The Virtual Quilting Bee

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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 Quilting 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.
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VIRTUAL QUILTING BEE FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.
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Post 1: Introduction
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Post 2: Essential Quilting Supplies
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Post 3: Fabric Selection
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Post 4: Basic Quilt-Making TechniquesVirtual Quilting bee program featured by top US quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter
Block Tutorial #1 by Sherri of A Quilting Life

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

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Block Tutorial #8 by Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts

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Block Tutorial #9 by Colleen Molen of The Busy Bean

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Block Tutorial #10 by Leigh of Leedle Deedle Quilts

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Block 11 by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side

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

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Quilt Block #13 by Brooke Johnson of Pitter Putter Stitch

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Quilt Block #14 by Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies

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

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

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

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Finishing Part 2 – Adding Sashing and Borders

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Finishing part 3: Basting a Quilt by Kati Spencer

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Finishing part 4: Quilting a Quilt

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Finishing Part 5: Binding a Quilt

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