As the last of our Bead-It-Forward squares trickle in, I once again find myself waxing philosophical about this endeavor. To me, the Bead-It-Forward project is all about connections:
- People who have been touched by breast cancer connecting with folks who are doing the research to cure it
- Beaders from one part of the world connecting with beaders from other parts of the world simply by having their squares appear side by side in a quilt
- Like-minded souls connecting up to exponentially increase their contributions
In fact, that last point was the topic of my October 2013 article, "The great-big hearts of the Bead-It-Forward project." One group I mentioned by name was the Palmetto Palms Beading Club, a group of women who winter in Florida and together stitch squares for the Bead-It-Forward project. Here they are (above) with their 2013 squares...
...and here they are (below) with their 2014 squares. I received them in the mail last week along with a letter that underlines the importance of the connections that are made through the Bead-It-Forward project. Club member Ruth writes,
"Our goal this year was to double the [number of squares] we sent in last year, which was 15. We achieved the goal and even exceeded it. We are submitting 36 squares this year... One of our members was not able to return [to Florida] due to health reasons, but she still desired to make a square to be submitted with the club's squares... An awesome response came from our club's name and location being stated in the [October 2013] magazine. Two new women from our local vicinity joined our club. Connie and I are even considering going to the Bead&Button Show in Wisconsin this June."
How amazing that one project with one goal can have so many amazing results. To my friends in the Palmetto Palms Beading Club, congratulations on your achievement and many thanks for your contribution! (And do, do, DO find me at the show!) If any of you readers have similar stories of camaraderie and connections born out of the Bead-It-Forward project, please share them below!