Wednesday, 28 March 2012

An Irish Bee?

Are you interested in joining a new virtual quilting Bee?

Cindy and I have been talking about the possibility of setting up a Bee as part of our Guild activities so I though I would test the waters and see if anyone is interested.

If you are not familiar with the idea of a Bee, there is lots of information about how they work here. Basically, we need 12 participants, and each person is the "Queen Bee" for one month in the year. Each month, participants make approx 2 quilt blocks (sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the size of the blocks) for the Queen Bee for that month, using fabric she sends out in advance, and post it back to her.

Bees are a lot of fun - you get to work with a much wider range of fabrics than just your own stash, you get to work on blocks that you might not have come across yourself, and you get to make a quilt from blocks your Bee-mates have made which is a special quilt.  Plus you make new friends and have some chat when doing it!

For this Bee, the focus will be on Modern blocks - whether that be modern block design, or new interpretations of traditional blocks - using modern fabrics. So lots of exciting ideas to tap into! There is some commitment involved - you will need to be able to do your blocks each month for a whole year, so do think about whether you will be able to do this.

Here are some of the blocks I have made this year in my Bee:

So, are you interested? We need 12 participants, and in order to keep postage minimal we are hoping to keep the Bee to participants living in Ireland (north or south of the border!) Let us know :-)


  1. I would love to join in an other bee! That is a wonderful way to practice and make something nice :)

  2. I'd love to be in. Sounds like great fun.

  3. Def yes would love to be a part of this
    Karen x

  4. I'm in if you're stuck for numbers!! I'm already committed to too many things, but would also love to be a part of an all Irish Bee! Put me on the reserve list!!! Jxo

  5. I've never been part of a Bee before, so I'll try it!

  6. Have too many other things at the moment but definitely one for the future!

  7. i'm not irish, but kiss me anyway!! i mean PICK me anyway!!
    sounds like a super fun time, and i hope you all just love it

  8. I'd love to have a go at this - can you sign me up too?

  9. I'd love to join ... but if you're full up no problem....


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