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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

An Inspired Bee...Wanna Join Me?

I recently bought a copy of this book:

I know you all have seen it.  If you haven't gotten a copy yet, you're going to want to.  I have been reading, re-reading and getting inspired on every page.  I couldn't decide where to start.  I have made a couple of small ticker tape quilts and am loving playing with my scraps.

Now here's where the Bee inspiration comes in.  I started making a couple of slabs, which for those of you who haven't seen the book yet, is a chunk of fabric made up of lots of little scraps.  This. is. so. cool!!  Then I got to thinking "I wonder what kinds of scraps other quilter have and what their slabs would look like?"

I want to organize a Bee to make 10 1/2 inch square slabs that can then be made into a quilt.  The slabs are usually all one colorway of scraps.  I am thinking we make a color of the month, two blocks each and then we swap with each other.  I am still trying to work out the details, but I need at least 7 other people besides myself to play along.  We can go as high as 16 people.  If you are interested, leave me a comment saying so.
This is a picture of 2 slabs I made in less than 30 minutes out of blues in my scrap bin.  Doesn't that inspire you?

I have emailed Amanda Jean and Cheryl to get permission to use the technique in their book.  I have heard back from Amanda Jean so I am going forward with the planning.  I hope you all want to play with me.  This could be the beginning of something really fun.  C'mon, let's go!!

20 comments:

  1. I love the Sunday Morning Quilts (I can't tell you how many times I've looked through it already)! I think I'd like to do this! Count me in o:)

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    1. Great. You are the only one so far. I think it will be fun getting a peek at other quilter's stashes. I need to find a way to get some more people to play. Any ideas?

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    2. Have you considered creating a page for the group on Flickr?

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    3. There will be a flickr page too. I have a couple more details to iron out before we get started.

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  2. I love the book and your idea for a bee based on slabs. Count me in!

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  3. Hi Charlotte, would this Bee be open to wanne-be-members across the pond? [I'm in the UK].

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  4. I'm on a self-imposed break from swapping and bees but I'll be watching because this book is great! www.paperstarfish.prettyposies.com

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  5. I would love to join this slab-bee! Count me in and let me know what's next :-)

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  6. I would love to join the bee too. I haven't got the book yet so this will be just the incentive I need to finally buy it! I am based in Latvia, so hope that won't be a problem.

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  7. 2 slabs a month? I can do that! Count me in!

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  8. I would love to join the bee. I have never done one, but have always wanted to. Thanks!

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  9. I would love to do this! Am I too late???

    Thanks so much!

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  10. I would love to join. I am a newbie too!

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  11. You are number 12, Kimmie. If you are on flickr, I need your flickr name so I can invite you to join the group. Otherwise, send me your email. Send it to charlottemaxwell57(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Kimmie, i am having trouble finding you on flickr under that name. Can you send me your email address and we'll do it that way?

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  13. I am another newbie. I think Would be a great way for me to start building a stash. Can I still join? I'm Caryn211 on flickr. Thanks.

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  14. This sounds like fun but I probably found your post too late. I don't even have the book. Do you have room for one more?

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