Thursday, 6 May 2010

MakeClub Bee

Last night was my MakeClub meeting. You may remember that MakeClub is my lovely local group of mums from school who cooked up the idea for a group last summer at a rainswept sports day (wishing we were somewhere warm and knitting!). Since then we have learnt to knit, crochet, quilt, embroider etc etc together, encouraging each other, making lots of lovely friends along the way. I love MakeClub. Its food for the soul.

Last night we kicked off a Quilting Bee. We are going back to basics and making a modern take on a sampler quilt. Making the same block together each month, but in our own fabric palettes. Each block will demonstrate a new skill, so that by the end of 9 blocks you could tackle pretty much any other block with confidence. We all plan to make 10 blocks each then make the orphan blocks into a charity quilt. I am so excited about it all. There is so much energy and enthusiasm about learning a new skill, and my favourite thing is helping people to make their first quilt. They are always hooked!

I know that lots of my blog readers are teetering on the brink of making their first quilt. I thought I would open up our Bee online, so if you would like to quilt along with us month by month I will post the block instructions online as we make them. If you would like to join us, this month you need to get your fabrics planned. I will post tomorrow with the info on what you need to have in order to join in. Happy Quilting!


  1. Even though I am an avid quilter this sounds brilliant!!!
    I would also like to know which charity you are able to send your quilts to. As I have always thought of doing this but several charities that I have contacted are unable to accept them

  2. @ Miss Oakden. This time we have decided we will raffle ours and donate the proceeds. But Project Linus will always accept knitted blankets and lightweight quilts for children and babies who are seriously ill in hospital. If you look on the website there will be a local organiser for your area, they are a great charity.

  3. I love all the gorgeous quilts you posted on FMQ at Flickr.

  4. Ohh an online quilting bee, count me in! Thanks for letting us join in its just the help I needed to get me started! Justine xx