Friday, June 14, 2013

BMQG Quilting Bee (QB)


This month we had a bee block reveal and exchange! It is always so exciting to see the beautiful quilt blocks that our members create. The BMQG runs a QB about three to four times a year.

The rules are simple:

1. sign up on the BMQG forum and post your two-three colors.

2. select a modern block design that you would like to make for the members of your “hive.”

3. once you are assigned to a hive you have three months to make a 12” finished (12.5” unfinished) block for each of your hive members with their selected colors, using modern quilt shop quality fabric.

There are tons of sources for inspiration for the modern block design you choose, in books or just browsing online. My personal favorite book (especially since every block in this book is made to 12" finished size) is:

There are also other great books available for inspiration which include modern quilt blocks which can be adapted to the 12" finished size such as: 


The number of members in a hive depend on how many people sign up for the round. Typically we have about six members to a hive and one to two hives per round. This past month we had one hive of 7 members.

To get an idea of the how it works I thought I would share pictures of the blocks from our most recent round. Here are the members of the hive and their color preferences:

Deb: black and white with a pop of red.
Janet: red, yellow, and white.
Pat: black and white with lime.
Nancy: black and white.
Maria: black, white and yellow.
Amy: black, white and a pop of color.
and me - Daniela: black, white, pop of color

Here are the blocks Deb made for her hive members:
 
 
Here are the blocks Deb received from her hive members in her colors of black and white with a pop of red:  
 
Here are the blocks Janet made for her hive members:
 
 
Here are the blocks Janet received from her hive members in her colors of red, yellow and white:
 
Here are the blocks Pat made for her hive members:
 
 
Here are the blocks Pat received from her hive members in her colors of black, white and lime:
 
Here are the blocks Nancy made for her hive members:


Here are the blocks Nancy received from her hive members in her colors of black and white:

 
Here are the blocks Maria made for her hive members:

 
Here are the blocks Maria received from her hive members in her colors of black, white and yellow. 
 
Here are the blocks Amy made for her hive members:

 
Here are the blocks Amy received from her hive members in her colors of black white and a pop of color:
 
Here are the blocks I made for my hive members:

 
Here are the blocks I received from my hive members in my colors of black, white and a pop of color:  


We also encourage participants to each make a block for themselves in their preferred colors. After a couple of rounds we all should be able to put together a quilt top.  Some people even make other things with their block such as totes. You could also make pillows, a wall hanging, etc. Your options are endless when you open your creativity. It is a lot of fun!~ I can't wait to see what everyone makes with their QB blocks.

PS - A big thanks to Kimberly for helping me with this post by taking these beautiful pictures of the QB blocks at our last meeting! :)

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