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Modern Bee: How to Start a Quilting Bee

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends

Today I am reviewing a brand new book by Lindsay Conner called Modern Bee —13 Quilts to Make with Friends. Traditionally quilting bee’s were an opportunity for quilters to get together and socialize around a common project. As our socializing nowadays often revolves around social media, a popular trend among quilters has become a modern quilting bee swap. This is where a group of quilters – usually around 12 – form a group and work together over a period of time to create a quilt for each member of the group.

I’ve participated in a few quilting bees with a group of 11 other quilters, including one right now. (Not to be confused with the Virtual Quilting Bee which is open to anyone.) It has been such a great way to try and learn new blocks, techniques, and skills, not to mention build real-life friendships with other women who share the same love for this hobby.

I frequently have people ask how to start a quilting Bee group or become part of one. Modern Bee is an excellent resource! Lindsay has written a wonderful book documenting her experience with 11 other modern quilters and their year of creating quilts as part of a Modern Quilting Bee. Throughout the book Lindsay gives practical advice about how to start your own Bee and how to run it most efficiently.

Even if you’re not interested in starting a quilting Bee, the book also contains instructions for 13 different quilt patterns as well as thorough advice on quilting basics, such as choosing colors and fabrics, supplies, and construction.

As part of this introduction tour for Modern Bee, Lindsay has put together a fun gift bag filled with sewing goodies from Coats and Clark, FreeSpirit Fabrics, Olfa, Pellon and Timeless Treasures! To Enter, complete the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win.a Rafflecopter giveaway *Winner will be randomly selected after October 18, 2013 from all comments received. If the winner lives outside of the U.S., they’ll win a Modern Bee e-Book of instead of the gift bag.
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218 Comments

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    Karen
    October 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I've always wanted to be part of a bee, but I am slightly afraid I am too much of a control freak. I do love the social aspect of sewing though.

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    Tracy
    October 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

    No I have not been part of a quilting bee. But maybe someday! I'm working one a baby quilt for a gift!

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    Kim M
    October 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I've never been a part of a Bee but I think it would be fun. I'm working on a quilt for my cousin's new baby, a quilt for my sister, and a Modern Trees quilt-along quilt right now!

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    Jennyroo
    October 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Wow, great prize! I have never been in a bee before but I would like to try one day! I'm sewing a crib quilt for a friend's new baby right now!

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    Unknown
    October 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I would love to know enough quilters to do something like this!<br />

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    Cornelia
    October 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I&#39;ve never been part of a quilting bee before, but it seems like such a cool thing to do. I&#39;ve loved following along with some Virtual Quilting bees, and I love seeing all of the different colors and interpretations. Right now I&#39;m working on making toys for my kitten that are both indestructible and nice to look at in my apartment!

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    Kendra Fredrickson
    October 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I too would love to be a part of a quilting bee but I am unsure as where to start! Just think of all the information to share and learn from others that have the same passion for quilting!! Thanks for the give away!

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    Di~
    October 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Yes, I love bees! 🙂 I&#39;m making a quilt that has the raw edged cut with an accuquilt flowers out of Weekends by Erin McMorris. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Debbie
    October 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I belong to quilting groups, but not bee type groups. Right now I have on my sewing table a partially made zippered pouch with hexagons on the front. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    Karen - Quilts...etc.
    October 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I have never participated in a on line quilting bee although I have heard of others who have done so.

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    Jacklynn
    October 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I have never been part of a quilting bee, too big a chicken, don&#39;t think I&#39;m experienced enough….you get the picture. Thanks for the give away!

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    sayd80
    October 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I have never participated in a bee but would love too as soon as I finish school.

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    Jenny L
    October 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I am participating in a quilting bee with several friends! This is year two for this particular group. I&#39;ve enjoyed playing with different blocks and different fabrics! Thanks for the opportunity to win. 🙂

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    Laurel09
    October 9, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I&#39;m so intrigued by quilting bees and would really love to do one… once I am able to get my points more consistently precise. I would want anything I send to a bee-mate to be perfect, and I&#39;m not sure I could guarantee that!

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    Lindsay Conner
    October 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the wonderful post, Amy! Love it, and I appreciate you joining us for the blog tour!

