I wanted to take a minute and thank you all for your support with the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee. We as a group are very excited about where this adventure will take us. That being said, there was some discussion among the group yesterday about some disturbing comments we received by a reader about the bee. I don't feel there is a need to rehash the situation or name names because that will only perpetuate negative feelings. I don't want this page to promote that. The point of this bee is to celebrate men who quilt and hopefully inspire and help grow an interest in the hobby among men who are looking for a creative outlet.
No, we didn't intent to offend anyone by our group name. A lot of discussion happened internally between all members about naming the group, "No Girls Allowed." We knew going into this that we couldn't please everyone. We thought it was the obvious choice so we went with it. We are a group of men who quilt. Our bee consists of male members only as does the facebook page we created, Men Who Quilt. We also thought the name would be a way to add a little light-hearted humor into the group (think childhood tree forts with signs posted saying, "Ew, No Girls Allowed").
Yes, of course we respect the many women who quilt. The quilting industry is dominated by female enthusiasts and business owners. The No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee in no way means to offend or disregard their contribution. I myself was taught to quilt by my grandmother and my family has several female members who enjoy quilting. We certainly understand the possibility of negative undertones to putting the word "no" in front of anything, but that simply wasn't our intent.
Moving on to more positive remarks about the group, we also were made aware that the announcement about our group has already inspired a young man (the son of one of Joshua's readers) to make his first quilt. Joshua posted today about that comment and I encourage you to take a look. I warms all our hearts to see the very thing our group was set out to accomplish come to fruition. In the days and months to come I hope our reach continues to grow.
I find it amazing that a group of us, most who never met in person, from all over the world can grow close this fast. I've enjoyed every minute so far of our quilting related discussions and look forward to see where we go from here, hoping one day to get all of us together in person. Until then, we will discuss, inspire, move out of our current sewing/quilting comfort zones and simply enjoy the time.
May you all get time today to spend a few minutes sewing and quilting with your friends and loved ones.