Women have been sewing together for centuries. Mothers and daughters have gathered around roaring fires on winter evenings, hands busy and conversation lively. Groups of ladies have combined their efforts onto single quilts made for dear friends, those in need or a lucky bride. Today, I had the opportunity to participate in a modern version of this ancient ritual. At our “sewing bee,” each lady brought her own sewing machine and project. While the day included quilting for some, others covered cushions, designed curtains or made a hammock. But some things do not change. Hands were busy, the conversation lively, and beautiful and useful items were created.