1 Year
12 Women
144 Quilt Blocks

Visit the flickr group.

Busy Bees
Alicia :: mayflyflickr
Anina :: twiddletailsflickr
Amanda Jean :: Crazy Mom Quiltsflickr
Courtney :: two straight linesflickr
Eren :: This Vintage Chicaflickr
Erin :: house on hill roadflickr
Grace :: uncommon graceflickr
Jennifer :: Mama Urchinflickr
Kathy :: Pink Chalk Studioflickr
Melissa :: all buttoned upflickr
Morgan :: One More Mooreflickr
Sarah :: Sara + h: Sara With An Hflickr


Do you mind if I start my own virtual quilting bee?
No, I don’t mind at all. I knew this group would stretch the creativity of it’s members and who doesn’t need a good stretch sometimes.

Okay, so how does it work?
Each month one of the members (that month’s designer) sends me the fabric(s) for their quilt. I asked everyone to send at least one fat quarter but often they send two pieces. I then distribute the fabrics into envelopes and send them on to the other members, keeping one set of fabric for myself. Members then have until the end of the month to create a block that fits in the design idea of the designing member for that month and send it back to me. I gather all 11 blocks together and send them to the designing member who sews them into a quilt, two quilts, twelve pillows, or shoves them in a closet.

How big are your blocks?
Everyone creates a 12.5″x12.5″ block so that it will finish to 12″x12″ when sewn together.

Why haven’t I seen any finished quilts?
At this point not everyone has 12 finished blocks even if they designed their quilts months ago. We’re all busy moms and occasionally one of us gets behind. I think you’ll start to see finished quilts soon.

Why can’t I join the flickr group?
Membership in the group is limited to the 12 women participating but please check back to see the photos of our progress. If you are interested in following our progress please subscribe to the group’s RSS feed.

What’s your schedule?
Feb 2008 :: Jennifer
Mar 2008 :: Kathy
Apr 2008 :: Amanda Jean
May 2008 :: Courtney
Jun 2008 :: Anina
Jul 2008 :: Erin
Aug 2008 :: Eren
Sep 2008 :: Melissa
Oct 2008 :: Morgan
Nov 2008 :: Alicia
Jan 2009 :: Sarah
Feb 2009 :: Grace

93 Responses to “Virtual Quilting Bee”

  1. 1 Grace January 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I am so excited about this! Thanks for inviting me to join!

  2. 2 aliciaalferman January 19, 2008 at 10:54 am

    This is going to be so great, J. Thanks for thinking it up!

  3. 3 erin January 21, 2008 at 10:32 am

    i am so flipping excited! thanks for including me, j.

  4. 4 twiddletails January 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm


  5. 6 molly January 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I’m still crying into my virtual quilt….

    next year? anyone? anyone?

    have fun guys!! such a good group, I can’t wait to see them!

  6. 7 Morgan February 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    It’s going to be so great! Thanks again!!

  7. 8 JoAnna February 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Can’t wait to see all of the amazing pieces you all create!

  8. 9 metrosupialdesigns February 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    This is exciting. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

  9. 10 Jeri February 14, 2008 at 3:29 am

    If you open The Virtual Quilting Bee up again I would like to join.
    I love your website.

  10. 11 Nic February 14, 2008 at 6:49 am

    This is just such a fantastic idea! Like you I have no real world craft-y friends. How great to share with virtual ones. Am loving the teasers on Flickr too.

  11. 12 sheree February 28, 2008 at 4:57 am

    What a fun idea. I am looking forward to watching your progress on this. I love the blocks you have shown so far on flickr! Such great colors!

  12. 13 Jeannine May 9, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I love all your quilts and your photos are awesome. How do you get involved in something like this. I am new to this blogging and “on-line” quilting scene. I’ll be back to check on your progress. You’ve been added to my favorites!

  13. 14 littlebluecottage January 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm


    Can I mention here that I’ve decided to host my own virtual quilting bee and still need a few people….

    Please come visit the little blue cottage.



  14. 15 Dara May 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I have never participated in a quilting bee or quilt swap. I cannot find any that are open. if you open again, I’d love to try it out. Please let me know. thank you 🙂

  15. 16 shelia fisher February 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    anyone looking for a a virtual bee….i’d love to participate in one!

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