And this is definitely one of the special ones.
This quilt was made from the blocks I had made in the first round of the Brit Bee, several years ago now. I think I gave everyone the theme of circles and told them to go wild with the fairly random selection of fabric I sent - everyone got some Heather Ross Far Far Away II, an a random bundle of other fabrics.
When it came to putting the quilt together I just couldn't find a sensible way of squooshing all the blocks onto one side of the quilt, so I made a truly double sided one where both sides are the front. All the 'scene' type blocks are on one side and all the circular blocks on the other. I pieced the quilt with all the leftover scraps of the fabrics I sent out, so it's all very scrappy and random and it all (in my opinion) works. Which I think is rather a nice metaphor for our very special Brit Bee. A completely random group of women, all from different walks of life and with different strengths and struggles, all coming together to make beautiful things.
This quilt is even more special to me since we sadly lost one of our bee, an incredible woman and great friend to us all, to cancer earlier this year, and I think of her every time I see the quilt.
It's quilted lightly and fairly badly, and I suppose one day I might add a little more to it, but it's lined with a heavy wool blanket rather than batting, so I don't worry too much about it disintegrating due to lack of quilting. I seem to remember that when I finally put the blocks together I hadn't finished a quilt for about a year, so I was desperate to just get something finished and in use. The binding is more scrappy bits leftover from the block construction.
The quilt isn't shut away in a cupboard or carefully stored up on a shelf like some precious ornament; it is in daily use by the middle child. Although occasionally it takes a holiday, when the eldest will swap it for his quilt for a few nights, or perhaps when the baby needs an extra quilt or we want a blanket to snuggle under to watch a film, which all seems fitting somehow. A quilt made by my quilty family, used daily by my own family.
Incidentally, I apologise for the photography. All taken in a rush on my iPhone so I could get this post up, as I've been promising my bee buddies I'd take some pictures.