My Honeybell Quilt

I caught the quilting bug and am so excited to share my finished Honeybell quilt here today!
I had so much fun experimenting with different free motion quilting patterns...leaves, spirals, stippling.

I even tried out a little wood grain.

There's a ton of room for improvement here but that is to be expected.

  I am just so thankful that the stitches didn't skip.  My old Pfaff was notorious for skipping stitches while free motion quilting.  I bought a new Bernina last fall and have had a little bit of a challenge getting used to it but let me just tell you it is a champ at free motion quilting. Oh, this might be the best view. I love seeing the tree on the back! Though it doesn't show up much in the photo.

And now I'll share the inspiration behind this little tree quilt.  In our back yard there is a sad little Honeybell tree that sits right in the middle of our small back yard.  There has been a recurring debate over whether or not to just chop it down so there is a little more wide open space to run and play and the yard looks a little more uniform and tidy.  We have kept it because our kids just love to climb on it and the honeybell oranges juice up pretty nicely.

 I has been knocked over twice by hurricanes and it just keeps on growing and producing. So we let it live and embrace the untidiness by adding a neglected trampoline and old slide to the mix. :) And now it is forever immortalized in this quilt, a vision of it's glory days and a memory preserved for when we eventually, if ever, move from this house.

One of my goals this year was to make a quilt from start to finish.  I usually just start them. :) Just checked that off the list.  Now I need to make my next goal to finish my bathroom remodel..It's so close to being done just the little things like painting and changing out the towel racks are left. I just keep getting sidetracked by sewing. :)

For a peek into the process of making this quilt check our my other post WIP: My Honeybell Quilt

P.S. I entered this quilt into a quilt show that had a Florida theme. It didn't get accepted but I'm really proud of myself for making it. I love love love how it turned out. And I love that it's a little piece of my little family history to hold onto and snuggle under.
Happy Sewing!!


  1. It is beautiful, Sarah! The quilting is amazing. I might have to have you give me lessons!

  2. Your quilting looks great! I love the quilt!

  3. Such creative use of the mini log cabins. It turned out so nicely.

  4. I'm glad you shared the link on FB as I was curious to see the finish. It is beautiful! Well done!

  5. This is lovely! I love that your inspiration tree has made it through 2 hurricanes and keeps coming back. :)