Introducing // Honey Bee by Rae Ritchie

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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.

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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!

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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! //

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This collection starts shipping to stores in November! Ask for it at your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer.

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Geometric patterns bloom in Tax Season by Louanna Mary Quilt Design.

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Give your honey bees a dainty home with Bee Hives by Castilleja Cotton.

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Bouncing Borders by Bean Counter Quilts takes a simple block quilt and jazzes it up with a fun border.

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Stay tuned for a fun tutorial using Honey Bee – coming to our blog this fall!

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