Thursday, 29 January 2009

Quilting bee

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As promised some WIP’s. Last Thursday, a week ago, we had a bee at my place. Only a few could make it. Four members were missing. Three were busy with their needles, I watched and admired the WIP’s. I was too busy with the preparations for our retreat.

Bee, as used in quilting bee, is an old word to describe a gathering of friends and neighbors to accomplish a task. The tasks were often major jobs, such as clearing a field of timber or raising a barn, that would be difficult to carry out alone. It was often both a social and utilitarian event. Jobs like spinning, quilting or sewing, could be done as a group to allow socialization during an otherwise tedious chore. Because the word describes people working together in a social group, it is commonly assumed that the term was derived from the insect of the same name and similar social behavior. However recent theories say that the word ‘bee’ more likely derived from other similar English words. Who knows where the word ‘bee’ derived from?

1 comment:

everythingquilts said...

I to assumed it was from the insect, as they team workers. I wanted to tell you how pretty the FS blocks are. All hand pieced too, I very impressed and hope to one day be able to do a FS.