Beekeepers Quilt

Well everyone, this week got away from me. Normally, I have a bunch of crafts to work on or make sure I try something new so I have something interesting to write about… which is good because sometimes I need extra help pushing myself to take time to myself in my craft room. During the holidays I had a bunch of down time so when my clients started booking again, I forgot to pace myself. So… I don’t have a new craft for you today. But, like many crafty people, I have a few Unfinished Objects (UFOs) I am constantly working on and I wanted to share one of them with you today.

When I first started this project, I was in my third year of college and had just moved off campus after dropping some classes and wasn’t quite sure I was cut out for engineering. I think it’s safe to say that my mind wasn’t in a good place and I clung to crafts for dear life. Anyway, I was on Pinterest one day and found this adorable blanket made out of plush hexagons. This was the perfect project for me at the time because it had easily achievable small accomplishments (each little hexagon), it could be made out of cheap materials, and it gave me something to keep looking forward to (finishing the blanket).

The pattern isn’t mine to share, but here is a link to the site I got the pattern from:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-beekeepers-quilt

The original pattern was for a throw blanket which is kind of small. So me being me, I decided to measure my hexagons and figure out how many it would take to make a bigger blanket. Since I like my blankets big enough to wrap around me like a burrito, I decided on a 5’ x 7’ blanket. According to my math, this meant that I needed 20 hexagons x 28 hexagons which came out to 560 cute plushy hexagons. Now, keep in mind that I did these calculations in 2014… so if I messed up, blame younger me.  

4 almost 5 years later, I’m still working on the quilt. I don’t work on it all the time, and there were times when I went months without working on it. But when I need something to do while I’m watching TV, on road trips, or need a quick craft to occupy my hands. Currently, I have 347 little hexagons made and I’m not sure how many more years I have left in this project but I’m excited to see how it turns out. But more than that, I’m happy that I have a project I enjoy working on in the evenings. What are your UFOs? Do you have any projects you’ve been working on for years? I can’t wait to see them! 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea.

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