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Around the Quilt Block ADMIN August 26, 2013
Quarter 3 will start September 1st! Caretakers - watch for more info to come your way this week!

Looking forward to another fabulous quarter! =)

Group Description

How our bee works! {updated 8/16/2013}

This group is for people who want to join the [3 x 6] Sampler Quilt Mini Bee (3 x 6 Bee). This is a smaller version of the usual quilt bee which lasts for 12 months. Instead, our bee lasts for 2.5 months and you make and receive six blocks in that time frame. We are welcoming to international quilters and those that are new to the online bee communities. This means you may be paying for international postage. If this is not something you can do than this may not be the bee for you.

Our quarters run March 1st – May 15th, June 1st – August 15th, September 1st - November 15th, and December 1st - February 15th.

Each participant (aka bee) will be assigned a hive. That hive will have 6 bees and one caretaker. Each person will submit up to three colors plus a neutral/background color. Then each person in the hive makes six 12.5” x 12.5” blocks of their choosing (same pattern) for each other in the other participant’s color choices. So at the end of the quarter each person will have six different blocks all made with the same colors.

This Sampler Quilt Bee is meant for people to be open, accepting, and surprised by what your group makes for you. Each person will be able to give loose guidelines for what colors they like and what types of fabric or colors they do not like. However, the idea is to receive blocks from very talented people using fabric and patterns that you most likely would not make yourself. Please don’t be picky and try to dictate what blocks or fabrics that others are choosing, instead be open minded and pleasantly surprised at how well the blocks blend when all put together.

In order to participate in the 3x6 Sampler Mini Bee you MUST read and ADHERE to these rules. If you agree to these terms, you must sign your name below in order to participate. You must also fill out a sign-up questionnaire for each quarter you choose to participate. Please understand that we don’t do this to be mean, but to allow for all bee members to have fun and enjoy the experience of the bee.

Rules of the game:

Hive Participation:

***By the 7th (of the first month in the quarter) YOU MUST CHECK INTO YOUR HIVE! or you will be replaced and blacklisted for the following quarter.
--->Checking in means that you post an introduction and a mosaic IN YOUR HIVE THREAD, not the photo pool.

***Be active in the hive thread. You MUST check in regularly. Say hello. Be courteous. Say thank you for blocks received.

***Please post a photo of your completed blocks prior to mailing as well as the date you mailed them. If you forget to take pictures and your blocks never arrive, you’ll be required to remake them before the next quarter.

***Blocks MUST be mailed by the deadline (the 15th of the last month of the quarter). Include your flickr name and hive number with the block, as some people participate in more than one swap at the same time. Please make sure your package has enough postage so it makes it to the recipient.
-->Late senders will be required to mail packages with tracking numbers and to FM the tracking numbers to the queen bee in charge of your hive. Late senders will be required to sit out the next quarter...and if you don’t mail your blocks at all (a No-sender) you will be banned from all future quarters. We understand that things happen sometimes, so It is of the utmost importance to communicate if you will be late so you are not mistaken for a No-sender. If there are extenuating circumstances please contact the queen bee in charge of your hive to get an extension.

Block specs:
It is important that you make your blocks following these guidelines so they will be usable in creating a quilt.

***You must use fresh, modern, new, quilt shop quality fabric for your blocks (i.e. no Joanns, Hancocks etc). Everyone uses their own fabric stash to create the blocks that they mail out and no one can request certain fabrics or designers.

***Please take the time and effort to construct your blocks well and use a ¼ inch seam allowance (unless your pattern dictates otherwise). Anything less will likely fall apart. The block should measure 12.5 inches square when you mail it. Blocks that are too large or too small, even by a 1/4" are sometimes not usable. You may choose to make a test block before constructing the blocks for your hive to ensure that the block will size correctly. A simple block well-constructed is always better received than a complicated block that is falling apart from poor construction.

***Plan ahead! The quarter goes by very quickly. Please don't wait until the last minute to start your blocks. This is a commitment and by signing up we expect you to follow through with that commitment. Sometimes things happen, so if you have an unforeseen emergency, please contact your caretaker ASAP!

Thank you!

***Our bee could not run without the efforts of our caretakers. We appreciate them for all that they do! :-)

***We all love receiving a variety of beautiful, well-made blocks for use in our quilts! Thanks to the creativity of our bee members! =)

If you have any questions, please feel free to send a Flickr Mail to , , or your caretaker. You can also start a new discussion thread. We are happy to help and want everyone to have fun!

List Key:
* late sender, will sit out next quarter
** no-sender, banded

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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