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Group Description

Welcome to Bee Quilting Under the Rainbow.

This Bee is open to people of all skill levels and levels of experience and from all over the world! Although I am a fan of rainbows and bright colors you really can decide for yourself what you send out for your fabric. It will be your quilt and we want this to be fun and enjoyable. Each participant will be responsible for explicitly asking the other participants for what they are looking for from the others when it is their turn to be the Bee recipient. Please be honest NOW about what you feel you can, or can’t manage (and if there is anything you won’t do). It saves frustration and disappointment later.

This is a Bee where we would like you to feel comfortable, take risks, and be challenged as well at times. We are quilters that would like to grow from each other and with each other.

This is a yearlong commitment;

it is as much about giving your completed blocks to others as it is about getting a whole bundle of completed blocks. Please take a moment to think carefully about your ability to meet the workload and time commitment on a monthly basis for the next year.
We all have times that are busier than others or an unexpected life crisis that takes up a good deal of our time. If you are running late for any deadlines please let me (and the recipient of the blocks) know sooner rather than later.

Bee members are expected to:

1. Make a comment on the discussion thread each month saying they received their fabric

2. Post pictures of the blocks they made on the group flickr page

3. Mail the blocks back by the end of the month

4. Make a comment when their blocks are in the mail

5. Make a donation blocks or small gift of gratitude for the Bee Mama to be saved until the end of the year and sent out all together as a thank you. See Bee Mama below.

6. If you have a blog post it in the blog thread

7. Be Positive… Be understanding

8. Be a part of the group. Please post discussions and check the
group at least twice a week. Make sure you give the Bee mama your email address so if we cannot contact you through Flickr we have an alternative.

9. If their blocks will be late leave a comment or flickrmail the host and recipient to let them know they will be late

10. HAVE FUN


Communication- Communication is the key to a successful Bee. Discussion threads will be set up for each month, post on each month: when you send out fabric, when you receive fabric, when you send back completed blocks, and then finally when the completed blocks are received. Please also post completed blocks before you send them back to the recipient so we can all enjoy each other’s work.

If you have an address change you must contact the moderator to make sure she can get your new address out to all participants. It may also be good practice to contact participants before you post your fabric to make sure everyone is still ‘in’ and that no one has changed addresses.

Remember, traditional bees were about quilting AND gossiping so discussion is welcome and encouraged!

Helpful threads for new and old Virtual Bee members
www.flickr.com/groups/quiltingbeeblocks/discuss/721576256...

Fabric-Sending out the fabric – Please send out fabric for the other participants to complete your blocks. Please also include the name, range, and designer of the fabric on a little card or on the thread for your month. Sometimes you might send out a fabric that someone else will want to get for his or her own stash and this is then a handy reference to have. Please make sure fabric is in a Ziploc bag in case something happens to the package it is not ruined.

When it is your month to send out fabric you are expected to:

1. Make up a sample block

2. Provide instructions or link to a tutorial

Bee Questionnaire:

1. What size blocks do you want your group to make?

2. Fabric/Supplies you’re sending:

3. Can your group use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?

4. Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white/silver gray) you want your partner to sew with?

5. Must your group use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partner decide?

6. Do you have a pattern, general theme, or is it up to your partner to decide? Are there any specific themes that you do NOT want in your quilt square? Likes/dislikes?

7. Can you link us to any Flickr photos that you would like us to use as inspiration for your quilt square?

8. Links to Helpful Tutorials:

9. If your group is super motivated and is able to make two squares out of the fabric you send, would you accept more than one square from your partner?

10. Do you want your partner to return any leftover larger size scraps or can she keep it for her own scrap stash?

11. Do you want your partner to square up your block, or let you do it once it is received?

12. Anything else you think your partner should know?

3. Mail adequate fabric and basic directions to all members of the group a week before the start of your month. (You may want to put international packages in the mail even earlier)

4. Check the flickr discussion regularly to respond to any questions the other bee members might have.

5. Keep track of who has returned blocks

Own stash? -In your month it will be up to you to let other members know if you are OK with them including fabric from their own stash, or if you would prefer them not to. If you are OK with members including their own stash fabric be as specific as you'd like (i.e. ONLY fabrics from a certain color way, fabric line, designer, etc) after all, it's your finished quilt.


Scraps - Please let other group members know if you would like them to send back the scraps of the fabric to you. While sending it back increases return package weight (and expense) if you are planning a scrappy border or binding this fabric can be invaluable. It may also be important to let other members know if you have plans for these scraps in case people get inspired and make a bonus block!

