Bee’s helping Bee’s

On Tuesdays when I was finishing up my bee blocks for this month I started to think back to another bee I was in last year were only 2 people sent me blocks. It happens, life gets in the way or people get in over their sewing heads and drop out never to be heard from again. This of course got me thinking even many fellow bees’ are out the missing blocks. Do they make the remaining blocks themselves or like me have orphan blocks sitting around. By now the little hamster in my head was getting a real work out and just as the little guy was about to give in a light bulb went off.

Bee’s helping Bee’s!

What if I created a flickr group where people missing blocks could post the blocks they are missing and other people would help them out and vice versa. So I thought what the heck...create it!

So here is the site.
**** You don't have to be in a bee to take part. Like making blocks and what to help out. feel free to join. Have a quilt that you need help finishing. Feel free to join too! this is all about helping people turn those orphan blocks into quilts******

Here is what you have to do
1. Click on the link above and join the group

2. Open a discussion thread and post a pic of block you had requested a long with a tutorial on how to make the block, colour requirements and any other information you feel is relevant to making the block. Then you post the number of blocks you are missing.
Post what kind of blocks you would be able to help someone out with

Other bee’s that have joined the site looking for help can then peruse through the pics/threads and see which blocks they would like to help out with.  Once you have linked up with someone or a few someone’s and made arrangements to get blocks done your blocks will be marked as DONE and removed from the group. The thread will remain open so you and your new helper bee’s can communicate.

Now here is all the fine print

If you are posting blocks you are missing you must at least make one other block for someone else in the group. If this doesn’t happen you will be removed from the group
Once someone has agreed to make blocks for you whether they actually make them or not is a risk you have to take I will not be hunting down “missing blocks”. If someone does agree to make blocks and then is a no show they will be removed from the group. In this case you can repost your blocks.
All time limits are for you to decided

If you would like to take part here is the button to put on your blog
mrs pickles garden

I hope a few of you decided to come and take part!


  1. I meant to tell you before - love the new spring look to your blog! I don't join bees - BUT I love to make blocks, so if some one really gets stuck with no takers - I am so willing to do up some blocks. Just a thought.

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    1. Thank you Pam. I hope you come and join us!

  3. What a clever idea. I don't join bees either, mainly cos, living in the UK, the postage can work out very expensive for everyone.

  4. Neato! I really try to stay local and contribute to groups in my area, but I'll keep my eyes open if something pops up I can help with, I just might. :)

  5. I think this is a GREAT idea, especially for those who may not want the total commitment of an entire bee but want to do something different & help out at the same time. Postage probably wouldn't be too much for most folks as it's likely to only be a few blocks. I assume we'll operate on the honor system (Must do one to get a reciprocation) but one other question comes to mind: You won't be responsible for chasing up missing blocks (totally understandably) but what will a person do if they have someone who doesn't follow through?

  6. What a smart idea! You are so great to think of this and make it happen. I am going to check it out.

  7. Ok, I joined and I posted the button on my blog. Question: What if I have fabric for my blocks that I would happily send out? I'm just worried about not getting it back which has already happened a couple of times to me...

  8. This is a great idea! The ingenuity and thoughtfulness of quilters is amazing.

  9. This is a great idea. I hope it really helps people getting those quilts done. Love the new look too.

  10. Oh i found this button over at What the Bobbin and was intrigued. What a snappy idea. I know plenty of gals who have been stung by the no-show blocks. But most other quilter s are willing to help out. I will spread the word about your group.

  11. I added your button to my blog. If you would like to do a guest blog post to promote this let me know....


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