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Group Description

This group will run as a traditional quilt block swap with twelve members, but each month we will make two blocks (rather than the regular one).

Group Rules

This is a quilting bee for those who would like their finished projects to be a little larger. To that end, each month we will make two blocks, rather than one. So on your month, you will receive 22 blocks (plus the two you make yourself). If we make 12" blocks, this will mean you have a quilt that is at least 4' by 6' when you put it together.

This Bee is open to people of all levels of experience and skill levels, so 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 year long 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.

That said, 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.

When it's your month:
Please send directions or guidelines for what you want a week before the month starts so participants have a full month to work on their blocks. The directions can be as simple as stating what size you want your blocks to be, and a general style (i.e. modern, scrappy, etc) or as specific as sending a particular pattern (spider web blocks have been popular). While I was thinking that we would use fabric out of our stash, if you have a specific fabric you want used, you are of course free to send that to all the participants before your month starts. Regardless, it is important to state your expectations. Photo mosaics or links to tutorials are strongly encouraged.

Some ideas for the format of your instructions or guidelines:
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.

Keep track of the blocks you receive back and make note of that on the flickr site. It will help us stay organized and on track. Furthermore, post comments when people upload photos of blocks. All the other members worked hard to create something beautiful. A little positive feedback makes it all worthwhile.

Fabric should be posted out by the 1st of the month and completed blocks should be in the mail for the return journey by the 1st of the following month. Allocations will be worked out once we have all the members, hopefully based on preferences.

Would you like to join in?

Please send me an Flickr mail or request to join here!

(with thanks to primaNOTION and Bee in Oz for the framework for the guidelines)

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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