I just joined a virtual quilting bee via flickr (see the group icon at the bottom right of this page). For those of you who don't know how that works, let me explain. Each group usualy has 12 members, and each member picks a month. On their chosen month, the quilter sends fabric and a pattern/directions for their quilt block of choice to the other 11 members. Each member makes a block and sends it back. Then the quilter has twelve, including one she has made herself, to put together into a quilt. Block sizes and rules about fabrics or improvisation vary from group to group.
I've seen these groups on flickr before, and I'm so excited to be a part of one myself! I should get my first block to make next month. Photos to follow.