Busy Bee


Late this summer I embarked on an adventure in virtual Flickr quilt block bees. I had intended to sign up for one Bee and somehow ended up in two. While sewing 15 blocks kept me busy for a few months it has also speed up the process of collecting blocks other people have sent to me for my project. I am making my dad a quilt for his birthday with the blocks from the bees. Did I mention his birthday is Monday?
September Mosaic
The way a virtual bee works, for those of you who are not familiar with this phenomenon is that you join a Flickr group for a specific bee, are put into a hive, create a color-inspiration mosaic (like the one above) and make multiples of the same blocks in the colors requested by your fellow hive members. The two bees I joined, unlike the 12 month one I started (see Design Camp think outside the block Swap) were made up of 6 person hives. The Nubee's swap is a one month swap (I have done two rounds of this bee) and the 3x6 Bee is a three month bee. So far I have collected 11 of the 15 blocks I am expecting.
HST Bee Block Mosaic
Those are a few of my blocks for the August Nubee Swap Hive 3 and the 3 x 6 Bee Hive 16. I wrote a guest blog post about working with half-square triangles to come up with this block over on the Nubee Blog.
Blocks for NuBee Swap Sept 2011
I just finished packing up my September blocks for the Nubee swap which I am going to mail out tomorrow first thing. I used Christina's double-disappearing 9-patch block she demo'd at our September Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I had fun experimenting with the color placement in this block.

If you are interested in joining a flickr bee you can check out the ongoing discussion over at the Flickr Quilting Bee Blocks Group. There is also a discussion there that features Bee Confessions which is a hoot to read. Next up for me is participating my my bee Design Camp [think outside the block] Swap and a fellow-bee member's Add a Border project. Oh, and I must get crackin' on my dad's sampler quilt! Wish me luck!


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