During 2013-14 I took part in a Quilting Bee for Siblings Together. If you’ve not heard of this charity before, it’s a fantastic group in the UK who help to bring together siblings that have been separated through the care system for an annual reunion.
The charity aims to provide everyone that attends with a quilt that they can take home with them as a memory of time together with friends and family.
If you would like to contribute a quilt, or join a local bee, then do check out the website here.
Taking part in a charity quilting bee is lots of fun. Making large, quick blocks is a great way of pulling a quilt together and keep it easy for everyone to keep up with the schedule.
For this Bee, we focused on large blocks – mostly 18-20″ finished blocks. Where possible, I have included links to all the tutorials.
Giant Broken Wheel block – finishing at 18.5″
Pinwheels in park pattern, with a finished block size of 17″;
St Louis 16 patch (you can find a tutorial here for different sized finished blocks);
Modified nine patch using Mixed Bag by Moda.
Morning Star block using the fabulous PB&J range and posted an excellent tutorial.
Wonky square blocks, inspired by and based on this tutorial, with the wonkiness based on different widths of fabric around the central square.
Four 8.5″ woven blocks mixed up so that they weren’t entirely woven, sashed with Kona Slate to make a big block of around 18″
Stepping Stairs block
Four 10.5″ string blocks using this tutorial with a strip of cream used for the central strip to yield a finished block size of 20″
A giant 20″ churn dash block based on this tutorial;
I hope you find some inspiration here for any quilting bees that you might be working on!
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