|It was only after seeing this photo that I realized JUST how orange my shirt was. WOW!|
But there's a certain freakishness to this project...I knew it going into it, but seeing Jennifer Mathis's reaction was priceless. "WHAT are you doing?!" Lol. I offered to send everyone packs of 1/4" precut hexies and universally the response was No!
What struck me today while pinning and stitching away is just what a social craft quilting can be. Most of the time I quilt alone in my studio with only an audiobook or music for company. Getting together with everyone else includes a lot more chatting, snacking, and shopping, but it's also a whole lot more fun!
While driving home I realized this group felt a lot like a traditional quilting bee. If I could have a conversation with my grandmother, great grandmother, or even great-great grandmother, they would all have perfectly understood getting together with friends to stitch. This group felt just the perfect size at 9 people and had we had a group project to work on as traditional bees usually did, I'm sure we would have busted it out in no time.
So this has gotten me thinking. When I first started quilting I loved being apart of a large guild in Asheville, NC. The connection with other quilters, the access to awesome workshops and teachers, and the constant flood of inspiration was addictive.
But these days I find the huge crowd of a guild slightly overwhelming. It's not any criticism of the guild system, which is truly wonderful for connecting quilters together, but more of how I've changed as a quilter and creative person.
I think in between the large group guild meetings and solo work, I've overlooked the joy of the small quilting bee. If today's afternoon of stitching is any guide, this is one fun quilting activity I want on a regular basis!
Let's go quilt,