Friday, October 11, 2013

Modern Bee-13 Quilts to Make with Friends Blog Tour [Giveaway Closed]

Happy Friday, Quilters! Today is our stop on the Modern Bee Blog Tour! Lindsay Conner, author of Modern Bee-13 Quilts to Make with Friends, is here to tell you a bit more about the brand new book from Stash Books and offer a little giveaway! Keep reading and enter the giveaway below!


Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends

Hello Fat Quarter Shop friends! I'm Lindsay Conner, and I'm thrilled today to be at The Jolly Jabber with some behind-the-scenes info about my first quilting book, Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends. There's also a giveaway at the end of this post!



First up, a little bit about this book! I worked with a team of very talented quilters, who were a part of my online quilting bee, Mod Stitches. In early 2012, we began the bee as normal, each taking a month to design a block, mail fabric to other members of the bee, and collect those blocks to make a finished quilt. It wasn't long (early March) until I got to share the big news with my friends that Stash Books had accepted our book proposal!

To meet the deadlines of the book, we kicked the bee into hyper speed, mailing fabric and blocks as soon as we could over a period of about four months. From April through July, we each kept a pace of finishing about one block each week for another quilter in the bee. After everyone had received their finished quilt blocks, it was time to assemble the quilts. All 12 members of the bee pieced together their quilts blocks and finished their quilts over a period of about 4 weeks to keep pace with the deadlines.

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends

As the compiler of the book, it was my role to communicate the schedule and make sure everyone stayed on top of their deadlines. This was sometimes easy, and sometimes quite stressful, but we made it through! The real fun was in seeing the blocks and finished quilt tops pop up in our secret Flickr group.

By the end of August, I'd received finished quilts in the mail from each of the ladies in the bee. My next big job was to collect the quilts and ship them off to Stash Books headquarters in California for the photo shoot. You can imagine how nerve-wracking it was to mail off irreplaceable quilts, hoping they would arrive at their destination in one piece! Thankfully, my superb wrapping skills (cardboard, plastic wrap and duct tape) came in handy, and we had no casualties! I also mailed in several props and step-by-step fabric samples for each of the blocks.

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends

The team at Stash Books was a dream to work with. From the initial proposal to working with my development editor, production editor and technical editors, I was confident that we were headed in the right direction with the content. My book designer contacted me early in the process to discuss the look and feel I envisioned for the book, and we tossed around words like clean, retro and minimal to help guide the photo shoots and overall design. I also got to tell her about stores I like to shop at, catalogs I like and some of my favorite photography in general. See... they really thought about everything!

Would you believe me if I told you that I wouldn't change a thing about this book? As soon as I previewed the designed pages and saw these gorgeous photos, I was over-the-moon excited! And then began the long wait to today, when I finally get to share these gorgeous quilts.

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends


I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the making of the book Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends. For more previews, giveaways and fun extras from the book, be sure to follow the tour!

Modern Bee Blog Tour
Monday, 10/7:  Sew Mama Sew + Stash Books
Tuesday, 10/8: SewCraftyJess + Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, 10/9: Ellison Lane + Diary of a Quilter
Thursday, 10/11: Katie's Korner + Pat Sloan
Friday, 10/12: Fat Quarter Shop (you are here) + imagine gnats
Saturday, 10/12: Quilting is My Therapy + Hot Pink Stitches
Monday, 10/14: Live a Colorful Life + Craft Gossip
Tuesday, 10/15: SewCanShe + Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Wednesday, 10/16: Craftsy + Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Giveaway!
Want to win a copy of Modern Bee? To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling us about your quilting bee, what you're currently sewing, or something you learned about the book!

We'll choose one random winner to receive a hard copy of the book! If winner lives outside the U.S., they'll receive a copy of the e-book. Giveaway ends October, 16, 2013. Good luck!


UPDATE! Holly Fitzpatrick is our lucky winner! Thank you to everyone for playing!

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Melissa said...

I've never participated in a bee. I'm currently working on the Riley Blake basics challenge. I'm also hand quilting a quilt. Plus some other WiPs. I've added this giveaway to the weekly link up on my blog.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I have not worked in a bee where blocks were exchanged but I have worked with an on line group where we all made our own quilt using the same pattern and showed our progress. Would love to win the book and see what it is all about

Barb F said...

I am a new- ish quilter thanks to a friend and colleague. She is holding my hand in a modern improv bee as well as an international bee. Learning so much and for sure trying things that would have never have occurred to me. Love the bees!

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

I'm still very new at this quilting thing (loving it though!) so I've never participated in a bee. I did do a quilt-along though and loved it!

