The Virtual Quilting Bee

The Virtual Quilting Bee is a free quilt-along with patterns for 16 different quilt blocks as well as discussion about quilting supplies, choosing fabric for a quilt, and how to finish and bind a quilt.
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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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