Virtual Quilting Bee

I wanted to do a quick post to share with you all something new I’m doing. It’s called a virtual quilting bee. I know, it sounds so futuristic. :-p

In a nutshell, a virtual quilting bee is a group of quilters (our group has 8 members) that collaborate to finish a quilt top for each member. For example, each month one member will ship fabric and guidelines for 1-2 blocks to all the other members. The members will assemble the blocks using the fabric and guidelines, and then ship them back. That member will then use those blocks to create a full quilt. What makes this fun is each block is a little different because its assembled by different quilters. This makes for a unique and one-of-a-kind quilt.

…I hope that didn’t make you go cross-eyed and that I explained it okay…I’m typing this up pretty late…

Anyway, I assembled these blocks for Betsy (a good friend and initiator of the virtual quilting bee! 🙂 who had the month of October. When my month is up (I have to wait until May….whaaa!), I will ship out my fabric and guidelines to all the members for a quilt of my choice.

 Anyway, here’s how the blocks turned out. You can tell by the design how much room for interpretation there is to make each block unique. It’ll be fun to see how the finished quilt with all of the members blocks incorporated will look.

Pretty cool concept, huh?

6 Responses to Virtual Quilting Bee

  1. Francine October 26, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Very cool! I just joined my first one and this is my month – can't wait to get all the blocks back!

  2. Sewgreen October 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    That sounds fun! I've done exchanges with one person where you make a top for them, they make a top for you. I'm in one currently where you make a block for someone and they make a block for you each month. I've even been a part of one where you get blocks for your birthday.

  3. Jen October 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I NEED to get my hands on some of that orange elephant fabric!!! Can you pretty please with sugar on top point me in the right direction?

    • Quiltingintherain October 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi Jen- I asked Betsy about the elephant fabric. The designer is Jay-Cyn by Birch Fabrics and the design is called Ellie Fam. Looks like they have some on sale at fabricworm 🙂

  4. nanci November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Yep, very cool and must be so much fun! Love the elephants.

  5. Irene December 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Morning. Looking for a quilting bee for 2014, any ideas where to look. Thanks??

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