We had a fun discussion at the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild meeting the other night about the pros and cons of quilting bees, and what makes a bee great or not-so-good. It sounded like most people had had both positive and negative bee experiences. Generally, the blocks they got to create with a good amount of direction that allowed for the participants to be creative and inject their own style into the project made for more positive experiences. But when the person in charge sent detailed instructions and didn't allow for variations, they felt more like enlisted slaves than participants in a creative project. Ha! My co-attendees suggested finding a bee via Flickr, and it looks like there are a bunch of groups out there.
I'm thinking I could use a challenge to get me to try new things I wouldn't normally try. Would you suggest I do a bee? Or do you have another idea to help motivate me to experiment? I'd love to hear your ideas!