December 14, 2016

Wrapping up Four Years with the Mid Century Modern Bee

Four years ago, Cindy of Live A Colorful Life sent me an email. She said she was starting a new bee for quilters that were 50+ in age with a modern aesthetic. I will be forever grateful for that email. It was the start of many online connections and true friendships right when my blog was getting off the ground.

Now, four years later, the Mid Century Modern Bee is coming to a close. Over the years we've had a few people come and go and I've enjoyed meeting each and every one along the way. The bee also gave me the opportunity to make a wide variety of blocks including ones I'd never sewn before. Dresden Plates, Spiderweb, Churn Dash, 9-Patch, Log Cabin, lots of paper piecing . . . these are just a few of the blocks I've had the pleasure of sewing for an amazing group of quilters.

Today I thought I'd share all the blocks made for 2016.

January 2016 for Elizabeth of OPQ, also found on Instagram @occasionalpiecequilt

February for Cindy of Live A Colorful Life, also found on Instagram @liveacolorfullife

March for Linda of Chirp, also found on Instagram @lkhomework

April for Stephanie of Peas in a Pod, also found on Instagram @stephiepeterson

May for Carla of Grace and Favour, also found on Instagram @carla_knit2yarns

June for Rene' of Rene' Creates, also found on Instagram @renecreates

July for Sherri of A Quilting Life, also found on Instagram @aquiltinglife

August for Mary of Needled Mom, also found on Instagram @needledmom

September for Mary of Mary on Lake Pulaski, also found on Instagram @maryonlakepulaski

October for me here at Springleafstudios and also found on Instagram @springleafstudios
I had everyone make the letters for the word Bee. I asked each quilter to use their favorite fabric for the capital B and was quite surprised that I got so many reds and bluish greens. At this point I have only a very vague idea of how I will use these. It will be a long while before the concept works itself out into a finished quilt. When done it will be a lovely reminder of my connections to these women.

November for Nancy of Patchwork Breeze, also found on Instagram @patchworkbreeze

December for Elizabeth of Pieceful Life, also found on Instagram @piecefullife

Isn't the word "Bee" just the perfect block to bring this bee to an end?

It most certainly was another year of variety and fun. I'm sorry to see the bee come to an end but happy to know my friendships will go on. Thanks for a fun four years ladies. And thank you Cindy for inviting me to play along.



  1. What a cool way to wrap it up and thank everyone for participating!
    Now little pieces of your quilting are out about in the world

  2. Thank you for sharing these photos of the Bee blocks for this year. I have noticed a lot of these Bee groups around and it's a wonderful idea. I must look around and see if there are any quilters out there who may be interested. I could envisage one particular for quilters who are in love with KF Collective fabrics!!

  3. Lovely wrap up of your 2016 MCM Bee Anne! I love the idea of your "bee" words and look forward to seeing the quilt come to life1

  4. What a great recap of the year and your time with the bee. Your idea for your month was lovely and will be such a great reminder of your friendships!

  5. I loved seeing all of the year's blocks together like this. Nice recap!

  6. It was fun Anne. See you around on your blog and Instagram!

  7. Aww. It was a great bee! I really enjoyed my years with it too!

  8. Thanks for this nice wrap-up of our bee. You were a wonderful member and taught me a lot about color and its impact in quilts. Love your "bee" blocks!

  9. A beautiful and diverse group of blocks!

  10. How nice that you stayed with the bee from beginning to end. It's nice to see such a diverse group of quilt blocks... and I hope everyone makes theirs into a finished quilt!


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