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  • Writer's pictureTerri Tomoff

#CelebratingOthers with - Just Sew Bee!

I love quilting!! Shocker, right? But I really looove quilting when I am sewing/quilting with others! I had a blast last weekend with two bees (TBD and JSB) at Penn National in Pennslyvania. Since 2000, I've been a few bees that have pushed me to be a better quilter, friend, and human.

They say people, especially women, may live longer and more productive lives when there is a strong foundation of emotional support. Most women tend to be empathetic and understanding, creating a safe space where friends can share their feelings, experiences, and challenges. Having a network of supportive female friends can be crucial during difficult times, offering comfort, encouragement, and a sense of solidarity. Quilt guilds, running, hiking, garden clubs, a cadre of dancers, and more contain most the above reasons to get involved.

Female friendships often involve shared experiences related to common life stages (I love the spanning decades where I've been a part of women's groups with the ages of the ladies from the 40s to the 80s), such as career challenges, family dynamics, and personal growth. The ability to relate to one another's experiences fosters a deep understanding and connection.

This shared journey creates a bond that strengthens over time, enhancing the quality of the friendship. Being able to express oneself freely and be heard without judgment is valuable to female friendships. The sense of belonging is also quite intoxicating.

I especially dig that friendships can be empowering and inspirational. Women often uplift and motivate each other to pursue their goals, overcome obstacles, and achieve success. Having a supportive network of female friends can boost confidence, provide valuable insights, and inspire personal and professional growth - even in the arts (maybe especially with the arts!).

Statistics also say that women outlive men. If that is the case, I will continue to explore, nurture, and celebrate my dear women friends from all walks of life and spread out worldwide.

Today, I want to thank my Just Sew Bee for all their love and support of me, my family, and the other bee-mates and their families. We are all connected and one big family!



PS: Two of our bee-mates live out of state (Mary Nielsen in Florida and Carrie Casto in Arizona). Carrie was in town two weeks ago and went with us on an excursion to the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the day -(1st photo below with Carrie). Not everyone can go to everything, but we always try.

Photos: 1) Susie Stevenson, me, Debbi Carter, Deb Hoppe, Carri Casto, and Janet McCabe; 2) Holiday Block Exchange from our Wednesday night Party (bring a wrapped block/take a wrapped block - I exchanged 2 — Blocks by Deb Hoppe (got cut off by the photo width of this blog's parameters) and Christine (owl); 3) At our recent Guild Holiday party on Wednesday night: JSB locals - Deb Hoppe, me, Debbi Carter, Karen Todd, Susie Stevenson and Janet McCabe.


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