Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Bonnie & Camille Quilt Bee Book

Wow, am I ever enjoying this book!  

The Bonnie & Camille Quilt Bee, by Bonnie Olaveson and Camille Roskelley, published by Fat Quarter Shop, is something special.  Like most quilt books, it has projects to make but interspersed with the project directions are anecdotes about the joy quilting has brought to the lives of both authors (who happen to be mother and daughter) and the connections they've made with other quilters.  It is really heart warming, especially in this time of Covid-19 when we can be starved for human connection, and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon browsing through the book.  

I have my eye on a few key projects. First is this thread catcher.  

It will be adorable on my sewing table and also handy to take to my crafting afternoons (once this Covid thing is behind us).  And of course, there are quilts.  Besides the cover sampler quilt, I especially like the red and white Starburst Quilt...

... and Bonnie's Beehive Quilt.

Bonnie and Camille each made a quilt from the over 1,000 Beehive blocks they received from around the country and world after Camille asked Instagram followers to help with a project by making this small block and sending it to her.  They were overwhelmed with the response, which says something about the quilting community's desire to help and the esteem they have for Bonnie and Camille.  

I was also struck by the high quality of the art direction in this book.  It has all been thought out so well.  For example, the general directions for the cover sampler quilt give fabric requirements for those who want to make the quilt exactly like the sample.  Instead of just listing the order number for each fabric, there are these darling images of each print in the shape of a spool of thread.

The book includes directions for all of the blocks in the sampler quilt as well as how to assemble it, directions for the Beehive block and the two quilts and a pillow, several other quilts and the thread catcher.  Plus a bonus cross stitch version of the sampler quilt.  I consider it an excellent addition to my quilt book library and think you will enjoy it too.

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  1. Sounds like a great addition filled good ideas. I've always admired their style.

  2. I can't wait to get my book and love their fabrics. Think that thread catcher is adorable and keep us posted Cathy....

  3. Here in Perth West Australian I am awaiting the arrival of my book looks great.


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