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Monday, 15 April 2013

Stitch Tease - Mystery Revealed!

Queen Bee, Strip Mama, our fearless leader Di got the ball rolling yesterday with her grand reveal; which is only right, as she was the mastermind behind the last 12 months, but today you will notice posts popping up by the rest of the worker Bees.

Stitch Tease

It seems like a very long time ago that this merry band of stitchers started pondering what we wanted from this twisted Bee; Di's post goes over the whole whos and hows, so I won't repeat that again now.

Suffice to say, my initial request went something like this...

I do not want wonky,
I would like a combo of squares and rectangles of various sizes,
I would like as many different prints as you can muster within the strip, or rather, as few repeats as possible within a row, but some repeats between rows, if you spot a print someone else has used will help the quilt be more cohesive,
Like Susan, I like the idea of negative space, so within the strip I would like about half a dozen random white squares of various sizes, as long as they are white I do not mind if they are Moda Bella, Kona or Klona, just proper white!

Colours:
Mostly Teal, Aqua, Orange, Green, Blue, Grey with touches of other colours within prints is fine, like the Dis (plural) fabric selections, but no big chunks of red or primary colours thank you.

Prints & Fabrics:
I think a mixture of big and smaller scale prints will work really well; a strip of all large, or all teeny won't look so good. No solids thank you.

I HATE batiks, please don't try to sneak any in, they make me sad, also anything that has that smudgy look, or like little bubbles, you know the sort.

I love bolder more graphic prints, think Amy Butler, Momo and Joel Dewberry but ANY Heather Ross is more than welcome.

No comedy, or kiddie prints!


I don't ask for much. 

... and my inspiration mosaic looked like this...

Stitch Tease Inspiration

My inital block was made and then sent on to Katy for the duration...

Starter block

Twelve secretive months went by, and without further ado, (as if you haven't scrolled down to look already!), this is the wonderful quilt top that I received back...

I. Love. It!
I unwrapped mine first, and it was soooooooooooo hard to not gloat and flash it all about whilst all the others were still waiting; but it did mean it could get the full photo-shoot treatment!

I can tell who's blocks are whose by our tell-tale signature fabrics, and love it so much for all the prints that have been pulled with me in mind; it has turned out more beautiful than I imagined it could...


When you see all the finished tops you would be forgiven for thinking that mine was the simple relation of the group, but trust me, it is entirely what I wanted, and 10"x 60" blocks are not as simple to piece as they look!

I love all the blocks I made for the rest of the Bee, and I promise I will give you a run-down of all my contributions later in the week. 

This quilt is already on my FAL Q2 list, backing and batting are ready and waiting, so it shouldn't be too long before I have it finished.

I have said it before, (oh you should see the number of emails that have gone on during this first year!!), but I will say it again, for the record, thank you all, Di, Katy, Susan, Annabella, Dianne, Helen and Danny for my smashing quilt and a super year of stitching.  Love, love, love xxx

43 comments:

  1. What a supr quilt, it has your name all over it!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! And exactly meets the brief!

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  3. Great quilt! I love how there is no obvious 'strips' to it, but a very cohesive quilt! (Not that I don't love all the others too!)

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  4. It is amazing and seamless...each person really matched and coordinated with the person before...you would never know it had so many makers! What fun!!

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  5. It does look amazing Hadley - your brief was excellent and caused absolutely no panicks in the fabric selection at all ;) Enjoy it - you deserve it after all your amazing work with everyone else's tops.

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  6. Fabulous! Such a fun project and cool you recognise who did what!

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  7. Oh wow it looks so good! No wonder you are so chuffed!

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  8. Brilliant Bee and brilliant quilt! I am working my way around the Stitch Tease blogs now looking at everyone's Big Reveals!

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  9. It's wonderful and well worth the wait! I can't wait to see how you quilt it!

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  10. And thank you. So pleased to be able to be a part of this quilt top. It looks amazing!

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  11. I love this idea - what a special way to make a quilt! It's beautiful, and very you! Rx

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  12. I'm so impressed with how together it looks - but that will be largely down to your expert...er... managing. *g* It looks brilliant and infinitely useable!

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  13. Oh my glory... that is one massive gorgeous splurge of loveliness. Such clever worker bees to choose fabrics and design that shows no hiccups at all.

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  14. Absolutely beautiful, such a great idea. I would love to be part of a bee...how did you organise your group?

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  15. It looks beautiful and I love how you went for longer strips. Am really enjoying seeing all the reveals. Such a great memory of 2012 & fabulous friends :) x

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  16. Hadley!! It's lovely and such a happy quilt. I know you will love it and love it all the more that your friends made it for you. Love seeing everybody's hard work!
    xo

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  17. Brilliant!! Just brilliant :)

    Rachael

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  18. Yay! Lovely quilt. I'll say it here again, I need to find me a bee like this!

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  19. These bee quilts are amazing, so wonderful x

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  20. Having made your requests so concise and clear this quilt was bound to be a beauty. It was so much fun to have you in this bee and I can't wait to meet in July and also to see what we do with round 2. xoxo

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  21. Awesome!
    Sheesh what a list of instructions though lol

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  22. I really loved your quilt! I kind of want to make one for myself now that I've seen how yours has come together. I'm so happy I was able to contribute to such a gorgeous quilt!

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  23. Wow-another gorgeous quilt from this group! I love what you chose and know you will cherish this quilt for many years to come!

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  24. This is absolutely stunning and I think everyone has got it spot on for you

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  25. Gorgeous quilt - looks like everyone met your requests spot on.

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  26. It really turned out brilliantly Hadley....and was such a relief to make compared to all the others where I was way out of my comfort zone!!!

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  27. It is a good un. I'm loving seeing what you all have at the end of twelve months. Di x

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  28. It was relatively simple, but stressful picking out fabrics!! It does look fantastic I'd though. Thanks for mylovelybquilt!

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  29. I was so glad to get to this one at the end lol Apologies for the one final wonk!

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  30. That is definitely you Hadley...just brilliant!

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  31. Ah, this one is so lovely, too (as you can guess I'm hopping around your blogs). I'm also in awe how well the blocks fit together seamlessly.

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  32. What a gorgeous quilt Hadley. So excited yet so nervous joining round 2.....eek. Everyones work is awesome!

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  33. I am having a lot of fun seeing everyone's quilts, this was a great bee. I love your quilt and cannot wait to see it quilted too.

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  34. I love this and have been enjoying going and looking at all the other quilts.

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  35. What a great idea and what a fabulous quilt! I'd love to see the others :)

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  36. oooohhhing and ahhhhing over all the quilts in your bee, but I especially LOVE yours :)

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  37. It's gorgeous! As is Katy's which I saw earleir today. Off to have a look at the other, surely just as fantastic, creations. What an exciting bee!

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  38. So perfectly you, Miss H! Your bee buddies did a great job :)

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  39. I love your finished product! At first glance your list of requirements is kinda overwhelming, but you got exactly what you wanted. I really don't like batiks either. I hate the feel of them.

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