Little Bits Quilting Bee Blog Tour

Today we're one of the stops for Kathreen Ricketson's new book, "Little Bits Quilting Bee." 

The book is rich with color and detail for using pre-cut fabric to make modern, vibrant quilts. 

When Kathreen was working on this book, she solicited stories of people making quilts in community. I shared with her that our stitching circle made a baby quilt for a friend's new little boy. The little story about that quilt is in the book (page 10 if you're curious) and the little baby is now a bustling, busy 2 year-old. 

I thought it would be fun to share a bit more about the quilt we made for our friend. Here's an exerpt of a couple blog posts Laura wrote seemingly ages ago, but was really just in 2009: 

 "Rather than all work on the quilt at the  same time, we have taken turns between our Tuesday meetings taking  the quilt home with us to work on it. As lovely an image of everyone sitting around a quilt frame is, we don’t have one. Yes, we’ve found patterns to make one, just not sure how the Black Feather cafe would feel about  moving something so massive into their space….A hand held round hoop is working well enough, not too obtrusive."

A few weeks later...

"This past Saturday I spent a couple of hours making and attaching the binding for the quilt a bunch of us are making for our friend Laura’s new baby. Good timing too, because as I was stitching I got a call reporting Laura was in labor! Congratulations to Laura and Sean on the birth of their new little guy!"

If you're inspired to orgainze a quilting bee with your local or online friends, the book has information on different ways to share the work, as well as so many beautiful projects to choose from. 

Here are the next stops on the tour: 

Friday, November 18 – Kristin La Flamme & Camp Follower Bags & Quilts

Monday, November 21 – Quilt Dad

Tuesday, November 22 – Pat Sloan & Pleasant Home