for Kelly

so there are these things called virtual quilting bees in which groups of sewing folks make patchwork blocks for each other on a monthly basis. you send out your fabric and, theoretically speaking, blocks come back to you. i’ve seen them be successful. i’ve seen some appear to be successful. and i’ve seen some fail dramatically.

for Kelly

i am currently in four of these bees (all run slightly differently) and am really impressed by almost all of the folks in them. these are some super creative crafters with skillz or the energy and excitement required to gain new skillz along the way.

but in a couple of the bees we seem to have come upon the “doldrums.” you know, seven or eight high-energy months of sewing and chatting have gone by and the crafty splendor either is replaced by the challenges of real life or the urge to move on to the next new project. this makes me think that the one-year commitment might be too much, especially with the upcoming craziness of the holiday crafting season. i hereby proclaim that i think eight months is the best long-term time frame for a bee. and maybe having fewer folks can help the participants get to know each other better? i dunno about that last part. i could be wrong.

for Kelly

anyway, i’m wondering how one can combat these doldrums and re-ignite the fire to make the final months have as much energy as the first few months did. any ideas?