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    Sewing with small group of friends is wonderful. I meet with one small group on the first Monday of each Monday and another one on the 2nd Tuesday. We are very honest in our evaluation of each other's work--not critical, but helpful. I have learned a looooottt in these sessions. Makes quilting even more fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt View Post
    Yes having sewing buddies is absolutely the best! We have about 15 in our group. Actually we are outcasts from the quilt guild in our area. We have a blast when we get together. We schedule our sew days once a month. 6 of the gals have enough room to accomodate a large group. Usually on sew days not all of us are together but the group is usually 6 to 8 of us. We also have birthday celebrations for all of us. We all belong to different types of BOM clubs. We go on shop hops together, quilting retreats, classes and just about anything else imaginable.
    We make lots of quilts and give them away to people in the community that need them. We actually look forward to our quilt stash getting used so that we can "have a good reason" for buying more fabric and sewing. But there is something so much more important.
    If one in our group has a personal problem, WE ALL have this problem. One of our members daughter was suddenly hospitalized. But that mother was never alone. We figured a schedule among us all that at least one of us were with her at all times. That was OUR daughter.
    My father in law passed away Dec. 23 2012. All 15 of "my girls" were with me at the visitation and the next day for the services. Their support got me thru that terrible time.
    Right now, one of us is in the process of trying to get her niece out of the foster system. (long horrible story) But she and her husband had a court hearing for their character. We all showed up at court. It was quite the sight to see all these women show up with husband's and children in tow. It must have made an impression with the court because we have temporary custody pending home studies. In fact, one of those home studies happened when our sew day was at her house. The case worker came in and was totally shocked! We had a group of 10 that day, and in the middle of us all was this child setting at a machine sewing, giggling and having a blast. The girl is 13. The case worker asked the girl "So how's your home life?" Not missing a beat the girl responds with "I am a member of 15 families! They all love me. How can a kid go wrong with that!"
    Sorry to have gotten so windy in this reply but I wanted everyone to know just what a blessing a "sewing group" can be.
    The blessing of sisters of the heart & art is a treasure beyond compare! How wonderful that you have all found each other and are there for each other! Happy stitching!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scisyb220 View Post
    The blessing of sisters of the heart & art is a treasure beyond compare! How wonderful that you have all found each other and are there for each other! Happy stitching!
    So true! Our group meets almost every month, sometimes at a local community center for Fri afternoon & evening & all day Sat. Three or 4 times a year we go to a retreat house for 3 or 4 day & sleep in the dorm rooms. We are all at different levels of sewing & differnet project interest but we have so much fun together & it is energizing.

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    My LQS does a once a month 'open sew', which I try to attend (when life does not get in the way). Also 5 of us sewing buddies get together a few times a year, for the weekend, at one of the gals coast property.

    I love the times to share, vent, learn and just visit. Sewing at home is good, but once and awhile one 'need's' that gathering time.
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    A lady in our church started a once a month group to make quilts for our graduating seniors. It happened to be on the same day as our crocheted group. That was about 1 1/2 yrs ago. We now meet every week in her home and we are called 'Hands to the Spindle'. 1st week is reserved for crochet/ knitting or any kind of handwork, 2nd week is the day we work on the seniors' quilts, 3rd is bring your own project day and the last week is for the BOM we started. We are a small group-6 at the most, but we are all friends and go to the same church. Last fall we had a retreat at one lady's cottage on the lake and had the best time! I would totally recommend getting together with friends! Oh I also should say that only 3 of us had ever made more than 1 quilt and some had never made a quilt. 2 have since gone on to make one mostly by themselves. Last year we made 9 quilts for the seniors and this year we are making 12. Our plan is to do a different pattern every year. Last year was a coin quilt and this year is a Fun and Done style quilt. We cut all the squares of backing, batting and scrap strips into a box and gave one to each member. That way each is making their own. Last year my friend and I ended up quilting all 9 between the 2 of us and didn't want to repeat that! Plus there were issues with different machines and seam allowances that we didn't want repeated either. I love my group and we are sisters- in quilting and in the Lord. I rarely miss this time together- sick or out of town is my only reason. My Dh came home early one Wednesday and my car was in the driveway. I was in bed with a migraine. He said- i knew you must not be feeling well if you missed your quilting day!
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    I have a group that meets at my church on the 1st and 3rd Friday night of the month to sew, do hand work,crafts
    and of course eat. Sometimes we have 10 there and sometimes we have 20 there. We have loads of fun
    and fellowship. Occasionally we do manage to get some sewing done, but we do a lot of visiting and eating.
    We also have a group that meets every Tuesday to do hand quilting on each others quilts. When one is done, then the next person on the list puts her quilt in the frame and everyone works on it. There are three frames going at a time. If you don't hand quilt, then you can work on whatever you want.
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    Have a blessed day.

