I know exactly where you are coming from. As president of our guild, I started what we refer to as "Meet and Greet". As you enter the meeting place, we have a sign in sheet for both members and guests. One of our members is assigned as the "Greeter' for the night or I myself do it. I first introduce myself and ask where they are from and what interests they have other than quilting and how they heard about our guild. Depending on those answers, I know exactly who to introduce her to. One of our members love to travel by rv and this one guest had the same interest. Guess who are the best of buddies today?
I guess what I am trying to say is, there is always someone who is just waiting to have a new buddy in the quilting world. You will not find anyone more outgoing and willing to meet another quilter than another quilter.
Take a deep breath, walk in and say "Hello". You'll be glad you did. Good luck! I'll be thinking of you.