Book Review : Modern Bee – 13 Quilts to Make with Friends

Today I’m happy to be participating in the blog hop celebrating my friend Lindsay’s new book with Stash Books called ‘Modern Bee – 13 Quilts to Make with Friends‘ (available now!).

I first met Lindsay in person last May, when we roomed at Quilt Market; we also both taught at Sewing Summit the following October. Lindsay and I were both working on our book proposals and the writing of our actual books at approximately the same time, so it was great having someone else to bond over the nerve-wracking process. Her class at Sewing Summit was very inspiring to me; she talked about what to do when faced with the word ‘No’, and how to overcome obstacles as you proceed on your creative journey. It was heartfelt and well-thought-out, and I loved it.

Baseball Curves

Anyway, Lindsay’s book is about how to participate in a quilting bee. For those of you not familiar, a bee is a group that gets together (can be on-line or in real life, perhaps in a guild) to create quilt blocks over a certain period of time, usually 6 months or a year. Each member of the bee gets their own ‘host’ month, in which they get to choose what block the other members will make (they can also choose colors, types of fabrics to be used, or even send out the fabrics they would like the other bee members to use in the blocks). Each person completes the block, sends it back to the host, and at the end, everyone will have enough blocks to complete their quilt.

Trellis Crossroads

Besides explaining the basics of a quilting bee, Lindsay also hits some of the common problems that bee members might run into, such as members not completing blocks, using the wrong fabrics, and being late with their blocks. I have only participated in one quilting bee, when I very first started quilting. It was very well run, and everyone in the group was really nice, but for some reason, I faced several obstacles, which I think having this book might have helped me through.

Triple Star

I particularly enjoyed that, besides all the helpful information about quilting bees, the book also included 13 patterns for quilt blocks that would in turn make a finished quilt. I’ve chosen a few of my favorite quilts from the book so that you can see the range of projects that are within these pages. It’s also fun to see all of my favorite bloggers’ faces within the pages, as they share their quilt patterns as well as their personal anecdotes about what makes quilt bees so great.

I personally plan on making the ‘Baseball Curves’ quilt…it really caught my eye because I love working with solids (although this would be great in a print as well!). I wanted to make it in time for this blog post, but October is a really crazy time, and I’m in the middle of crazy right now. 🙂

Check out the other dates on the Modern Bee Blog Tour!

Modern Bee Blog Tour
Monday, 10/7:  Sew Mama Sew + Stash Books
Tuesday, 10/8: SewCraftyJess + Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, 10/9: Ellison Lane + Diary of a Quilter
Thursday, 10/10: Katie’s Korner + Pat Sloan
Friday, 10/11: Fat Quarter Shop + imagine gnats
Saturday, 10/12: Quilting is My Therapy + Hot Pink Stitches
Monday, 10/14: Live a Colorful Life + Craft Gossip
Tuesday, 10/15: SewCanShe + Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Wednesday, 10/16: Craftsy + Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Lindsay is also offering this generous giveaway of gift bags of fun sewing goodies, as well as a copy of her book!
Hop on over here to enter the 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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