The STLMQG was expanding by leaps and bounds and a few of us decided to start a small quilting bee where we could take turns making blocks for one another; with the hope that at the end of a year's cycle, we each would have a quilt to call our own.
Several "group" names were tossed around including: Sew Saint Lou, St. Louis Seam Ripping Society, Stitch to my Lou, St. Louis Thread Company, etc. Somehow we decided to agree on "Meet Me In St. Lou"; which because of it's length quickly became "Lou Bee".
--------------------------------------------------In July of 2011, I started off our bee with an Improv Confetti block similiar to what I had seen here. While I had wanted to choose a crazy bold color for the background, the pressure was too much and I decided on two shades of beige...BORING!!!
Yet, once I added a scrappy mix of fabrics in yellow, orange and red; I was confident in my decision to use beige as the background.
The Lou Bee Ladies didn't disappoint and the following month I received 16 completely unique Improv blocks with the most intricate detail. I sadly let those blocks sit for 9 months afraid of how I should piece them together.
Finally, at our Sew-In this past April; I was determined to get them pieced together and as you can see...I did.
The quilt top sat like that for another 3 months and finally this past weekend I felt confident enough to finish. Having limited machine quilting abilities (straight stitch and intentional wonky-stitch), I decided to tackle this with horizontal stitching measuring 1" apart.
As soon as I finished that last stitch, cut that last thread and pulled it away from my machine, I knew that I had finished something truly magical. This quilt will be a constant reminder of the women that I am honored to call my Friends.
In the words of writer, Anais Nin: "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
Thank You from the bottom of my heart !