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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