Bethany Martini said...

I have never participated in a bee before, but would love to! I am currently working on a layer cake quilt with Maison de Garance by French General!

Bunny Wilson said...

Just completed my first quilt and am about to start on my second, a Christmas gift for my daughter-in-law.

Lisa Marie said...

I just finished a lap quilt and a couple fall table runners. Now I need to start on a couple quilts that will become Christmas gifts.

susant said...

My quilt group that meets twice a month at church would love this. We have been looking on a project to do together. I love the star quilt but someone could choose one of the others to work on. It would be fun.

Susan Tracey

LisaT said...

I am not part of a quilting bee but wouldn't mind it at all. About 2 years ago a participated in a block swap using Christmas fabrics and it was a lot of fun for me.

Thanks for a chance to win the book. It looks like a lot of effort was made to hit your deadlines and if you wouldn't change a thing then it must be some book!

Lee said...

This looks like a great book! thank you!

Liz Rehrauer said...

Bee? Would love to join one this winter.

mean sarah jean said...

i've never done a quilting bee, but they always look so fun. i really enjoyed reading about lindsay's process for this book.

Kelli said...

In the bee I'm apart of, we sew 2 blocks a month and ship them off to our group's quilter. She then quilts it and it gets gifted to a shelter up in NYC.

Debi Horne said...

I was in a quilting bee a long time ago with the ladies of our church. Now, I quilting with my daughter and 2 grand daughters,ages 8 and 12. So I guess I'm in a 3 generation quilting bee.Right now, we're quilting couch pillows, children's TV quilts, and the kids and I are working on a surprise for momma (my daughter).

Thanks for the chance.
Debi

punkcutie said...

I just participated in an ABC fabric swap and now I'm deciding on a pattern to make a quilt for my daughter's birthday.

CathyK said...

I have never been part of a Bee, but I would like to change that. In this post I learned a bit about organizing a Bee and a time frame for making blocks and finishing the Bee quilt. Great post!

Kathryn said...

I've done a couple of online bees, but like sewing with my guild best. I'm running a workshop next month to teach a block and have people make them for a Quilts of Valor quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

GO STARS! said...

I've never participated in a bee. They look very interesting. I did do a monthly meeting where we made quilts from a book - small samples of each block/quilt. It was lots of fun.

Monica said...

I've never done a quilt bee. I'm currently sewing baby shower gifts. I'm impressed you all finished so fast to meet the book deadline! Thanks for the chance to win!

quilter lioness said...

I am new to quilting and have never participated in a bee. I just joined a Featherweight group and have completed one project.

Robbie said...

Our bee is currently working on Swoon from Thimbleblossoms!!

akainik said...

I've never been part of a quilting bee! Would love to win the book! thanks!
yeyioasis@yahoo.com.ar

lesleyana said...

i am new to sewing but would LOVE to learn to quilt too. i have never been to or seen a quilting bee but it sounds fun.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've never participated in a bee. I am finishing up a quilt for my daughters BFF. Just have to finish the binding :-) Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Stephanie said...

I have never participated in a bee, but it sounds great! I am currently working a couple of quilts for a benefit auction for a friend of our family who has cancer and is loosing his job/insurance. (first time ever on that also)! Thanks

Jill Dunn said...

I am participating in my very first bee and I am so excited! it is a virtual bee done via snail mail and internet. I currently am working on aprons for National Tie One On Day and to sell.

Lisa E said...

I've been part of a bee before but not lately. Right now I'm making drawstring bags.

Just Sew Sue said...

I am currently finishing my Deckade the Halls quilt but have a few bee quilts to finish too. :)

pcflamingo said...

The charity quilting group that I belong to, From Our Heart, does a quilting bee every even month of the year. I LOVE them. It's so much fun to get together with the group and sew, sew, sew! I usually end up working on quilt tops that other people have done and I finish them off with quilting and binding.

Joan said...

I've never participated in a bee. I am working on Christmas gifts. I just finished sewing a bed caddy for each of my little grandchildren. Thanks for the chance to win. Looks like a great book!

Julie said...

I am currently working on a quilt for my son, which is two months late!

DianeY said...

I've participated in some bees on Flickr with pretty mixed results. I spent a lot of time making blocks and the ones I received back were a pretty mixed lot between fabulous, OK and unacceptable or non-existent. I have kind of laid off recently. Sounds like you had a great group-I think that's probably the key to success!

katie@stvital said...

I am currently sewing 3 guilts. Two are in the quilting stage, and one is in the piecing stage. I am very excited about all of them.

Deanna said...

