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Modern Bee

Modern Quilts

13 quilts to spark your creativity, build your skills, and connect you with others

Here’s what C&T has to say about this book:

• Unique, modern quilt patterns for a year of full-sized quilts. Plus, a bonus 13th quilt for an auction
• Take your quilting skills to the next level! Each monthly project lets you learn more advanced techniques
• Includes everything you need to know about organizing and running a virtual bee, including valuable advice on troubleshooting problems

Create. Grow. Connect. This how-to book features 13 projects for a virtual one-year quilting bee. Crafted with a modern aesthetic, the patterns are inspired by traditional quilt blocks as well as bits and pieces of daily life. As you quilt along with this book from month to month, you’ll master sewing techniques of increasing difficulty—from easy to advanced. Each project includes instructions for assembling the block and for finishing a full-size quilt. You’ll also find a comprehensive section on quilting basics and plenty of tips on organizing your own virtual bee.

What’s in the book? Enjoy a video preview of Modern Bee on YouTube!

Every year my quilt group selects a quilt design for our raffle quilt. It’s always a difficult selection process. And then the fun begins when we come together to sew it all together. We haven learned that we each sew a tad differently, and so it isn’t as easy as it seems to put together even the simplest of quilts. Funny, because we are all good sewers. But that’s the way it goes when you are working in a group. So perhaps this book will shed some light on sewing together!

Happy quilting!


2015 Blackberry Jam Quilt Show Winners!

2015 Pine Needlers Raffle QuiltViewer’s Choice Awards

Thanks to all who helped put together the awards portion of our amazing quilt show! What an exciting show it was! We’d like to announce all of the award winners for the 2015 Viewer’s Choice and they are:



1st place – #33, “Urban Owls” by Kathleen Frazer
2nd place – #26, “Night Star” by Lisa Bee-Wilson
3rd place – #1, “Hand in Hand” by Chris Daniels

Best Traditional

1st place – #42, “Pine Needlers Round Robin” by Carey Ravare
2nd place – #38, “Bend Blocks” by Teri Harter
3rd place – #37, “Sunflower Delight” by Teri Harter

Best Holiday

1st place – #6, “Celtic Knot” by Gerry Burr

Best Small-Sized

1st place – #11, “Martha’s Mexican Star Quilt” by Martha Austin
2nd place – #34, “Tumbling Blocks” by Sallie Mansbacher
3rd place – #9, “Pieces of My Heart” by Gerry Burr
Best Applique:                 1st place – #41, “Bertie’s Year” by Carey Ravare

Best Color

1st place – #21, “Friendship” by Joyce Weaver
2nd place – #28, “Green Jungle” by Lisa Bee-Wilson
3rd place – #4, “Lovely Ladders” by Chris Daniels

Best Challenge Fabric Piece

1st place – #29, “Safari Animals” by Diane Stephens
2nd place – #43, “Charley” by Carey Ravare
3rd place – #24, “2015 Challenge Quilt” by Lisa Bee-Wilson

Best Quilting

1st place –  #25, “Squared” by Lisa Bee-Wilson

Best Art Quilt

1st place – #7, “In Memory of Sackett” by Gerry Burr
2nd place – #35, “Adventure Awaits” by Sydney-Elise Miller

Honorable Mentions

“Denim Daydream” by Debi Brooks
“Ben’s Quilt” by Chris Daniels
“Gary’s Cabin” by Teri Harter
“Twisting With the Stars” by Martha Austin
“Radiant Stars” by Morgan Ravare


“Urban Owls” by Kathleen Frazer

We’d like to express our gratitude to Kennette Blotzer from Something to Crow About, who took time out of her busy schedule to visit our quilt show and judge our quilts with an expert eye. We hope you had a great time!

logoA special thank you to Carey Ravare and the award making team, who put together the most beautiful ribbons in the region.

Congratulations to all of our winners!  A huge thank you to our viewers, who recognized so much beauty and talent, and took the time to vote and support our show.

Want more information about the show? Want to enter your quilt next year? Check out our Blackberry Jam Quilt Show website.

Binding Your Quilt

craftsy class binding

You’ve worked hard to make your quilt top, and you’ve quilted it (or had a longarmer do it for you – yeah!), so now it’s time to trim and bind the edge of your quilt. Need help?  Check out “How To Bind A Quilt” by Susan Cleveland on and see if it’s something you are interested in. classes are amazing because once you sign up you can watch them at your leisure.

Another good option if you live in the Springfield, Oregon area is to take a binding class from Teri Harter. She teaches a binding class at Our Sewing Room. She is a knowledgable and fun instructor and knows all the best techniques for binding. Check out her upcoming class. The next one is September 19, 2015 from 10 am – 4 pm. Here is the information about her class:


Taught by Teri Harter

Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 AM – 4 PM

Teri will take the mystery out of binding.  You’ll learn many different types of binding, including: Basic binding, bias binding, including continuous bias binding, applying and closing the binding, plus mitered corners, Prairie Points, continuous and individual, double sided, and easy scalloped edge binding. $40

Happy quilting!