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The Traveling Quilts Bee

March 6th, 2012

I’m in a bee. Seriously! My first bee (I’m SUCH a bee-newbie that I still have that new bee smell), and wow… what a bee to be in!  I’m thrilled and terrified at the same time. Not only are my fellow Traveling Quilts bee’rs AMAZING quilters, but this bee is a round robin and on the last rotation the person quilts and binds their person’s quilt. Oh sure, no pressure - I only have to quilt Dan Freaking Rouse’s quilt! It’s like building a car for Lamborghini or decorating Martha Stewart’s house.  Nooooooo sweat (beads of sweat dribble off my face and on to my keyboard).  But as scared as I am, I’m also thrilled and honored, and honestly - quite giddy to be the person who gets to quilt Dan’s quilt.
My block's fabrics for the Traveling Quilts bee

The premise of the bee is really simple, we all start with a “seedling”, which can be a block, a cluster of blocks, or whateva. It then travels from house to house, and everyone builds upon what the last person added.  I made “boarding pass” buttons for everyone in the bee - but I accidentally put us all in the same seat. I guess we’ll be needing that seat belt extender.
TTQ button for me

My block is a modified version of my You Are Here block (now it’s become my You Are Home block), and the center house block is a modified schoolhouse block from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine.    I only did one chimney so it looks more like a home than a schoolhouse, and I also reduced the size so it would finish at 4.5″. Lots of trial, error and wishful thinking on the printing.  I’m not sure what the final % was, I just got lucky.  I’m going to take advantage of my supersize shot, because from here on out I can only show sneak peek pics. And some people think I’m neat, tidy and organized. Bwhahahaha.
The Traveling Quilts bee

I made up a little saying for my block and embroidered it to the bottom. Actually, I embroidered it twice. Because four nights of embroidering it wrong is how I roll. Oh well, I wasn’t feeling the love for the font on the first one, anyway.
The Traveling Quilts bee

Now all I need to do is write in my journal and off it’ll go to Dan’s house.  And by write I mean that I’ll scribble something in my journal and include a legible (typed and printed) errata to go with it.
The Traveling Quilts bee
I’ll be sending my quilt-seedling to Dan in California, and then so on and so forth to –> Penny in Colorado to –> Jacquie in Illinois to –> Faith in Illinois to –> Ashley in Vermont to –> John in North Carolina to –> Amber in Hawaii to –> Alissa in California to –> Elizabeth in Oregon to –> Heather in Oregon to –> me in Oregon and then back to Dan with a finished quilt!

As much as I want to hand deliver to each month’s package… ohhh, I danno… like a meet-up at Amber’s house (I wonder if Hawaiian Airlines will accept our boarding passes?), we’re going to have to rely on the planes, trains and trucks of delivery services.  This is gonna be so fun!  Deeeeeeeeep breath…. wish me luck.  Or rather, wish my partners good luck!

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33 Responses

  1. The fabulous Marcia allegedly said:

    Monica - I LOVE your block! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face - trust me - I need it today!

  2. The fabulous Amanda Hall allegedly said:

    This block is amazing!! I have never been in a round robin bee before but it sounds like so much fun!!!!

  3. The fabulous KathiD allegedly said:

    Well! I am appalled at what a pigsty that is!

    An adorable, gorgeous pigsty.

  4. The fabulous Sandra Davidson allegedly said:

    Your block is so adorable and I can hardly wait to see the end product.

  5. The fabulous Faith allegedly said:

    Can’t wait to play Monica! And I love the re-do! :)

  6. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    Zom, I thought you were the Queen Bee?

  7. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    I just took a little trip over to Dans, you are free to continue to sweat.

  8. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:


  9. The fabulous Penny allegedly said:

    it looks so great, Monica! I love the font redo and your home block is so happy!

  10. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    What a superfun bee! Your block is perfection - lovelovelove it. xoxoxo

  11. The fabulous Lauren allegedly said:

    I love the rainbow colours with the white, it’s just so pretty. And also - if this is your house, then I would like to go to there. How would you feel about a random stranger living in your house and pawing at your fabrics? :p

  12. The fabulous Flaun allegedly said:

    I think I would pee my pants to be in the same bee as those fabulous quilters!