Instructions for your Block- What you ask for, based on what you ultimately want to include in your quilt, is really up to you for your month. You may be a vague as you wish (remembering you’ll get heaps of different blocks) or as detailed (remembering this Bee is open to people of all levels of experience and skill). A bee is, after all about getting to try new things.
This is a bee where we want to help each other grow and learn. If you include tutorials this is grand. It is not required but helpful. I would suggest that you should always include information on the finished size of the block (unless you are happy to have blocks sent back in a variety of sizes). If you want a very specific block make a sample showing what you want. Alternatively you need to provide very specific directions that leave nothing open to interpretation. Making a sample is also a way to find out if you are sending enough fabric.

Please print instructions and include them in your package, this is handy to have near the cutting table and sewing machine.
Add your instruction on the Discussion thread in Flickr for your month. Include a link to and online tutorial for a particular skill or style of block. Remember, copyright rules are there for a reason. Please do not copy published instructions or patterns without the permission of the author.

Timelines-
Fabric should be posted out by the 20th of the month before your blocks are to be completed, and completed blocks should be in the mail for the return journey by the last day in the month. Allocations will be worked out once we have all the members, hopefully based on preferences. We will not have a person assigned to December, as it is a busy time for everyone. If we want to do a small swap for December like an ornament or something else fun, we can determine that later. If you are running late or having difficulties completing the blocks in a particular month please let me and also the member you are making the blocks for know sooner rather than later.

Packaging and Mailing-
I’m all for using, or re-using packaging wherever possible (I think it is nice to be nice to the planet), just make sure the packaging you are using is up to the bumping and battering of the journey. I usually make sure I tape over any areas that I think might be a little weak and a great idea I have seen on several posts about Quilting Bees is to include your fabric/block in a Ziploc bag (you cab re-use these too!) with an address card to optimize the likelihood of your carefully chosen fabric or pieced block reaching the intended recipient in perfect condition if the outside packaging is damaged or it gets rained on in transit.

I generally find the national postal service to be the cheapest form of mailing the fabric for the blocks or the finished blocks, in Australia I’m talking about Australia Post but feel free to send your fabric and completed blocks by whichever reliable method you feel most comfortable with (which means carrier pigeon is probably out). You might want to print out return address stickers for yourself when you are sending out your fabric. This is not mandatory but a good way of making doubly sure your completed blocks make it back to you (this might be an especially good idea if your address has changed since the Bee started). Remember to include project instructions. State the name of the Bee and your Flickr name. Several people have more than one Bee and if not labeled properly it is a mystery.

Bee Mama- Being the moderator takes time and as a token of gratitude, donation blocks are willingly accepted. I live in Sun Valley and love suns, bright orange colors and creativity. Size does not matter. I love anything to do with suns so if you are feeling creative you can substitute with a mug rug or what not. I do not require you make me anything but I love surprises and I love mail. So if you just have something fun to send out like a few scraps of orange and blue I would love that too! These can be saved and sent out all at once at the end of the Bee or once during the year which ever you choose.

Group Rules

Welcome to Bee Quilting Under the Rainbow.

This Bee is open to people of all skill levels and levels of experience and from all over the world! Although I am a fan of rainbows and bright colors you really can decide for yourself what you send out for your fabric. It will be your quilt and we want this to be fun and enjoyable. Each participant will be responsible for explicitly asking the other participants for what they are looking for from the others when it is their turn to be the Bee recipient. Please be honest NOW about what you feel you can, or can’t manage (and if there is anything you won’t do). It saves frustration and disappointment later.

This is a Bee where we would like you to feel comfortable, take risks, and be challenged as well at times. We are quilters that would like to grow from each other and with each other.

This is a yearlong commitment;

it is as much about giving your completed blocks to others as it is about getting a whole bundle of completed blocks. Please take a moment to think carefully about your ability to meet the workload and time commitment on a monthly basis for the next year.
We all have times that are busier than others or an unexpected life crisis that takes up a good deal of our time. If you are running late for any deadlines please let me (and the recipient of the blocks) know sooner rather than later.

Bee members are expected to:

1. Make a comment on the discussion thread each month saying they received their fabric

2. Post pictures of the blocks they made on the group flickr page

3. Mail the blocks back by the end of the month

4. Make a comment when their blocks are in the mail

5. Make a donation blocks or small gift of gratitude for the Bee Mama to be saved until the end of the year and sent out all together as a thank you. See Bee Mama below.

6. If you have a blog post it in the blog thread

7. Be Positive… Be understanding

8. Be a part of the group. Please post discussions and check the
group at least twice a week. Make sure you give the Bee mama your email address so if we cannot contact you through Flickr we have an alternative.

9. If their blocks will be late leave a comment or flickrmail the host and recipient to let them know they will be late

10. HAVE FUN


Communication- Communication is the key to a successful Bee. Discussion threads will be set up for each month, post on each month: when you send out fabric, when you receive fabric, when you send back completed blocks, and then finally when the completed blocks are received. Please also post completed blocks before you send them back to the recipient so we can all enjoy each other’s work.

