We were so lucky in all being hosted by Jennifer, who turned her home into a five star hotel for the occasion. We spent Friday evening getting to know one another and relaxing over Pims and a lovely dinner :-) Some of the girls had asked how I do my zips in bags, so I put one together and they made their own:
On Saturday, the final member arrived by train, and the quilt reveal could begin! We drew lots, and Sarah won the right to go first...
I'm sure Sarah brought the glorious sunshine with her, all the way from Jersey, and we can't wait to take her up on her invitation to visit her there! One happy person later, and it was Amy's turn:
Amy is so talented, with a really unique style. She began this quilt with the middle-ish row, with a solid line and a square in the centre. I think we all felt suitably challenged to come up with something for this quilt, and were all relieved when we'd managed and enjoyed the process! Julie was next:
Julie invented a new block for her strip, the third one down. She has a wealth of experience, and writes brilliant tutorials on her blog. I hope she enjoys the variety in this quilt, all brought together by a common colour theme.
As if the sunshine wasn't bright enough, out came Jen's riot of colour! She began this with the third strip down, inviting us to go as wild as her own choice of yellow and pink. The end result suits her cheerful personality down to the ground :-)
Maria started her quilt with the cute row of houses, and I went next adding in the trees. This has gone on to become a really fabulous piece, with everyone excelling themselves! It is a small, but perfectly formed, quilt top, and a suitable piece to thank Maria for her superb organisation of the Bee.
After all that excitement, we were ready to settle down and read through our notebooks.
Each person had included a book with their quilt, and everyone wrote in it as they went along...
And if ever we were short of something to read, our perfect hostess has a magazine pile to rival most quilt shops, and kindly sent me home with a few to read on the train!
Hugely generous, Jen also invited us to pick through her scrap drawers. I cut up a selection of 2.5 inch squares, and whipped up a cushion cover as a birthday present for a little girl:
Other people's scraps are certainly more interesting than your own! Too soon, it was time to head home. I'm so grateful to all the girls for a fabulous weekend, and a whole year of fun.
One quick word of apology - I discovered today a number of comments had been left on my blog in the last few months which had never reached me! For some reason, they hadn't emailed through, and were stuck in the system. I'm so sorry if you were one of those people, and I never replied :-( Although I have managed to publish them all today, in retrospect, the technology won't let me respond individually...