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    I belong to a group called Quilters & Crafters. We meet every Tuesday from 10:00 to about 2:30. There is usually a quilt in a frame for hand-quilting, a group tying quilts for children whose families are homeless, some working on a project they brought from home, others learning a new craft and some just visiting. The first Tuesday is a covered dish luncheon and we let the husbands come, the second and fourth Tuesdays are bring your own lunch unless someone announces they are bringing a pot of something :-), and the third Tuesday is salad bar day when everyone signs up to bring something for salad. We have about 30 members with an average attendance of 15-17. We meet in our church fellowship hall, with ladies from five churches represented. The ladies are all like my sisters...we laugh and hug and sometimes cry together.
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    I have 3 sisters and we call them craft days.It use to be just us 4 sisters we would call it sisters day then our children would get upset so they wanted us to teach them crafts so we did.now a few friends come and we help each other.I'm the youngest and loss my husband 5 yrs ago so this has been a really comfort to me. we are a very close family and enjoy each others company..

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    We did that yesterday (6 of us) got together and made the sweetheart mystery quilt from quilts from seattle. Oh man did we have fun. Started at 9:00 am and everyone left at around 7:00 pm with a completed 42x42 quilt top. Instructions were the greatest and we did not go on to the next step until everyone had completed the instructions we had been sent. Sew much fun, sew much food, sew much laughter. Thank god for friends and family who like to get together.

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    I recently moved 3 hours away and was a member of a group quite like yours. I sure miss them. My daughter in law lives in Lebanon MO. She belongs to a quilt group. I hope she is a member of your group. If not, what is the name of your group or contact info so I can let her know? She works and has 2 small children, not alot of time to sew now.

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    I, too, lost my quilting buddies when I moved south 2 years ago and really miss the sisterhood and chat times. I haven't found anyone in my area and don't really want to join a guild. I keep looking on this board, but so many of you don't list your location. Anyone in South Carolina, not far out of Charlotte, NC?

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    Sewing with Friends

    We moved from Texas to WA State in 2009, so I left behind my guild and my BFF. When I lived in Texas, I spent a lot of time sewing with my BFF. We worked on projects, sewed, ate, and had a great time. Before we knew it, it would be 2 or 3 am, and we were still sewing!

    A couple of years ago when I was in Texas, I spent a few nights at my BFF's house. She had recently purchased a new house and set up a huge sewing room, so she bought a LA. I took a quilt that I made for my DGD, and my BFF quilted it for me. What a wonderful friend! While I was there, we sewed into the wee hours of the morning, just like in the old days. I loved it!!

    I'm headed South next week, so my BFF told me it was okay to bring a UFO Lone Star project that I've probably had for ten years! Wow, I can hardly wait to see her!! She's absolutely the best friend that I could ever hope to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schoolteacher View Post
    Been trying to find a group in my area to do this. Last month another quilter and I got together to gossip and sew. So much fun!!
    This is a perfect example of not having "at least" your STATE in the "location" box! Schoolteacher may have a quilter just around the corner from her (or next town) who also belongs to QB. How fun would THAT be?? I KNOW we all have reasons for not posting locations and that is fine. I am not trying to start anything here. But I would NEVER have found the woman in the next sub-division from me had I not had my town and state posted.... When we travel I always post a "anybody live near blah blah-want to get together" type post. I have met some of the nicest ladies that way. There is a small group in Phoenix area who pre-arranged to meet @ the PHX Quilt Show about 3 years ago. None of us even knew what the others looked like. We had a designated time and spot to meet. We were supposed to wear a small name badge to identify ourselves. I didn't see anybody else looking puzzled like me, so, I pulled out my cell phone and called one of the #'s I had been given.... Ring Ring! Guess who was standing right NEXT to me with her back turned so I couldn't see her badge. How we laughed about THAT !! We had a blast along with 4 others. And the cool part is, some of them formed a group and are still meeting once a month. Can't wait to catch up with them for the PHX Quilt Show this coming weekend.... Ya just never know when/where you may meet your NEW BF. Happy Quilting everybody!!

