I have really enjoyed participating in the Stash Bee this year. On October 28th, the sign up form for 2016 will open, and I want to encourage you to think about joining in on the fun next year. Alison @Little Bunny Quilts is the Bee Mama / Organizer, and she has put together a Stash Bee 101 post to answer some questions such as:
What exactly am I committing to?
Signing up for and being assigned to a hive means that you will be responsible to make 10 total bee blocks — one for each of your hive mates — over the course of the “Bee Year” which runs January to November. You will be responsible to use your stash to make these blocks and mail the before the end of the month. You are also assigned one month as Queen Bee where your hive mates will make you the block of your choosing. One block a month is an easy commitment!
How do I sign up or apply to participate?
On October 28th, a blog post will be posted that contains a link to the sign up form. Clicking that link will take you to the Google Form for the Stash Bee 2016 sign up. There are 3 pages to the sign up form and you will get a “Thank you for signing up” page once you have successfully submitted your information. You are not allowed to sign up for multiple spots.
How quickly will slots fill up? Is there a chance I won’t be able to get a spot if I don’t sign up quickly enough?
Last year, it took about 3 weeks before 100 people signed up however, I do not work on assigning hives until 125 people or so sign up. This way people who change their mind about participating are easily replaced and I can put together well-matched people together in hives.
How are hives assigned?
Hives are assigned based on two criteria — your “design preference” (how modern/traditional you describe yourself and your stash) and your skill level. You will be assigned to a hive with people with similar design preferences and skill levels.
There is also a great FAQs post that links to many other helpful posts.
I have looked forward to each new month’s block tutorial, and looking back on the blocks I have made for the year is really satisfying:
And while I’m thinking about things that are coming up, did you notice that the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy @Amy’s Creative Side will open next Friday, October 23rd? I’m going to have to put some thought into what I will be submitting!