I have found two contenders. The first is a year long bee with twelve members, with each member assigned a specific month. Every member creates a photo mosaic that shows their chosen colour scheme and style. When it's your month, you pick a quilt block (this particular bee is using the book Modern Bee Blocks which looks awesome) and all of the other members make that block using fabric from their stash. Once they are done everyone mails their block to you and ta da! You have enough blocks for a quilt. This type of bee (i.e., these guidelines) is fairly standard. I'm currently waiting to find out if I have gotten in to this particular group as they might already be full.
The second bee is not really a bee. It's a swap, which are also extremely popular in the online quilting community. In this swap, you make a 6 inch quilt block and send it to the bee coordinator. He sends it on to another member who adds a 3 inch border and sends it back to him. It then goes out to another member who adds another border, and so on, until the block reaches 24 inches.
I created my first 6 inch block ever tonight and the plan is to send it to the the Add a Border block swap once I finish one more block. That said, it's not totally perfect. It is, however, totally adorable and I'm not sure I can part with it! I used Gen X Quilters Charmed Star Block tutorial to make this block and just for fun, I photo-documented my process.
My first step was to audition fabrics. I knew I planned to fussy cut a hedgehog from the Lizzy House Outfoxed fabric on the left. The question was, which hedgehog?
Chain piecing more flying geese. My first time chain piecing. Woohoo!
And there you have it folks, my first bee block. What fun! I think this might be addictive.
P.S. It's allllmost Tuesday so I'll be linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.