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Stitch Tease…the big unwrap!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Those of you who stop by regularly will know that for the past year or so I’ve been taking part in the Stitch Tease bee – a top secret bee that is a little different from your average bee.

My co-bee-ers are a talented bunch…you probably already know some of them: Annabella from Life’s Rich Pattern, Susan from Canadian Abroad, Hadley from Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle, Di from Quiltova, Danny from Mommy for Reals, Katy from The Littlest Thistle Craft Shop and last but not least the queen bee Di from Random Thoughts Do or Di. You might want to take a look over at their blogs today as they will be showing their quilts too.

This bee started with each of us making a couple of large blocks or a strip and telling the others what we wanted.

I started off with this…


Wonky stars on a base of kona ash

And this is what came home to mama last week….and all I can say is that my photos aren’t great and this is way more beautiful in person!




Isn’t it amazing…..I LURVE IT!!!

Now I’m supposed to show you photos of all the blocks I made, but due to my chaotic and non-existant photo filing system these were all I could find…’s even possible that I didn’t make photos of the rest…which is a really poor show, but if you check out the other blogs you will see how wild and crazy some of the quilts turned out!

Here’s what I have anyway!

For Susan…


For Katy…


For Annabella…


And here’s Danny’s quilt, which I sewed together (I made the wonky star stripe in the middle!)


This has been a great bee..the best, really! Great people, huge amounts of talent, people kept to deadlines and we have really got to know each other (that’s the VERY best bit). I met Katy, Susan, Hadley and Quiltova Di at FQR and this year Queen Bee Di will be there too…now I just have to chase down Danny and Annabella!

Round Two is about to start and I can’t wait!!


26 Responses to “Stitch Tease…the big unwrap!”

  1. Susan in Zurich Says:

    Since I am a newbie to your blog, this is all brand new stuff to me – but my goodness that is a beautiful quilt. And all the photos, they just make me happy.

    Glad you were able to get outside and work in the sunshine. Sadly, since I have returned from all my travels, I came down with a whopping head cold. The only time I enjoyed the sunshine was when I walked the dog a few times. Hoping for better days ahead, health wise.

    have a good week

  2. Tanya Says:

    Wow…….. this sounds like a brilliant bee, and these quilts are stunning – enjoy round 2 x

  3. Gillian Says:

    These quilts are amazing. There’s so much talent out there – so impressive. I find even more impressive the way you fit it all in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. MelD Says:

    Just right for a jazzy beginning of spring! Turned out brilliant… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Elisabeth Says:

    This does sound like a brilliant bee. Your quilt is stunning, love the Kona ash background and the colours of the wonky stars.
    Can’t wait to see what the others have come up with. I’ll just be off to check the other blogs. TTFN!

  6. Gertie Says:

    What a fun Bee! Love the big reveal – going to check out all the others now! x

  7. Charla Says:

    What fun! They are so full of life and color. I love them. I will enjoy looking at the other blogs. I hope you have Sachsiluta frei!

  8. Annabella Says:

    Your quilt top is really pretty Helen and I know you will make it up in to a beautiful quilt! So happy to be in this bee with you and the other lovelies and to have played a small part in it.

  9. Archie the wonder dog Says:

    I love your quilt top, it’s going to be a wonderful quilt!

  10. Susan Says:

    Your top is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see how you quilt it. I am so pleased to be a small part of it. I love our bee and all those in it!

  11. Julie Says:

    Such breathtaking quilts Helen. Visiting your blog makes me wish I were a quilter. Well done. (I don’t know how you do it all!!)


  12. Rachael Says:

    Stunning!! And so special ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. diane stanley Says:

    I really love that you chose these wonky stars for your quilt. They were a joy to make and I can see by the final reveal that the entire quilt is gorgeous. I know you will work your FMQ magic on it and I hope to see it at FQ Retreat. It has been so wonderful to get to know you over the last year and I look forward to round 2 and also meeting in July.

  14. Danny Says:

    I loved putting together your quilt. I honestly didn’t have any Kona Ash in my stash until I made yours and I totally love it now. Have to always keep it on hand. So glad I was able to contribute to your beautiful quilt!

  15. catherine Says:

    Another absolutely fabulous quilt, it is perfect

  16. Valerie Says:

    What fun! It turned out amazing! So excited for round two!

  17. Katy Says:

    It came out great, truly random stars, you almost have constellations ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s been such a fun year, see you in July!

  18. Diane Neale Says:

    So glad you liked it Helen, it looks wonderful hanging from your house! Thank you for my lovely quilt too!

  19. Flying Blind Says:

    Oh it looks so wonderful all together – get yourself a nice scrappy border on there and it will be amazing!

    It turned out beautifully xxx

  20. Cindy Says:

    Beautiful star quilt Helen. Sounds like you all had fun. I look forward to round 2 with you all…..but a bit nervous!

  21. Leanne Says:

    Your stars all twinkle so nicely, the quilt is wonderful, as are the blocks you made. I am sure enjoying seeing all these quilts.

  22. Sally Nicol Says:

    I have been visiting all these wonderful quilts after reading about them on Hadley’s blog. Gorgeous quilts

  23. Elita Says:

    Oh what fun! I hope I get the chance to meet all of you wonderful ladies at FQR! Beautiful quilt you received & well done on putting together Danny’s quilt!

  24. Benta Says:

    Amazung quilts, well done all of you!

  25. Sarah Says:

    I follow all of these blogs and I’ve been eagerly waiting to see the reveals. You’re a lovely bunch of ladies who always respond to my comments, and I think you’re all so lucky to have become great friends. It’s interesting how different all of your quilts are. Your wonky star quilt is lovely, and I agree with Katy, constellations have been created. Who put together the top for you?

  26. Marit Says:

    I lurve your quilt top too! I’m a bit sad I don’t get to participate in any mystery-sewing, but I am still very happy to be included in your bee:)