Bee Desi

Here's launching Desi Quilters' first bee called BEE DESI !

Well, a bee (or a block party) is nothing but a group of quilters who decide to get together and sew. In those days women, usually friends, neighbours and community folk, used to take turns at hosting these bees. Everybody would gather at the queenbee/queenmum's house and over food, conversation and some bonding, make her a block or work on her quilt. So something that would've taken weeks or months to complete would be done over a sitting or two. Their stories and friendships were quilted right INTO the quilts.

Of course, bees evolved and kept pace with the virtual world. One look at Flickr is all it takes to be awestruck at the number of virtual bees and the wide array of themes/topics/varieties doing the rounds. Bee Desi is starting off with a very simple format. 12 bee members, each chooses a month, decides if the other 11 are to make her blocks from their own stash or from fabric sent by her, settles on her quilt pattern and sends out instructions (and maybe fabric). The others have a month to make the blocks as per the instructions and mail them back to the queenbee.  At the end of her month, the queenbee has 12 blocks to put together in a very special quilt for herself and at the end of 12 months, all Beedesis have a quilt for themselves. The first Bee is full and a 2nd one is in the pipeline. Interested folks may please post on the FB page or write to us at