Bees and Swaps

TATB Bee Block January

This is the last month of the Twice Around the Block virtual quilting bee and it happens to be my month! I decided to ask the group to make scrappy log cabins. I went through my stash and made little piles of fabric using pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Since I want this quilt to be scrappy, I didn’t send anyone the same fabrics.

TATB Bee Fabric

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I find that figuring out how much fabric to send everyone is the hardest part of being in a bee.

This month I am also starting in a new bee that sounds really exciting. It is called The Traveling Quilts and was the idea of Heather and John.

The Traveling Quilts

Monica made us all these cool personized buttons!

In month one, we will all start our own quilts. A block, a small section, whatever we want. Then we will mail what we created to the next person on the bee list and they will add to the quilt. This will continue throughout the year, each person’s quilt being mailed through the group and secretly growing. The last person will quilt the quilt and at the end of the year, we will receive our finished quilt back in the mail as a total surprise! I’m super excited about this concept and am not sure how I got into such an awesome group of people, but I know it’s going to be fun!

I also signed up this morning (just in time!) for the second round of For the Love of Solids Modern Swap. I didn’t participate in Round 1 but I remember a lot of amazing projects coming out of it. This morning I made my inspiration mosaic. I can’t wait to find out who I have for a partner and get sewing!

For the Love of Solids - Round 2 Mosaic

1. “everything’s coming up rainbows” , 2. escapade loves poseidon., 3. Hexagon pillow, 4. PTS6, 5. Fun and Colorful , 6. Single Girl quilt top almost done., 7. Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Challenge, 8. IMG_7450, 9., 10. full view, 11. tutti frutti lieblingsdecke krabbeldecke quilt frankfurt, 12. March-2011-for-Muriel-2, 13. Kaleidoscope Baby Quilt, 14. all pieced and ready to sew together, 15. picnic quilt (9) copy, 16. 2011 2nd Quarter, Hive 15, 17. No Prints Allowed Challenge, 18. Color Your Cloth mini quilt, 19. YIP 365.344::Improv string , 20. Rainbow Squared, 21. Moda Cross Weaves, 22. Free Spirit Designer Solids, 23. Flax Essex Linen, 24. Aqua Essex Linen, 25. Lime Quilters Linen



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    January 9, 2012

    The traveling quilt bee looks like a blast. You must be so excited! And yaay for making it into the FTLS swap. I’m really excited about it as it’s my first swap in AGES. Love the mosaic!

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quitls

    January 9, 2012

    I love your scrappy block Faith- so fun and happy. Great fabrics in that mix.

    I am totally flattered that my starflower quilt made your inspiration mosaic!
    Can’t wait to see what you make friend! I am sure it will be fab.

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    January 9, 2012

    eeeep! so excited to see one of my quilts pop up in your mosaic (#14)! Thanks 😀

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    January 9, 2012

    Wow everything looks so exiting, especially that travelling quilt! Lovely fabric bundles! x Teje

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    January 9, 2012

    Sounds like you’ll be quite the busy gal!! Can’t wait to see what you create!! enjoy!!

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    January 9, 2012

    those are very happy fabrics!

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    Marian Griffin

    January 9, 2012

    The traveling quilts is such a wonderful idea! I hope you update what you receive along the way, this will be a fun process to watch! Love the scrappy blocks too! That’s going to be a beauty.

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    Lyanna L.

    January 9, 2012

    I just signed up for the for love of solids swap and i’m super excited — especially because I missed the boat last time on that one.

    And I LOVE the idea you have for the traveling quilt group. Can’t wait to see what you end up with =)

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    January 9, 2012

    I love your colors. They are so fresh and bright. The inspiration board is fantastic!

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    Goddess in Progress

    January 9, 2012

    I signed up for the solids swap, too! I’m excited. I’m tempted to sign up for a bee, but I’m going to hold off. Realistically, I just don’t have a reliable enough block of time to sew for other people, so I’m going to try to stick with just one thing at a time.

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    diane stanley

    January 9, 2012

    I am in the FTLOS swap too. I am super excited for it. I am also curious to see how you like the Traveling Quilts. I had the same idea a few months ago and have been trying to figure out the logistics of starting one of these bees myself.

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    January 9, 2012

    Those scrappy blocks are going to look fab, and I love the idea of a travelling quilt! I’m in the FTLOS swap too, think it’s going to be so much fun!

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    January 9, 2012

    This sounds like too much fun! Can’t wait to see the end results!

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    January 9, 2012

    I’ve never done a swap before. I’d love to know how the FTLOS works.

    Years ago we did what would be like the traveling quilt only it was cross stitch and unfortunately I never got mine back. This is a much smaller group than we had. It’s much easy to keep track that way. I’ve very excited for you. It’ll be just like Christmas, maybe even better!

    Love your inspirations…I’ve even pinned one! Thanks for sharing.

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    January 10, 2012

    The Traveling Quilt bee sounds like such a fun concept! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    January 10, 2012

    Wow, that does sound like a cool new bee concept. What a fun surprise!

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    January 10, 2012

    What an honor to be in the traveling quilt bunch! I wish i had the time to search for these bees! i love the solids bee and your mosaic is crazy sick to die for!

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    barbara woods

    January 17, 2012


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    February 4, 2012

    was wondering if you have a bee opening soon…I’d love to join!! thanks!


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