Looking ahead to 2018

I have had such a great year with you ladies, and I am thrilled we all want to continue in 2018! Many thanks to Irene for leading us this year. I am honored to take a turn as Hive Mama next year and continue in her footsteps.

I’ve been talking to our fabulous Mastermind Kate, and we’ve set up the basic groundwork for 2018. We are going to double up on Queens in two months: March & September. This will leave November as a catch-up month.

If there are any months that you do NOT want to be queen due to whatever reason, let me (Emily) know–comment on this post, comment or PM on Facebook, or email will all work. I’m going to put all our names on slips of paper in one bowl and the months (with 2 Marches and 2 Septembers) on slips of paper in another bowl. I’ll draw a name and a month. If that name has the drawn month on their “no” list, both slips go back in the bowls. Otherwise, match made. And so on. So it will basically be a random draw with people getting to say no to certain months. I think it will be the fairest and simplest way to assign months.

I want to give our January queen as much notice as possible, so I’m hoping to announce the month assignments mid-November. (I’m aiming for November 15th, 2 weeks from today.) So if everyone could get me their “no” months in the next week, that would be great.

Enough about 2018, let’s finish 2017! I’m looking forward to Paige’s tree block and since December is such a crazy month, I’ll get my tutorial out early so we can wrap up this year!

nine patch cubed for Irene

I had a little bit of an advantage on this block.  Irene & I are in the same hive for the Stash Bee and she was Queen there for April.  I knew she planned on using the same block for both bees, so I was able to make the May block last month.

May BeeInspired

I mailed this last week, so I’m hoping it’s already made it to Irene.

Irene and I got to meet in person in February!  Here is photographic proof!  I’m on the far left and Irene is in the light blue shirt.  The other 2 ladies are Flora (far right) and Sana (between me & Irene), both friends of Irene’s from her guild.


We both live in North Carolina, though we’re about 3 hours from each other.  Irene had an extra bed at her Airbnb for QuiltCon, and she invited me to join her and her friends.  I had never met any of them in person, but both friends are librarians and we know some of the same people.  I had a ton of fun with them and am so grateful that Irene offered me the opportunity.  It’s truly great to get to meet Quilty friends in person!  I also met Paige while there, though we were only able to chat for a few minutes.

I can’t wait to see your finished quilt, Irene!  I hope it looks beautiful in your newly redone bedroom!

Trees & Gnomes for Kate

I had a lot of fun with this, Kate!  I’m not sure that my trees are all that wonky, but I followed the directions and tried to cut at a variety of angles.

A few of my background fabrics looked better with on the wrong side, so I used them that way.  It hopefully isn’t obvious in the picture, but Kate will be able to tell when she sees the back of the block.

I hope this goes well with what you want.  I can’t wait to see what you put together with all these!

March BeeInspired

February Block for Sue

I hope this deep green works for what you are looking for, Sue! I enjoyed making this one.  I wrote the instructions down correctly but still managed to cut to many squares of both fabrics, so I have an extra set of HST that I am sending you as well.  I hope you can use them.


I wrote the instructions down correctly but still managed to cut to many squares of both fabrics, so I have an extra set of HST that I am sending you as well.  I hope you can use them.



Charlotte Skyline

Sue asked about where we live.  I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, and have been here for 11 years.  Charlotte is a big city, though I frequently forget how big it is and how many people really live here.  While you often hear that everyone in Charlotte is a transplant, I actually know quite a few native Charlotteans.


North Carolina is generally thought of in three geographic parts: coastal, mountains, and Piedmont.  The Piedmont is in the middle and that’s where I am.  I like that I am about a 2 hour drive to the mountains and a 4-5 hour drive to the coast.  I go to the mountains much more than the coast–I love the Blue Ridge Mountains!


The view from one of my favorite overlooks in the Blue Ridge Mountains.



Hello from North Carolina

Hi Everyone! Sorry it has taken me so long to introduce myself.  I’m super excited to be a part of Bee Inspired!

I’m Emily and I blog at http://thedarlingdogwood.blogspot.com/  I’m a librarian at a community college and I live in Charlotte, NC with my husband and our 3-year old son.  Bee Inspired is my second bee for 2017; I am in my second year of the Stash Bee and am a Hive Mama this year.


I started quilting in college in the fall of 1997, so this fall will be my 20th anniversary.  I especially love novelty fabrics and have a bit of an obsession with I Spy quilts.  I am an active “blanketeer” with the Charlotte chapter of Project Linus and I donate quilts I’ve made regularly.

Here is my January block for Sharon.  I didn’t have a ton of cream prints so there is some duplication on those; I hope that’s okay. I will get it mailed out after the MLK holiday.


I’m so excited to spend this year with you all!  I can’t wait to see what you each come up with!