Why are all the metaphors sports metaphors? The whole nine yards, playing for the same team and being a team player, phooey. Let's come up with some quilting or sewing metaphors.
My friend Sally? She's sewing away but there's no thread in her needle.
At work we decided to all quilt on the same frame.
Susie? She's got all the right fabric but her seams don't match.
This is fun!