Honey Spas 2020

Echinacea

The Echinacea is in bloom…

Honey Bee

…the honey bees are all over it!

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Bee Quilt

Constance was inspired by the sight of the bees and the flowers…and the work we’ve been doing on my grandmother’s hexagons.

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Hexagons

She snipped and stitched…

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Bees and flowers

…making a flower with Echinacea coloured petals, surrounded by bees, with green leafy points…

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Borders

…which will be surrounded by a honey-coloured star…and small flowers in the corners.

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Stitch

About 125 hexagons to baste and stitch…

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The back

…but the top was finally done….

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Snip

…and finally the basting threads and paper templates could be removed!

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Bee Quilt

Constance is happy with the Bee Quilt so far, and pleased that the top is finished in time for a special celebration – Happy Honey Spas!

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In Russia and Ukraine, it is said that this is the day the bees stop collecting nectar, roses stop blooming, the swallows start their migration south and the dew on the grass becomes cold.  This celebration marks the beginning of the end of summer…Happy Honey Spas.  We hope people everywhere are able to celebrate a joyful and abundant honey harvest!

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14 thoughts on “Honey Spas 2020

  1. I admire the reverence you show for nature and the way you weave this into so many of your stories. Viewing the bees in your Echinacea and being inspired to make this wonderful Quilt is beautiful. I remember another quilt you made from being inspired by the sun. So memorable and beautiful. You are an artist. I love your masterpieces…which is what they are.

  2. I too love your work and how it’s tied in with nature so much of the time. Your’s and Constance’s quilt is so very pretty. Just yesterday, after getting a big supply of honey here, I was recalling one of the most beautifully photographed narratives of yours-it must have been a honey spas one some time ago-it was so very beautiful. Constance was definitely in it, the colors and lighting were just -if I’m remembering rightly – Vermeerish. I come away from reading your narratives feeling oh so happy.

  3. what a perfectly wonderful quilt. Constance and her human are to applauded! Yes summer is winding down a bit. Our echinacia is now going to seed and a friend from the next farm over just brought us a jar of her honey! I am very careful never to spray anything harmfulto bees and insects at our place and she appreciates that. .Her bees appreciate the flowers here! And we LOVE the honey. Ahh what a nice celebration ..thank you Quimper Hittys and Quimper Human!

  4. I’ve just realised why these little vignettes make me feel so much joy. It’s like Bagpuss and The Flumps, which means that I’ve (briefly) reverted to the safe place that was about age 7. I spent a lot of very happy hours then, making my own mini mice for a mouse-organ and Flumps, but never had the imagination to do anything with them. (I have noted how the hedgehog pin cushion is trying to climb on Constance’s lap.
    And, in case you didn’t get to experience the joy that is Bagpuss or the Flumps:
    Bagpuss
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagpuss Video: https://youtu.be/t9beAp3TG2E
    Flumps
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flumps video: https://youtu.be/E0m7IVEA5gY

    It came as a terrible shock that Bagpuss was pink. We had black and white, and it was a long time before I realised these shows had been made in colour!

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