Monday, August 12, 2013

Little Quilts for the Summer


Way back at the beginning of this summer, I made two mini quilts inspired by the adorable bees from the new Briar Rose fabrics.  


Since we loved the summery colors of the bee fabric, we (my middle daughter and I) also used prints that remind us of fun summer activities.  Well, the horses would be more of a "wish" than an actual activity - but reading outside, gardening, and bike riding are reminiscent. 


I surrounded each center print in the low volume fabrics I have been using a lot lately and then used essex linen to surround the squares.



To finish it, I added some pink hand-quilting with a bit of embroidery and then used one of my favorite prints from Briar Rose for the binding.


For the other mini (which I actually made first), I used the bees for all the centers - how cute are those bees that are knitting?!?!!  I then used tiny squares of more Briar Rose prints for the border and essex linen (I think in flax) for the binding.

Both quilts (along with my tutorial) are in this summer's Fat Quarterly issue that was published last week (that is why I waited two months after finishing the quilts to post about them - if you were wondering.)  Find it here.

Find Briar Rose at:

Fabricworm
Fat Quarter Shop
Sew Fresh Fabrics
Lark Cottons

30 comments:

  1. These little quilts are so cute Beth. I love the embroidery along the bottom ... just have fun. Perfect advice for little ones!

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  2. Adorable! That bee print is my favorite from Briar Rose, particularly in orange.

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  3. So adorable!! I love them. I have to get me some Briar Rose fabric.

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  4. I adore these! I really need to do something along these lines! They're just so sweet.

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  5. These are just darling! I love the embroidery. :) I've been holding onto that Aneela Hoey print with the girls reading... waiting for the perfect thing to do with it. Just love it in that first quilt!

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  6. What a special memory quilt! Those bees are a hoot!!

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  7. Gorgeous quilts and yay on the Fat Quarterly bit!!

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  8. Oh man those are adorable! Love it .

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  9. So cute!! I love them both! Congrats for being in FQ!! That's awesome!

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  10. what a sweet pair of minis Beth! I love your hand embroidered message. it's something that deserves to be remembered!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  11. Very sweet! They would be so cute hung in a kid's bedroom, I think. (MY kid's bedroom, specifically.) Congrats on your FQ publication!

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  12. So so sweet - I have been saving and petting my Briar Rose but I have plans for those little bees! I love the nanny bee!
    xo jan

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  13. really cute - precious little quilts :-)

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  14. These are just adorable! You have such a talent for putting things together.

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  15. I love these sweet prints. I hope I come across them soon.

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  16. So darling! I especially love the embroidered words on the front.

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  17. Lovely quilts Beth, the embroidery is definitely the icing on the cake :)

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  18. Your embroidery adds so much love and character to this quilt. I love how you're always thinking outside the box!

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  19. I love them both, I love a good fussy cut :)

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  20. They are lovely! Congrats on being in Fat Quarterly!

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  21. I especially like the one with the bike, so cute!

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  22. Oh my gosh, what cute minis and congrats on publishing them in Fat Quarterly!!! What special quilts for your daughters. Are they hanging in their rooms? Don't you need to make one more???;)

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