Since it was my month to receive blocks in two of my bees, I only had to make one bee block in November. And with all of my bees taking the month of December off, this is actually my last bee block of 2011.
Krista of Poppyprint asked the Stash Trad bee members to make this pine tree block. She asked us to do our blocks in any bright color, with a stripe used in the large triangle and a black print for the tree trunk. I don’t have a ton of stripes in my stash, but I thought this stripe from the Treasures and Tidbits line would work well.
Ayumi was nice enough to set up a paper-piecing pattern for this block, so that’s what I used to get my points right on. I don’t think my seams would have been this perfect if I had done it any other way!
So that does it for my 2011 bee blocks! This was my first year being in any bees, and as usual for me, I jumped in with both feet. I ended up participating in six different bees this year (though not all at one time!), and made a total of 54 bee blocks this year! Whew, that’s a lot.
However, my favorite bees by far are the ones where somebody (like you!) just decided to start his or her own bee, and invited some favorite bloggers/flickr friends to participate. So if you would like to be in a bee, consider starting one yourself! Make a list of people that you would be interested in exchanging blocks with, and ask them if they would like to participate. You’d be surprised how often they will say yes (especially if you ask people who aren’t already in a lot of bees). “By invitation” bees like this tend to produce higher quality blocks, and the members will be less likely to flake out on you, making for a happier experience all the way around. The Quilting Bee Blocks Flickr group has lots of resources for anyone considering starting their own bee. Look for the “Quilting Bee 101” posts in the Flickr group’s discussion forum.