May 9, 2016 - The panels are a birthday present from my daughter making this very special to me. Fabrics are from Moda's Bee Creative collection. I was thinking panels with the dark now border fabric as background/sashing. It was Joanne's idea to use black flange around the panels so they would pop against the honeycombs. Yes! I saw the fabric about a month ago & have been trying to wrap my mind around what to do with it. This is a great example of how I may see something I like but quickly feel overwhelmed. That is when Joanne will come through in a moment with a great idea (& thus make the sale). Pre-washed all fabrics. May 11: Fussy cut the panels. May 13: First task is to do a sample flange around one of my extra panels. Want to try 1/4" and 1/8" because there is only 1/4" between seam and panel. I also want to see if I can figure a way to make the flange press out toward the sashing. The only thing that worked is a 1/4" border around the panels made from 3/4" strips. That is done. May 14: Horizontal sashing is done. Took a while to figure out the best direction to press the seams including a lot of do over. May 15: Finished sashing leaving just the borders. May 16: I am determined to finish this quilt today. I have cut the outer border & black 1" strips to make it a flange border. (I may also do a flange binding but by hand, not by machine.) Considering IQ patterns.Quilt top is finished. May 18: Pieced the backing. May 20: Drew the honeycomb pattern in IQ. Will turn the quilt sideways to get the pattern right Jan 15, 2017: Patricia, who said her favorite color is black, chose this quilt because of it's positive message. Can't wait to finish it for her. Mar 09: Loading. Hoping someone can have Patricia call me about her batting. Mar 11: Quilting. Decided to use Warm & Plush. The flange border was NOT a good idea for longarming. Wish I had used another 1/4" border. The flange & the hopper foot are not compatible unless I wanted to quilt around the flange which I do not. I am holding down the flange at every point the longarm crosses it. Live & learn -- one day I will have learned it all...NOT. Mar 12: Quilted. Made & attached the binding. Only hand work left to do. Mar 24: Binding is finished. Mar 25: Quilt is delivered.