Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Finish - Tic Tac Toe Quilt

I was so happy earlier this week because I finished my Bee Hive 2015 quilt. Then all the events of last night happened and I was so sad.  I totally understand being angry enough at someone to hurt them, but I don't understand being angry and taking it out randomly on someone because of the uniform they wear, the color of their skin, the person they love or the religion they practice. I almost didn't do this post, because celebrating my little victory seemed shallow against the tragedy that occurred in Dallas last night. But then I decided that I wasn't going to let the stupidity of someone else rob me of my joy. So I will continue to pray for those involved, but I will also celebrate the joys in my life.

Last June I was the queen of Swarm Johanna for the The Bee Hive 2015 and I received some awesome blocks. I wanted the quilt to be my chair quilt for watching TV, so I added some extra blocks to it. I ended up making it approximately 60 x 72 (5 blocks by 6 blocks). I love the pattern, because the blocks are easy to make, and I love when it is put together you get a secondary pattern.

I asked for colorful "X's", grey corners, and low volume backgrounds and my bee mates did an awesome job.


I used a 108" backing I found at my LQS for the backing and binding. It is mixture of greys, black and blue which I thought worked well with the front.


I quilted it in a simple all over meander, and once it was washed it crinkled up very nicely. All in all, I'm very happy with this quilt and I can't wait until it is cool enough for me to use it. And I can't think all of my bee mates enough for their wonderful blocks!!!


And for those of you wondering what happened with my neighbor's dogs, well three of them were labeled as dangerous dogs (the full Akita and the 2 Akita mixed) and won't be returning unless my neighbor builds a fortress in his backyard. The judge originally labeled all four dogs as dangerous, but there was one lab mix that didn't have any Akita in it that we allowed to deemed safe and returned to the family. The lab mix was also not involved in the incident and had not shown any aggression at the shelter. All in all it was just a sad situation that could have been avoided if my neighbors would have fixed the fence and socialized their dogs.

I am linking up my finish with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict,  Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  

19 comments:

  1. I love this quilt! I'm so glad you decided to share. This is the perfect idea for a bee block.

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  2. This is such a fun quilt! I love all of the different brights that were used. :)

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  3. Looks great! Lovely background and perfect backing!

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  4. What a bright and lovely quilt! I'm glad the dog situation was resolved and I am so sorry you had to go through all of that.

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  5. this is a beautiful quilt. I know how you feel about the the tragedies in our world right now, but I also agree with you- part of helping the world become a better place is to refuse to allow those kinds of thing to steal the joy from your life (and pray, of course).

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  6. I absolutely love this quilt! So colorful and happy. :)

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  7. I love your quilt. The colors are bright and colorful.

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  8. I loved it when it was still in blocks, now it is beyond fabulous!

    Such sadness on your doorstep. Prayers for the victims, their families, the community, the world we live in these days. :(

    I have thought of you so many times since your last post. No action can bring back little Zoey. Hopefully your other dogs will be safer from here on out, and fingers crossed the neighbor learned something.

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  9. Beautiful quilt! I love the bright colors against the grays of the background. Excellent bee block choice.

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  10. Looks teriffic! Excellent choice for a bee block.

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  11. Your quilt is beautiful and well worth celebrating! It was a very good choice for a bee block!

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  12. This is an awesome choice for a bee block. I love how the quilt turned out.

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  13. Love the quilt and the colors!

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  14. visiting from fort worth fabric link up. I have just finished this same pattern but in red and grey. It is amazing how different mine looks just by how you place colours. Love love this.

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  15. Your bee block quilt turned out so lovely! Plus and cross blocks are my favorite. I need to make one with a low volume background. Unfortunately I gave away a bit of those before they became all the craze so I have to start over collecting. Glad to hear that your neighbors have to suffer some kind of consequences for them not handling their dogs properly. Such a sad deal all around. Hugs to you and Sharla! Thanks for linking up your quilt finish with last week's TGIFF.

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  16. This is a beautiful quilt: stunning and very much in what I think of as your style.
    It is awful when dogs have to be put down because of their owners' poor training and neglect, but sometimes it is the only way. They would have killed another innocent Zoey otherwise. Can the court there order that an irresponsible dog owner be banned from future pet ownership?

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