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Sweet as Honey – Hunter’s Star Pillow & Hexagon Beehive Mini Quilt

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Welcome to Day One of the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour!  I’m honored to start things off by sharing my projects made with Bonnie’s lovely new fabric collection, Sweet as Honey.    I loved her first fabric collection, Reminisce, and was waiting eagerly for Sweet as Honey to arrive.  It does not disappoint!

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This collection has captured my heart with its beehives, hexagons, and nestled deer.  I’ve been drawn to the warm yellow, coral and orange tones in this line.  They remind me of a sunrise – my favorite part of the day.  When the light hits these fabrics just right, they seem to glow.  The warmth and color make me smile.

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Bonnie generously sent me this beautiful little package to play with, which I immediately paired with a natural linen to create a Hunter’s Star pillow.

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I hand quilted the pillow front with perle cotton to emphasize and frame the eight pointed star.

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I used a coral solid for the pillow back and chose to bind it with a low volume print for added contrast.

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The textures, colors and design harmonize well together and the pillow has quickly become a favorite.  It’s a cheerful sight on all the rainy, overcast days we’re having lately.

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While I was planning this pillow, another idea came to mind and I couldn’t resist trying it.   I enjoy growing lavender on our property and every summer I marvel at the wonder of dozens of honey bees surrounding me as I harvest.  The Sweet as Honey fabrics reminded me of that feeling and fueled the endeavor.

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In my first effort at English paper piecing, I made 125 half inch hexagons, pieced together in a scrappy style to create a Sweet as Honey beehive!

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Once again, I preferred linen as a background and added the hexagon print from Bonnie’s line for a binding.  This mini quilt measures 15″ by 16″ and also features a single honey bee, embroidered in white, in the corner.

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It seemed only appropriate to use the peach honey house print on the back!  :)

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I wanted to add dimension to the beehive, so a variety of coordinating perle cottons were used to hand quilt around each hexagon.  This step took time, but was completely worth it.  I love the shine of the threads mingling with the colors and prints of the hexagons!

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I’ve been watching the growing mini quilt craze with interest, and this is my first mini.  It already hangs in my sewing room, a bright reminder that Spring is on it’s way.

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Thanks so much for visiting, and many thanks to Bonnie for creating such lovely fabrics and for allowing me to participate in the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour!  Be sure to keep up with the tour, as there are many talented people creating beautiful things with Sweet as Honey.  Tomorrow’s feature will be Jessica at Haile & Co.  Make sure you visit and see what she’s made!

Best Wishes,
Jennifer

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18 Comments

  1. i love what you created with these fabrics! The projects and the prints are so lovely! Wow, the embroidery adds so much as well. Beautiful!
    Emily

  2. oh jennifer! this is so stunning and beautiful, i absolutely love both of you projects. your hand stitching on the mini quilt is the perfect touch! you are so talented! xox

  3. I am so inspired by your creations! I am going to get started on a mini-hexi quilt soon! Your work is exquisite!

  4. I really love the pillow case. I love how you hand quilt it, it really makes it extra special! Did you embroider the bee by the hexagon bee house? I love it! Thanks for sharing your talent here!

  5. Gorgeous mini quilt. What a great idea! Have been looking longingly at this line,guess I’ll have to have some.

  6. This is STUNNING!! Both projects are to die for, you’ve added such sweet details to them that takes so much time and effort. I adore the pillow:) You have some awesome talent Jennifer!

  7. Simply lovely. Wish I were there to come over and play. Sigh……..

  8. These are both gorgeous! I am in awe of your tiny epp hexagons…so beautiful with the hand stitching. Fantistic job!

  9. These are two beautiful projects! You are amazing!!!

  10. It’s beautiful! I love orange…a favorite!

  11. I just adore your beautiful projects!
    Especially your beehive! It is so gorgeous, and your colors are so exquisite! Thanks for sharing with us. What size were your little hexies?

  12. Nice projects, love how you picked a matching piece for the backs.

  13. Your projects are wonderful. I love the natural linen with these beautiful fabrics, it sets them off perfectly. I have been wanting to try English paper piecing and your project has inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Oh, I love both your projects so much. That orange is wonderful, especially with the linen. I, too, have been wanting to make a mini-quilt, and this is just the inspiration I needed. Gorgeous! Thanks.

  15. Stunning hand stitching! Both projects are amazing. The bee hive is spectacular!

  16. “When the light hits these fabrics just right, they seem to glow. The warmth and color make me smile.”

    This post and your projects are beautiful in every way!

  17. I love these fabrics. The oranges remind me of Orange Sherbet. Yummy.

  18. I love your little1/2″ hexie hive. The hand quilting in each hexie is lovely. Such a great way to showcase the fabric.

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