(Sliding By-- Kristen)
I participated in one of the very first online quilting bees a few years ago. My friend Jennifer put it together and the 12 of us muddled through a year (and a bit more) of swapped fabric and blocks-- it was fantastic. Luckily, Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks had the same idea, and along with a group of talented women they have brought us Block Party--The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog and 12 Improvisational Projects. This book celebrates quilting, community, and the way that the two come together.
(Connect the Dots-- Lisa Billings)
With this book you get 12 beautiful patterns (and their variations), a step-by-step overview of setting up your own quilting bee (virtual or otherwise), and a peak into some of your favorite quilters lives. The instructions are clear and done with photographs and diagrams and the photography is beautiful.
One of the first things I did at Quilt Market was attend Kristen and Alissa's schoolhouse seminar. The quilts were all there and they were all beautiful. They each talked about their own desire for a like minded sewing community and how difficult it can be to find depending on ones own geography. They also spoke about learning how to piece blocks and quilt them and how the bee challenged and grew their skill set. I love that about quilting with other people, and I really appreciate how they incorporated the same type of skill building patterns in this book.
(Square Deal-- Nettie Petersen: Made from thrifted mens shirts!)
So! You read to go? Stash Books is offering up a copy for you! Leave a comment (US addresses only please) and I'll pull a winner next week. Do you quilt or would you like to learn how? Do you have a sewing community? How did you find it?
Hey hey! Thanks to all over you for your comments. Noelle is the big winner this go 'round! It's inspiring to read about your communities, virtual and otherwise, and I recomend going through the comments if you're looking for ways to find or start your own!