This quilt was inspired by a couple of events with wasps this summer. I remembered how Sherlock Holmes’s young neighbor discovered that wasps had attacked Holmes’s hives and thought, 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,
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. While many of the shop’s clientele are focused on more traditional patterns and fabrics, I decided to make a modern honeycomb quilt² with the new batiks.
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 the edges of the quilt. I’ll post the fully completed quilt over the next couple of weeks.
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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.