I stumbled across this challenge that was posted at the beginning of this month. When I saw the theme, I had a couple of ideas about what I wanted to do. I went to my LQS in search of the right fabrics and fell in love with Dear Stella's Spring Street. I've been using Sketch for quite a while now as accents in my bee blocks and round robins. I really like the feel of solid movement that the screen-like tone-on-tone lines create. A lot of the time they have the same overall feel as quilters linen.
From Spring Street, I chose Blossoms and Delft Calico for the front. Wedding ring is the main fabric on the backing with the Blossoms in the center and the Multi-Strips makes the binding. From the Sketch line, I used Daffodil and Grass on the front and Sapphire on the back.
I recently learned to hand piece and I knew I wanted to work that traditional practice into the overall piece. I chose the Honey Bee block that I associate with 1930's quilts. I like the watercolor look of Blossoms complemented by the Calico to simulate a garden feel. The Daffodil and Grass were the perfect backdrop.
The entire center Honey Bee block (12" square) is hand pieced including the 12 bees that are needle-turned applique. The Border is partially hand pieced and partially machine pieced--to blend the traditional and modern. The piano keys and the tulip blocks in the corners are hand pieced. The HST's for the tulips were chain pieced and the square-in-square blocks were paper pieced. The border blocks were machine pieced to each other and to the center Honey Bee block.