Monday, February 3, 2014

CMQG 2014 Guild Bee: THE DETAILS

Here it is…the long-awaited, much anticipated-- boy Nicole has really procrastinated-- details for our first ever CMQG Bee.

Who’s in?

Here’s the list of each bee member along with the month they have been assigned as the “Queen Bee”

February:             Nicole
March:                  Janna
April:                     Cynthia
May:                     Andrea
June:                     Ann
July:                      Cristin
August:                Joanna M.
September:         Karen C.
October:              Stacey
November:          Dana
December:          AnneMarie
January 2015:     Aimee

You’ll notice I listed myself twice.  We were one person short of having a full bee, so in order for everyone to receive 11 blocks each month, I took two spots in the “lineup.”  I’ll be making two blocks for each of you and in return, you’ll each make me a block at two different times in the year.  If someone else would like to have double the blocks received and double the blocks to make, let me know and I’ll happily relinquish my spot.  Or if anyone missed the meeting this month and still wants a spot, you can have my extra one!

What’s required?

Each month, we will have a different “Queen Bee” and everyone else will be the “worker bees.”  Responsiblities for each role are listed below:

Queen Bee:

·         First Monday of the month, post block directions on the CMQG blog (I can help you with the posting, you just have to do the writing) for the block that you would like everyone to make.

·         If you are requesting specific fabrics to be used (e.g. only Kona Snow as the background, or only fabrics from a specific designer) you must supply the materials to the bee members.  Materials should be distributed at the meeting prior to your month as queen bee. So, for example, if your month is March and you want everyone to make blocks using Kona Snow as the background fabric, you should bring your fabric to the February meeting.  Make sense?

·         If you have your own blog and want to write and host your post there and provide me with a link, that’s cool too.  We’re all friends here!

Worker Bees:

·         Each month you will make 1 block for the queen bee based on the specified instructions.

·         Bring that block to the guild meeting that month.  For example, if you are making blocks for the February queen bee, those blocks should come with you to the February meeting.

·         Unless fabric is provided by the queen bee, you’ll be using fabric from your stash to make the blocks. (See fabric requirements below)

If you are unable to attend a meeting, please let me know and we can make some alternate arrangements!

Extenuating circumstances do happen…we totally understand.  People move across the country, have a baby or two, get a promotion at work that suddenly has you working around the clock, etc.  If you cannot meet the deadline please let the queen bee know and I’m sure you can work something out.

Fabric Requirements:

In the various swaps and bees that I have participated in, I’ve learned that I’m happiest with the results when I am very specific about my likes and dislikes.  I’ll be posting all of this on the blog with my February block instructions, so feel free to use that same format when it’s your turn to be the queen bee.

Fabrics should be “Quilt Shop” quality, modern fabrics.  What does that mean? For the most part, fabrics from our favorite big box bargain store shouldn’t be included.  You know the ones…itchy, kinda transparent, etc.  Please don’t include batiks, reproduction prints, etc. unless the queen bee specifically requests it.

Ok, that was really a lot of words to say just a little.  Most importantly, have fun with the process!  Hopefully we can challenge each other to learn new skills, play with new color schemes, and just get to know each other a little better over the course of the year.

For those of you that are big fans of social media, I’ve created a group on Flickr where you can post your photos for the bee (this is a great place to ask questions, check on a color palette, etc.):

New to Flickr? Check out this how-to video for more information:
And if you’re so inclined to play along on Instagram, I’ve started a hashtag: #CbusMQBee

I'll be back soon with the directions for our February block!

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