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Thread: Do you prefer to sew with a group or alone?

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    I am a school administrator that has to deal with 700 people day in and day out, so sewing quietly by myself is the ultimate.c although I will say I wish I had some friends here........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63 View Post
    I never seem to get a of lot sewing done with a group because I like to talk too much. It's awkard for me to be with others and not talk. I do my best sewing when I am alone and can concentrate on what I am sewing. Even when I am cooking or doing laundry, I still seem to get more sewing done. Sewing is a hobby so I justify it by doing things at home while sewing. How do you justify sewing for hours with others when so much needs to be done at home such as cooking, cleaning and transporting kids to different activites?
    I fix breakfast, bucket lunch, and supper for my hubby every day. I keep the dishes and laundry done. I sweep up my threads and scraps every day. AND THE KIDS ARE GROWN! So, I knit, crochet, sew, read the QB...................
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I prefer to sew at home, but it's not really because of the talking in a group sewing situation. At home I have everything handy, my sewing machine is at the correct height for me and recessed into a table, the cutting table is large and at the right height, the lighting is good, my chair is ergonomic, and I can either listen to a book on CD or turn it off if I need to concentrate. If I get tired of sewing I can leave it for a few minutes or a few hours and it will be just where I left it when I come back. If I go out to sew I have to lug all my things, run the risk of forgetting something, have to deal with uncomfortable chairs and cutting tables, and I don't get much done. I love chatting with other quilters, but I'd rather not sew with a group.
    Ditto for me, Dunster. You took the words right out of my mouth.

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    go on a retreat! no housework!

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    My DD and I have just started a group we call Quilting Queens. It's ladies from her church and from my church. We had our first Queens meeting last month with 5 ladies. We'll meet the next time on Oct. 9 and expect some who couldn't make it last month. We all brought things we could do while "visiting". 2 of the ladies cut and pressed for their project, my DGD appliqued, my DD and I pieced. We have 2 sewing machines available, 2 cutting mats. iron & ironing board set up for those who need them. We are enjoying getting together with ladies we don't know and seeing what others are doing. Everyone enjoyed the first meeting and the others who have heard what a good time we had are anxious for the October meeting. So, I guess to answer the post, I enjoy working with others and I enjoy working alone. Both have great benefits for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I prefer doing brain numbing sewing within a group, but intricate cutting, piecing and quilting needs to be done while I'm alone. I get distracted and make mistakes.
    Same with me.

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    It would be nice at times but the thought of packing up everything especially my sewing machine ( it is old ang metal making it very heavy) but I also think I would have the talking problem. My nick name is chatty Kathy lol

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    I enjoy the ideas shared when working with a group and the motivation I get when quilting with others especially when working on the same quilt pattern. It seems I always learn something from experienced quilters whether it's a cutting or piecing shortcut. However, as my projects grow in size, I have much more room at home to "spread out" and work comfortably at home. I just discovered that my LQS classroom was remodeled over summer and has doubled in size so there appears to be more table space and plenty of ironing boards set up. I'm looking forward to it!

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    Do I have to choose? I love both. For about the past 12 or so years, I have participated in two annual quilt retreats. One has more people, but essentially the same core group. The other consists of the same women each time. I love both--did I say that already? 8^)) I get lots of work done in both places, as much or almost as much as if I were alone. The benefits of group work is other opinions, learning new things (in all realms, not just quilting), show-and-tell, seeing others' experiments, and fabulous companionship. Sewing alone, I get to talk to myself, play with my fabric, and quilt not just piece or applique.

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    I go on Tuesdays and sew at a LQS with a couple of friends. I do get more done at home but it is nice to sew and visit with friends. We have lunch & catch up on our quilting. I bring easy projects to our Tuesday outings. I do get more done at home but friends are very special and so is our sewing. House work can wait because life is just too short.

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    I like being with a group, but get more done when I am alone.

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    I really do like to sew with a group. My guild meets twice a year for a two day retreat and I went for the first time this spring and I got huge amounts of work finished. Talk? well of course we did but, I also got so many ideas, tips and so much encouragement from others that I will do this again. We also have a once a month work day and I would not miss them. We problem solve for each other and really get to know one another and friendships bloom. I go to these "events" with materials ready to go and I whiz through some projects and seek the opinions of others. I learned to paper piece at one of these work days. I never would have tried it if another quilter had not been sitting across the room helping, reminding me with the steps to success and making sure I was on the right track. I love working together. In the end, it is all up to the individual. Sometimes it may just be better to work alone on some projects and plan on less for those good together time and enjoy the conversations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Because these things will ALWAYS need to be done, and I need to take care of ME too, not just my family and my home. Cooking and cleaning can be put off a day or two, and my kids have another parent (Dad) who can transport them.

    One of the things we need to remember as wives and mothers is we are human, not superhuman. To better serve our families, we need to nurture ourselves just as we nurture them. If that nurturing takes form in a quilt retreat once a year, then I don't have ANY problem in justifying it. I don't feel guilty; I feel energized and reinvigorated, which helps me to get back to my daily routine with enthusiasm.
    Well said Peckish. But Ann63 I know where you are coming from also. Are you putting the guilt on yourself? If so STOP IT RIGHT NOW! If its coming from somewhere else try having a heart to heart talk. I love the retreats I attend. We all need "me" time. Lisa
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    I'm more of a 'loaner' so I sew best when alone. I do read these columns each day, and scan some websites for tips I haven't seen here....I just like my hobby being stress-free...seems when I did join a group, too much competition and stress surrounded my brain. Was too much to handle.

