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Thread: Is quilting a solitary activity for you?

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    Senior Member aliaslaceygreen's Avatar
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    I belong to a group, not a guild, because they are not at good times.

    The group, however, meets once a month-ish...that I can attend because of work.

    So, I quilt alone. And I know I am not as productive when I am not taking everything along with me to another location and spending time with other quilters!

    Most of the women, while nice, are not really 'friends'.... you know?

    Do you mostly quilt by yourself? Or do you get together with other ladies?

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    I QUILT WITH A BUNCH OF WONDERFUL LADIES WE MET EVERY TUES NITE AND THURS ALL DAY

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    I quilt by myself (other than kids and/or bf in the same room as me). I belonged to a church group that quilted together, and I have gone to one class (very much enjoyed). I have one friend that quilts, but doesnt currently quilt because of time constraints. I enjoy quilting alone, and my family and this board always are very helpful with giving opinions and helping with questions. I would like to go on a quilting retreat, but more for the uninterrupted time for quilting than the socializing. I love my quilting time, and dont mind to do it by myself. :)

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    I prefer to quilt with a friend. Although if I have a deadline for finishing a project I work like a hive of bees on it at all hours of the day or night!

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    I quilt alone except for when little man decides he wants to help or get in the way. My sewing area is behind the livingroom couch so I am never really alone. I don't belong to any groups or guilds. I figure they wouldn't like it if I brought a wanna be quilter who is 4. :-)

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    I belong to a guild. I also quilt with my DM and alone. Due to my schedule I don't get to quilt as much as I would like.

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    I, like you, quilt alone. My sister, however, is just the opposite. She needs and enjoys the closeness of the other quilters. I don't quilt to see how many things I can get done in six months to a year. I only pick the things I have in mind for one of my grandchildren and if I don't feel like quilting for a day or two I don't. If you get into a quilting group you have to gather everything up and transport it to class and back again. Maybe, could it be, that I'm lazy???

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    I am usually sewing alone on evenings or Saturdays. I work full time. Every other Tuesday nite I meet with a group of quilters, but we don't always sew. Sometimes we just do Show & Tell or just gab.

    I do belong to the guild here, but we don't sew usually at the meetings. My BFF who taught me to quilt and I have schedules at opposition to each other, so we never can find the time to sew together. Which I just hate!!!

    Sometimes my DH comes in and sews with me....but sometimes that is 1 too many people in the sewing rooom!! If you get my drift!! :thumbup: :roll: :lol:

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    Mostly alone. I've never taken my machine anywhere but I hope to sign up a for a class or two pretty soon. I've gone to the local senior center on quilting days but I can't think as well in a room full of people talking and such. I like to go see what they are up to and show them my projects but when I really want to get something done I'm better when nobody is around.

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    I quilt alone because its just me and DH at home now and he isn't realy into quilting. Don't get me wrong he enjoys my efforts and if I mention a quilting event he says when do you want to go. The closest Guild is 2 hrs away they meet once a month and I do attend, and donate to our causes, will be working on the Quilt show this fall. I have one close friend who Quilts but she lives 2 1/2 hrs away. I have attended classes but more to learn than to chat. have never been to a retreat maybe next year.I think I might enjoy working with a group but have always sewn alone except when teaching kids and grad kids and then I don't sew they do and I just watch.

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    I do both but get much more done by myself at home. I can get in my "zone" and nothing interupts me. With the group, talking is a priority but I do get alot of handwork done there.

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    I quilt alone, except for the dog and cat! :) and occassionally DH wanders in to see if I'm still breathing or to ask when supper will be ready! I have in the past taken a few classes, but with gas the price it is and living out in a rural area. Gotta be a little more careful with the cash flow....I say this as I just placed an order for fabric on line! Well, I saved on the fabric and the gas. LOL

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    I have a couple of gals that come out once a week, and we work and talk. I will say that I never get a whole lot done on those days.
    When I'm alone I really get cranked, and seem to be almost in competition with myself. Is this block better than the last one? Are you any faster? What did you do right last time that you can't seem to do again?? And,on and on. I talk to myself alot, but find that the answers are almost always correct!!
    At night I love to sit and do handwork while I watch TV.

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    When I make quilts for myself/family, I quilt alone. But I have the opportunity to meet weekly/monthly with others to make charity quilts. It's a nice balance.

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    I do most of my quilting at home, but at times I've joined some other members of my quild for workshops, sew ins and, of course, I'm always at our monthly pillowcase sew ins. My guild has many Open Sew Saturdays, Scrappy Wednesdays, a few evenring SewIns (everyone wears pjs( and many teaching workshops. It's nice to share quilting and time with other quilters but I find I get more done at home by myself. No TV or music, just the sound of my machine and my muttering under my breath when things go wrong. May in Jersey

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    I quilt by myself because none of my friends are quilters. My sister is a quilter but she lives two states away.

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    alone.....I meet with a group of great ladies once a month...but I usually just chit chat

    I work full time and find that I actually enjoy the time alone....no phones, no interuptions, no one demanding my time.

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    I quilt whenever I can and with anyone I can. I always have something on the arm of my chair that I can stitch on when hubby is watching TV. I'm not a TV person, but feel we're together. I belong to two quilting guilds, quilt with a few ladies on Monday afternoon, and once a month, three of us ladies get together and quilt all day.
    Happy Quilting

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    You know when I started quilting, there weren't many of us out there. I found that it gave me time to let my mind wander. My kids were very busy then, money was tight and I sort of got lost somehow. I was Bobby's wife and somebody's mother and everyone needed something from me and needed me to keep everything together. Quilting became a huge refuge for me. Don't get me wrong, my family was and is great, but at the point in my life that I began quilting it was my own private world. So yes, after a very long-winded explanation, I quilt alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samifel
    You know when I started quilting, there weren't many of us out there. I found that it gave me time to let my mind wander. My kids were very busy then, money was tight and I sort of got lost somehow. I was Bobby's wife and somebody's mother and everyone needed something from me and needed me to keep everything together. Quilting became a huge refuge for me. Don't get me wrong, my family was and is great, but at the point in my life that I began quilting it was my own private world. So yes, after a very long-winded explanation, I quilt alone.
    I completely get this. That's why I started with quilts then cloth dolls. Cross stitch to, for the last 25 years. And I still do it all alone. But I love it!

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    I also quilt alone. My family is supportive and appreciates everything I make, but quilting is my thing - alone. I don't belong to any groups or guilds. I have thought about it, but just never have.

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    I quilt alone because if I have someone to talk to I don't quilt--I talk (this is true for everything I do). Also I usually don't start quilting until 10/11 PM and quit when I'm tired which is usually 4/5 AM--not many folks up that time of night/morning :lol:

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    I quilt alone. There is a local group/guild..but they meet weekdays in the daytime and I work, so no opportunity for me to join. I also go to work early, get home late, so my quilting times are primarily on the weekends. So sometimes my projects take a long time. :D

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    I don't belong to any groups as there is none where I live, but my mom has apt. In my home and she quilts with me when not traveling.

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    I do quilt alone, simply because of my work schedule. I have met several of the quilters who live in my area, and we have talked about a get together, but where and when and so on and so forth.....
    I would love to do a weekend, someplace where food is not expensive, as I do need a break and have someone wait on me for a bit.

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