Today is the special day of the year where the Qbee members talk about the Quilting Bee. I myself joined around this time in 2005, so I’ve been a member for two years now! I’ve had a couple lapses where I didn’t participate in the activities or trade very much, but the community is so welcoming that it’s almost hard not to be involved.
That’s honestly the thing I noticed first about the Qbee – the members are genuinely nice people. The BBS forums are a fantastic, supportive place to be, and I think that’s phenomenal given the nature of the Internet. There are some young members, some single mid-20s members, and there are also married housewives with kids that are members too, and even some guys! I think it’s great that the Qbee is universal enough to appeal to lots of different people.
You don’t even have to be a pixel genius to join. It does help if you have some artistic inclination to begin with, but you’ll find that if you participate in activities and practice, you will definitely improve no matter where you started from. I know I have. The members are willing to give you tips too if you’d like, so you’re not floundering by yourself, wondering how they do it.
The thing I worried about when I started was, “Will I have enough time to do it?” I was afraid I’d get into some high-maintenance group where I’d have to be checking the site constantly to keep up, but that’s totally not the case. You should trade twice a month to continue to be an active bee, but the activities (Christmas ornaments, Trick-or-Treat patches, Valentines, etc.) are totally optional. They’re a lot of fun when you participate, but they aren’t required. This meant a lot to me because I could pick and choose what I wanted to participate in based on my schedule.
All in all, I still really like being a member of the Quilting Bee, even after two years! I’d definitely encourage you to join if you’ve been on the fence about it. Tell ’em I sent you!