Quilting bees of the past were usually made up of women in the community who gathered around a quilt frame to work on a quilt together. They took the opportunity to have much-needed fellowship with other women - to share their burdens as well as their joys. A quilting bee was an indispensable part of their often isolated lives.
Today, bees are comprised of women (and sometimes men) who desire to meet in smaller groups on a regular basis. Sometimes to quilt, to sew, or just visit.
The Tri-County Quilt Guild will be sponsoring several bees, participation in which will be limited to members in good standing of the guild. Attendance at the first meeting does not commit you to join it. Feel free to take a test drive first! Other than that, the parameters of each bee will be determined by the individual Beekeeper.

We need more BeeKeepers!
Several of our current bees are reaching (or have already reached) capacity. For BeeKeeper Wanna-Be's, here are four reasons to consider starting a new bee:

1) You get to choose the date
2) You get to choose the time
3) You get to choose the place
4) You get to decide on the focus
Contact the Head BeeKeeper, Barbara Clark, for information on becoming a Beekeeper or joining an existing bee. Also, if you're short on ideas, the guild library has 2 copies of the book, "Quilting Bees: Ideas & Projects" to help you get started.

BEE CZARS: Meets 3rd Monday of each month from 5pm to 8pm at Quilters Crossing in Tomball. Our past bee projects have been a block exchange, fabric exchange, & Christmas project. This year's plans include an easy but striking art quilt, a fall quilt & a Christmas project. For more information contact Ann Keilers at 832-515-1081 or Marian Page at 281-797-3014.

CHARITY BEE:  Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cypress Crossings Christian Church, located at 15751 Cypress Rosehill Road, Cypress, TX.  Come one, come all to Charity Bee. Charity Bee meets from 9:30 to 2:00. There is a lot to do, so please join us.. We have quilt tops to put together with batting and backing, quilt top kits that need to be assembled and we need to make kits for quilt tops to distribute at guild meetings.  Later this year, we will start cutting out Christmas stockings. So bring you sewing supplies, sewing machine, cutting tools and a mat and come join us (bring any combination of these supplies that fit your preferred activity). For more information, contact beekeeper Sharon Castillo.

Some of the Charity Bee members

DAYSTRIPPERS: (This bee is currently full.)This bee meets on the 2nd Friday of the month, from 10am-2pm, at Cypress Crossing Christian Church, Cypress Rosehill at Huffmeister. For more information, or to be put on the waiting list, contact the beekeeper Barbara Clark.

Some of the Daystrippers members

HANDMADE IN TEXAS BEE: This bee meets at Quilters Crossing on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10 - 4pm. This bee is open to additional members. Each member brings in their hand-work project they are working on. There is such an assortment of projects and techniques to see. We have Crosstitch, Redwork, Needlework, Applique, Rug Making, and Hand Quilting going on. Leave your machines at home and come join this fun group of ladies. For info, contact beekeeper Tina Lauzon

UFO BEE:  This bee meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 6-8pm, at the Quilters Crossing Classroom. We have a Meet & Greet, Show & Share format. We look at the quilting, techniques, tools and inspiration that members bring for discussion. All Machine Quilters, Domestic and Longarm are Welcome. This Bee is OPEN.  Questions? Ask Ida Anderson
*** This BEE will NOT meet in Nov or Dec but will start again in Jan.

QUILTER'S DOZEN: (This bee is currently full) This bee meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at Quilters Crossing. For information, contact Charmaine Fritchey 

UFO BEE: This bee meets on the 4th Monday from 1-4;30, at Quilters Crossing. For more information, contact beekeeper Marge Rollison.

WE BEE QUILTERS: This bee is for new quilters and meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 1 - 4pm at Quilters Crossing. For more info, contact Nancy Terlikoski


QUILTS OF VALOR BEE: This bee meets at Quiltworks on the 1st Thursday of the month from 4-8pm. For more info, contact beekeeper Cynthia Chaffee  

QUILTS FOR SOLDIERS' FAMILIES: This group meets at Quilters Crossing on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 9:30-1:30. For more info, contact beekeeper Judy Aswad