I was part of a quilting bee this year. This bee is exactly what I was looking for in a bee. The rules and guidelines are there, but there are few limitations on what you can choose for your block. I received all my blocks within two months and the last person was in communication and so I knew that she just needed more time. (It seems like a small thing, but previous bees haven't gone that well. Not bad, but this one has been the best.) It might have been fun if hive had been a bit more social, but it's not as though I did anything to promote that and everyone, including myself, is busy. I'm hoping to do it again next year and will find out in December if I got in.
This year I choose a random HST in grey scale with pops of color.
I asked for the other members to use at least three different shades in the white to black spectrum, all solids. Because I do love my solids. One of the triangles was to be a different color. I did let them know that it was going to be for a boy, so that's why there are more blues than some of the other colors.
People also sent enough extras for me to make an additional long row. There was a reason at the time I added the extra row...maybe to balance out the shades a bit? I don't remember, but since I can't tell I'm going to assume that it worked well.
The squares all lined up very well. It helped to have nesting seams, but apparently my bee-mates were also great at the quarter inch seam.
I backed it with grey minky and bound it in sateen, per normal. For quilting I did wavy lines, except for the colored triangles. In those I did some pebbles. It was nice and fast, something I was looking for after the previous quilt, while still having in interesting element.
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday.