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The Beekeeper’s Quilt Is Finished!

completed Beekeeper's Quilt Pattern by Tiny Owl Knits | Makeanddocrew.com

finished beekeepers quilt
When I ask my husband why he likes to climb really high mountains, he says “Because they’re there.” I suppose that’s basically the same reason I decided to take on the Beekeeper’s Quilt. Because it was there. The hexes, which I calculated take me exactly 30 minutes each to complete, tease you and taunt you, crawling into the crevices of your brain so that you’re thinking about the damn project even when you’re not working on it. “Make just one more,” they say. “Come on, another episode of House Hunters before you go to bed isn’t going to kill you. You haven’t even made one with that purple variegated yarn yet…

Lucky this pattern, the Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owls Knits, is as charming as it is crazy. I think that’s why it’s become the darling of the internet knitting world. The final result is squishy, colorful and just useless enough to melt your heart.

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At about 30 minutes per puff, I estimate that the knitting alone on this project took about 80 hours. TWO FULL WORK WEEKS. Lordy. My first thought is that I would love for knitting small squishy yarn pillows to be my 40-hour-a-week job and secondly, holy cow, I cannot believe I actually finished this thing. I’d probably still be sitting with a bag of sock yarn if I hadn’t roped my mom into helping me out using this fancy Mini Skein Care Package.

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Sewing the puffs together was another test of will and craft commitment and I think it probably added another 2o hours to the project. (To read more about how I laid out the design and sewed the hexes together, check out this post.)

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If you’re considering making a Beekeeper’s Quilt of your own, I would wholeheartedly encourage you to go for it. It’s sort of like childbirth–the finished product is so amazing and wonderful it helps you forget all the work that went into getting there. The final rug/pad/squishy amoeba thing has been a wonderful place for The Little to practice tummy time, get a little baby massage and now, roll, tumble and crawl all over. I happened to have one of those fearless kids that should have probably been born with a helmet on–I for one am very thankful she wasn’t though, for the record–and giving her a little Beekeeper’s Quilt mat is about the closest I can come to providing her with the padded cell she needs.

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Have you tackled a Beekeeper’s Quilt? How big did you make it? Was it worth all the effort?

Read more about my Beekeeper’s Quilt:
Why I Fell In Love
The Yarns I’m Using
How I Tricked My Mom Into Helping Me
The Template I Created To Sew My Beekeeper’s Quilt Together
Using a Whip Stitch Instead of Tying

15 Comments

  • jen
    November 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    wow! congratulations!

    your quilt came our beautifully. this is indeed a sweetheart of a design. i fawn all over pictures of them. will i ever make one i don’t know. it is definitely the boston marathon of knitting.

    very impressive, you!

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  • Megan
    January 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Wow. This is absolutely breathtaking. Literally, I can scarcely breath it is so lovely. Completely inspiring to the house and child-keeping wife of a beekeeper.

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    • Make and Do Girl
      February 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Megan! Real bees? That’s awesome! I’m so happy you like the quilt. It’s a fantastic pattern.

      j

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  • Grace
    June 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Beautiful!

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  • […] Check out these decidedly magical trees that were growing outside. 4. New project alert–more hexagons! These are made of fabric though and sewn by hand. Sometimes I just love a good old-fashioned hand […]

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  • […] if you just simply love hexagons like I do, you have to check out my knit Beekeeper’s Quilt–the craziest project I’ve ever made (and somehow actually FINISHED!! […]

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  • Nathalie
    July 21, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I love how it came out, Just found your blog and you do inspire me, I am quite sick and am left unable to craft for too long so I look up other people’s work which leaves me in awe.
    But your quilt has to be one of the most beautiful
    Well done, and your little sweetheart is one beautiful little bee.
    Have a beautiful day
    Nathalie

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Aw, thank you Nathalie. I hope that you’re able to get your hands making again soon. I know how much comfort crafting and crocheting brings me and I wish the same for you. Do you spend much time on Instagram? I’m blown away by the amount of DIY/crochet/knit inspiration there.

      Sending you healing light.

      Jess

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  • Tabbi
    August 7, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hi! A group of friends and I have been working for over 2 years! It’s crazy!

    Yours turned out so beautifully! How many hexis did you end up making all tighter!

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    • Tabbi
      August 7, 2016 at 11:33 am

      I meant all together! Sorry I’m mobile, haha.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Oh what a fun friend project, Tabbi! I love the idea of doing it together. My mom helped me make hexies–otherwise I’m pretty sure I never would have finished!

      I ended up with 169 total. How many do you guys have done?

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  • Jill
    May 26, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Just found this and it looks amazing! I’m currently doing a hexi puff blanket for number 3 child and have made about 750 so far. Goal is 1200. Very addictive to do!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      WOOOOOOAH!!! 750!?! Jill, you are amazing! Especially considering that you have two children already. I’m am seriously impressed. I’m sure the end result will be stunning!

      Happy knitting!

      Jess

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  • Chloe
    November 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Oh man!! This looks soooooo amazing! Not a beginner knitter, or crocheter 🙂 but new to the world of knitting in the round, I’ve made a couple of adorable hamster toys, and fiddled around a bit. Not QUITE ready for the marathon of this, but SSSOOOONN

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