If you’re looking for a new challenge in 2017, then The Honey Pot Bee could be just up your quilting street! Organised by Molli Sparkles, this is a year long virtual quilting bee taking place from January to December, where each month two new block patterns will be released. It’s your chance to learn new skills, use up your stash and make some new online friends.
In Molli’s words: “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.
“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.
“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!”
Lots of stars of the quilting world are already signed up to be involved, including Angie at Gnome Angel, Julie at The Intrepid Thread and Audrey from Hot Pink Quilts, so it’s a great chance to get some amazing tutorials from renowned quilters. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to share what you create with the rest of the group, using the hashtag #thehoneypotbee on Instagram and also signing up to The Honeypot Bee Facebook group. Let us know if you take part!
Although the beautiful hexagon quilt pictured here (by Florence Knapp and featured in issue 9 of LPQ) isn’t part of The Honeypot Bee, we thought the honeycomb feel was apt!