I belong to a quilt guild, never been a part of a quilting bee...not even sure we have those around here. Currently I'm trying to pick up where my grandmother left off and have been sewing quilts for new family members....they might get lucky and receive a crib sized quilt before their little one turns one...What a lack in speed, I make up for in dedication since I just started quilting a year ago and have finished 8 quilts. Would love it if I could use the ideas in this book to make it more of a "family" project.

Carolyn said...

I haven't participated in a bee for many years, did a few online back then. I have learned from this post that I really need to make that star within a star within a star quilt!

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

I've never been in a bee! At the momenr I'm sewing a lot of pouches to be sold.

Jeanie said...

This looks like a wonderful book... congratulations! I'd love a copy as several of my quilting friends have moved away and this would be a wonderful guide to get us back together! thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I just finished a modern "transparency" quilt and am having it partially long-arm quilted and will be doing some "fussy" quilting on it myself with my Bernina AND some decorative sashiko-type hand-quilting. Should be fun. Next up a charm quilt using modern fabrics and lots of white.

SewCalGal said...

Looks like a wonderful new book, with refreshing designs.

I belong to a couple of different bee's and encourage others to join where the opportunity works for them. Can be a great way to build friendship, gain inspiration and have fun.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Nikita said...

I've never been part of a quilting bee but it sure sounds fun, currently working on a quilt for my hubby and son.

Linda Fleming said...

I'm currently making some tree blocks using half square triangle trimmings from a previous project.

Little Ella Lu said...

I've also never been in a bee, but I am working on a california king sized cathedral quilt that is going to be the death of me.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I have not joined a bee yet. I would love too but am not sure I could commit to keeping up. But I do sew with a group every month where we each sew a block at our get together. A quilt is finished every month.

Dorothy G said...

My friends and I meet every Wednesday, rain or shine. We call ourselves the Sassy Sisters(or Sassy Stitchers). We each have finished a Bargello table topper and are currently working on a "quilt as you go" bed quilt. We already know that we want to do a Mariners Compass for our next project. But I already see a pattern in this book that would make a great project.

Anonymous said...

I just finished my first baby quilt using Giggles by Me and My Sister.

Anonymous said...

I have never participated in a quilting bee -- but would like to! I'm currently finishing a quilt for my bedroom using Double Chocolat! Thanks for the chance to win something!

Anonymous said...

I would love this book! I just had a class yesterday on machine applique and last night at guild meeting learned a quick way of making a 9 patch. So this weekend I will be busy practicing these "new to me" techniques.

taylor_laurie@hotmail.com

Linda said...

HELLO,HAVE NOT BEEN IN A BEE>SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF FUN THOUGH.I'M WORKING ON ANOTHER BABY CHARITY QUILT THIS WEEK AND THEN HOPE TO START SOME CHRISTMAS PROJECTS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

Kim M said...

I've never done a quilting Bee but I think they'd be fun! I'm currently working on three quilts - one for my sister, one for my cousin's new baby, and the Modern Trees quilt along quilt.

Unknown said...

Never been part of a bee but have been part of swaps. Would love a chance to win this book! texstar32 @ hotmail(dot)com

Jenn4653 said...

Last "bee" I had was years ago teaching my mother and friend how to quilt. I remember how much fun we had. My mother went on to make a large hexie quilt. My friend decided maybe quilting was not for her. LOL!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

No bees yet for me, but I am currently workinv on a pillow to highlight a piece of hardanger embroidery made by my husband's grandma :)

Toni said...

I don't have any quilting friends, so I haven't been part of a bee before. Sounds like it would be fun, though. Just started working on a couple of new quilts that I'm making to give away to friends and family.

2sew4fun said...

i cant wait to see the book and invite my friends to "bee" with me!!!

Virginia said...

I haven't been brave enough to start a quilt yet. Learning on smaller things like bags.

Melanie said...

I belong to a fun easy going quilt group. Often times we just share our recent fabric purchases and eat treats...I love it!

Marti M said...

Love the quilting bee that I am in. I am the youngest so I get advise on lots of different areas of life :)

pkrueger said...

I am not in a quilting bee, but would love to start one. That is why I love this book! Right now I am working on the sampler quilt that Rachel from stitched in color is doing as an online class. It's so much fun.

Jess said...

I'm a member of do. Good Stitches and I love it! It feels good to contribute to quilts that are donated each month, and it also allows me to try blocks I've been wanting to make on a manageable scale without committing to an entire project made independently. Thanks!

Laurie McCauley said...

Love the idea of a quilting bee with friends, putting the book on my list. Excited to started a bee with friends. Great idea!!

Laurie McCauley said...