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    Diane (djuseless)
    October 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for a chance to win a really cool book and bag of quilting goodies!

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    Alyssa
    October 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I&#39;ve never been a part of one, but would love to someday!

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    Teresa Stanulis
    October 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This book is on my wish list!<br /><br />tstanulis@mac.com

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    Míša
    October 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I have not tried quilting bee yet, but I would like to! 🙂

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    Paula @ Sewy Stuff
    October 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I&#39;ve never been part of a bee. Would love to learn more about it.

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    Deonn @ Quiltscapes
    October 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

    This looks like a terrific book, Amy! Isn&#39;t it wonderful to be part of a group of like-minded quilters from all over the world?

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    Rae Reid
    October 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I have not participated in a bee, but would love to someday. This looks like a great book, and I have become a great fan of modern quilts. Thanks!

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    Vikki B
    October 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I joined by first bee this year and I am loving it. Looks like a great book.

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    Valerie Hutchins
    October 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I&#39;ve never been part of a quilting bee, though it seems like fun. Right now I am working on a rainbow and gray hexagon quilt that will take me forever to finish.

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    Meg
    October 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I&#39;m new to quilting so that goodie bag looks awesome! The book looks awesome too!

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    Karisma
    October 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I haven&#39;t tried a quilting bee yet, but I would like to one day. =) Right now I&#39;m working on a Hawaiian Quilt. Thanks for the chance to win! =)

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    Jennie
    October 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I&#39;m in a charity bee, but I&#39;d love to start one with like-minded friends. What a great book idea!

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    sntbosch
    October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I haven&#39;t ever been a part of a bee. I&#39;m working on halloween costumes.<br /><br />sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

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    paulette
    October 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Yes, I have been part of a quilting bee…great fun! Thanks for the chance to win!!<br />Paulette

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    RCWfamily
    October 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I haven&#39;t been a part of a bee but it sounds like fun!

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    Kathy
    October 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    As a relatively new quilter I think I could learn so much and have fun doing a bee but I would worry that I wasn&#39;t good enough

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    Becky
    October 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I have done block exchanges with a group before, and it was so fun!

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    the mrs
    October 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    What a fun idea for a book. I&#39;d love to read that one.

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    hannah
    October 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I&#39;ve never been a part of a bee, but I&#39;d love to sometime! Thanks for the giveaway!<br /><br />quick dot hannah at gmail dot com

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    Kate
    October 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Ooh, cool! This book looks awesome.

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    Sew Pink
    October 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    When I see peoples bee projects on blogs I&#39;ve always wondered how they work (I&#39;m new to the world of quilting!)<br />pinkvengeance76@gmail.com

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    Lana
    October 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I have participated in a quilting bee… &quot;Let&#39;s Bee Together&quot; and I LOVED it! I have this lovely log cabin patriotic quilt that I made from all the blocks and it was my sweet man&#39;s birthday present last year! I get to sleep under it too…so really…it&#39;s a WIN WIN!

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    Marti M
    October 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Quilting bees are fantastic! It is fun to sit, talk and sew.

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    Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek]
    October 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I&#39;ve never participated in a sewing bee, but they sound like fun 🙂

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    { HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n }
    October 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I love my online quilting bee! I just wish I knew how to be in one locally, too. Can&#39;t wait to check out this book. Thanks for sharing!

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    Isabella Elias
    October 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I have never done a quilting bee but it does sound fun.

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    Carol
    October 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I have never been in a sewing bee…..would love it, I think.

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    Jennifer Green
    October 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I have never been a part of an online quilting bee, but would love to try one someday. Maybe that will be one of my goals for 2014!!!

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    Donna quilts
    October 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I haven&#39;t yet been in a quilting bee, but I would love to join one.

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    Bon
    October 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I&#39;ve never been a part of one, but I&#39;d like to do it eventually!

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    Jessica Slattery
    October 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I&#39;ve only done swaps but a bee sounds like fun. Someday!

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    JessiBerry
    October 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I&#39;ve never done a bee and would love to participate in one, but fearful that with the two littles (a newborn and a toddler) I do not necessarily have the time.<br /><br />Right now I am working on several WIPs and am trying to get them out of the way in the craft room. So I am participating in the last quarter of the FAL… 🙂 Maybe when I finally finish some projects I can look into joining

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    Sue
    October 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I have been curious about quilting bees, so this book seems perfect! Right now I am working on a QAL among many, many other things! 🙂 Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway!

