My husband asked me, “Why do you participate in those Bees and then mail away your hard work?” So I thought I’d give you a list of the reasons why I choose to do so. Feel free to add other reasons in the comments sections why you participate, if you do so.
- It gives me a good opportunity to try out block patterns to see which ones I’d eventually like to include in a future quilt. I can honestly say that most of the blocks I’ve sewn so far are ones that I probably would not have thought to use but now I see that many would make a beautiful quilt.
You can read more about this quilt here and get the pattern and tutorial here. This envelope cost me 70 cents to mail because it was overweight.
- I learn new techniques (such as improv when I made Kate’s trees and gnomes block) that I probably would not have tried on my own. Yes, it puts me out of my comfort zone.
- These Bee blocks allow me to use colors that I’d never put together on my own.
If you are interested in making some of these Tic Tac Toe Blocks, you can find the pattern here. The postal attendant brought out the slot to check for its size and it didn’t go through. Thus it cost me 98 cents to mail. If you’ve read about my other blocks I’ve mailed each month, you probably agree that there appears to be no rhyme or reason behind the postal rates.
- I get to “meet” other quilters from all over the world. I’ve shipped blocks to Canada, England, Australia as well as many states in the U.S.
You can read Velda’s post here. Free downloadable patterns for birds or crows can be found here or here (this one is paper pieced but could be easily adapted to piecing).
I put 4 crows in one envelope along with the letter and 5 in the other envelope. Evidently sending mail to Canada is expensive as each envelope was too thick to go through the 1/4″ slot (yes, they were checked), each was overweight (yes they were weighed), and each was leaving the country. Thereby, costing $2.50 to mail each envelope.
- It allows me an opportunity to improve my sewing skills. I’ve become much better at matching seams and sewing an exact scant 1/4″ seam especially when it gets sent to someone else.
- I get to participate in something bigger than just making a quilt for myself. I look forward to seeing those blocks I sent to others made into a quilt.
- It’s fun!
What I Learned Today
- I miss those crazy crows. I will have to make some for myself.
- I need to sew up the May Bee Blocks early this week.
- I will be Queen for one of the Bees next month which means I have to decide on a block pattern, sew one or two blocks, and write a post.
- I do have a plan.
Question: What’s got you excited today?
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I’m trying a new linky party this week. Show & Tell Monday with Bambi
I enjoy seeing all the exchanges you are participating in. I really like the crows and do enjoy the idea of learning new skills. I’ll be quilting a mystery quilt on a longarm this week, and am excited to be doing it!
I used to take part in some charm square swaps but not the blocks that are designs. Hadn’t done it in a long time!
Thank you for such an interesting post. I haven’t joined bees…no blog (but don’t know if that’s a requirement), not sure I want to commit the extra time since I’m in several groups and have “assignments” from them. But I always enjoy seeing the blocks that others make.
Hi Miss Tu-Na!!
I am very interested in joining one of these Bees. How do I learn about them. Are they your friends’ groups?
I love reading your posts. I wish we lived closer – we would have lunch often!!
I loved reading this post! I didn’t even know Bees existed. I have a fondness for those crows myself – they turned out cute. I’ll bet that blue wedding quilt will be gorgeous, and I love the X block. So fun – I may need to get involved in a Bee sometime. I can certainly see where that would improve your sewing skills and have to try new blocks that you may not have chosen for yourself. ~smile~
Those are definitely the reasons that I have joined in the past! I don’t have quilting friends near me, so getting to sew on a project with others is very fun for me. I especially like getting to sew up a block that I would never make a full quilt out of – scratching the itch is good enough!
The crows and the Block Lotto block were inspired by the original liberated birds created by Lynne Tyler (The Patchery Menagerie blog). Her excellent tutorial for her free pieced (NOT paper pieced) birds is on Etsy for only $10. WELL worth the money!
Thanks for the info so that my readers have even more choices available to them.
Can’t wait to see the blocks you decide as Queen Bee! Loved all your blocks!
About the Bee block for next month…We will be leaving this country for a land far away. How’s that for arousing your curiosity?
love your little birds!
Thanks. Those birds are fun and were hard to mail away.
Thank you very much for your participation this week at Show and Tell Monday !! Bambi hug
You are welcome and thank you for hosting the linky party.
I especially love those crow blocks! I would love to join a bee but don’t have a blog. Do you need one? It sounds like fun.
No you don’t need a blog. Stash Bee grants you rights to post on their blog and includes directions on how to do so. Blossom Hearts Bee communicates thru email. Sign ups are usually in November so watch those two blogs for that. Bee Inspired is a new Bee just created by those of us who got to know each other thru the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers events and I haven’t heard if we are continuing next year as is, disbanding, or opening it up to others. There are other online Bees too if you do a search for them.
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