Saturday, December 26, 2009

getting ready

Hi spider bees!
I am in the process of getting my fabric ready to send out and I thought I would post my requests.
I am going to go with:
2. Send my fabric out and request that you each add to what I have sent from your own stash.
Please feel free to do whatever you like with the scraps I send to you. You can use them in my block, or keep them for your self if you like and use other fabric in my blocks. Please don't send the scraps back to me, I am trying to use them up and I have plenty to go around:)
I found some tea stained muslin that I am going to use as a base for my blocks.
I am also requesting that everyone use the Quiltville tutorial. I have been using it and it is pretty easy to follow.
That is all I can think of for now. I plan on going to the post office on Monday to mail everyone's envelope out.
Personally, I am declaring 2010 a year of getting rid of the excess in my life. Excess fabric, debt, weight, to name a few. Anybody with me???

Monday, November 30, 2009

Guidelines and a Question

Here are the guidelines for the bee. These are certainly open to change, but I want to make sure that we are on all the same page before we get started.

When it is your month you can do one of the following:
1. Send your fabric out and request that only that fabric be used.
2. Send your fabric out and request that we each add to what you have sent from our own stash
3. Send nothing and request that we all use our own stash and what you get back is potluck.

Regardless of which of the three options you choose, it would be wise to request the same color be used as the base star.

When it is your month have your fabric in the mail by the first or within a day or two of the first depending on when the first happens to fall.

If you are creating, have your finished squares in the mail by the 30th of the month, again with a day or two cushion on either side.

If you choose option 1 or 2 you can let us know if you want your scraps back or if you are ok with us keeping them.

Anna - beautiful block!!!! I think the second one is the one the one that we want. It will make piecing all of our blocks easier.

What did I miss?

Here's a question for you to comment on:
shall we make the same size square every month or let the "quilter-of-the-month" decide?

Monthly Assignments

Anna January-10
Briono February-10
Theresa March-10
Melissa April-10
Greta May-10
Rebecca June-10
Tracy July-10
Heidi August-10
Jessica September-10
Marie October-10
Sudi-Laura November-10
Rachel December-10

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hi Spider Bees!
It looks like I'm first up and before I start getting my fabric ready I was wondering if there are any specific guidelines that we are following. From what I understand it looks like we are making two blocks for each other, right? If so, what is considered a block? I looked at both tutorials and each one has a different idea as to what a block is consisted of. Here is what I came up with from the second tutorial.

Is this a block?

Or is this a block?

Do we have any set requirements on fabric either?
Personally, I wouldn't mind sending out enough base fabric for consistency, and adding some strips from my scrap stash, but I would really love to have all of you add some of your own scraps to make it even more scrappy. I also wouldn't mind if you kept all the strips I send and just use strips from your stash. Whatever works!
Thanks in advance!

I am really looking forward to this quilting bee this year. I can't wait to start using up my scraps!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Hi fellow Spider Bee Members,

I have been looking for some tutorials for our blocks.
Here are two really good ones that I have run across. There are also many beautiful pictures on these sights of completed Spider Webs.

The first one is by Marica Hohn over at QuiltersCache.

The second one is at Quiltville.

They both seem very user friendly. I am going to try to make some time this weekend and see if one is easier to follow than the other.

Here is a third option. Thanks to Greta for finding it. You can also follow the thread over on flikr.