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    Mary Ann
    October 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I did bees in the 90&#39;s as a worker in the Quilting Forum on AOL. Haven&#39;t done much since and miss it!<br />Mary Ann

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    moonsquilthonk
    October 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Hello, I do 2 bees in my livingarea.<br />I am busy with an oldfashion pattern for a bag with a modern twist, a top with blocks and the X-block ruler, BOM from Women of Courage and other little projects.<br />I do like the book very much!<br />Greetings Monica,<br />Holland

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    Jazz @ My Oh Sew Sweet Life
    October 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I love the idea of this book. Cant wait to get my hands on one

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    Gidget
    October 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I have visited but not joined a quilting bee… I am working on Christmas gifts.. <br />

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    Melissa at My Fabric Relish
    October 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    What a great book idea! I have never been part of a live quilting bee, just your fantastic virtual one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Nicole
    October 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I&#39;m doing a quilt block swap right now, I would live to try a year long bee though!

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    Di
    October 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Never been in a quilting bee, a great idea. Perhaps I need to meet some more quilters. I&#39;m working on a toddler quilt for my friends baby and my long standing sampler quilt project.

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    Pam
    October 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I have never been part of a quilting bee! It would be fun!

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    Brittany
    October 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I have had my eye on that aqua Olfa for quite a while now. Everyone needs one!

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    April King
    October 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I have never been in a quilting bee, sounds interesting and fun though.

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    feltfree på Åsly
    October 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    This sounds like so much fun. I am pt of a bee by internet. Right now i am working on Christmas gifts. <br />A great give away.a

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    Mel_Lind
    October 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    No bee for me as of yet, but sounds like a great way to share and enjoy people w/similar interests! I&#39;m currently working on finishing a baby quilt for my new nephew, Max.

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    Brenda
    October 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I have not been in a quilting bee yet but would love to.

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    CathyK
    October 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I have not been in a Quilting Bee, but it is definitely something I would love to try. I think I have my confidence built up to a place where I feel I could do this!

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    Katie Ellis
    October 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I have not been in a quilting bee before, but it sounds fun! I am currently working on some fall/Halloween projects

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    legato1958
    October 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I have not been part of a quilting bee. I do like being part of sew alongs!<br /><br />Susie<br />legato1958@aol.com

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    Paula
    October 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I haven&#39;t participated in any quilting bee yet, but I&#39;m seriously considering to join one. I need to stretch my &quot;out of comfort&quot; zones.

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    Debbie N.
    October 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I have never been part of a bee, but I think it would be a great bonding experience. I am currently working on finishing my daughters co-ordinating quilts for their beds. Then it&#39;s on to a quilt for my sister, one for my sister-in-law, one for my maid of honor, and some clothes for my girls in there as well.

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    Jennifer Barclay
    October 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I think a Bee would be a really fun next step for me. Right now my MQG is doing a sampler quilt and I&#39;m enjoying that!

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    EmileeHope
    October 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I haven&#39;t done a bee before, I have done some swaps where we all mad x number of blocks and sent them all to one person who then sent one of each to each of us…I did two, both Christmas ones, and had lots of fun doing it. I would like to try a round robin bee someday!

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    NebraskaNative
    October 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Have never had a bee to join but seriously considering starting one. What a nice raffle prize!

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    Jessica Hadden
    October 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    fingers crossed!

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    tpott
    October 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I&#39;ve never been part of a quilting bee but, it sounds like a lot of fun.

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    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts
    October 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I think a bee would be great fun! Thanks for the chance!

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    akainik
    October 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I&#39;ve never been part of a bee… I live at the end of the world! seriously!

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    Heidi
    October 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I have never been a part of a be but they sound like fun! I am currently working on making the Flats dolls for my kids.

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    maureen
    October 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I have not been in a quilting bee. Sounds like fun though!

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    Riana
    October 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I&#39;ve never been part of a bee, but I wish I could! Perhaps when I get some of my own WIPs done! haha

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    Wongy35
    October 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Would love to join a sewing group….and learn some more quilting techniques!

