Megan (MegsinCali on IG) recently got together a new group to try a traveling bee. I’ve passed on these before, not trusting the universe — and other quilt makers — to execute my vision for my quilts. This time, however, I was finally ready to lark about and see what others will do with my initial idea.
And that was it: my only idea was to use Alison Glass’ line of prints, mixed with other prints. I knew I wanted a big block (above, taken from a vintage quilt book) to lead everything off, but then I had no idea past that. I needed other quilters to help this quilt along, so I jumped in, and am now so excited about the whole process.
Some talked about having a little book to go along with the quilt, so I put one together, complete with scraps of the cloth I was sending along, and the admonition of NO GRAY. Well, no medium gray. I hate what it does to quilts (washes it out, makes it blah), but I can handle light gray or charcoal. But that’s another subject for another time.
And then I laughed when I realized that two of the fabrics in Glass’ line are a dark charcoal. Oh well, let’s see what happens. I mixed in some more prints from other places, just for ideas or a resource.
And here it is–all packed up and ready to go (and sent!). I have a Pinterest site where I’ve gathered some ideas from here and there, but Traveling Quilt Bees are pretty rare, I’ve discovered. Round Robins, where a medallion quilt is created, are more popular, but I already have a medallion quilt or two, so I want that well-traveled look in this quilt top: an addition here, a block or four there, some flying geese strips — or not.
Our little group seems to gravitate towards Instagram with DM-ing each other, using the hashtag #travelingthreadsbee as the preferred way of communication. So look for us there!
8 thoughts on “Traveling Threads Bee”
Please, keep us up to date via your blog, as Instagram/Twitter, etc are not in my vocabulary….yet!!!!!! Very pretty fabrics!!!!!
You are so organized that this traveling bee should be ahuge success. Your fabric choices are wonderful…..even the gray!
I am thrilled with how my traveling quilt and I think the other seven quilters did too! We all sent journals along with ours too ( & did signature blocks). Can’t wait to get mine quilted. Hope you have as much fun with this process as I did!
It will be very fun to follow along with the traveling bee.
Very brave of you to do this. It would be hard for me. Look forward to seeing the progression as it develops so hope you will keep us updated.
I want to play with you some time!