Step into spring with nature’s favorite pollinators! Honey Bee by Rae Ritchie explores the endlessly fascinating, socially complicated honey bee. With a fresh spring palette, this new collection celebrates the busyness of beekeeping, bees and their favorite flowers.
Rae shares her inspiration for this bee-uftiul collection:
// The bee has long been a symbol of diligence and hard work, similar to the makers and quilters who push the boundaries of possibility in craft. I am astounded everyday by the amazing pieces talented makers are creating with our fabrics. I’m very excited to see what people make with my new collection, Honey Bee!
I’m always interested in learning more about intriguing creatures and celebrating the science and beauty in their way of life. Like many of my collections, it all starts with one illustration; then idea after idea, it builds off into a full collection.
This group began with a simple illustration of a beehive on a table, after being inspired by an early Odd Fellows beehive banner. I love old banners, insignia, and mystic symbols that look official, yet still have an air of handicraft and imperfection about them.
I really tried to stick with a focused color palette for this group. Playing up the goldenrod and blue provides some great tools to create some beautiful, springy, modern quilts, apparel and accessories! //
This collection starts shipping to stores in November! Ask for it at your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer.
Stay tuned for a fun tutorial using Honey Bee – coming to our blog this fall!
And don’t forget to tag us #dearstella so we can see what you make too!