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    Jaime P
    October 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Interesting idea to have a quilting bee. <br />

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    Vicky P
    October 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I am part of a small quilting bee. We invite others but they don&#39;t seem to stay interested, but we continue on and invite others.

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    Sheryl
    October 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I haven&#39;t done any bee sewing yet, but finding a bee once I&#39;m a little more confident in my skills is on my to do list for the future.

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    oneenglishteacher
    October 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I&#39;ve never been in a bee yet; I think I&#39;m still a little intimidated to have others counting on me, but it looks like the new book would be an amazing resource to get started.

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    Sarah Craig
    October 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I have been part of an on-line quilting bee – and my favorite quilt, made from the blocks generated by my turn in the bee, rests on my guest bed to welcome family and friends!

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    Melissa
    October 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I&#39;m currently in an on-line bee and am eagerly awaiting my turn as queen. It&#39;s been fun sewing different blocks and trying out color combos I wouldn&#39;t choose for myself.

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    Cynthia
    October 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I would love love love to belong to a quilting bee! I&#39;ve got all kinds of projects going on, smocked blessing gow, Quilty barn along, binding my paper doll quilt, making some Halloween pennants, working on designing a tee shirt quilt 🙂

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    Sharon B.
    October 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I am new at quilting so I haven&#39;t had a chance to belong to a quilting bee, sounds like a lot of fun!<br />I love the Cordelia&#39;s Garden quilt!!

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    Gail Moss
    October 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I belong to three bee&#39;s plus my county guild and state guild. right now I&#39;m making a baby quilt for a great-grand child. I, too, love the Cordelia garden quilt.

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    Estela
    October 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I will check the book out, looks great!

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    Jodi - usairdoll
    October 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    My quilting group did work together this summer and made a baby quilt for one of our member&#39;s daughter. Come to think of it we also made a quilt to be auctioned off for cancer research. I have so many projects going and running out of time, hehe. This book looks awesome and I&#39;m crossing my fingers!<br /><br />Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)

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    Brooke @ little b quilts
    October 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I just joined a do.good stitches circle…so this is my very first bee!!

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    Katelyn Vawter
    October 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I have only ever participated in your virtual quilting bee. It would be so wonderful to learn more about other &quot;smaller&quot; bees and hopefully get some friends in on it too!! Thanks for the chance!

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    Andrea
    October 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds like an awesome book to help grow more quilting bees!!

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    Lisa
    October 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I am making a quilt for someone special!

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    Cara
    October 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I have never been in a bee but I would love to. As soon as my kiddos get a bit older!

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    Elizabeth
    October 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I&#39;d love to learn more about starting a Bee!<br /><br />Liz<br />boltonia55@yahoo.com

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    handiworking.com
    October 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book … great giveaway!<br />Jane @ Handiworking<br />

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    dagan
    October 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I used to swap, which is as close to a bee as I&#39;ve gotten. I&#39;m currently handstitching a hexie quilt for stress relief! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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    Sophia Carroll
    October 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I wish I could find a Bee in my area to join. It&#39;s difficult to even find a guild to attend. They all meet during weekday mornings, when a lot of younger people work.

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    Jessica
    October 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    this book sounds great!! I live in Australia and would love to set up a quilting bee! <br />Jessica

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    Heidi Babi
    October 10, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I haven&#39;t been part of a bee before, but I bet my quilting group would love it! I am currently working on my first purse (it&#39;s only taken me three years so far…) and a pink and grey ladder quilt that I just love! I finally go the quilting done on it, just need to finish the binding. I will shoot you a picture when it&#39;s done. Thank you for the chance to win!

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    Vickie Adkins
    October 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I have never joined a quilting bee but I would love to some day. Right now I am waiting to put the borders on a quilt. I need more fabric, dumb I know.

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    Melissa James
    October 10, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I have never been apart of a Quilting Bee. Working on several quilts at the moment.

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    Swedish Scrapper
    October 10, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I love how you each have highlighted different parts of the book, and your experiences with bee(s)! I am in my first mini bee on Flickr and I&#39;m really enjoying both the social and creative aspects of it!

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    Jenny Faasavalu
    October 10, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I have been wondering how to start a bee. I would love to do it!

