A Bee-line for Hexagons

5 09 2012

Uncapping honeycomb with a hot knife

Labor Day Monday found hubby and me in the sealed garage extracting honey from the comb. (The garage was sealed despite the 90 degree heat to keep fly-by bees from smelling the honey and “investigating.”) Beekeeping is my husband’s hobby, and I am joining him in the sweet undertaking.

It is amazing that bees build honey cells in perfect hexagons. Seeing all the tiny, interlocking hexagons in the honeycomb reminds me of the current popular interest of English Paper Piecing (EPP) hexagonal quilts.

Coincidentally, the Hexa-Go-Go blog tour was scheduled at this season; late summer is the prime time to harvest honey! Tacha Bruecher lists the calendar for her book’s blog tour on the Fat Quarterly site.

Have you recently completed or are you currently working on an EPP hexagon project? If so, describe your project in a comment below. You can see my hexagon project in the header photo on this blog. My quilt is lap size and “just” needs to be appliqued to a border. Guess I’ll make a bee-line to the quilt shop for the perfect border fabric!



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