The Virtual Quilting Bee

Welcome to the Virtual Quilting Bee! The first four posts of this series consist of introduction to what this Bee is all about, Quilting supplies, Choosing Fabric, and Basic Quilt-making techniques. For the following 8 months we will have a new 8" block every other Friday starting March 8.  

The quilt will be similar in layout to this quilt I made last year, but with different blocks, obviously. This quilt measures about 70" x 70".  If you would like a larger finished quilt, I suggest making more of the individual blocks.  We will discuss more about finished size options when the blocks are finished next fall.

  • 24-30 Fat 1/8 pieces (11" x 18") or 12-15 Fat Quarters should be enough for getting started on the quilt blocks themselves and have yardage for the setting triangles as well for the prints version. 
  • If you are using a fat 1/8th  bundle for your blocks - specifically a Happy Go Lucky fat 1/8 bundle - cut a 7" square* from each fabric except the white on white dots (although I recommend not using the other prints with white backgrounds either, if you can avoid them). You will need 32 total 7" squares. Set these aside for your setting squares when the blocks are finished. 
  • Sashing fabric: 1 1/2 yards (I'm using the white on white Lucky Penny dot)
  • First border: 1/2 yard
  • Outside border: 1 1/2 yards
  • Binding: 1/2 yard
  • Backing 4 yards                                                                                            *edited
(These blocks will be designed by 16 different people over the next 8 months, so I can't predict the exact amounts, but this will be an adequate starting place.  I will share yardage requirements for finishing the quilt as we get closer to finishing the blocks. There is more information about fabric requirements in POST 3: CHOOSING FABRIC.

There is a Flickr Group for sharing your own photos and versions of the blocks we will be creating.
Post 1: Introduction
Post 2: Essential Quilting Supplies

Post 3: Fabric Selection
Post 4: Basic Quilt-Making Techniques

Block Tutorial #1 by Sherri of A Quilting Life

Block Tutorial #2 by Amy Newbold of Sukie Don't Ya Know

Block Tutorial #8 by Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts

Block Tutorial #9 by Colleen Molen of The Busy Bean

Block Tutorial #10 by Leigh of Leedle Deedle Quilts

Block 11 by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side

Quilt Block #12 by Katie Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt

Quilt Block #13 by Brooke Johnson of Pitter Putter Stitch

Quilt Block #14 by Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies

Quilt Block #15 by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily's Quilts

Quilt Block #16 by Cindy Wiens of Live a Colorful Life

Finishing the Quilt - Part 1 - Square-in-a-Square tutorial

Finishing Part 2 - Adding Sashing and Borders

Finishing part 3: Basting a Quilt by Kati Spencer

Finishing part 4: Quilting a Quilt

Finishing Part 5: Binding a Quilt

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christine said...

it's very useful... i really love your blog... i'm a beginner who need to know how to start make a quilt.. thank you so much for sharing... ❤christine from indonesia

Patricia said...

Thank you so much for this. I have been trying to learn how to quilt for a good couple of years now and am finally getting the hang of it. But this is going to be awesome.

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Swedish Scrapper said...

Yay! Exciting! I have been reading along with your fabric choices, etc. I don't know how I fill fit this in practically, but I intend to read and digest, at the very least! Thanks!

paperscissorsink said...

Wonderful, I've made a few small quilts but I'm still pretty new to it and can use some pointers as I start on my next one.

Robin said...

I am excited to join your virtual quilting bee. I ordered my fabric last night from Pink Castle Fabrics. Can't wait to get my hands on them. I am fairly new to quilting and am thrilled to be taking this one step at a time.

Faith... said...

Thank you for this! I am new to sewing and really want to learn quilting! I will be following for sure.

Mara Cockman said...

Is it Friday yet??? I managed to snag a happy-go-lucky fat quarter package from ebay last week and it arrived today :). I'm feeling very happy and lucky, can't wait to start!

StasaLynn said...

Stumbled upon this today and am going to give this a try!

Thank you for doing this!

Kate said...

I'm going to do this! I've never done a quilting bee of any sort before, so this'll be good.

Claire said...

I like the idea of a virtual quilting bee, having a new pattern to look forward to every two weeks is a great way to get a quilt made. Thanks for sharing all the info in the posts so far.

Claire said...

Stumbled across this after joining a local patchwork group and I'm looking forward to getting caught up. This seems like an awesome way to build my skills :)

sfesta said...

Thank you so much for putting this together. This is my first VQB and it has already impacted my quilting dramatically. I now put so much thought and consideration into the scale of the fabric pattern, cutting, and watching that 1/4 inch seam. I also LOVE how all of your bloggers include info on which way to press the seam--very helpful. Thanks again:)

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Rachel said...

I am SO excited that you are doing this virtual quilting bee! I am a VERY beginner... (as in, for mother's day this year my husband got me a rotary cutter and mat...) I have been scouring your blog in the past few weeks, drooling over what I see and in that time I have gathered enough fabric to really get experimenting and have some fun. This is the PERFECT first project for me. I'm excited to be able to have so many different blocks to try all at my fingertips. THANK YOU!

amy smart said...

Awesome Rachel! We're so excited to have you! Welcome to a very fulfilling hobby. One warning: it's addicting!

Stephie said...

I'm a bit late to the party, as usual, but I've just made your first block and am going to play catch-up for a few weeks :) I haven't made a sampler quilt before and thought your idea of having each block designed by a different quilter was a great. Oh and I seriously need some piecing practice - been making many hand stitched hexies lately and my machine needs an outing! Thank you!!!

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margaret said...

just found out about the quilting bee, some blocks that really have caught my eye, maybe I can have a go at some of them or do I have to sign up to something

amy smart said...

So glad you found the Bee! There are no sign-ups. All participation is at your own pace and what you feel like doing!

raggedy amy's said...

Thank you, to you all for this. I had never heard of a Quilting Bee - LOVE IT! I too am fairly new to quilting, having made some very simple patterns to date. I'm excited to get started on this project. One stupid question - Will we put these all together into one quilt at some point? Did i miss something?

amy smart said...

Great question - yes! We will be putting these blocks into a quilt. This week we will begin the posts for the finishing process. Glad you're going to join the fun!

Sigrid Golnik said...

I just want to say a BIG Thank You for all these lovely Blocks. I've just found them this month, but have gone back and written them all out since they started in March. I hope to start soon making each one so that I have a 'sample' of them or to put into a quilt immediately.
Now I know to be on the look-out for the next fun adventure in quilting on your Blog. Thanks so much

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Jayme Budge said...

Are you going to host a 2014 Quilting Bee??? Hopefully :)

gisella said...

please, can you translate in italian? I thanke you very much

Nicole Vieira said...

If you do a 2014 quilting bee I would love to join :)