Artist Studio Quilt Done!

After much hemming and hawing, I decided to finish my Artist Studio Cocorico Bee quilt by quilting it with an irregular grid. I really liked the quilt top without quilting and didn’t want to add a lot of texture to the crisp blocks. I am happy with this solution though I did get anxious each time I stitched through lovely piecing and some mighty thick seams!
Here is a little close up so you can see the grid.  The lines are straight but spaced irregularly–2-4″ apart.

I pieced the back of the quilt with light colored prints since I used a very soft grey thread for quilting. I made a label with my brayer block and stamped words that read “Blocks by members of the Cocorico Bee/assembled and quilted/by Amy Friend.”  I rarely include such a label but thought it was important to document the collaborative effort.
I used the navy Architextures print for the binding. 
I’m going to treasure this quilt!  Thanks again ladies in the Cocorico Bee!


  1. i’m so impressed that you are done already! and your quilting choice was a good one for these blocks and this layout. there are so many crosshatch fabrics in your top and binding that another crosshatch just makes sense. i love the label you made for the back. adding the brayer and stamping is genius. you have definitely inspired me 🙂

  2. Beautiful! Each block is very interesting and inspiring and the irregular grids really blends in with your quilt design. Love it!

  3. Wow, pretty much says it all.

  4. Amy, I think this quilt is so incredible. I am totally in awe. Congratulations on this finish!

  5. It’s beautiful, Amy!

  6. What a fantastic quilt! Amazing blocks.

  7. This is beautiful and I think the quilting is perfect!

  8. I really love this! Great blocks, fun layout and the quilting adds a lot too.

  9. I am so impressed with your quilts, and generally a lot of the stuff you have here on the blog. Just made three versions of your iPhone pouch, so thanks for that one as well. 🙂

  10. i love this quilt! all the blocks turned out great. i really like how you placed them and quilted it (i have always been a bigger fan of looser quilting). and i really love the little add ons of the brushes and pencil. definitely a quilt to treasure and i think labeling it was a great idea. 🙂

  11. Turned out nice:) I like it!

  12. Wow it looks wonderful against the barn, a true beauty! I just love the brush on the far right border!

  13. That’s fantastic! You guys did a wonderful job together! 🙂

  14. Fabulous quilt!!

  15. Just a work of art! Looks great.

  16. That is absolutely amazing!

  17. It’s perfect, Amy! So exciting to see our first Cocorico quilt completely done.
    I think you chose wisely with the quilting. It’s nice and subtle and doesn’t take anything away from all the fab blocks. Hope mine turns out half as well!

  18. Fabulous finish, and love the quilting, almost like gridded drawing paper :o)

  19. Love your quilt! It came out gorgeous.:)

  20. Gorgeous work Amy! I like the simple quilting. Happy Easter you!

  21. Well, I must say, that is a gorgeous quilt and one you should treasure. And your label is just awesome. Well done. What a fun collaboration this one was!

  22. OMG I am in love with this quilt. It turned out amazing.

  23. Great choice for the quilting Amy. It is a lovely quilt and I am sure you will treasure it for many years to come.

  24. Wow -what can I say that hasn’t already been echoed again and again? It’s simply gorgeous! A fantastic job done by you and your bee-mates. The label is just perfect by the way 🙂

  25. What can I say… it’s absolutely fabulous!!!

  26. What a creative quilt! Love it. Thanks for entering my giveaway.

  27. This is completely amazing! All the blocks look so great together and even the label on the back makes the quilt so special! I would treasure this quilt too!

  28. This is just wonderful and very inspiring and original. Love it. Treasure is right!

  29. Definitely, it’s such a unique, beautiful quilt! I would have frozen at the prospect of quilting it and I think you did just the right thing, Amy. Looks fantastic!

  30. Finally got around to letting you know what a beauty this turned out to be! Such an honor to be a small part of it! And the quilting is a lovely choice. I’m agonizing over stitching over some of my blocks as well. 😉

  31. I SO TOTALLY LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! I need too look and look at this its so great! Thanks.
    Karin from

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