Homage to the Honeybee

This quilt was inspired by a couple of events with wasps this summer. Ithought, why not alchemize the wasp events into an homage to the honeybee. You know, those lovely honeybees that pollinate our gardens into liquid gold.

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, —
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.

Excerpt from Part Two: Nature, by Emily Dickinson¹

The local quilt shop imported a cheery line of batiks. I couldn’t resist the hexagon design or the pink fabric with spattered squares seeming to glimmer over the fabric. I decided to make a modern honeycomb quilt² with the new batiks.

Nestling and Pinning Seam by Seam
Ready for Sewing the Rows

I completed the piecing and sewing the rows a few weeks ago. The last step is the shop owner quilting a meandering flower and honeybee pattern, then I’ll be binding it.

#quilt, #honeybee, #honeycomb, #hexagon, #batiks, #emilydickinson, #sciencefair, #julieherman, #jaybirdquilts


¹ 97. “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee.” Part Two: Nature. Dickinson, Emily. 1924. Complete Poems. Retrieved from https://www.bartleby.com/113/2097.html

² Herman, J. (2012). Science Fair, [Quilt pattern]. Jaybird Quilts.

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