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Honey Bee Quilt

Starting in 2017, the Uptown Blanco Textile Studio in Blanco, Texas offered an “Ugly Fabric” Quilt Contest in an effort to get rid of an old fabric panel that had been hanging around the store for too long.  It was such a success that the shop decided to turn it into an annual event.  Having sold completely out of the fabric panels from the previous year, they were forced to come up with a new fabric requirement for the 2018 contest.  They decided to broaden the selection for the Second Annual “Ugly Fabric” Quilt Contest and provide several different panels for the contestants to chose from. 

This Year’s Contest:

Some say there is no such thing as “ugly” fabric, only fabric that hasn’t been cut into small enough pieces yet!  So, whether fabric can truly be “ugly,” or maybe it’s just “unwanted,” we have selected fabric for our 2nd Ugly Fabric Quilt Contest.  Again, this year we selected fabric that just doesn’t want to leave the Textile Studio!  But rather than just one fabric, this year we are offering a selection of 10 panels for your to choose from.  Stop in an pick up your panel and let your creativity soar!

The Rules:

  • Buy one (or two) or our selected panels for $3 each.  Additional panels must be purchased at regular price.
  • Complete the registration form.
  • Take the panel home, cut it up, add fabrics, and make a quilt that is at least 40″ x 40.”  Fabric from the panel must be identifiable in the finished quilt.
  • Bring your finished quilt to the Textile Studio by September 29, 2018.  All quilts must have backing, batting, and binding.
  • Winning quilts will be selected by shoppers during the Fall Frolic Shop Hop, scheduled for October 12 & 13.


The Prizes:

  • 1st Place:  $25 Gift Certificate to Uptown Blanco Textile Studio
  • 2nd Place:  $20 Gift Certificate to Uptown Blanco Textile Studio
  • 3rd Place:  $15 Gift Certificate to Uptown Blanco Textile Studio
  • All participants that bring in a finished quilt will receive a free fat quarter of fabric.


About my quilt:

Panel Selected:  Tidings of Great Joy, Letter/Alphabet Panel by Quilting Treasures

Name of the Quilt:  Honey Bee Quilt

Primary Construction Method(s):  Machine Sewn, Multiple Patterns Used

Patterns used:  


Quilting:  Honeycomb pattern, Machine/Longarm Quilted

Quilted By:  Bonnie O’Connor – The Quiltin’ Lady

Quilt Description:  Proverbs 16:24 – Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

A quilted reminder to do our best to speak as many pleasant words as possible to one another, to take the time to notice the good in as many situations and circumstances as possible, to look for the lovely and to do our utmost to be a healing influence, by bringing kindness and good words that nourish the soul.

Honeybees are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food that we eat.  More than $19 billion worth of crops a year are pollinated by bees, and $150 million worth of honey is produced annually in the US, alone.  Honey bee populations are dwindling.  Here are some things you can do to help #saveourbees:  plant pollinator-friendly plants to help provide a variety of food sources for our bees and other pollinators (check out the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center or ask your local nursery), listen critically to the information you read or hear, and remember there are 4,000 species of bees in the US.  Those that are interested in getting more involved might check out mason bees and how to build a house for them.