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    Johanna
    October 10, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I love my quilting bees! I love being challenged with blocks out of my comfort zone even though sometimes it takes a lot of time to get them right 🙂

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    Shaz
    October 10, 2013 at 3:41 am

    I think quilting bees are a great way to meet others – one day soon I will start one up here in Australia. Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely package.

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    Suze
    October 10, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I love a book that is multi-purpose – quilting patterns, bee info, and quilting how-to&#39;s. Thanks for the useful package giveaway.

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    Cathy
    October 10, 2013 at 4:49 am

    I am participating in one now with the Philly Modern Quilt guild. Definitely fun and challenging. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Klaartje Coolen
    October 10, 2013 at 4:52 am

    No quilting bees here (Holland) and I shouldn&#39;t know where to find one of the people to start one 🙁 to bad, a weekly get together, wheter about quilting, crocheting or knitting would be so much fun!

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    Barb
    October 10, 2013 at 4:57 am

    I love bees! So I&#39;m sure I would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win the goodie package.

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    Barb
    October 10, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I love bees! So I&#39;m sure I would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win the goodie package.

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    Barb
    October 10, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I love bees! So I&#39;m sure I would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win the goodie package.

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    Karen
    October 10, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I&#39;ve participated in group quilts but have not done a bee. Someday…..

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    Patty K
    October 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

    I love participating in quilting bees. I am involved with 2 over on Threadbias website. I enjoy making the block the Queen chooses. Sometimes ir&#39;s a challenge and sometimes not. I have been Queen in one them already. Oh boy, it was so much fun having all those blocks come way. Happy mail!

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    Erica Toole
    October 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I am new to sewing and bees, and have been participating in a bee &quot;hive&quot; over at Threadbias.com. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

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    ozone3
    October 10, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Just joined a quilt bee (not virtual) and we just had our first meeting. Great way to socialize and meet with other people with the same obsession as myself…LOL!!

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    Rebecca Wilson
    October 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I&#39;ve never been part of a quilting bee. I am new to quilting. I would love to try this out! Rebecca

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    Thumper
    October 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

    This would be such a great way for me to learn how to connect with other quilters. What a great idea for a book. Thanks.

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    kathy
    October 10, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I&#39;ve never participated in a quilting bee, but it looks like fun. I have read this book cover to cover and it is a very good source of information.

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    jabeybaby
    October 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I have been wanting to get into a bee but I am not sure how, looks like this will be a great book.

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    Maverick + Tillie
    October 10, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I have never been part of a bee before. It looks like a lot of fun though. Right now I am working on a really cute ruffle quilt!

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    Renea
    October 10, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I am part of a small quilt group and we have been doing projects that one person organizes, brings all the fabric cut out and then everyone makes the same block. Right now I am working on a Wizard costume for my grandson (Halloween is soon here). Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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    Terri
    October 10, 2013 at 6:54 am

    What a fun idea! I haven&#39;t ever done a quilting bee before either but how fun would that be!

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    Weekes Family
    October 10, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Ive participated in one bee… it was not the best because the members were not fully engaged. I&#39;m going to try again in Jan. hopefully it will be a better experience because it sounds like so much fun!

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    Mimi
    October 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Book looks great. And a virtual quilting bee sounds like a lo of fun!

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    Sabine Wright
    October 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I never participated in a bee, but the idea appeals to me, sew many different blocks instead of 20 or 30 of the same.

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    S Staum
    October 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Bee swaps sound like so much fun! We are just forming a Modern Quilt Guild (tonight is our first meeting!) and I think a swap is something we should try this year! I would love to win- thanks for the chance!

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    Sandy B.
    October 10, 2013 at 7:46 am

    This book looks great! I love the idea of starting a quilting bee. Thanks for your review!

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    Unknown
    October 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

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    SuzyMcQ
    October 10, 2013 at 8:13 am

    This book looks wonderful and looks like a great way to start &quot;beeing&quot;!

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    mvink
    October 10, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Book looks grest! Great idea

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    Bethany Martini
    October 10, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I have never been part of a quilting bee, but I would love to be a part of one in the future!

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    Mary Graff
    October 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I haven&#39;t been in a quilting bee, but it sounds like fun. I&#39;m currently gearing up for Christmas, making some gifts and a new tree skirt.

