What is a Virtual Quilting Bee? I think that they probably all run a little differently, but for our group, the NewBees (because we were all new to bees...ha!), each person was assigned a month and during our month we were responsible for picking fabric for a quilt, mailing out fabric to the other members with block instructions, and patiently wait for blocks to be mailed back. During the other months we were responsible for creating at least one block per instructions and fabric provided.
Thoughts about the Bee: I won't go into too much detail since this post will be lengthy enough with all of the pictures, but in short I loved this experience. I was able to create all different kinds of blocks without having to commit to an entire quilt. Plus I have a starter quilt that eleven people contributed to (one member dropped out). The downside was the varying skills of the members--I received one block back that I'll either have to completely scrap or have to unpick and start over because it was so poorly sewn. But overall--the virtual quilting bee was a lot of fun and I'd consider doing it again (one day).
April - Dutchman's Puzzle
Tutorial Provided: Quilter's Cache
Tutorial Used: Trading Pieces (we were given permission to deviate)
May - Wonky Stars
Tutorial Used: The Silly Boodilly
June - Disappearing Nine Patch
Tutorial Provided: Sew Fantastic
Designed from scratch (we were given permission to deviate)
July – Any Design!
Not having a specific design was actually tough!
Tutorial Used: Double Z Block from Quilter's Cache
August – Wonky Log Cabin
Tutorial Used: Quilt Dad
September – Black/White/Pink
Any Design as long as had squares/rectangles
Designed from scratch
October – Ticker Tape
Tutorial Used: Stitched in Color
This one was tough!! I cut material for two blocks but didn't finish the second
November – Square within a Square (my month)
Tutorial Provided: Patchwork of Mini Grey
December – String Quilt
Tutorial Used: Film in the Fridge
LOVED making these blocks!
January –Garden Fence
Tutorial Used: Hyacinth Quilt Designs
February -X String
Tutorials Used: Nittany Block Party and Quiltville
This was one of the most time consuming blocks! Think the quilt will look great (for Clemson grad), but man was it tough!
Whew...I'm exhausted! If you're interested in seeing the other participants' blocks, head over to the NewBees Flickr Group.
Now...if I could just get to working on Scott's quilt. Maybe by his birthday in three months?! Ha!