What's buzzing at the Quilter's Guild

The “bees” are just a buzzing around the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County.

What, you may ask, do bees have to do with quilting? Bees are small groups of members within a quilt guild who form a group to meet and sew. The QGPC has bees that range in size from five up to as many as a couple dozen.

The bees are formed for many different reasons. Some are for a specific purpose such as making quilts for the Comfort Quilt program to be donated to charitable organizations.

There are others whose main function is to learn new quilting techniques.

Still others are a place to encourage each other to finish up those UFO’s (unfinished objects). At some bees, members bring their sewing machines while others specialize in handwork projects. Several of the bees work on quilts to donate to the annual Quilt Auction.

The Junior Bee was formed to share the quilting craft with young quilters.

Many just like to get together and work on their own individual projects with their fellow quilters to keep them company.

Whatever the official purpose of the bee, one thing that is common to them all is the friendship and camaraderie that develops between its members.

The QGPC bee meetings range from weekly and bi-weekly to monthly. Meeting places vary according to the size of the bee. Many meet in private homes while others meet in public venues such as the Weatherford Public Library and area churches.

When members decide to form a bee, one of the first functions is to come up with a name.

The names can be simple and descriptive such as the Comfort Quilt Bee or Junior Bee.

However, the sky is the limit when a group of quilter’s start brain storming ideas. Just a few of the more colorful names for QGPC bees are: U.F.O. Club, Piecers and Quilters, Material Girls, Busy Bee, Bluebonnet Bee, Crazy 8’s, Bent Needles, Worker Bee and the Quilting Queens.

At least one of the bees, the Library Bee, has been around since 2000 while others have only been meeting for a few months.

Bees can be either “open” or “closed.”

The “open” bees are usually bees that meet at a public venue and have space for a large group so they are open to new members joining. “Closed” bees are bees that are at the maximum capacity for the available space – usually these are bees that meet in homes of one the members and do not have room to accommodate new members.

Evelyn Mathis is the current Bee Keeper for the QGPC. Her duties include helping members set up new bees as they are needed. Evelyn currently has two bees that meet at her home – the Busy Bee and the Worker Bee.

The Worker Bee group meets once per month on the second Saturday and was established by Evelyn to accommodate members that work during the week.

Joining a bee is a wonderful way for a new quilter to benefit from the wisdom of more experienced quilters.

In most any bee you will find members with skills ranging from beginner to “ribbon winner.” If you are a new quilter and would like to join an open bee there are two very good groups to check out and both meet at the Weatherford Library – Bluebonnet Bee meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. and the Library Bee meets on the second Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

Come see what all that “buzzing” is about and join a bee to meet a group of quilters that will likely become lifelong companions as you travel on your quilting journey.

Quilter’s Guild of Parker County meetings take place on the third Thursday each month at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane in Weatherford. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website www.quiltersguildofparkercounty.org or contact guild President Myra Hall at 817-597-0322.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please send them to andsewitgoes@yahoo.com.

 

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