Bees… some things to take into consideration

Bees in the patchwork and quilting world are amazing things. A place for you to learn new skills and make friends.

But there are things to consider… I’ve debated writing this but due to a recent experience I feel I must….

I love bees and take my commitment to them seriously but I also value my privacy and being a Payroll Officer in my dayjob data protection is always in my mind. One bee I was in posted some of my personal information publicly and after I politely asked for it to be removed and explained data protection. The message I got back was “you are no longer in this bee. End of.” What also made it worse this organiser told fellow bee members I was unpleasant to her and never communicated with her. Both of which untrue and really upset me. I like to think I’m a nice person bit scatterbrained and insane at times but never deliberately rude.

I did get an apology and an offer to go back into the bee but my taste for it had gone.

So folks before joining a bee make note of:

* your time commitment dont want late and rushed blocks
* is there an angel policy if blocks go missing
* communication any problems let people know sometimes life does get in the way!
* data protection if your info to be posted online make sure you have given your permission and that it is a private group!
* go with gut instinct sometimes things are not meant to be

Im not perfect and am guilty of being late at times. Next year I doubt I will join any more bees but I have met some lovely people who I will continue to follow in their quilty adventures.

If you have read this far you deserve a picture or two πŸ™‚



I also have a few of these blocks going spare if anyone wants some?Β 


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  1. Sorry to hear the bee told you to buzz off so unceremoniously. I love the projects you are working on though and I’ll be interested to see what the quilt looks like that you have the extra blocks from.

    Happy stitching,

  2. Hi Hannah, some people can bee so cruel ( sorry for the joke ha ha) But if they don’t like you they are not worth knowing. Love seeing everything you are doing. Everyone seems to get so much done(except me that is) hope you are well love Lizxx

  3. Ouch!

    Is now a good time to ask about your Borders Bee top progress? πŸ˜‰

  4. Nan

     /  October 23, 2013

    Really?! Ooh that’s not very nice at all. I am glad that you decided to make this public.I feel that I have to see it through though as I’ve received all my blocks already, but I do wish my month had been later.

  5. There’s no excuse for bad manners – someone must have temporarily forgotten that this quilting thing is something we do for fun and relaxation. Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve never participated in a bee and don’t really find the idea appealing – it appeals to me even less, now.

    • It definitely depends on the bee and people concerned. It can be a lot of fun but I’m def being more careful in future.

  6. Thanks everyone for your comments and kind words πŸ™‚


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