Finally! We are at the point we can kick off our Traveling Quilt Bee.
A few of us in our guild have admired the traveling quilts making the circuit and wanted to take part in something similar. We would also love to build connections with other modern quilter in our state and decided this might be a good opportunity to combine the two.
While we are hoping to connect with Louisiana modern quilters, we are definitely not limiting this to our state. So if you are interested in joining us, please do!
Louisiana Traveling Quilt Bee
6 friends, 6 quilts, 6 months
May – September
[Disclaimer: The following guidelines are taken from a group of ‘pros’ who may actually have been responsible for making these traveling quilts so popular. It was so well written, I couldn’t make any improvements. While I asked for permission to use it, I never heard back….so I’m hoping to beg forgiveness instead. Hopefully this disclaimer will provide salve to any wound that may be caused. Original can be found here. Photos of their amazing work can be found here.]
This concept will ultimately embrace a true collaborative and completed design. The requirements will only be the finished size, thus allowing the quilts their natural ability to each “grow & evolve” at each journey’s stop.
Each member will start off their quilt’s journey by making a start from which the quilt can grow — that start can be one block, a row, several blocks, or any large pieced beginning — and then sending it off to the next quilter in the sequence.
The next person in line then builds upon what they were sent. This can be additional blocks, a border around what was sent, an additional row, building off one or more sides of what was sent, etc., that enhances the design and infuses that quilter’s creativity. Each quilter will keep in mind that the end goal is a rectangular quilt, so their addition should advance the design in that direction.
The quilt is then sent to the 3rd member in the sequence. And so it continues…
The goal here is to contribute to a process that will ultimately yield 6 unique and truly collaborative quilt designs. Your quilt might not take the journey you expected, but that’s half the fun.
Throughout the process, each quilter will only show sneaky peaky’s of the quilt they are working on. … We will all then be completely surprised by the finished quilts.
Once everyone is signed up, you will have the opportunity to designate a general theme for your quilt (optional), and whether you prefer providing fabric or have members stash bust. We will attempt to match members based on their preference.
This bee is all about the modern aesthetic. If you are unsure what that looks like, there will be a post to follow that will discuss it a bit more. My goal is to have it posted by this coming Monday. You may also see examples in previous posts here and here.
So, are you in?? If you are, or would like additional information, complete the form below. You may add any questions or comments there. Of course, you may also leave comments on this post. Once everyone is signed up, we will email all members with more information.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you,