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    ​We just started up a group, no name yet.. all offers considered LOL We had our first gathering last week and there were 4 of us. Our library has a room that is free to use. we started the group for anyone with a project, not just quilting, its just for getting together and getting some projects done. I think it will be a great thing. There is a quilting group in our area, but they really did not welcome anyone new. very cold. That's what lead us to find a different area, so that ANYONE to come and sit and do a project or learn one. women or men. I do hope it works out well for us, we had a lot of fun and got a lot done in just a few hours, it also gets you to stay focused on the project at home as you want to show how much progress has been made since the last time you were together. I'm glad for it, I think it is just what I need.
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    Our guild has access to the Senior Center, where we hold our monthly meetings, every third Saturday. The guild provides salad greens, and each sewer brings something for the salad. We can sew from 9:00 to 4:00. I've gone a couple of times and it's always great fun!! The experienced quilters are always happy to help out us Newbies!
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    I meet with a friend most monday evenings at my house and we quilt and natter some evenings a lot gets done, others not.

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    I am part of a group called Eager Hands. Most of the ladies are from my church. We are fortunate to meet in the basement of one of the members who is almost 81. She has sewing machines, cutting tables, and a 'sandwiching/tying' table. The quilts are given to charity and the fabric is all donated. Even some of the batting is donated! Last spring, we celebrated our 3000th quilt to Salvation Army. The group meets every Tuesday morning. I am a substitute teacher so I go and help whenever I am available. We help each other through the good and bad times.

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    My best friend, sister, sister in law, 2 cousins and a cousin in law and I started getting together on Tuesdays evenings since sometime in the 90's. We have gone to Paducah, Nashville, and lots of other places. We take classes together. It has been a life saver for all of us. We call it Stitch N Bitch Night. Lots of food and strong friendship.. I moved away 11 years ago, but still go to some sew ins when they have an all day one.. I plan to rejoin when we get moved back up there. I sure miss my girls. It is the greatest therapy you can get. Keep it up

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    We have a group who meet at my house twice a month for quilting and laughter and talking and show and tell. We call it our sanity days.
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    I am blessed to have a quilting buddy... we meet 3-4 times a month at one of our homes... We bring leftovers or order out for lunch. Sometimes we put something in the crockpot and the DHs come for supper. It is such a great day. Of course, we call it our "work days." We can hardly wait until our third quilting friend retires so she can come too! If you can, please meet with other quilters... you won't regret it!!

    If fact, I'll bet any one of us could meet with any of these groups and feel as if we'd known them forever!!!
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    I belong to a group that meets every other Thursday. It is so much less expensive than a surink! LOL

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    Wish I had friends to sew with.............

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    Smile need a group ?

    Quote Originally Posted by baglady65 View Post
    Wish I had friends to sew with.............
    Where are you located - anywhere around Morgan county, Tenn? or Picayune, Miss.? My sister and her friends are in Miss. and I know that they would love to have you - Here in Tenn, we are in a very small local community close to Big South Fork National Forest. We would all certainly welcome you anytime.

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    Yes! We just met for the first time at the great community room a the retirement village where one of our friends lives. It was great - lots of light, a full kitchen, and lot of tables - and we had the best time together!

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    Your post brought tears to my eyes. This is what "community" means, whether an entire city, a neighborhood, or a group of women whose shared interests bring them together! Congratulations on your "community" and thanks for sharing your story.

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