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    Vicki H
    October 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I would love to be part of a bee, sounds like a lot of fun.

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    Mischelle
    October 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I think a quilting bee would be so much fun!

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    Mischelle
    October 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I think a quilting bee would be so much fun!

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    Jennifer
    October 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Rebecca Grace
    October 10, 2013 at 9:03 am

    What a great idea for a book! I&#39;m like the Lone Quilter, because I don&#39;t really know anyone else who quilts &quot;in real life,&quot; only those I&#39;ve connected with on the Internet. There&#39;s a group of quilters at my church, but they are all MUCH older than me and they just sew tons of squares of whatever fabric is donated into quilts that they donate to charity — a worthy

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    Brianna
    October 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    This is a really interesting post and I will be interested to read the book! As a quilter with no friends or family close who quilt, I very often feel quite alone in my trials and triumphs.

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    The Glue Spot
    October 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I would love to join a bee but are my sewing skills up to par? Some bees do AMAZING things. Maybe I am doubting myself 🙂

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    Barbara McD
    October 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I&#39;ve never been part of a bee, but it sounds like a lot of fun!<br /><br />Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    Dena
    October 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Although I have not participated in a Quilting Bee before I have participated in quilt alongs. I&#39;m not sure if they&#39;re the same or not, but they sure are fun!

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    rmeyfe
    October 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I never been part of a bee but it would be interesting to do one.<br />

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    Linda R
    October 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Great Idea – I have never been in a &quot;Quilting Bee&quot; before – however I am doing the Tula Pink Quilt-a-long online. It would be interesting to find out more 🙂

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    bee
    October 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    i&#39;ve done several round robin type challenges with a mini group, but not a specific quilting bee.

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    Jansen de Roxas
    October 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I just bought this book at a sewing expo and I can&#39;t wait to find and join my first bee. I love all of the bright patterns the book provides as well. Great resource!

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    Elizabeth Matly
    October 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Love this book! All of my current projects would require starting my own blog to list them all. I love your blog and love learning as much as I can! Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

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    LindaS
    October 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I am still fairly new to quilting so I have never been in a Bee, but maybe in the future, once I feel more confident in my skills.

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    Pattie Crum
    October 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I&#39;ve been sewing with the same girls for 10 years and we still love to quilt together.

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    Judith
    October 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am doing the Virtual Quilting Bee. Love the blocks. Hoping to get some backlog done soon.<br />Would love to be apart of a real life bee!

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    thriftstorecrafter.com
    October 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I was invited to be part of a bee, but turned it down because one woman in the group was a super-perfectionist and I knew my work would never live up to her standards. I would love to find a group with who were more forgiving!

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    Janet M
    October 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I belong to a community quilting group that meets once a week but we haven&#39;t collaborated on a quilt since I&#39;ve been in the group. I did sew some blocks for some charity quilts for women&#39;s shelters in Grand Rapids, Michigan but I&#39;ll probably never see the finished product. I think it would be fun to &#39;Bee&#39;!

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    Leading Ladies
    October 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for all your great infomation. I want to join a bee someday – sounds like so much fun!

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    Elizabeth
    October 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I&#39;ve never joined a bee but it sounds awesome. Currently working on a baby quilt and planning xmas gifts.

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    Tiffany
    October 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I am dying to try a quilting bee! I&#39;m on the waiting list for one, and in the process of trying to find more to join! I&#39;ve been slow to jump on the bandwagon, but I&#39;m fully ready to commit now. This book looks awesome!

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    Debra Kay Neiman
    October 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I have not been able to join a sewing or quilting bee yet. I just retired, but live out in the country. I did survey my friends and family to see who sews and who wants to sew. May get into a block sway or pin cushion swap or something fun.<br />crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    Katy Cameron
    October 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    So exciting to see this book. I&#39;m in 3 bees right now, all very different, but all with very good friends :o)

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    Lisa
    October 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I am working on a quilt for my brother-in-law for Christmas!

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    audrey
    October 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I&#39;ve been part of a local group before but never an on-line group. Sounds interesting.:)

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    Karen
    October 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    This looks really interesting. I read about quilting bees all the time in Amish and historical fiction. It is nice to know this is still being done!

