The 2020 Hybrid Bee is Up and Running!!

At our January meeting, we voted to launch another Hybrid Bee — that is, something between a traditional monthly block bee, and a free-form traveling quilt bee.

General rules and guidelines:

Each person will be Queen Bee for one month. Before the meeting at the start of their month, the Queen Bee needs to decide what sort of blocks people need to make. Now this is where the hybrid part comes in. This person could choose to do a traditional monthly bee and assign a specific block that everyone will do, or they can decide not to do that, and just make loose guidelines as they see fit for the sort of quilt they want.

For example, these would all be valid ways a Queen Bee could give direction for her month:

1) Alice decides she likes a traditional block bee, so she asked everyone to make her 12.5″ churn dash blocks in pinks and purples, with low volume backgrounds.

2) Betty wants a quilt more similar to a traveling quilt, so she decides to be very open and asks people to create any block they like, in any size, using a color palette inspired by Tula Pink All Stars.

3) Emily would like something in between – variety in blocks and easy to assemble, so she asks for 10.5″ blocks of any pattern so long that the blocks are scrappy.

4) Virginia really loves paper pieced blocks, so she decides to ask people to make all of her blocks as 12.5″ paper pieced blocks.

The blocks for the Queen Bee’s quilt are due at the next month’s meeting. If someone can’t make it to a meeting, it is her responsibility to mail or deliver the blocks to the Queen Bee as soon as she can thereafter. And if for some reason you, as the Queen collecting blocks can’t make the meeting at which your blocks are due, please arrange with someone to collect your blocks on your behalf.

We do want everyone to be able to have useful size quilt top at the end of the bee, so we have established a guideline as to an approximate “minimum” square inch that each person should target, to make sure everyone gets to have a decent sized quilt. For our current participants, this minimum is 312.5 square inches or so.

By signing up for this Bee, participants have committed to participating in the entire Bee duration. We ask participants to honor this commitment, as we want to make sure those whose months fall near the end of the bee get as nice and large a quilt as the person who gets to go first. If a participant absolutely has to remove themself from the bee, it is their responsibility to find a replacement.

Please be sure to share all your wonderful blocks with us on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag them #fcmqghybridbee2020 and #fcmqg!

Queen Bees

February, 2020: Robbin Flockhart
March, 2020: Chrystal Gates
April, 2020: Paused
May, 2020: Shanelle Grieco
June, 2020: Kim Martinec
July, 2020: Kate Odenwald
August, 2020: Sara Chimblo
September, 2020: Becky Irons
October, 2020: Julie Wilson
November, 2020: Carmen Schell (due Jan 2021)
January 2021: Sarah Harris
February 2021: Bethanne Stolte
March 2021: Martha Cranor

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