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Thread: Closet Quilter, Group or Guild???

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    Super Member lisalovesquilting's Avatar
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    I belong to two guilds, one large, one small. The small one meets the third Sat. of each month and we stay to sew. Also go to my church every Tues. and sew with 3 other ladies. My LQS has "quilt therapy" every Wed. and I go when I can. I also go to three retreats a year.
    I do like to quilt alone, preferably when no one else is there.
    Last edited by lisalovesquilting; 12-12-2012 at 03:28 AM.
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    I have belonged to two guilds and they just grew so large that I felt lost and unwelcome. I did belong to two small groups and really enjoyed them and miss them but unfortunately I moved away. Another group I was asked to join did not actually quilt at their meetings. The people were wonderful, but I wanted a hands on group! I would love to find a small group in my area to quilt with!
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    Happily quilting in my closet. And I kind of think of the QB as my "guild"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    Me, too! I'd love to have a group of friends that got together and quilted. Of course, I have all you board folks and that counts for a lot with me.
    Me three! My LQS has drop-ins and but it's quite cliquey and don't feel very comfortable most of the time. I might restart in the New Year.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I am a closet quilter not a bad thing but I would like to be where I could go to a guild but they all meet at night and to far away for me to drive but I have a great sewing room and this board so keeps me happy

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    I started out as a closet quilter and took some classes but once I finally talked myself into joining the local guild, I got to make great friends and we share the love of quliting, too. The guild is very accommodating...if you prefer not to join in any or even all of the guild projects, etc., it's perfectly okay! It's a potpouri of demonstrations, mini-classes, workshops, show and tells, chatting and snacking, smile. I also belong to a small longarm club which I love. My wonderful SIL told me about the Quilting Board, and I have been enjoying it ever since. Because of my Bailey, I also enjoy the Bailey forum. I still love quilting at home, .

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    Can I be all 3?
    I belong to the guild because there is a discount given to members from our LQS's but I have never gone to a meeting. They are held in the evenings and I am not much of a night driver so I don't go.

    I have a great friend and we get together at least once a week to shop for quilting or we sew at either of our houses--lunch is almost always involved.

    Mostly I just quilt at home alone. I do teach children to quilt from local homeschool groups out of my house as well.

    Wanted to add that I agree with that QB has become my guild--this is where I go for inspiration and help. :-)

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    Very small group, just three of us. What's left of a class at LQS. We meet once a fortnight usually but haven't recently as friend whose house we meet at has been having renovations done.
    Otherwise I just hang out in my new sewing room. No set hours, just when I feel like it.

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    I am so not a joiner. This Board is my main connection to the quilting world. I have been asked to join a guild this year, and I may try that as they have speakers and educational programs. My church makes blankets for unwed mothers and I support that with my time and skills. That's enough for this gal.
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    I would be lost without my guild!
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    Closet here.. I don't do well in crowds and honestly the politics of groups just makes me ill. There is always something. And really my health doesn't let me go out too much especially at night when most of the meetings are and since they are mostly in church groups around here that's not for me either.

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    I am a lone quilter. I tried a guild as a member for 4 years, even went on 2 trips to shows, but never managed to feel accepted. Sometimes guild members are not accepting of new people, I would love to belong to a group, or even have someone else to quilt with occasionally.

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    A friend and I started a guild some 25 years ago and it is still going strong. There is room for the newbie and all kinds of free help/advice if people let us know what they want to learn. We have show and tell every month and that alone is worth the price of the membership. We have some youngsters that come with a mom or grandma and one lady who is 92 who still comes when she is able. We do a lot of charity work, quilts for the NICU, cancer hats for the cancer center, now getting quilts together to send after the hurricane in the East. We have some very experienced quilters and some very new ones. All are welcome. If you haven't tried a quilting group, please do. Sometimes you may not find a fit the first time. Check out the churches in your area, the library, community colleges, senior centers, etc for groups that meet in their facilities if you don't have a guild near you.

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    I belong to a guild made up of 18 wonderful women who love to quilt. We meet twice a month and sometimes do projects together but mostly bring something to work on of our own. On alternate weeks a smaller group of us meet for hand applique or hand quilting or other hand work like finishing bindings and talking. We bring our lunches to both groups and meet from 10AM to 2PM.
    I have learned so much from them and find them to be so positive - not catty remarks about other people. Just positive discussions about our quilting and our lives and families.
    We meet in a room at our local library where we have free space with lots of tables and plugins for our machines. Once a year we provide some of our quilts for the library to display for their annual quilt show.
    I do my machine quilting at home in my sewing room where I have my machine and longarm. I find that with other people talking around me, I am more likely to make mistakes as I am not paying attention to what I am doing!
    Beth in Maryland

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    I don't belong to a guild but I love quilting with others. I take as many classes at my LQS and time and money allows also I go there the 4th Wednesday of the month for a sew in day and love it.
    Texas raised, Texas Proud

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    I enjoy quilting by myself in our motorhome. We have a small quilting group in our RV park that meets weekly to quilt that I also enjoy the socializing and sharing ideas.
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    Francie - - - I'm in too! What's for dinner? How nice of you. Wow!

    I belong to a guild and a friendship group, both meet once a month. I'm BOM chair at my guild. I 'auditioned' 3 different guilds before I decided which one to join. I'm the first to say guilds can sometimes get too 'political' and become not much fun. Mostly, though, I find the guilds to be a source of inspiration, an opportunity to meet with like-minded people, classes with well-known teachers, etc. Here in Orange County CA, we have Camp Watch-a-Patcher (what a name!) every two years which is a great opportunity to really delve into quilting. I do my sewing/quilting at home, as others have said, where I have my things where I want them.

    Definitely not a 'closet' quilter as all my family & friends know I'm a quilter and/or have received a quilt from me.

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    I'm a closet quilter. I got back into sewing after I got cancer and my treatments remove my immunities - soo - can't be to social but sewing and reading have helped me pass the time plus they are fun for me - opens up my creative side.

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    For years I was a closet quilter, then when we moved to Florida, I joined a guild and haven't looked back.
    I love all the ladies and their incredible work.
    Diane Perry

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    Guild and I so appreciate the opportunity to meet new folks and learn little tips and outright tutorials from the members. They are not all my buddies but they are all gals that I can call on when I have a question or a problem with a project. They are also good encouragers when I get bogged down with a project that is sticky.

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    Closet quilter here, and that is perfect for me, I do things at my pace, in my time frame.
    Amythyst

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    I belong to a guild, and 2 sewing groups. the guild provides opportunity to take classes from national teachers and programs at the meetings. the smaller sewing goups provide friendship and sewing time with other and we ca help each other. I teach classs at three LQS and am a long arm quilter. I also host retreats in my home for up to 8 people. They are so much fun get to meet wonderful people.

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    I belong to 2 quilt guilds and attend meetings when I have time.
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    Closet ere not confident enough to show my work!

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