Quilting Bee Blog Day


Those of you who’ve been readers of jemjabella for a while now may remember me talking about the quilting bee this time last year. I’m going to talk about it again for a while.

Things have changed since last year. I’m no longer just a wide-eyed little bee in a swarm of buzzing buddies — oh no! I took over the club in May this year after the previous “Queen” left to spend more time with her family and have been having tons of fun ever since. Don’t get me wrong, running the hive is a lot more work than I ever thought it was and I feel guilty for thinking to myself “huh, what’s the hold up!” every time there was a delay back when I was a humble bumble, but it’s been interesting to use my own experience of the club over the years to make little changes that I think are, ultimately, for the better.

Not only have I been fiddling with the coding both up front and for the backend, but I’ve also been trying to encourage people to join who have dismissed the club previously. I think the key point is getting rid of stereotypes and by having the likes of Amelie join us, that is the proof of the pudding so to speak. Of all the people I spoke to she definitely had a few ideas about the place that weren’t necessarily true and getting her to join AND enjoy herself has been a big achievement.

It’s not all about administration and bribing people to join though. There’s a lot of fun stuff that goes on behind the scenes and even with my complete lack of skill in anything graphics-related I often manage to take part and feel quite proud of myself. It’s been both a learning experience (in terms of pixelling) and a great way to make online friends, for which I will always be grateful.

I really enjoy being a part of the quilting bee, and I really enjoy running it. To show you how much fun it can be, I’m going to edit this post tomorrow morning and link to as many member’s q*bee blog entries as possible so you can see that it’s not just my bias talking here. I hope that you give some of those entries a read, and perhaps checking us out. We are the first & original pixel trading club after all!

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

21 comments so far

  1. Natalie said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 12:39 am

    It actually sounds like so much fun! I would love to run/help out with a big well-known website like the Quilting Bee. As for the Quilting Bee itself, I see no point in joining simply because I can not pixel to save my life. I’m terrible at it! I have visited the site before and I keep going back because I think the layout is absolutely fantastic. Everyone does a really good job and if I happen to gain some sort of pixelling skills over night I would be happy to join.

  2. Grant Mc said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 1:00 am

    i dont think it is for me!

  3. Rhiannon said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 1:48 am

    I love checking out the Quilting Bee and would love to be a part of it all…but I can’t pixel to save my life. I even tried to make a patch once but it looked completely ridiculous. I’m totally jealous of anyone who can pull of an amazing patch. Or even a patch…

  4. Lori said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 2:02 am

    To those who have posted and said that they “can’t” pixel well enough to join, I just have to say ‘That’s what I thought too!’ But I managed to surprise myself and I continue to improve my skills while being a member of the Qbee. You’ll never know unless you try, so at least TRY to create a patch and apply. You never know!

  5. Hillarie said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 2:17 am

    It looks pretty fun, I’ll have to read into it some more.

  6. Jolene said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 3:26 am

    I used to be a member a few years ago and I recently submited to join again, I kinda miss it.

  7. Julie said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 7:53 am

    I second Rhiannon. I couldn’t make a good graphic if it were to save my life.

  8. Chans said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 9:20 am

    I’m already a member but I’m sure you know that ;). I participated in QBee Blog Day last year and I will again this year. The QBee is a wonderful place and I made a lot of new friends through it whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise! You’re doing a great job at running it, and so what some things take a little longer, patience is a virtue in almost everything in life.

  9. Amber said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    I’m not a member but I’m considering doing it. When I was new to the internet scene I always used to do pixelling and hand drawn dolls (if I may say so myself, my dolls at least were pretty good!). It’s one of those things that I’m unsure about though. The community is already established and I hate that no0bish feel you get when you first join places even if I do jump right in.

  10. Han said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    omg, the qbee! I joined that yeeeears ago! I thought it had died, cos the site went down for ages!! I might join up again! in the spirit of christmas!

  11. Jenny said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    Ambie, shut up and join. :P I haven’t actually done anything Qbee/pixel-related for a while. :( I’m going to see if I can fit inbetween my new um, schedule (sleep, eat, science revision, english revision, maths revision, eat, internet, gaming, sleep).. perhaps after blog-reading haha.

  12. Natalie said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    Sorry for posting but Jem, is there something up with your server because the site seems to be loading awfully slowly?

  13. Carina said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    It looks neat and fun, but I’m afraid of having a naked quilt. It’s not really the pixelling part I have a problem with, it’s just that I hate being a n00b. Oh yeah, I don’t have a website, that’s my excuse :P.

  14. Stephanie said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve seen QBee before, and love the idea. The only reason I haven’t joined is because I can’t pixel for my life. Well, I’m glad that it’ll be even better than before now that you’re running it.

  15. Amelie said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    @Carina: Don’t worry, people will be falling over themselves to trade with you, so your quilt won’t be empty for long. Within minutes of being accepted into the club, I already had 3 trade requests waiting! And I can’t pixel at all. I just made a random pattern with coloured dots for my first patch (didn’t make it to the qbee though – I managed a better one for that).

  16. Ashley said:
    On December 16, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    To everyone who said they can’t pixel- yes you can! Your patch dosn’t have to be elaborate and fancy, simple is fine too! It’s a ton of fun. Think about joining. ^___~

  17. King Echo said:
    On December 17, 2006 at 1:44 am

    What do you do if you just generally hate pixelling and pixelly graphics? ~blinks innocently

  18. Aimee said:
    On December 17, 2006 at 3:11 am

    I was rejected a while back because my site didn’t have enough content on it… maybe I’ll give it another whirl. :)

  19. Carina said:
    On December 17, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    I think I might join when I get my website up. I tried making a patch the other day and it was awful, but I’ll try again.

  20. Caasi Holiga said:
    On December 19, 2006 at 4:45 am

    Once upon a time I was member #3. That was about… hmmm… 2-3 years ago? It was good fun, but I have no time for it anymore. I kinda just let it go by the wayside.

  21. Sam said:
    On December 23, 2006 at 2:31 am

    I left awhile back because I didn’t have time for it. Today I was thinking about it, and how much I used to enjoy it, and.. I signed up again! Maybe I’m crazy…