  13. The fabulous Dan allegedly said:

    This is going to be so fun! My second bee! And a new middle name!

  14. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Oh Em Gee!!! That block is fabulous! You poor, poor thing — I’m thinking you can’t possibly sleep at night for all the fabulous quilts floating around in your head!

  15. The fabulous Amber allegedly said:

    Ha ha - yes, let’s try and see if Hawaiian will accept them…I got an in with one of the pilots and a few flight attendants :-)
    I love the new font - cannot wait! I’m so excited…and I’m sweating bullets too…I have to quilt the founder of the Modern Quilt Guild’s quilt - ack!

  16. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    That’s so cool Monica! I tried to get a PMQG bee started a few years ago and there wasn’t enough interest :( I did a traveling scarf swap on Craftster a while back that was pretty fun, we crocheted or knit an 8 inch long or so section and then kept sending it on to the next person and when we got it back it was pretty long! Kinda funky looking though :)

  17. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    Love love the little house in the patchwork color wheel. Delish!

    Just read the Craftcation information–being held in my city! Wow

  18. The fabulous Laura Jane allegedly said:

    This is going to be a stunning quilt! Can’t wait to see how it gets along!

  19. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Super cute and so bright and happy. :) I love it. Bumble Bees are my favorites cuz they’re so soft and fuzzy. :) But I like Quilting bees too. heehee

  20. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Oooh… how pretty, pretty!!! The rainbow around the house is fantastic - recognized some Happy Mochie Yum Yum in there!

    Your studio looks like is where you get a lot of inspiration while you’re working. Okay, we’re drooling now.

    Hope you have lots of fun with your Traveling Quilt Bee!

  21. The fabulous Robyn allegedly said:

    Your block is the cutest thing I have ever seen I love it. Still wishing I was as awesome as you. I really need to jack up my skills. Maybe one day I will be as awesome as you. I doubt it though because you can’t be beat.

  22. The fabulous Sharon S allegedly said:

    What a great way to start my morning. A Happy block!

  23. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    In LOVE with your block. Oh my it’s gorgeous!!!! You are all going to have THE most gorgeous and special quilts when you’re done. I can’t wait to see them all!!! And don’t forget to kmamf. xoxo!

  24. The fabulous John allegedly said:

    I’m SO glad you’re along for this ride! Your beginning is FABULOUS. I can’t wait to work on it!

  25. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    you lucky duck!

  26. The fabulous Jill C allegedly said:

    This sounds like fun Monica! I’ve never been in a bee either - I don’t do well with pressure. So I won’t bother you about this or pressure you at all…gonna take a quilting class before that quilt arrives ;)

  27. The fabulous Nancy W allegedly said:

    Wow! I mean Really Wow!! What a great idea! What a great block! What a great
    creating room! Who needs to be organized
    when they have a very happy looking space. I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

  28. The fabulous 3LittleBrds allegedly said:

    Crap! Now ANOTHER blog I have to follow! Why must you know all the cool quilters!

    I am feeling your stress. I can’t imagine the pressure! You’ll do wonderfully of course!

  29. The fabulous Sandra R allegedly said:

    Your block is fabulous, but, but, but, the quilt on the wall behind it, the previous layer of rabid creativity, the yellow polka dot background, that quilt is WONDERFUL.
    Greedily I ask, is there a pattern for sale somewhere?

  30. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Wow, pretty amazing!

  31. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Great block Monica! You will love the traveling quilt brigade. I did several of them 10-15 yrs ago and have several fabulous quilts (and one set of fabulous blocks) to show for them. Now I have a list of what I want to do a mile lone so I haven’t done any in a while but your making me feel the itch again. And I love the REAL photo…made me feel only slightly less adequate….lolac!

  32. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Oh how fun! Love your starter block :)

    Round, row, free robins are a blast…in my first now too and the creativeness is amazing!

  33. The fabulous Carol Wilkie allegedly said:

    love the block and the roof fabric. do you know what it is called? Thanks


    I’m sorry, I don’t know. I did buy it at Cool Cottons in Portland - if that helps any.

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