Love the idea of a quilting bee with friends. On my list to get with friends and get the book and start. Thanks for the great idea!!!

Beth said...

My mom and I quilt together...so I guess we're our own bee! We are getting a new long-arm quilting machine next week! Squeee!

Brenda said...

I have just completed two quilts with the Glamping fabric using the cute pattern "Jelly Roll Jam" by Fat Quarter Shop. I love the quilt behind the bed, would so love to make it.

Mariana Galvagno said...

We just set up our own Quilting Bee here in Spain. Its our first month! Im so excited!

karen said...

Since this spring, I try to go to my mom's house once a week to quilt. I just finished sewing the top of a quilt I started 15 years ago. I'm not even sure I like the fabric anymore but I wanted to finish it. There's a sense of accomplish in just finishing what I started.

Anonymous said...

Hope to participate in a Quilting Bee in the future. Thanks for the chance to win. veeveebug@aol.com

barbara woods said...

i am making a quilt for my grandson and a christmas quilt for us

~Kelie~ said...

I'm in the 3 x 6 bee and I love the diversity of it. Making the same block for 6 different people in their chosen color way...it's too much fun!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Sonia B said...

I'm finishing a churn dash quilt. A bee sure would have helped. Thanks for the chance.

Rae Reid said...

I've never been part of a bee, but it sounds like fun. I'm currently working on a quilt out of Sunday Morning Quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

Cathy said...

What have I learned about this book??....that I would love to win it!! I remember my aunts getting together and having bees...there was always a lot of laughing going on!!

Joan H. said...

I have never participated in a bee but it sounds like it could be fun! I am presently working on some small wall hangings and several microwave hotpad-bowls for our fall bazaar. Your book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sue H said...

I have only been quilting a year, haven't participated in any bees yet but you make it sound so much fun! I really must try it.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh looks like a fantastic book!! I have been quilting most of my life and I still love it; maybe more. I do all of my hand quilting alone; and get together with sewing friends a couple of times a week during the fall to spring months. We sew and do a little machine quilting together. It is so much fun learning together.

Pam Quiltaholic Biswas said...

I really enjoyed your post on the process of writing the book. It might just inspire me to follow through with some ideas I have had recently and get my friend to write a book with me. Right now, I am working on a modern strip quilt where all the strips run horizontal down the middle, but are not lined up. There are different lengths of white background on either side of each strip. Simple, but fun. I'm using Urban Mod and some other coordinating Art Gallery fabrics that I just love!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win your book. If I don't win it, I certainly will purchase it.

Francis Paul said...

I'm currently putting a quilt together for the Comfort do.Good Stitches group on Flickr. I'm the host for September and I cjose the churn dash block, my altime favorite :-).

I now have 20 lovely blocks to make a quilt and donate it to charity.

Catherine said...

I am currently sewing a fall table runner with fabrics from Juliana Horner.

Anne D said...

I have never participated in a bee!
I am working on some hst mini quilts following a tutorial on one of the many blogs I follow.

Tiara said...

I have never done a bee before but looks like a blast. Right now I'm working on a marcelle medallion and a fireworks quilt!

Nancy said...

i am finishing up a Half Log Cabin bed spread for my husband.

Jill said...

I have never been in a quilting bee either. I am looking for a modern quilt to make for a wedding present and the book looks to have plenty of choices.

Lisa said...

I've been working on bee blocks and next up is a needlebook for a swap. Christmas Gifts is next on the list.

clrobbins said...

Had a great time last weekend at a sew-in with the girls at SAMQG. It was a dorky, grown up lock-in!

Penny said...

I haven't participated in a bee, but a small quilt group I was in did block exchanges and round robin type things. It was so much fun.

Karen said...

I've been wary of bees because I want control over my fabrics, but ir looks like I can send them out.
I need to find one. Or start one :)

Fiesta said...

I wish I could join a bee but I work all day and that is when they meet. I am working on the midnight oasis quilt.

OhioLori said...

I've never belonged in a Bee group either...sounds fun!!

Am pretty new to Quilting, just finished a Half Squares Triangles quilt...and starting a Disappearing 9-Patch one now.

This book loooooks Awesome!!

Paula said...

I've not been in a quilting bee yet and am unlikely to find the time to commit for the next year or two. With two small children some months I barely find the time to sew so joining a bee really isn't an option just yet much and all as I would love to.

Anonymous said...

Working in a quilting bee is a great way to get a project finished because nobody wants to let the group down. I love quilting in a bee.
wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

Pinspot said...

I've never been in a bee. Right now I'm working on a quilt for Margaret's Hope Chest. Thanks!

Sharon said...

I'm new to quilting, but I do have fun making log cabin blocks from scraps of all my other sewing projects! Someday I will get them pieced together into a quilt!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I would love a copy of this book. We are currently working on a pillow swap but next year we want to do a big quilt swap, but we need ideas (especially EASY ideas to cater to the varied sewing abilities among our group).

Allison C said...

I'm involved in my first bee...the Simply Solids bee. So far it has been challenging finding the time, but it is a good challenge to whip me in shape.

Cecilia said...

I meet with a group of ladies once a week. I've made some really great friends and I've learned a lot from the more experienced ones of the group. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. I love the star quilt especially.

sewpsyched said...

I have not participated in a quilting bee but it sounds like fun. I'm working on 2 king sized quilts right now.

Emily C said...

I am currently finishing an appliqued quilt. It is scenic, with a hot air balloon and a kite.

Marca said...

Our bee does handwork together, and we've. Been working on paper piecing. My current project is clamshells. I love the quilt with white curves.

Darlene Crosby said...

I have never participated in a Bee, but would love the chance to win this book! It looks wonderful:)

Darlene Crosby said...

I forgot to tell you that I am working on a Craftsy Quilt Along.

Diane L said...

Currently working on a needle turn applique quilt with a special group of ladies from my guild. Also, our guild did a charm square swap monthly and we are (almost) all diligently working on our hand pieced charm quilts.

Love all the pics from the book-not sure which 1 I would try first!.
SewingLadyDI (aka Diane)

Sharon B. said...

I am a new quilter, working on my second quilt. I would love to someday be part of a quilting bee, it sounds like so much fun. I love the cover of the book and the quilts in the photo display, really beautiful!

andri. said...

Bee sounds so fun:)

Gooba Designs said...

I have never participated in a bee but I am hoping to in the future. I am currently trying to finish quilting one quilt and have about five tops behind it! Also, almost finished with a blouse for me...yay! Thanks.

Sarina said...

I wish I was actually sewing something. I just got married and moved so I'm still trying to unpack, organize, and find everything. The book looks awesome!

littlemissd said...

I haven't participated in a Bee yet, but they look like fun so something to add to my list of things to do. I'd like to improve my skills a bit more first too, making blocks for someone else is a little scary. At the moment I have more Wip's than I should probably admit out loud to but I just have to finish hand sewing the binding and I'll have finished the quilt that I've made my Mum for Christmas. I've seen a number of quilts in the book that I'd love to make. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. Louise xx

Kendra Watson said...

Wow so much inspiration just from this post, what a great book :)

GranChris said...

Our UFO group often does charity Quilting Bees. They are wonderful get together's and we accomplish a lot.

ozone3 said...

Currently working on a lap quilt for my mother. She's 85 years old and is now living with my sister. She is so tiny...she absolutely freezes in their house (they keep their A/C really low), so I'm making this to help keep her warm.

Thanks for the chance to win!!

llavmc said...

I have never been part of a quilting bee but would like to join one. I am working on a quilt for my grandson right now. The top is all pieced and I just need to baste, quilt and bind it.

janie said...

Lovely book, you should be proud.
I am working on some vintage dresdan plates that were made many years ago & I am putting them on blocks and setting them together.

Debbie Dahlman said...

I love all the modern quilts- the colors pop on the white background and seeing the different patterns is amazing! Thank You for the opportunity...

Timtirim said...

What an interesing book! I'm new in the quilting world, I started to learn patchworking and quilting in the summer and I haven't participated in a bee yet. I've already sewed some bags, table toppers, pillow covers, the latest was a wall hanging using illusion method. This was already for Christmas.

llavmc said...

I have never been part of a quilting bee but would like to join one. I am working on a quilt for my grandson right now. The top is all pieced and I just need to baste, quilt and bind it.

Sharon T said...

I am currently working on a challenge to use only solids featuring a mystery color that was drawn at random. No other rules than that it must be no larger than 30"x30". So many ideas, so little time.

Gill said...

I've never been in a bee but I've joined a new local quilting group so maybe there's one in my future!!

Dawn Voegeli said...

My quilt guild is having it's biannual quilt show next weekend and we are all busy finishing up projects. We are also doing a UFO challenge this year and a lot of old projects are finally done.
Thanks!

Vickie said...

Currently I am working on a QOV for one of my uncles. Would love the book....

LZ said...

I am not part of a bee, but did make a couple of quilts in a class that used the same concept of making multiple blocks to share. I am currently working on Christmas pillowcases for my seven grandchildren. I use them to wrap their gifts like a Santa sack.

Liz said...

