I am love love loving the Pieced Together Quilting Bee. I had been envious of my fellow blog buddies that had already gotten the chance to participate in a virtual quilting bee, and since most of them had been invited into their groups, I figured my chances were slim to none at having that happen to me, especially since I don't sew near as much as most bloggers and haven't posted tons of creations. So I jumped at the chance when it came my way (via an open invite on Katie's blog).*
Our quilting bee started in February, and there are 20 participants, which means everyone will end up with at least 20 blocks. My month isn't until October, so I still have plenty of time to figure out what I want to do. All I know right now is that I will try and avoid the temptation of buying new fabric since I have scads and scads already that is waiting to be made into a quilt!
Here is my contribution for February, for Katie herself:
It was my first attempt ever at a wonky log cabin styled block, and I can totally see how these could become addicting.
I have two different blocks to start for March (best get crackin'!) -- another log cabin with some embroidery to be done in the center, and a spider web block that utilizes paper piecing. It will be my first attempt at paper piecing, so hopefully it is not too difficult.
*For those of you that don't know what a "virtual quilting bee" is, I will try to explain it. Basically it is styled after quilting bees in the days of yore where ladies would gather in groups to help work on/complete each others quilts, as "many hands make light work", you know. In a virtual bee, each member is assigned a month to mail their chosen fabrics out to the other participants. The packages include several different fabrics and instructions on what type/style of block they would like made, and then the participants make the blocks and mail them back. Each person in turn eventually ends up with 20 or so blocks (sometimes other participants are extra generous and mail back more than one) to do with as they please --but usually to make a quilt out of. A pretty neat concept, huh?