Quilting Bee


When I was about eight or nine years old my mom joined a quilting bee and learned to quilt. Each month was assigned to one person and during that month everyone worked on that person’s quilt. It was the early eighties and appliqué was en vogue so they each made an appliqué square with fabric and pattern provided by the eventual owner of the quilt. I think they all hand-quilted the squares individually and at the next meeting someone got all the pieces to assemble their quilt. After that my mom made a number of other appliqué quilts and I have two of them. In the last ten years she started doing patchwork — which I had been begging her to do for years — and I’ve been the lucky recipient of a bunch of those too. There is nothing quite like a hug from Mom even when it’s in the form of a snuggly quilt and you’re 33 years old.


I got to thinking about that quilting bee recently and was thinking about how fun it must have been. Something I love about hand made things is feeling the hand of the maker through their creation. How special it must be to have a quilt made by the hands of friends. I would love to participate in something like that but I only have a few real-life friends who are interested in any type of crafting and only one of them can sew. Then one day it came to me — I sure do have a lot of virtual friends who make all kinds of quilts and quilt-like creations. I wonder if they would want to start a virtual quilting bee?

Doll Quilt Swap 2 - Sent Closeup

Nervously, I emailed a small group and guess what? they loved the idea! I cannot overstate how happy that makes me. Starting in February we’re going to create one quilt a month. You can watch our progress here or on flickr. I am super lucky to count all eleven of these ladies as my friends and I cannot wait to see this project unfold.


11 Responses to “Quilting Bee”

  1. 1 twiddletails January 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I’m SO looking forward to this! My mind is racing with ideas.

  2. 2 lina January 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I think this is a fantastic idea. I can’t wait to see the results – you certainly have a wonderful group of women on your list! I’d love to set up something similar. Would you be willing to share how you’ve organised this ie fabric, logistics, who does what?

    Lina x

  3. 3 erin January 22, 2008 at 8:41 am

    it’s going to be great! thanks for including me, j. i will admit to be a tad nervous, but extremely excited…

  4. 4 amandajean January 22, 2008 at 10:56 am

    this is such a fantastic idea – I am so excited about it. but like erin, I am bit nervous.

    the quilt photos in this post are wonderful!

  5. 5 Melissa January 22, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    That sounds like a lot of fun. I love the first picture – I have a thing for whole cloth quilts. I love all the different patterns!

  6. 6 Grace January 22, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Fun, fun, fun! I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who’s a bit nervous. 😉

  7. 7 Courtney January 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Yay! Can’t wait, thanks for including me! and nervous here too, so many good quilters on the list (hello, Kathy Mack!)

  8. 8 isac January 23, 2008 at 3:46 am

    goodluck, your entry looks fabolous.

  9. 9 Thimbleanna January 23, 2008 at 10:36 am

    What fun you will all have! Can’t wait to see the results. Love the white quilt in your post — I’d love to make a whole-cloth quilt someday.

  10. 10 Amber January 23, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I love, love, love this idea, too! I have even thought about some sort of quilt block swap—-it’s so fun to see what others come up with. The little town where I used to live used to always make a “community quilt” for anyone in town having a baby. They were all so wonderful…

  11. 11 Sonya January 25, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    The things you talented quilters will create! What a wonderful idea.

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