Modern Bee— 13 Quilts to Make with Friends Free Printable + More

on October 7 | in Books | by | with 19 Comments

Don’t miss the free download below, perfect for the next time you share a quilt block with friends. Lindsay Conner is here today to share her new Modern Bee book!

Hello Sew Mama Sew readers! I’m Lindsay Conner from Craft Buds and Lindsay Sews, and I’m so happy to be visiting you today to celebrate the launch of my first book!

It’s called Modern Bee— 13 Quilts to Make with Friends. I didn’t make this book alone, but with the creative help of 12 quilting bloggers I met online.

When we formed the Mod Stitches bee in late 2011 I had an idea to turn our bee into a book, and these ladies were adventurous enough to hop on board with my crazy idea!

The book follows our quilting journey, teaching readers how to make each of the blocks and finished quilts. The blocks are arranged from beginner to intermediate, and are perfect for building your skills throughout the year as you tackle more challenging blocks.

How it Works
If you’ve never been a part of a quilting bee, it typically works like this… Each month, one person designs a quilt block for the other members of the bee to make and return to them in the mail. At the end of that month, one quilter collects all the blocks and finishes the quilt. After 12 months, each bee member has not only built up their quilting skills with tips learned from their new friends, but they’ve had a hand in making each of the 12 quilts designed that year. Our bee worked the same way, though we also joined forces to make a 13th quilt to donate to charity.

Sewing Along
If you don’t have a quilting bee and want to enjoy the book that’s perfectly okay! You can still make each of the 13 blocks and full quilts in Modern Bee whether you’re sewing on your own or with a group of friends. If you would like to give a virtual quilting bee a try, the book will give you some great tips and tricks for organizing your own group as well as troubleshooting any problems that might come up.

Free Printables: Quilt Block Labels
I’m happy to share a free download for you today, to help you in your next project sewing with friends! If you’ve ever participated in a bee, you know that it’s easy to get bee blocks mixed up when several arrive in the mail. It can be hard to keep them all straight, especially if you are in more than one bee at a time.

As a solution, my friend Mary designed these free printable quilt block labels, an exclusive download for Sew Mama Sew readers! They come four to a sheet, so just three sheets will get you through the entire year with your bee.

To use these labels, just slip one inside a plastic bag with your bee blocks (a great tip for protecting them from getting damaged in the mail). When you fill it out, the recipient knows who made the blocks, the date they were sent and the name of your bee. Download the free printables here!

Ready to see the quilts and meet the quilters? Enjoy this quick video preview of the book, and check out the book’s website to read more!



For more previews, giveaways and fun extras from the book be sure to follow the tour:

Modern Bee Blog Tour
Monday, 10/7:  Sew Mama Sew (here!) + Stash Books
Tuesday, 10/8: SewCraftyJess + Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, 10/9: Ellison Lane + Diary of a Quilter
Thursday, 10/10: Katie’s Korner + Pat Sloan
Friday, 10/11: Fat Quarter Shop + imagine gnats
Saturday, 10/12: Quilting is My Therapy + Hot Pink Stitches
Monday, 10/14: Live a Colorful Life + Craft Gossip
Tuesday, 10/15: SewCanShe + Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Wednesday, 10/16: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores + Craftsy

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19 Responses to Modern Bee— 13 Quilts to Make with Friends Free Printable + More

  1. Miriam says:

    I loved this work, can you suggest a bend quilt for boy! Thanks have a Nice weekend , Miriam Garcia from Brazil

  2. Debra Neiman says:

    Great book, can’t wait to read it.
    crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  3. Beth B says:

    I have not been part of a bee. It sounds like a lot of fun and I am ready to try.

  4. kbo says:

    What a nice collaboration – a great way to make new friends. Plus I like the generosity of the 13th philanthropic quilt. Well done!

  5. Melissa says:

    Congratulations on your book! I can’t wait to read it …
    I just purchased it on my Nook.:)

  6. Beth says:

    I have never been part of a quilting bee, although I sew with friends every week!

  7. Cecilia says:

    Thanks for the labels, they will come in handy.

  8. Donna Phelps says:

    Your book like so much fun and what a great idea. I would love to win it.

  9. Lizzie says:

    I just joined my first blocks bee on Flickr and I think it’s fun already! But I want to learn so much more about how it works, different ways to organize, etc. This book looks fabulous!

  10. bergere says:

    This looks fsntastic. Its on my Christmas wish list.

  11. Linda Fleming says:

    This would be a wonderful book to have!

  12. jane.H says:

    this is such a very good idea. I love it but I can not be a bee. because I had all my stash stolen along with my machine. and it’s put me down at the moment. but I will follow this and if things pick up for me I will become a bee if possible. so please keep on going with you’r fantastic work I love it.xxxxx

  13. farmquilter says:

    Awesome book!! Love the way it came about :) Quilters make the best friends!!

  14. Lindsay says:

    Absolutely–Thank you Anya!

  15. Lindsay says:

    Alicia, thank you so much for the nice compliment!

  16. kaholly says:

    The book looks great! The video was the perfect touch. Thanks for the label download!

  17. Jayne says:

    Congrats Lindsay! This is a great book with great quilts!

  18. Anya King says:

    This looks fabulous! I am going to have to look for this on Amazon. Thanks for the info.

  19. Alicia says:

    I received your book in the mail this week, and it is fantastic. The photos are great. I love the BEE instructions. It really does take all the guesswork out for a new bee member. Plus the blocks are great for making my own quilt.

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