The weather outside hasn’t been the greatest lately. It’s not what I’d call bee friendly. But bees were definitely buzzing around the Cooking Up Quilts studio last week!

Hexie quilt using bee fabric

This fabric line is from Deb Strain for Moda and I think it’s adorable. This is the second quilt I have gotten to quilt with these fabrics. I love the colors and the prints.

Hexie quilt block using EPP

This quilt features blocks made with EPP hexies. I love how the maker fussy cut the center of the hexie flower to highlight the bee – there is one of these in the center of each hexie flower block. When I quilted it, I didn’t stitch over the center hexie – I wanted the bee to be clearly visible. So I freehanded a flower around the center. I mean, bees like to buzz around flowers, right?

For the background of the block I used the computer to stitch pebbles. This dense quilting let the hexies be the star of the block, and reminds me of honeycomb, keeping with the bee theme of the quilt.

exploding stars on bee quilt

These stars were at the intersection of the sashing pieces. I don’ know what they are really called, but I called them exploding stars while I was quilting them. Like, ‘only 5 more exploding stars to go’. I thought it sounded fun. Aah, it doesn’t take much to entertain me….

Now for some pics of the back. I love the way the texture shows up.

bee quilt texture - quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts
bee quilt texture - quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Before I started on the bee quilt, I finished the quilting on Debbie’s Dr. Suess quilt. It was a fun one to play on. Dr. Suess is so wonky and fun and that’s the way I wanted to quilt it.

Dr. Suess baby quilt quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts
Dr. Suess baby quilt quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts
Dr. Suess baby quilt quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts
Dr. Suess baby quilt quilted by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Just look at that fun polka dot binding! It’s the perfect frame for this quilt. I love a good black and white binding, and a good polka dot binding, so when the two are combined – bam! Perfection!

Both these quilts are back with their owners – I hope whoever receives them enjoys cuddling with them as much as I enjoyed quilting them.

Today I get to load up another custom top. I have the quilting plan all planned out, but you know how that goes. I usually end up going to Plan B or C before settling on the final plan. I’m really hoping that Plan A will work for this one! LOL

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