Last week the fabulous JSS Bee gathered for a day of food, fun and, of course, show and tell. Karen was the hostess and it was her birthday! What a way to celebrate! Thank you for sharing your day with us!
One of the first items on the agenda was to discuss a Block Exchange. Judy has graciously accepted the leadership role in this year’s exchange and walked us through the details. Many of us, including me, have never participated in an exchange. I had an idea what I might want before Bee Day but now I have about a hundred ideas. I need to narrow it down a bit before the February Bee Day!
We got to see lots of examples of quilts made from past exchanges – here is a crazy quilt block exchange:
And Barb shared her Aunt Grace quilt made with blocks from an exchange. Notice the many cat blocks. The ladies in the exchange knew she loves her kitty cats. Such fun to know who you are making a block for because then you can make it special for that person.
Now we all know the rules – ask for as many blocks as you are also willing to make. So if I want 12 blocks back, I will need to make 12 blocks for others in the exchange. And if life looks busy over the next year, you can request 3 blocks and only make 3 blocks! We have forms to fill out for each block (if you want 12 blocks, fill it out 12 times) with information on size, theme, color, etc. We can be as detailed as we want (or not) and we can include fabric (or not). Very flexible. Thanks Judy for being our fearless leader in this fun fun project! I can’t wait until the December party to see the results.
After our Block Exchange discussion we moved on to another important part of Bee Day – Show and Tell!
Nancy showed us her Faith and Love wall hangings – very pretty!
Linda, a new face in the group, showed us this snowman quilt:
And she also showed these pretty hand painted blocks. Linda embellished them with embroidery to make these extra special.
And I know there were more Show and Tells quilts, but I think I got a bit distracted by the food and missed some! And let me tell you, these ladies can cook! Soups, chili, salads, desserts and more! Now, I probably need to go hit the gym before the February Bee Day!
Have a great day y’all!