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    dolores
    October 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    The girl is volunteering at the Cheltenham Lit Fest this week….guess who she went to see tonight!? Guess! Guess!!!<br />Cath Kidston!!!!!:)

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    Amanda Soule
    October 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I love this concept. Such a great way to learn new patterns.

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    Lyn
    October 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I&#39;ve never been part of a bee, but would love to join a handwork (hand applique/piecing/quilting) bee.

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    Carmen
    October 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! I&#39;ve done several online bees and right now I&#39;m doing a bee within my mqg… it&#39;s nice because I know the people my blocks go to plus I get to see in person all the blocks everyone receives!

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    lfhpueblo
    October 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Yes, I&#39;ve been the part of a quilting bee through two different churches at different times in my life, once when I was a teen and once later on at a different church as an adult.<br />lfhpueblo (at) msn (dot) com

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    LighthouseLady
    October 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I don&#39;t or haven&#39;t ever been in an actual quilting bee. I remember as a kid going to one, but we moved to South Texas from Alabama and they didn&#39;t have them where we lived in Texas. I LOVE sewing and embroidering. I do a lot of crafts and make handbags using my own patterns. I do piece quilts, but haven&#39;t been at it long, so I am still considered a beginner even though I do

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    *Andrea*
    October 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I have never been part of a quilting bee… would love to! I am just starting my first t-shirt quilt with my &#39;newly &amp; first off to college&#39; kiddos t shirts. Think it will be a fun way to help deal with missing him as much as I do. =0)

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    Jen
    October 11, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I absolutely wish I had more friends that quilted! Quilting bees seem like so much fun:-)

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    Kathleen
    October 11, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I am a member of a newly establish quilt guild.I really enjoying quilting and learning from all the ladies.

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    Natalie
    October 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

    what a great book and great bundle! I have been a member of the do.Good Stitches quilting bee for year. It combines the excitement of a quilting bee with a charity focus and it&#39;s very dear to me. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    TofuKat
    October 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I think a quilting bee would be so much fun. I&#39;ve been trying to think of how to start one…this book looks like it would be really useful.

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    Grandma Helen
    October 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I have never been a part of a quilting bee but would love to have the experience. I work full time and do my quilting at night or a few free weekends. I have just finished 12 charity quilts for Mayo Clinic&#39;s kids&#39; chemo unit.

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    Leanne Parsons
    October 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I&#39;ve never been part of a bee, but it looks like a lot of fun. I&#39;d love to try sometime.

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    Granny Maud's Girl
    October 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I need tips for organising bees for sewers of very mixed abilities – from prize-winning quilters to beginners who are alarmed by matching seams and start to sweat at the mention of points.

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    Des
    October 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Love books like this!

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    paige
    October 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Looks like a great book! I&#39;ve never been a part of a bee. I think that is why the book looks so interesting to me. 🙂

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    Jessica Allen
    October 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I just finished my first table runner!!!

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    Olive
    October 12, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I&#39;ve never been a part of a bee but it looks like such fun!

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    Jade Prosser
    October 12, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I cannot wait to read this book!

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    Caitlyn
    October 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I&#39;m new to quilting and I&#39;m addicted. This book looks like a great read! Right now I&#39;m working on my first BIG quilt for my niece…only baby quilts before this. Thank you for all the wonderful information that took the fear out of quilting for me!

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    JaneB
    October 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

    My small quilt group works on quilts together. My favorite was a medallion quilt where we each added a &quot;round&quot; in an order chosen at random. We had a bag of civil war print fabrics from a member, added more of our own and made a great quilt.

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    Dawn
    October 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I&#39;ve never been part of a quilting bee but, I have always thought they sound like fun! Thanks for a terrific giveaway 🙂

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    Kary
    October 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Love the book!

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    Lisa in Port Hope
    October 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I&#39;m currently in a flickr bee called Simply Solids and loving it! I&#39;m thinking about starting my own when this is done…

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    Theresa N.
    October 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I&#39;ve never had a chance to be part of a quilting bee it sounds fun.<br />theresa n<br />weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Pinspot
    October 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I&#39;ve never been a part of a bee. I think I need to become a better quilter before I venture into sewing for others.

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    Michele
    October 14, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I&#39;m really looking forward to this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    DG
    October 14, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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    Cristina Galvin
    October 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win a fantastic prize!

