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Thread: Has quilting made you more or less of a loner?

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    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
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    I was a loner in the evenings as I spent all day with students and other teachers. By the time I got home I just wanted peace and quiet! Since retirement I am content with my hubby and my sewing plus all our huge extended family on both sides. BUT I am happy for days at a time with just me.

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    I have a hermit tendency anyway so to keep connected with people (I think we all need both) I joined a quilt guild. I have to get out at least once a month and then found a group of ladies who get together for an all day sewing session once a month. Sometimes we teach each other sometimes we each do our own thing but we visit as we work. I make new friends and still do what I enjoy.

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    i'm out more because of quilting. i'm in 3 guilds, i teach classes, i exhibit my work in shows, fairs, and galleries.

    before i became an artist i would work inside an office all day and then come home in the evening and cook, clean, do chores and on the weekends i would run errands.

    now that quilting is my source of income i'm out in the public more and spend more time with my quilting friends.

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    Very sorry about your sister. Quilting has been lifeline for me, I moved from the east coast of Fl to the west coast and didn't know a soul here so I decided to learn to quilt, I made some wonderful lifelong friends, and a wonderful support group when my life was turned upside down. Quilting has definiately made me less of a loner.

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    sorry for the loss of your sister {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}


    what is strange is I am very much a people person and very friendly however I have always been a loner. I am now housebound however even as a child I was alway a homebody.

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    I'm not so sure I would catorgorize this as being a "loner". I can only speak for myself, but if you are like me, you come home from work and all I want is some peace and quiet and to do something for "me"! Sometimes you just need solice in yourself. If that means being a loner, then so be it. I call it taking care of #1. My DH is great when it comes to my quilting. Sometimes he joins me and watches TV while I quilt, sometimes he goes to another room to read by himself. Does that make him a loner? We all need an escape and this is what makes all of us great! I'm sorry for your loss. Your sister was very lucky to have you in her life.

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    Sounds like we have a lot of loners on this board. I too am pretty much of a loner. I would love to join a guild, but the ones near me all meet during the week when I am working. I have found quilting has both made me more of a loner in the creative process (when I'm planning and sewing)and a joiner if it has something to do with quilts. I go to classes at the LQS and maintain contact with people there and at a group I used to be able to attend - until my schedule changed. It's a strange combination, but it works for me!

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    I've always been outgoing and a socializer. Until I moved to the country and retired! It was lonely and depressing!!!! I finally started making totes and then quilts. Found this board and thru it, have met many friends - both online and in person. I'm much more willing to talk to the people in the quilt shops, too. Now I'm willling to go a week or so without visiting with neighbors....which is good because my neighbors can go for years without visiting!! Seriously, the closest neighbor hasn't visited anyone in the neighborhood for 2 yrs....her husband calls and visits...but they have secluded themselves!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I was just responding to another posted topic about how much is too much stash. My sister died in 2001 with a 5 bedroom house as well as storage facilities filled with anything relating to quilting. Her "when I retire I will open a quilt shop" never happened as she lost her battle with colon cancer. This was pre-internet times & quilting became such an obsession that all she did was quilt & work. She became isolated from any local friends. I don't know if this would still be true if she had gotten involved with the internet connections we have today. I have met & helped so many quilters as I send her 2,500 quilt books all over the world. Sites like this QB are a blessing for the many people like my sister who do not get out & about.
    I have always been pretty much a loner when it comes to sewing and quilting. None of my friends or family sew and when I start talking about quilting their eyes glaze over and they change the subject. This board has been a godsend for me. I have "met" so many wonderful people here. And have found the Quilts for Kids site and many other great outlets for my creations. I love all you guys and gals.

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    I am pretty much of a loner. Quilting doesn't make me more so nor less so. I enjoy the peace and quiet of solitude. Sometimes I don't even turn on music or TV in my quilting studio for weeks. I'm not anti-social, but find I'm often marching to the beat of a different drummer and that is not always accepted. That is one thing I love about quilters -- for the most part differences are accepted without judgment.

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