These patterns began quite by accident! I knew I needed another element to add to a bee quilt I was making and, out of frustration, I tossed the focus fabric to the top of my work area where part of it flipped over. That’s where the magic of VALUE began!
It felt right that Phoebee (bright, pure) seemed to get her life and vibrancy from the very flowers she was pollinating. She didn’t have a name at the time but once she was “born”, I began trying out names. My husband actually came up with “Phoebee” and when I learned it actually was spelled with two “e’s” and meant “bright, pure” in Greek, the name stuck.
Using BOTH sides of the fabric is a fun lesson in the nuances of value – it’s a way to add a subtle feature to your quilt, the kind that makes you pause, linger to look a little longer.
Another feature of #usebothsides patterns is the scrappy background and the use of four accent strips. I encourage bold choices for these fabrics, mixing a variety of “neutrals” and styles of fabrics. For example, I use word fabrics, chicken wire, batiks, miniature florals, grunge, polka dots, and Kaffe fabrics all together. In my patterns and classes, I also encourage quilters to make a definite contrast in their background style of fabric compared to their focus fabric.
Creative Bee Studios patterns have been featured in AQ Magazine, Nancy’s Notions, Hancock’s of Paducah, and Connecting Threads!