I just spent yesterday setting up a first biannual quilt show with new friends. Fun! Today is the BIG day!!

Bonnie58 said...

I have never participated in a bee. They sound like fun. Thanks so much for sharing

Michele T said...

I am currently working oa a car quilt... Getting ready for those winter drives when even if the heat is on, the car still seems cool.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Just finished my month in our current bee and I asked for pink x & + blocks and I couldn't be happier. I'll be putting them together soon for a baby quilt.

Kwilty Pleasures said...

Never been in a bee. Congrats on a successful book.

Mary Ann said...

My bee is a group of four retired teachers who meet once a week to quilt. We have a great time together and it's great to have them to help with design input. One of my current projects is a pencil quilt to commemorate my years of teaching math.

M.W. said...

I have never been a part of a bee group but this looks like fun. I am currently working on a text quilt.
Shawn

NancyL said...

Years ago we had quilting bees to work on a charity quilt for our kids Christian school auction, a couple of us pieced the quilts and then a group would get together to hand quilt it. I'm currently working on a baby quilt for my newest grandaughter! Would love to win the book-the preview pics look great!

Beth said...

I have never been in a bee, but it looks interesting! I am currently working on a scrappy strip quilt.

charlotte said...

Ive never participated in a bee but I would love to! Im working on an advent cal. right now.

CarolCat said...

Although it's probably not technically a quilting bee, a group of quilting friends made a quilt to present to the non-profit charitable center where we hold our semi-annual quilting retreats.
Everyone made at least one block & we had enough to make a matching table runner. They treat us so good there & feed us wonderful meals, we wanted to say a special "thank you".

Cheryl Loves Quilts and Dogs said...

I have never been part of a quilting bee but it does sound like fun! I am currently working on a quilt for myself!!! I always give everything away and this time am going to keep this purple quilt for me!

Sandy D said...

I have never participated in a Bee but they sound like fun. I also have learned from seeing some of these quilts that I do like some "Modern Quilts". Great patterns that I am seeing.

dessie95 said...

I have a great friend who gives me support and I go to a Breakfast Club once a month that gives us ideas and plans for our next quilt(s)

Anonymous said...

when i was 16, married and a young mother, i lived in a rural area. i had already started quilting, then i found out a lady down the road had quilting bees at her home every week and she invited me to join in. i would take my daughter and walk to her house and quilt all afternoon with several older women. i learned a lot at these bees and not always about quilting, while my daugter played under the quilt frame. such great memories. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

Santee Bobbie said...

I've never done a bee-just learned from your post what they are! I'm kind of new-old to quilting. working on UFO's and getting very excited by the tech side of quilting. Thanks for the op to win. Bobbiesews

Tamie said...

I'm participating in a local bee right now and need to make a modern house block- soon!

Debbie W said...

I have never participated in a quilting bee but I do go to open sews at a cousin's house usually monthly. There is a group of ladies who bring their sewing machines, fabrics, and food( of course!) and sew and talk for hours ! We share not only what we are working on but what is going on in our lives. Our backgrounds and experience in quilting varies but we all have one thing in common and that is quiliting! Sharing our love of it is what its all about! Plus some great quilts!

Regina said...

Loving these quilts. I have never done a bee -but am plugging away on a bunch of quilts for gifts for the upcoming holidays. Lots of flimsies now - need to do some actual finishing SOON!

Lori said...

The book looks really fun! I've just started getting into modern quilts and am currently working on a modern I Spy quilt using HST's and Kona white. It's turning out really cute!

Kathy said...

I don't belong to a bee (I'm not that talented yet). Right now, I'm honing my skills on birthday gifts and am currently making a pillow for my son-in-law.

Sonya said...

Right now I am making a quilt for my sweet aunt who has been helping with my dad, who had a stroke 3 weeks ago. I thought a quilt would be comforting to her, and let her know how much I love her.

scrapatches said...

This book looks fabulous! I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance to win. Each of the quilts pictured here is sew wonderful I just have to see the rest of the book. I belong to an online group of quilters and have participated in many block swaps and a couple of round robins and I would love to do something like this in the future. Looking forward to learning more at every stop in the new hop. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

I'm working on a purse for my daughter and a lap quilt for me right now. Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

Beth said...

As someone who has never participated in a bee, yor book intrigues me. It is fun to hear about how it all came together--I love that you sent decor items to go with each quilt!

Margriet said...

I like participating in a bee. It's so nice to see what other quilters are working on en there is so much to learn! Nice idea to make a project together!

Donna W said...

I have never participated in a "bee". But, this book makes me think that i would really like the experience. Thanks

Stitched With Prayer said...