If you have an address change you must contact the moderator to make sure she can get your new address out to all participants. It may also be good practice to contact participants before you post your fabric to make sure everyone is still ‘in’ and that no one has changed addresses.

Remember, traditional bees were about quilting AND gossiping so discussion is welcome and encouraged!

Helpful threads for new and old Virtual Bee members
www.flickr.com/groups/quiltingbeeblocks/discuss/721576256...

Fabric-Sending out the fabric – Please send out fabric for the other participants to complete your blocks. Please also include the name, range, and designer of the fabric on a little card or on the thread for your month. Sometimes you might send out a fabric that someone else will want to get for his or her own stash and this is then a handy reference to have. Please make sure fabric is in a Ziploc bag in case something happens to the package it is not ruined.

When it is your month to send out fabric you are expected to:

1. Make up a sample block

2. Provide instructions or link to a tutorial

3. Mail adequate fabric and basic directions to all members of the group a week before the start of your month. (You may want to put international packages in the mail even earlier)

4. Check the flickr discussion regularly to respond to any questions the other bee members might have.

5. Keep track of who has returned blocks

Own stash? -In your month it will be up to you to let other members know if you are OK with them including fabric from their own stash, or if you would prefer them not to. If you are OK with members including their own stash fabric be as specific as you'd like (i.e. ONLY fabrics from a certain color way, fabric line, designer, etc) after all, it's your finished quilt.


Scraps - Please let other group members know if you would like them to send back the scraps of the fabric to you. While sending it back increases return package weight (and expense) if you are planning a scrappy border or binding this fabric can be invaluable. It may also be important to let other members know if you have plans for these scraps in case people get inspired and make a bonus block!

Instructions for your Block- What you ask for, based on what you ultimately want to include in your quilt, is really up to you for your month. You may be a vague as you wish (remembering you’ll get heaps of different blocks) or as detailed (remembering this Bee is open to people of all levels of experience and skill). A bee is, after all about getting to try new things.
This is a bee where we want to help each other grow and learn. If you include tutorials this is grand. It is not required but helpful. I would suggest that you should always include information on the finished size of the block (unless you are happy to have blocks sent back in a variety of sizes). If you want a very specific block make a sample showing what you want. Alternatively you need to provide very specific directions that leave nothing open to interpretation. Making a sample is also a way to find out if you are sending enough fabric.

Please print instructions and include them in your package, this is handy to have near the cutting table and sewing machine.
Add your instruction on the Discussion thread in Flickr for your month. Include a link to and online tutorial for a particular skill or style of block. Remember, copyright rules are there for a reason. Please do not copy published instructions or patterns without the permission of the author.

Timelines-
Fabric should be posted out by the 20th of the month before your blocks are to be completed, and completed blocks should be in the mail for the return journey by the last day in the month. Allocations will be worked out once we have all the members, hopefully based on preferences. We will not have a person assigned to December, as it is a busy time for everyone. If we want to do a small swap for December like an ornament or something else fun, we can determine that later. If you are running late or having difficulties completing the blocks in a particular month please let me and also the member you are making the blocks for know sooner rather than later.

Packaging and Mailing-
I’m all for using, or re-using packaging wherever possible (I think it is nice to be nice to the planet), just make sure the packaging you are using is up to the bumping and battering of the journey. I usually make sure I tape over any areas that I think might be a little weak and a great idea I have seen on several posts about Quilting Bees is to include your fabric/block in a Ziploc bag (you cab re-use these too!) with an address card to optimize the likelihood of your carefully chosen fabric or pieced block reaching the intended recipient in perfect condition if the outside packaging is damaged or it gets rained on in transit.

I generally find the national postal service to be the cheapest form of mailing the fabric for the blocks or the finished blocks, in Australia I’m talking about Australia Post but feel free to send your fabric and completed blocks by whichever reliable method you feel most comfortable with (which means carrier pigeon is probably out). You might want to print out return address stickers for yourself when you are sending out your fabric. This is not mandatory but a good way of making doubly sure your completed blocks make it back to you (this might be an especially good idea if your address has changed since the Bee started). Remember to include project instructions. State the name of the Bee and your Flickr name. Several people have more than one Bee and if not labeled properly it is a mystery.

Bee Mama- Being the moderator takes time and as a token of gratitude, donation blocks are willingly accepted. I live in Sun Valley and love suns, bright orange colors and creativity. Size does not matter. I love anything to do with suns so if you are feeling creative you can substitute with a mug rug or what not. I do not require you make me anything but I love surprises and I love mail. So if you just have something fun to send out like a few scraps of orange and blue I would love that too! These can be saved and sent out all at once at the end of the Bee or once during the year which ever you choose.

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