Can it really be the end of the decade?
Think back 10 years. We were all so worried about Y2K. Businesses were being told that due to the short-sightedness of computer programmers of yesteryear, if something wasn’t done to correct it, all hell would break loose when the calendar turned to January 1, 2000 and all the computers would think it was January 1, 1900. Since the world didn’t come to an end as I recall, everyone must have gotten it fixed before midnight, New Year’s Eve.
Back in 1999, I joined an online group of quilters, the Cyberbees. I had been a Rootsweb (online genealogy forum) member for years before that and spent a lot of time there. Rootsweb decided to diversify a bit, so they opened up their forums to include other subjects besides just genealogy. One of them was Hobbies and a subset of that was Quilting. And so the Cyberbees were born. Today we’re still going strong, although we’ve been moved around a bit. We now reside on the server of one Doc Schneider (maddoc.net).
The Cyberbees were in the midst of a Millennium swap when I signed up. I was brand new to quilting, having taken one class at the LQS (local quilt shop), and didn’t really understand what they were doing. So I was too late to that party and Y2K fabric had all but disappeared from the marketplace. One of the Bees found me a small piece which I haven’t used to this day. I don’t know that many of them actually made their quilts, but Toni B. did and I fell in love with it. It’s a simple scrappy quilt but she fussy cut the “2000” out of the fabric and placed it in blocks all around the perimeter. Actually, I think Toni made two Millennium quilts because she has a different one labeled “Millennium” in our online gallery.
Even though I wasn’t able to buy any significant amount of Millennium fabric, I had a plan for an applique design. And now here it is 10 years later and I haven’t even taken the design out of my head and put it into Electric Quilt. I figure it’s probably never too late to actually make the thing, it would be something to hand down to my grandchildren. Just think, we lived to see the turning of the Millennium. How many generations can say that?
John and I are going to a small party tonight at the new home of our friends, Tom and Kay. I can’t wait to see it. It took them a lot longer to find their “perfect” house than it would have us, so I figure this has to be some kind of fabulous digs.
If you’re partying tonight, stay safe!