#NGAQB – A Year In Review

At the end of 2013, I had an inspiring idea to start a quilt bee featuring male quilters from around the world. I knew of a handful of other men who quilt, but was unsure if I could round up enough for an entire year. I put the call out on Instagram, and the response was a resounding yes! Featuring men from three continents, and three decades of quilting experience, the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee was formed. The year proved so fruitful with the wide range of quilt blocks created, shared stories, and burgeoning friendships. It was so much more than I could have ever asked for in a quilt bee! I hope that this experiment helped show the quilt world that men can quilt, men will quilt, and men will blow the mother-effin’ roof off! Here’s a year in review of the blocks I created for the #NGAQB!
I had the pleasure of being December Queen Bee, and I chose the hashtag block in an effort to get my fellow bee-mates involved in the Sewing For Sydney campaign. I think you already know how that one is turning out! Will there be a round two? Quite possibly! We are still letting the dust settle, but watch this space for future details on how the next instalment will take shape. 

14 Responses

  1. Jo says:

    I think it's great that you guys are quilting. Well done.,I'm sure you could teach us something too. Keep going

  2. MareMare says:

    I've enjoyed following this and "meeting" some new male quilters! Previous to this I was only familiar with John and Scott (fun fact, we're bringing Scott to our guild for a lecture and workshop in March! Yahoo!) All your blocks are great, of course, but I super love the ones for Andrew and Nick. Fun stuff!

  3. SewPsyched! says:

    Love the blocks! I hope you do keep going, I always love seeing the amazing stuff your group is up to! XX!

  4. rappy says:

    Where can I find a pattern for that June block? It's gorgeous!

  5. Kacey says:

    That's a pretty awesome collection of blocks!

  6. Leo says:

    well I'm a bit struggling … I really like the blocks there – I just don't know if I like the idea of a bee based on gender …
    I mean I get geography wanting less money going out for postage, or style say a modern quilter migth not like civial war reproduction fabrics … or a theme flowers, cats .. or a technique …
    Simply because all those reasons are things that you like/ dislike not things you are are fairly reasonable reasons …
    And to go probably completely into the theory country … how makes setting oneself apart from the rest part of the group … do you want to be seen as a man who quilts or a quilter who happens to be a man … [but enough with the friday musings]

  7. That is a year if a whole lot of awesome! Hooray for seeing your idea so beautifully executed.

  8. Sooli says:

    What a great collection of blocks, love them!

  9. Fabulous blocks! I'm especially drawn to February's one, great work!

  10. Kathy says:

    Awesome work. Love the June blocks!

  11. Really amazing blocks!!

  12. Katy Cameron says:

    Looks like you had a great inaugural year!

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