I have not yet had the fun of sewing with a 'bee' though I have been trying for a while now to find one close to home. (my health won't allow me to drive far) But so far, no luck. I found that when I was in a class, I really enjoy sewing in a group, so I keep looking. Thanks for a chance in your giveaway and good luck to everyone. Hugs all around...

KMSC said...

I belong to a "small quilt group" that meets every Tuesday night. We hand sew or just read quilting magazines and chat. Once a year we go on retreat where we sew, sew sew. Thanks for the giveaway!
k.castanette@hotmail.com

Heidi Staples said...

I absolutely loved hearing more background on this book! I'm currently working on a baby quilt for a friend of mine!

AngieSue said...

I love that scrappy square quilt and would love to do it with a red background! I looked for the book today at my local Barnes and Noble...didn't find it, bah humbug.

crafty prance said...

I just started quilting, and am now working on a Tula Pink butterfly quilt using red batiks. Jumping in with both feet...

Brandy Pettit said...

I am working on a table runner for the Wicked blog hop, and someday I hope to start a bee with my friends around town, I think it would be a great reason to get together.

Jeri Niksich said...

I am so excited for you ladies to turn something so fun into a book! I've never been in any type of sewing group I'm basically a shy person and I'm just learning to quilt but learn a lot of following blogs ect. I am currently working on a lap quilt for my husband for while he watches (sleeps) football or Nascar on TV.

Bohemian Mimi said...

I have been trying to organize a bee, but have never been fortunate enough to be a part of an existing one. I am working on a quilt for my granddaughters.

Stacy said...

I have never been part of a bee, but it sounds like fun! I am currently working on a quilt for a friend. Thanks for the giveaway!

Heather said...

I am not in a bee but my SIL are both participating in an online quilt along. We are looking for our next joint project and the patterns in this book look great! Thanks for the chance.

Lesley said...

I'm not in a bee. Right now I'm working on a wall hanging, a Christmas quilt, and a civil war small quilt. Thanks for the chance!

patti said...

I'm starting some fabric baskets to organize my sewing room. Once they are finished I have 4 baby quilts that are overdue!

Holly fitzpatrick, hollyvan@hotmail.com said...

No longer participating in any kind of bee but have in the past. Justfinished a weighted 'blanket' for a friend's son and am finishing a table runnerfor a youth group fund raiser.

Anonymous said...

I am not in a quilting bee but am currently working on 2 memory quilts for a friend and her daughter from men's shirts. Their dad/grandpa passed away earlier this summer. Congratulations on your book. I like what I see and will need to look into it further!
Linda

Diane W. said...

Quilting bees are really fun! I was in one for many years. Would love to be in another one here in San Diego. This book is wonderful! I saw it in my local quilt shop and would love to win it! Thank you for the giveaway.

annemarie said...

I have never been in a quilting bee but it sounds great. I am working on several baby blankets and gift items for the holidays.

Brenda said...

My quilting group has met on Wednesday evenings for the last 20+ years. We have shared each others lives - the ups and the downs!!

bluebear said...

Haven't had a chance to participate in a bee yet but hope to one day. Currently working on a wallet for a friend. Thanks!

Josie McRazie said...

I just quilted up 2 finished tops and am working on hand binding! a slow Saturday!

Rebecca Parsons said...

I've never done a quilting bee however I am selfishly teaching my friends to quilt so we can start our own one day :) I just finished a saw tooth star quit for my newborn who arrived about 6 weeks early and finishing up a chevron twin size for my toddler little boy (who just had to pick out all the fabric and pattern:) I can't wait to get my hands on this book! All of the pictures are just beautiful and very much my style to make! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with all of us! Blessings!

Kathy Sue said...

As someone newer to quilting, I have never been part of a bee and am in fact just struggling to finish my first quilt top (and learning/teaching myself as I go). I am so looking forward to learning more and being able to devote more time to quilting after I retire next Spring. These posts have certainly given me food for thought and dreams! kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Anne said...

I just love the bee I'm in right now. It's my first and we sew from our scraps/stash so no mailing fabrics back and forth . . . just sending the finished block. I've met so many wonderful quilters and feel for the first time that I have true blog friends.

Anonymous said...

I currently quilt with 4 other ladies and we are currently working on a quilt to donate to our local Relay For Life to raffle off. I think it would be great to have this book and work nothing's like this with my group.

Lisa (LMRdesigns11@aol.com)

TisaIrish said...

We don't do a bee per se, but get together once a month to talk and laugh and eat while we quilt. The cast of characters changes according to who is free each month, but it's always a good time and we all accomplish something.

Lyn said...

