The Honey Pot Bee: Announcing
Let me introduce you to The Honey Pot Bee, and then ask if you want to be involved!
I’m organising a year long virtual quilt bee running from January – December 2017:
You get none of the sting, and all of the sticky goodness! Each month there are two queens (and/or kings, but for the sake of brevity will be called queens) who decide on The Honey Pot Bee block patterns. Each queen picks one, I announce them to the world, then each participating member (Princesses and Princes) can choose to make one of each or two of the same. Each member then keeps the blocks for themselves.
This is less of a block swap, and more of a way to find amazing block tutorials / patterns they never knew they wanted to try from other amazingly talented people. Some of the blocks will be original patterns from the queens, some will be existing tutorials from world class quilters. That will be up to the queens to choose.
The benefits for Participant Princesses and Princes:
They get to use their own fabric that they’ve been stashing
They improve and stretch their own skills
They work to their own timeline
There is no pressure
No one is disappointed if they’re late
They act as their own quality control
They meet a group of like-minded, inspiring individuals
They see the varying potential of each block
Participating with me
Sharing each month:
If desired, members post the blocks they’ve made on Instagram using #thehoneypotbee and there will be random prizes for people completing two blocks / both blocks. They can also chat amongst themselves in the The Honey Pot Bee Facebook group. Links to the monthly blocks, along with progress shots, tips, and finishes will be posted right here at MolliSparkles.com, Instagram, and Facebook.
Wild Card Queen Bees:
If a member is still a participating princess, and not yet a queen, but they find an amazing block they want to share with the group, I want them to let me know! There will be wild cards throughout the year!
Even more interestingly, there are no limits about style, or block sizes the queens can pick each month. However, there will always be at least two choices so participants can pick what they’re currently comfortable with, or try out something new. Sometimes you have the time and energy for that, and sometimes you don’t!
Most of the blocks will be kept to an intermediate level so that participants don’t become overwhelmed and fall into their fabric scraps in a heap! The blocks tutorials will all be found for free online. Additionally, the links to each month’s block choices will be archived on my blog so you can always go back to make more of them, or join in at any stage!
Ideas to bring cohesion to your blocks in one quilt:
One fabric line, one designer but multiple fabric lines, rainbow, 2-colour quilt, neutrals, random, everything but the kitchen sink, solids, low volume. (I think I might finally throw all of my Carolyn Friedlander ranges together into this one project!)
Since there’s no requirement about the size of blocks, or the piecing style, participants will be encouraged to choose off-the-grid assembly structures when piecing their quilt tops. The hope is to stretch you outside of your comfort zone, while also creating some very contemporary quilts!
Do you want to be involved:
Queens (and/or Kings)
I have already hand-picked twelve super-star quilting queens, but I need twelve more to really make this project sparkle. That’s where the Glitterati comes in! This is your chance to be a quilt bee diva, without all the hustle and bustle of participating in a normal bee. If you are interested in being a queen, just leave a comment saying so, and I will randomly pick twelve more of you next week.
The requirements of a queen: (UPDATE: All Queen positions have been filled).
- Everyone is qualified to be a queen!
- Pick a month.
- Pick a free block, along with the tutorial / pattern from anyone / anywhere.
- Alternatively design something new, but not a requirement at all. (Seriously, not a requirement!)
- You do not have to make the block yourself!
- Gather any / all of a headshot, photo of work, social media info, promo plug, tips / info about the block, etc. that you’d like mentioned.
- There are no firm social media requirements except for the rest of us participants wanting to know more about you!
- Send both to me two weeks prior to your assigned month.
- Sit back and enjoy!
- Soak up any promotional benefits, and / or get to see your chosen block come to life!
It promises to get sticky, but the rewards will be oh so sweet! To whet your appetite, here is a list of the current queens lined up. They’ve already started speaking to me about their block ideas, and I can’t even wait to start making!
Participant Princesses (and/or Princes)
Okay, but not everyone can be a queen! Some of us have to make blocks too, ya know. I won’t actually be a designated queen, but a participant. (I may jump in as a Wild Card every now and again). As a participant, you just play along, making as many of the designated blocks as you like, then sharing them on social media with #thehoneypotbee!
This is probably a lot to take in right now, but I do hope you join me on what I know will be beautiful departure from the traditional bee format, whereby we can all relish in zero pressure, with all of the sparkles one can handle!