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    Prefer to sew at home alone!

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    Never really thought about it either way as I have done both .. Sewing for me is a sanity release, I create something and it turns out a nice creative piece whether it be a garment or a quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63 View Post
    I never seem to get a of lot sewing done with a group because I like to talk too much. It's awkard for me to be with others and not talk. I do my best sewing when I am alone and can concentrate on what I am sewing. Even when I am cooking or doing laundry, I still seem to get more sewing done. Sewing is a hobby so I justify it by doing things at home while sewing. How do you justify sewing for hours with others when so much needs to be done at home such as cooking, cleaning and transporting kids to different activites?
    I like both,however we recently moved and oh how I miss my quilting group.We did lots of sewing and helped out with any problems that came up with projects --- also with life in general ! Because I no longer drive I am finding it hard to find another group,I suppose I should make more effort.I go to a craft group within U.3.A but no one there does patchwork.If there is anyone out there near Blaydon Tyne & Wear U.K who would like to get together with me to sew,natter and share a good coffee perhaps they would let me know. Love Letty

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    My guild does a Charity quilting day once a month, we love getting together. A lot of talking goes on but we actually get things accomplished. It's a fun day for all. For myself, I prefer sewing alone, I get so much more done with no distractions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I get a whole lot more done when I load my stuff up in the car and go sew with my friends. I don't feel the need to "justify" anything I do or don't do. Nor do I feel guilt if some house task isn't done. I'm not a housemaid whose entire existence is cleaning, cooking and laundry. In my world if you're not capable of cooking yourself a meal and doing a load of laundry by the time you're 12 you can go naked and starve.
    I'm with you Scissor Queen.
    And, I live alone so housework and cooking are done at my leisure, if at all.
    I drive r/t 70 miles every Wednesday and many Thursdays to sit at my machine in a friend's quilt shop in Newport, NH
    with 4-5 other quilters. We talk, share, learn and sew away.
    Having just found a couple of quilters who want a local group, am starting a new Tuesday group here in Keene at the local library.
    I get alot done sewing elsewhere with others.
    At home I seem to find other things to do in my quilt room - sort or fondle fabric, look at quilt books, reorganize the room, cut squares in various sizes, count how many I have - apparently anything to avoid sewing.

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    I just took a Judy Niemeyer Class and I really loved it but have a hard time with parts of it. At the LQS she has Judy Niemeyer Wednedsay the 4th Wed. of the month from 1:00 - 7:00. If you are enrolled in a class you get to go there and sew for the afternoon for free. The lady that teaches these class is a Certified J.N. teacher and the shop is certified. If you are not in a class the charge is $10.00. Considering you get a lot of instruction and help that is a real bargin to me. I have found that I really enjoy going and getting the extra help. I have a lot of money tied up in this quilt and I plan to go as long as I need to, to accomplish my goal. There are lots of quilters that go. I have found that I really love sewing in a group. Everyone is so nice and willing to help. I live in Texas near Galveston and I really love that shop. It is my happy place because I am a widow and even though I work 8 hours a day this is so good for me. So yes I really love sewing in a group.
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    I go to a UFO Day once a week. There are usually only four of us who attend. We talk, but not all the time. We all are serious about our sewing and sharing ideas and assistance but not mindless chatter. We all get lots of sewing accomplished. It is great. I get all my major cutting accomplished during these days, which enables me to sew at home.
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    Hi Letty,

    as you will see from my details I live very close to you, infact I used to live in Blaydon but after several moves around the country am now in Newcastle more or less on the opposite side of the Tyne to you. I go to quilting classes once a week and am about to join a quilting group that meet once a month to sew over in Shiremoor.

    We don't have quite so much going on here in England for group sewing but most of the quilting shops do have quilting sessions. I see you no longer drive which will be a problem for you because most of the quilting places are "off the beaten track". pm me if you would like to have a chat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letty View Post
    I like both,however we recently moved and oh how I miss my quilting group.We did lots of sewing and helped out with any problems that came up with projects --- also with life in general ! Because I no longer drive I am finding it hard to find another group,I suppose I should make more effort.I go to a craft group within U.3.A but no one there does patchwork.If there is anyone out there near Blaydon Tyne & Wear U.K who would like to get together with me to sew,natter and share a good coffee perhaps they would let me know. Love Letty

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    I love my groups monthly meetings and our annual retreat (coming up next week!!!) but if I am going to get a huge amount done I am better with my tools etc. close at hand in my sewing room. Each has its purpose and I would trade one minute of it with my friends because they teach me so much.

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    I enjoy sewing!!! I enjoy sewing at home alone, in front of the tv while talking to my husband, while having coffee with friends, and enjoy packing up my sewing things to talk/coffee/sew with other quilters. Have I mentioned I just love to sew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    I enjoy sewing with friends but do agree that I get more done on my own. If I am sewing with others, I try to have everything cut and try to take more of the brainless work. Anymore I don't feel guilty about the housework, if it is there when I leave it will be there when I get back.
    Me Too !!!! Life is to short unless you enjoy doing housework and wanting a spotless house at all times (not me). It is not dirty but it is not spotless either but it makes me happy .
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