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Thread: Closet Quilter, Group or Guild???

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    Senior Member mtngrl's Avatar
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    Closet Quilter, Group or Guild???

    I'm curious, how many of you belong to an organized group or guild and how many just quilt at home alone (closet quilter)?? Or maybe you are a professional teacher or longarmer??
    "An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Edwin Land

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    Closet quilter here....everybody wants something quilted, so it keeps me too busy to quilt with others....not exactly a bad thing.

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    I belong to this online group plus one other. I also belong to a group at our church, but tie quilts (which I'm not crazy about). I've tried our local guild, but having trouble finding my "spot" there. Donna

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    I've only been quilting a little while (I finally finished my first quilt a few weeks ago, and I'm well into my second). I joined our local guild last year, but it didn't do anything for me. As a newbie, I didn't feel welcome, the level of quilting was way beyond me, and it was all about the Quilt Show. Maybe in a few years I'll try it again.
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    Guild member here. I belong to a local guild that moved closer to me, so now I'm able to get to the meetings without too much driving involved. I do most of my quilting at home alone, though.
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    I am a closet quilter, but would love to belong to a guild or group!!!!

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    Closet quilter. Rather read a forum. As long as quilting groups stick to quilting, I'm OK - when they get going on families and recipes, I lose interest.

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    I am a closet quilter and it's ok with me. It gives me the opportunity to try whatever I want as a newbie, having made only one big quilt so far I feel there are so many things I want to try, that I don't feel the need to add to my list of "things to try"

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    I closet quilt,belong to a guild(but only go occasionally), and have some ladies over to my house once a month. I make a nice dinner,wait on them hand and foot,and we do hand sewing.

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    I belong to the local guild and a small group that started from off the guild. I wouldn't be without either of them. They both offer lots. I wouldn't be without either of them.
    I do love this board, but sometimes getting together with friends with the same interest is even better!
    For those of you that have tried a guild but didn't like it, give it another chance. Even though you might not have liked it the first time, maybe it was just you didn't care for what they were doing. Go a few times before making a judgement. You may find lots of new quilting buddies!

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    I belong to four guilds and I'm on the board of two of them. I belonged to one guild a whole year before I was asked to be on the board. But I volunteered and got involved with things right away.

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    I belong to 3 guilds - a big one, a small one, and one in between. (Sounds like Goldilocks, huh?) I get ideas, friendships, outings, lessons, other experiences from the guilds, but I quilt alone, at home. I don't like carting my stuff around, and I like sewing in my own space, with my machine at the right height, my cutting table handy, etc. The only problem is that the computer is also handy... too handy... and it takes up far too much of my time.

    Francie - where in Oregon? If you wait on your ladies hand and foot, I might just want to sew with you! In fact you may have a crowd coming over... LOL

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    I quilt alone, but don't consider myself a closet quilter. Everyone I know, knows I quilt, so I guess I'm outed.
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    Closet/group here. Although asked, I never joined a guild as family and other 501c3 commitments kept me busy, maybe some day. Right now there is a sit and sew/quilt that meets at the library 2x a month at the library that I love to go to and then my cyber buddies too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    I am a closet quilter, but would love to belong to a guild or group!!!!

    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.

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    I'm sorta a closet quilter; my oldest DD is a quilter and we share ideas/projects/stash a lot. I/we've taken a few classes at our LQS, which we've enjoyed. Every one there is very friendly and not just the staff. Most times anyone in the shop will talk/chime in on fabric we are considering/project working on and share their own. It's a great atmosphere.

    The shop has classes/sew-ins/open sewing times, so I could go to those, but most times prefer not to. It's hard to schlep my machine down the stairs/put it in car/schlep it into store, and then reverse it when I get home. I'd rather spend the time in my own space with everything laid out in a way that is convenient for me.

    I'm still working, though my hours have been cut, and find time is very precious to me. My work hours vary weekly, so don't know until a week in advance, when I'll be able to commit to anything.

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    I belong to a group. Love meeting other quilters. Meet on Monday's A. M.
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    Where on earth did you get the term "closet quilter"? Such a negative connotation...like it's something to be ashamed of!

    I am a solo, independent quilter who, like most artists, prefers to work alone. I wouldn't have it any other way. I spend quality time with other quilters, but not work time.
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    I tried a guild but prefer the closet! I work full time and just like to stay home once I get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Where on earth did you get the term "closet quilter"? Such a negative connotation...like it's something to be ashamed of!

    I am a solo, independent quilter who, like most artists, prefers to work alone. I wouldn't have it any other way. I spend quality time with other quilters, but not work time.
    Sorry if it's offensive I just like to be home in my own little space, doing my own thing and it just came out that way. Nothing negative was intended. I also didn't mean no one knows you are quilting.

    I belong to a guild and a group that meets one day a month for a full day of sewing together, I also follow this board and a hand quilting group.
    Last edited by mtngrl; 12-11-2012 at 10:47 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Francie - where in Oregon? If you wait on your ladies hand and foot, I might just want to sew with you! In fact you may have a crowd coming over... LOL
    I'm with Dunster, when's your next group meeting?

    I belong to 1 guild that meets monthly. I don't get involved in the board or committees because I work and have too many other obligations. But my gf and I usually make guild night a girls night. She belongs to a small group connected to the guild, I do my quilting at home except for when the guild does quilt college every-other-year, then I do two days of non-stop classes.

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    Closet quilter here. I think I might like an informal type of group, but I like knowing that I have everything I need (if I can find it! LOL) at home. I think if I went somewhere, I'd probably forget something important!

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    I quilt alone, well with my cockatoo. I am uncomfortable in large groups & I have to go at my own speed. It's just easier to quilt alone. Plus, I live in a motorhome where there's no room for extra people; let alone equipment. I have fun doing my own thing at my own speed. No rush, no distraction, no noise. I meet other quilter's while I'm out. Mostly I meet a lot of folks who want to learn to quilt & I always send them here first. All of you have taught me SO much in the past two years & for that I'm very grateful! It has allowed me to really expand the patterns & techniques I use. Thank you!
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    I belong to a LA group that meets 5X a year, but other than that I'm a closet quilter.
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    I have been mostly a closet quilter...but might venture out after the holidays....there is a guild that I want to check out. I don't have enough time to quilt as it is so I don't need more projects...but would like to relate to some local quilters too.

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