in the mail.  Each month, we make an addition to the quilt we have for that month and then send it on to the next person to make an addition.  There are no rules for the addition, other than be inspired by what is already there.  At the end of 8 months, the quilt will be returned to the person who started it.

I posted my plan for my addition to this free form quilt some time ago, but I never shared the finished result.  The plan for this one came to me pretty easily and I wanted to echo the feeling of the star that was at the center of the quilt.

My addition is the arched portion at the top of the quilt in the following picture.  It’s construction was a little tricky.  I wanted to keep the angles of the center piece, which is an octagon, but I only wanted three sides of the shape.  As a result, each section of my addition had to be drawn separately, rather than making one template to copy for each portion.

I was going for the feeling of a star with my addition, but love how the mirror image on the right and left makes the addition actually look like an exotic flower.  I wish I could say that was intentional, but it was a happy accident.

Since the fabrics that had been used in previous additions were primarily batiks, I stuck with that theme.  The owner of this quilt included some pieces of the white batik that was her background fabric, but there wasn’t enough left to complete my addition.  A white solid was too harsh with the rest of the quilt, so I used Kona ash, a very light gray.

When I posted the picture of my addition, one of our group members said the quilt reminds her of a banner that should be hanging in a castle.

2 replies
  1. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    So now how you do you continue on with a quilt like that? With the arc at the top, do you make blocks that can just attach to the sides of the arc and work around it to bring it back to a rectangle/square shape?

  2. Monica
    Monica says:

    Yeah, how do you continue a quilt like that? I think you should make an entire quilt of those types of blocks. They’re beautiful!

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