I'm not in a bee, but at quilt guild meeting today, we discussed starting some new bees, so I might be in one shortly!

Billy'sgirl said...

This is a lovely book. I am presently working on bubblegum pink quilts for each of my 2 nieces. As a very traditional quilter, I ventured outside my comfort zone to give these quilts more of a modern look for my tween nieces. I would love to have a copy of your Modern Bee for future project ideas, and to inspire my quilting friends.214

Carla G said...

I'm sewing pants for my son right now. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Always In Stitches said...

Oh my a bee. How fun. Never did that but sounds great. Hope to win the book and start a bee with my friends from the now defunk Woven Hearts Quilt Guild.

Linda said...

The book looks great. I am currently working on a Holiday quilt that was pieced last year. Time to get it quilted and bound.

diana said...

I've never been in a bee;just started quilting in May. I'm working on a flying geese quilt.

Anonymous said...

My daughter and I are making a quilt together --that's as close to a sew bee for me. Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!!
Wanda

bdaiss said...

I don't have a bee, but I have a great friend who wants to learn piecing and quilting this winter, so here's hoping! I have a few quilts on my "need to finish" list. Thanks for the chance!

Kim said...

I am new to quilting and I just started the jelly roll jam quilt using High Street by Lily Ashbury!

Farm Quilter said...

I am participating in a bee at my local quilt shop - the 12 of us are going to make row quilts this next year...should be fun!

Sue H said...

I am quite new to quilting and have never participated in a Bee but it sounds like so much fun! Currently working on a baby quilt with flying geese.

quilt455 said...

Even my Bee is modern since it is via the internet. Right now we are working on granny squares for one of our members. I learn that all 12 quilters finished their quilts in 4 week. Thanks for the chance to win this great book

babiesdoc said...

I am making a pixelated heart for my 12 year old niece
and helping her make a smaller one for a baby to be.

Ginny said...

I have participated in many on line bees and they are so much fun! I have recently seen many books come out of these bees and would love to win a copy of this one!

mik41 said...

I've never joined a bee, but I hope to one day! This book looks amazing and I'd love to own a copy!

Kim

RJSOCH said...

I think it would be a great challenge to participate in a bee for myself. Currently I'm working on a twister pumpkin wall hanging

Suzie H said...

I have never participated in a sewing bee, but I think it'd be a lot of fun! I'm currently working on sewing lots of baby goodies for my niece on the way.

jesusiscool8 at yahoo dot com

Mylissa Gholson said...

I have 3 quilts that are works in progress. One of which is totally hand peiced and just need a final border. The other two are halfway done but on the sewing machine. I would love to win your book and make that beautiful star quilt that I seen on this blog my next quilt! I love stars.

Carmen N said...

I've never participated in a quilting bee. They sound like fun but the only one I know about meets while I'm at work.

Judy1522 said...

I have never participated in a Bee. My current project is to finish a quilt for my husband that I made in an online quilt along.

Kristine said...

Right now I'm working on Halloween costumes, but I'll soon switch to a "Bionicle" quilt for my son.

Mania said...

I had a failure of a sewing machine .. Therefore, waiting for quilting quilts, one round tablecloth and four placemats .... A lot of work ... :( :)

Melissa said...

I've never been in a quilting bee but this book would certainly motivate me to organize one.

pharmgirl75 said...

I just got home from my state guild's annual Quilt Fest and have two class projects that I am working on. One is a Kim Diehl table runner (my first appliqué!) and the other is a scrappy around the world quilt.

Whit said...

Such BEAUTIFUL quilts!! LOVELOVELOVE them!! Would love to have a copy! I'm finishing up some quilts of my own at the moment!

bestjlb said...

I am currently working on a quilt for my son's college dorm room. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I'm in a bee on flickr right now, using all solid fabrics, it's been a lot of fun. Some of the block choices were quite challenging, others were classic patchwork.

Wanda said...

I haven't done a large group bee. The quilts in this book are an inspiration to start one. Love the star in a star.

Georgi said...

I've never been in a bee, but it's on my bucket list! Currently working on Christmas tree skirts for our 4 daughters ~ this is my first year giving quilty things, so I hope they turn out! Thanks for the chance ~ fingers crossed!

Deb said...

No, I've never been in a bee either, but sounds like a fun time with quilting friends! I'm working on my local quilt shop's block of the month right now, and that's about it - one block a month. I need to get busy on something else!

jperse@cox.net said...

Have never been in a quilting bee, but just finished a quilt this weekend as a surprise gift for my sister. I see a lot of inspiration for the next quilt based on the few pictures shown. Would love to see the entire book!
Jan

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