That is the question. Whether it is nobler…oh no, that is not where I was going. This post is about bees…to bee or not to bee? When I first discovered flickr and the online quilting world, I was fascinated. All of these great pictures of wonderful quilts and blocks and people from all around the world! I lurked for a while before I jumped in. I made sure that it was something that I was ready for…both in terms of skill level and creativity. And time. I am as busy as the next person. I have crunch times and then summer and surprise snow days – or even hurricane days. Through bees I have made many online friends in far flung places. I have received packages – gorgeous things…have you seen my sewing machine cover? – from the four corners of US as well as Australia, the UK and Thailand. I dare say that the folks that I have played with are not all like me…age, race, social and political outlook. And that is great! Vive la difference!
Through the bees I have learned to do things that I probably would not have done otherwise. Here are some of my favorites… from Piece Bee with You a paper pieced block about being sick – what do you want? the remote!
applique for a block about my hometown for Quilt Around the World II
and wonky and improve blocks for Simply Solids.Now, here is the rub. Have you ever been burned in a bee or a swap? Made things for someone else and then they did not make something for you? Receive something that is slapdash or shoddy when you put forth a really good effort for them? Received white background when you distinctly asked for grey? Or had a bee where someone just does not respond? This is where I am now. I am in a bee in which blocks literally go around the world. I started a block….here it isFrom me this block traveled to the mid-west, back to the east coast, jumped across the pond to the UK, then Switzerland, the big jump to New Zealand and Australia, another big jump to California and then up the west coast and across the US and back to me. Twenty-five stops in all. Well, my blocks left here June 2012 and they are almost home. However, I am one of the lucky ones. I understand that things happen and you do not get to sew for a while. But after some time almost everything resolves itself, one way or the other, or you let the hive know what is happening or that you no longer participate and ask how they want you to proceed. But what to do when a bee member sits on 20 or 30 blocks that others have made and refuses to communicate? Is she holding them hostage? We know that she is fine and nohing tragic has happened as we have spoken with her mother. If I lived close enough I would run over there and sit on the front steps until I get all of those blocks back. Anyone in NYC or Long Island want to run an errand for me?
So…any words of wisdom? I will definitely meet all of the deadlines that I have already signed up for. But after that? Would you keep going, or bow out of the scene gracefully? Opinions, comments…please!