To Honor Mrs. Bea

As I shared earlier in Get A Grip, I’ve been working on a quilt for a dear friend, Monica.

Her mother-in-law, Bea, passed away several months ago at the age of 99.

Yes, 99 and she was still making quilts.

She had hand-appliqued and embroidered twenty Southern Belle blocks, but passed away before joining them into a top and quilting it.

Monica asked if I would make them into a quilt.

I’d know Bea for over thirty years. Precious lady. So, of course, I was honored to be asked to finish a quilt of Mrs. Bea’s.




As you can see, Bea used a wide variety of fabrics. Some are bold and graphic.



Others are soft and muted.


And others, that fit into neither category.



After deciding to frame each block with sashing and cornerstones, I was in a quandary to chose a fabric that incorporated all of the colors in the blocks.

I realized quickly that I would never find such a fabric. So, I decided to use a muted blue for the sashing strips and a soft green for the posts.

These fabrics would not compete with those that Bea had used. I wanted Bea’s Belles to be stars.


I believe Mrs. Bea would be pleased with the result.

As I worked on this quilt, I was blessed with sweet memories of a wonderful lady.

Thanks, Monica.



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