Friday, 26 August 2011

To Bee or not to Bee

Back in May last year  I got an email from a fellow UK blogger to say she was setting up a Bee and would I like to be part of it?  Hmm I thought - send my lovely fabric to people I don't know and they cut it up and I rely on them to send back blocks I like enough to make into a quilt??? What?  Why on earth would I do that?  But I was new to this blogging and quilting lark and the lady seemed nice so I said yes.

That lady was Lynne of Lily Quilts fame and the Bee was Fresh Modern Bee 2.  November was my month but I haven't got around to putting everything together and blogging about it until now.

I eventually settled on Tanya Whelan Dolce and Kona Medium Grey (from Mandy at Simply Solids) and asked everyone to make Pinwheel Blocks (inspired by PS I Quilt's Pinwheel Quilt Along).  I struggle with things not matching and was worried that lots of blocks made by different people wouldn't "match" enough.  So I sent some quite paticular requirements.  Luckily no one took offence!

Any doubts I ever had about joining a Bee soon went out the window when these fabulous blocks started arriving in the post.

Little Island Quilting and Sew Justine Sew
Petits Elefants and Where the Orchids Grow
Lola Blue Ocean and Fissiett

Shiner's View and Quilt Happie

The Nellies - Reene and Yvonne

Pioneer Valley Girl and Lily Quilts

Chickenfoot and Scruffycat
Now I just need to make 3 more pinwheel blocks and its ready to sash with lots more grey.  I am now a convert to Bees.  I have made lots of virtual friends and even met one in real life.  I also no longer think people who join Bees or mad; slightly unhinged perhaps and obsessive about fabric but not mad . . . .


  1. Definitely to bee! It's so great to see all those lovely blocks again! I can't wait to see what you do with them all :-)

  2. Lovely blocks you lucky thing!

  3. It's going to be a fabulous quilt.