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Thread: Has quilting made you more or less of a loner?

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    Senior Member DirtyPaw's Avatar
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    I for one have never had lots of friends, only a handful of trusted people that I trust so I suppose I have always been a loner. At this time it is a good thing we have the internet since the price of gas is going to make it ever more difficult to get out and drive places.

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    I think my quilting has made me less of a loner although 99% of my quilting is done alone since my "quilting buddy" passed. But I have lots of internet friends that quilt and we exchange patterns, BOMs, fabrics, ideas, recipes, other craft ideas, secret sister swaps, whatever we can think up to do. I think of my quilting time as "my" time - a time to be alone; relax; create something for me, someone in the family, friends, or a quilt to donate; listen to my movies and/or music. We live a fairly active life - involved in karaoke and music, bicycle riding, motorcycling, hiking, kayaking, line dancing, etc. - so I enjoy my quiet quilty time.

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    I'm so sorry about the loss of your sister. It's that special link that is lost when such a close part of you is lost.

    I have always been a loner, even more now that I quilt. Is it really wrong of me, I don't think so because now I really enjoy myself. Luckily I have the QB to fall back on, and I have met one good friend. Not to mention so many good tips.

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    I have a spiral problem and don't like going places anymore. thanks to internet which opened a new world to me

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    Being an only child, I am naturally somewhat of a loner; however, since becoming a quilter, I have joined a guild, re-met some old friends and made lots of new friends. I think that quilting can be what you make of it....if you want to be alone you can do that; if you want to be with a group, you can be in a guild or a class.

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    I am truly sorry you lost your sister. I have 3 sisters and I don't know what I would do if I lost one.

    I have worked out in the public eye for the last 40 years and retired in May of 2010. I love being a "loner". This is all I want to do, even if I don't do it correctly all the time. I'm not as talented as most quilters but my kids and grandkids love my quilts and that is all that really matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    The best part of my quilting habit, is that when I do get out and about, there is always something to share with others. I don't drive, so I am not as outgoing as I used to be. I enjoy my company too, so I am not a loner, just happy with my life. It is almost what I want it to be. :thumbup:
    I also have found all of you. You all bring joy to my world.

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    I was always a homebody, however worked with people all my life. DH was a OTR driver, so I was home with our son. Then it was with the dog, by the way I talk dog. Then taking care of my mom, deaf, blind and bad heart with full blown Altizmers. At the same time taking care of DH after stroke, I feel I need all the time in the world to enjoy a bit of my retirement and doing what I love. Sorry this is so long. Guess just venting.

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    I finally found some quilting friends so I think I am less of a loner now than (regarding quilting) because no one @ work did any quilting. It's a lot more fun with friends :lol: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lv2sew2011
    Well, after a friend of 17 years just stop having anything to do with me, I refused to be hurt like that ever again, so now I keep my distance.
    Aw. I too have had a few bad experiences and have decided I would rather just socialize with my DH and pets and be more of a loner than deal with interpersonal conflict I don't have the disposition for it!

    I like to quilt because I can do it by myself and be happy

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    I have found the opposite. I belong to a quilting guild which has quilt weekends (going to one this weekend) plus lots of other gatherings. I also go to lots of classes and have a small group of friends and we meet at each others house once a fortnight. I go every second Wednesday to a quilt day at a local church plus belong to a monthly group which meets every Saturday.

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    I love quilting!!! I find I am happy when I am quilting, but some of the best friends I have are because of my love for quilting... I am highly involved in our quilt club, and because of it I'm in a group of ladies who go on quilt retreats, get together for lunch once a month, and go on shop hops. Yes, these friends were made because I love quilting, but the friendships we have goes so much deeper.
    Quilting can make you happy at home alone or with friends... Isn't it wonderful!

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    Go for it at $2.00 a yard. Some may not be the best material but can be used on small projects, and keep the better quality for projects that will get more ware.

    Good luck!

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    sorry for your loss, but what an angel you are for helping others. ty for sharing

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    I am a teacher too and I feel the same way. Can we all stop feeling guilty for being loners?

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    No reason to feel guilty. Just look how many of us there are - a lot of like minds who just happen to be quilters.

    Quote Originally Posted by nisubaker
    I am a teacher too and I feel the same way. Can we all stop feeling guilty for being loners?

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    I have met so many wonderful people through quilting.

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    I am sorry about your sister, my sister and I are very close, both quilt and sew. She works, I'm retired (6 yrs older than sis). I suffer an anxiety disorder and have always been a bit of a loner, although I was able to work and bring up my kids normally. It has always been a strain for me to socialise or even talk on the phone. I'm lucky my famiy and friends keep in touch and visit me, and grandkids always her and keep my mind young. I tried quilting groups but couldn't cope. I'm fine in familiar territory, but out of my comfort zone I feel very inadequate, even on this board I feel like I'm butting in sometimes, so I don't reply to a lot of things I'd like to. but I love it and love reading other members messages, and I am learning so much, so if you all don't mind keep I'll keep coming back. Maybe one day will have courage to "show & tell". Its a great Board, Luv U all, Jen

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstitches
    So sorry about your sister.
    Yes, I've become a loner more so since becoming a quilter.
    It is addicting and lately it is all I want to do besides hang out on the quilting board.



    Me to!! And not getting my tops put together.

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