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    Jayme
    October 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I&#39;ve never been a part of a quilting bee but I would love to some day! Thanks!

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    Sally Rand
    October 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Looks like a fun prize.

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    Sally Rand
    October 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Looks like a fun prize.

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    Kristi
    October 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I have never been part of a bee, but I think it would be so much fun! Right now, I&#39;m working on my daughter&#39;s Halloween costume – she wants to be a pink unicorn. Yikes!

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    Savannagal
    October 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Looks like a super cute book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    wonderlandbyalyce
    October 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I&#39;m currently in my first quilting bee and really enjoying it. Thanks!

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    Kim
    October 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    What a fun book and a great prize! I am currently working on Halloween costumes, but once those are finished I&#39;m itching to start a new quilt topper. I&#39;ve never been in a quilting bee since my life is PACKED with 3 kids and another on the way, but someday I would love to be in one!

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    Nena
    October 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I quilted long ago with my two quilting friends in another town. It was the cheapest therapy and the most fun! (Even after all the fabric and supplies!). I wish I could spend the time these days; perhaps someday I will again. Thanks!

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    Nikita
    October 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    bees sound like a lot of fun..would love to try one sometime in the future

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    Bj
    October 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    the people I know doing bees seem to be having a great time, I&#39;ve never done one. I&#39;m working on a block of the month and a disappearing 9 patch.

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    Debi Weaver
    October 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you for this post. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book by Lindsay Conner! Besides, being in the Virtual Quilting Bee, I just finished the assembling of a top from a BLOCK SWAP called Butterflies in a Garden (http://debi-peacebypiece.blogspot.com/2013/10/butterflies-in-garden-fenced-in.html). Receiving blocks from all over the world was exciting, &amp; putting them together was easy,

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    allierae
    October 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I&#39;m in a few bees right now

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    TamaraP.
    October 16, 2013 at 6:10 am

    No quilting bee. :o( but I do quilting with a best friend on her days off. I want that book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lucy
    October 16, 2013 at 7:19 am

    sweet book<br />hypersky5@hotmail.com

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    Kelly O.
    October 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I&#39;ve been a part of and run several quilting bees… in the beginning of my quilting journey this was an excellent way for me to push myself and branch out in the many different skill sets of quilting

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    punkypurls
    October 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I have never been part of a quilting bee, but I would love to be 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

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    jellybean
    October 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I have never been part of a bee. right now I&#39;m working on thanksgiving pumpkins and a Christmas wall hanging

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    Jacqueline Bahí
    October 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Parece divertido esto de las abejas. Deberé probarlo. Gracias por la oportunidad de ganar este estupendo libro.

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    David Walrath
    October 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Your site looks great for our first visit, we plan on coming more, thanks!

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    Joyce Carter
    October 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I have never been in a quilting bee. Right now, I am making some baby quilts for charity.

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    Cecilia
    October 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I have not been a part of a bee before and I am very interested. I&#39;m not quite sure if there are any in my area.<br />cecinbritt (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    Abigail Cashelle
    October 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I&#39;ve always wanted to be part of a quilting bee but worry about being stretched too thin. I will have to take a look at this book when I have the opportunity. 🙂

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    Shawna
    October 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    What a neat book and all the quilts are beautiful! I have not been part of a Bee as of yet, it&#39;s on my bucket list, lol. Thank you for a chance to win.<br /><br />missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    michken
    October 17, 2013 at 6:47 am

    would love to be part of a bee-the chance to have a break with like minded people and get some projects done!

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    Jo
    October 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I would love to take part in a bee one day

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    Jodi - usairdoll
    October 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    This book looks amazing, all the quilts are gorgeous! I have not yet been part of a bee but would love to give it a try one day. I&#39;m working on several BOM projects as well as deciding what Christmas gifts I want to make.<br /><br />Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Amelinda Dalmacio
    October 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    What a great book to work on with friends! Thanks!

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    mouse
    October 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Looks fun! Thanks for the give away.

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    Karly
    October 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This looks like an awesome book! I&#39;d love to have a copy and hope to someday join a quilting bee!

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    Karly
    October 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    This looks like an awesome book! I&#39;d love to have a copy and hope to someday join a quilting bee!

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