The quilt shop right up the road from me welcomes quilters to come in, bring their machine and work for awhile. There is a round table set up with chairs and when I stop in there almost always there is someone or a few sitting there just laughing up a storm. I always like to see what others are working on. I think the ladies that are home all day alone really appreciate having a place to hang out every once in awhile. The owner says no one ever stays more than about 2-3 hours and no one has ever come more than a couple times per month. The last Friday of the month, she is open until midnight and has a "sew in." You can reserve a spot at one of her many tables in the classroom and get a box dinner for $5!