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

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    Super Member donnajean's Avatar
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    I was just responding to another posted topic about how much is too much stash. My sister died in 2001 with a 5 bedroom house as well as storage facilities filled with anything relating to quilting. Her "when I retire I will open a quilt shop" never happened as she lost her battle with colon cancer. This was pre-internet times & quilting became such an obsession that all she did was quilt & work. She became isolated from any local friends. I don't know if this would still be true if she had gotten involved with the internet connections we have today. I have met & helped so many quilters as I send her 2,500 quilt books all over the world. Sites like this QB are a blessing for the many people like my sister who do not get out & about.

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    Am sorry for your loss; I think you meant to type loner.

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    I'm sorry to hear about your sister. I think these days, especially with the internet it's a great way to connect with others. I joined this board a few weeks ago and have already met some really nice people here and joined them for a RL meet up!

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    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.

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    I'm also sorry for the loss of your sister. I find that quilting brings me into the world, rather than keeping me from it. I belong to two guilds, most of my friends in this state are quilters, I meet many people from the board because of my posts and pattern sales, I go to quilt shows - it's amazing how much of my life at this particular time revolves around quilting. I realize that quilting can be a solitary hobby, but for me it's an opportunity to meet new people.

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    Sorry about the loss of your sister.

    I have always been somewhat of a loner, but I have met many nice people here on the QB that I hope to meet one day soon.

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    Thanks for the heads up on my spelling error.

    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Am sorry for your loss; I think you meant to type loner.

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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 too. My husband sits in front of the TV and I sit here. Keep seeing more quilts I want to make. Need to use material I have. I have a neighbor who wants to sell hers for $2 yd. Should I buy it? I'm on a very fixed budget so even that may be a stretch.

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    I was a bit of a loner before hand. Internet wasn't a big deal for me. Since joining the QB I have met other members. I have many friends now. I chat not only on the board but also on the phone. I think becoming a quilter has brought me out of my shell. Even my DH says he has noticed a difference in my social skills, a big improvement. I'm very sorry for the loss of your sister. Blessings and hugs!!!

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    I was always been pretty much a loner, partly because I was always so busy. I am still quite busy, but part of that busy is being a member of an active quilt guild. At this point I think quilting has reduced my alone time substantially and provided me with some great friends.

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    I was a loner in the evenings as I spent all day with students and other teachers. By the time I got home I just wanted peace and quiet! Since retirement I am content with my hubby and my sewing plus all our huge extended family on both sides. BUT I am happy for days at a time with just me.

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    I have a hermit tendency anyway so to keep connected with people (I think we all need both) I joined a quilt guild. I have to get out at least once a month and then found a group of ladies who get together for an all day sewing session once a month. Sometimes we teach each other sometimes we each do our own thing but we visit as we work. I make new friends and still do what I enjoy.

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    i'm out more because of quilting. i'm in 3 guilds, i teach classes, i exhibit my work in shows, fairs, and galleries.

    before i became an artist i would work inside an office all day and then come home in the evening and cook, clean, do chores and on the weekends i would run errands.

    now that quilting is my source of income i'm out in the public more and spend more time with my quilting friends.

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    Very sorry about your sister. Quilting has been lifeline for me, I moved from the east coast of Fl to the west coast and didn't know a soul here so I decided to learn to quilt, I made some wonderful lifelong friends, and a wonderful support group when my life was turned upside down. Quilting has definiately made me less of a loner.

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    sorry for the loss of your sister {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}


    what is strange is I am very much a people person and very friendly however I have always been a loner. I am now housebound however even as a child I was alway a homebody.

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    I'm not so sure I would catorgorize this as being a "loner". I can only speak for myself, but if you are like me, you come home from work and all I want is some peace and quiet and to do something for "me"! Sometimes you just need solice in yourself. If that means being a loner, then so be it. I call it taking care of #1. My DH is great when it comes to my quilting. Sometimes he joins me and watches TV while I quilt, sometimes he goes to another room to read by himself. Does that make him a loner? We all need an escape and this is what makes all of us great! I'm sorry for your loss. Your sister was very lucky to have you in her life.

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    Sounds like we have a lot of loners on this board. I too am pretty much of a loner. I would love to join a guild, but the ones near me all meet during the week when I am working. I have found quilting has both made me more of a loner in the creative process (when I'm planning and sewing)and a joiner if it has something to do with quilts. I go to classes at the LQS and maintain contact with people there and at a group I used to be able to attend - until my schedule changed. It's a strange combination, but it works for me!

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    I've always been outgoing and a socializer. Until I moved to the country and retired! It was lonely and depressing!!!! I finally started making totes and then quilts. Found this board and thru it, have met many friends - both online and in person. I'm much more willing to talk to the people in the quilt shops, too. Now I'm willling to go a week or so without visiting with neighbors....which is good because my neighbors can go for years without visiting!! Seriously, the closest neighbor hasn't visited anyone in the neighborhood for 2 yrs....her husband calls and visits...but they have secluded themselves!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I was just responding to another posted topic about how much is too much stash. My sister died in 2001 with a 5 bedroom house as well as storage facilities filled with anything relating to quilting. Her "when I retire I will open a quilt shop" never happened as she lost her battle with colon cancer. This was pre-internet times & quilting became such an obsession that all she did was quilt & work. She became isolated from any local friends. I don't know if this would still be true if she had gotten involved with the internet connections we have today. I have met & helped so many quilters as I send her 2,500 quilt books all over the world. Sites like this QB are a blessing for the many people like my sister who do not get out & about.
    I have always been pretty much a loner when it comes to sewing and quilting. None of my friends or family sew and when I start talking about quilting their eyes glaze over and they change the subject. This board has been a godsend for me. I have "met" so many wonderful people here. And have found the Quilts for Kids site and many other great outlets for my creations. I love all you guys and gals.

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    I am pretty much of a loner. Quilting doesn't make me more so nor less so. I enjoy the peace and quiet of solitude. Sometimes I don't even turn on music or TV in my quilting studio for weeks. I'm not anti-social, but find I'm often marching to the beat of a different drummer and that is not always accepted. That is one thing I love about quilters -- for the most part differences are accepted without judgment.

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    This quilt board helps me to "get out of myself" in a wonderful way. Otherwise, I do sew with a group of ladies on Wednesday, and attend at quilt guild once per month. But I love to communicate with other quilters via the internet. Thanks for being here everyone!

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    I live alone, but next door to my DD & family. My loneliness has been reduced by huge degrees because of you guys!

    I'm sorry you lost your sister. ((hug))

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    I am sorry for the loss of your sister. I have always been a loner being on this quilt board helps me meet people with like minds

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    I've always been outgoing and sociable but since my boys grew up I find that I love being alone to do what I want to do which is mostly quilting :D
    For so many years I was super busy non-stop. I love having time alone. Family time is still very important, of course! :D
    I miss my quilt group. A dozen of us used to get together once a month but after 15 or so years, people moved, dropped out etc, and it finally just fizzled. Our local guild is just too big for me.

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    I'm more social now then when I didn't quilt. I joined a guild, started a community quilting class, plan and host a quilt show every year with my friend, plan and hold workshops for fast easy quilts, and drive to Paducah every year to be with thousands of more quilters. I do more quilting stuff then actual quilting. LOL.

    None of my neighbors quilt so I rarely visit with them or see them, most are at jobs all day so no one is home to visit.

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