A few posts back, I wrote about the collaborative project that helped maintain my excitement for sewing during an otherwise difficult period in my life. Today, I want to introduce another project that I am crediting with re-introducing me to sewing on a semi-regular basis. Like The Traveling Quilts, this is another collaborative endeavor … but one unlike any other with which I've been involved.
As my long-term readers know well, I've always been a fan of virtual quilting bees. Heck, I've been involved in many, many of them. And in most cases, unless Ryan or Scott were playing along, I was always the only guy in the group. I never imagined that the day would come when there would be a bee with more men than women in it … never mind a bee made up entirely of manquilters.
Well, that day has come!
Allow me to introduce the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee (with, of course, its own hashtag: #NGAQB.) The admittedly tongue-in-cheek name (no offense, ladies!) celebrates a full roster of talented and modern male quilters that will be sewing with and for one another for the duration of 2014.
Each month, I'll be sharing the blocks I'm making for the other members of the group. And, I'll be featuring a short bio of each of the other guys so that you can get to know them as well.
We started the bee in January, so I have a bit of catching up to do with sharing the blocks I've already made. In the meantime, feel free to catch up and follow along via Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, or any of the members' blogs (featured below.)
It's been a blast getting to know these guys already -- you should see some of the private conversations we've been having on Facebook! -- and I can't wait to see what the year holds for this fantastic group, as well as the majestic (and manly) quilts that are sure to come from it.
The #NGAQB roster:
January - Sandy Greenberg
February - Andrew Joslyn
March - Andrew Youngman
April - John Q. Adams
May - Paul Hallinger
June - Chris Jones
July - Ryan Walsh
August - Shaun Abels
September - Giucy Giuce
October - Nick Ball
November - Scott Hansen
December - Joshua Helms
Honorary Mascot - Andres Rosales