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Thread: Have QB people tried area gatherings?

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    Super Member Sierra's Avatar
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    I just finished reading about the pluses and minuses of joining quilt groups. I just joined one a few months ago, both to learn more about quilting and to have quilting friends. Joining has always been hard for me, I'm a bit of a loner, but I miss having close friends since we moved to the north of Sacramento-to Colfax area, and quilting is my passion... I think this guild is going to be a good fit for me.

    BUT I really like the attitude reflected in the QB group and I would love to have a closer contact with some of the members of this group if anyone is willing (is this allowed?). I had a few PMs with an "art" quilter a few hours north and I treasured the "feel" of the few times we interacted (I also do "art" quilts, as well as regular ones).

    Are there any of you in this area who would like to make contact? I am interested in all styles of quilting, self taught (so I have great gaps in my quilt-knowledge), liberated by Gees Bend, do "charity" quilts as well as for family, am doing my first quilt we will keep (it looks like its turning out to be a 7x8' wall handing lol), have access to my newphew's "craft/exercise room" for quilting, am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband.

    Feedback on whether such a gathering (on-line or in person) would work as a spin-off of QB) would be appreciated, as well as local response.

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    We are having a get together this coming Saturday with some of the QB members in this area I am looking forward to it

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    we have an entire section dedicated to that http://www.quiltingboard.com/s-16-1.htm

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    There are lots of QB members in Northern CA....first, put your location in your profile so people can find you by location. You can search members by location, and try sending some of them a Private Message. I'm in Bakersfield, and we have several board members here...it's fun to see each other in person and also on the QB.

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    A few of us from our area get together once a month! We share techniques, help each other out and EAT!!!! :)

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    I've tried to reach out and touch some in my area through pm, but so many have "in hiding" or are vague enough about where they are that I'm sure I've missed most of them. As Nan provided, there is a thread about area meetings - fun things going on all the time and all over the place :)

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    Several of us have done get togethers. Craftybear does a lot of them in Indinana, they do a bunch of them in Texas, I have done 1 in Ga. If you are willing to do the work to get one going, just start a couple of threads in different places. I asked about interest first, then tried to get a general feeling for when the most folks could come. Then I also put a thread in the outside events area.

    We got about 15 folks on a 3 day weekend so I thought we did pretty well. I will do one again but it will take me a while to recover from our road trip, we just got back from 2 months traveling.

    We did it at a local quilt shop who was very nice about providing space and 4 other quilt shops provided door prizes or little gifts for everyone. They were also very nice about it, I was kind of surprised that they were eager to give stuff to someone who just called up and said I'm doing a get together fro the QB, tho I did also provide them the website if they wanted to check.

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    Try the Offline Events, Announcements, Discussions section. You get to it from the Home Page. There's lots of things going on - group meetings in different places, retreats, etc. so there may be something happening in your area! Have fun!

    Edited to add: Quiltnan already provided a link to that area! Boy, lots of us typing on this one at the same time!!

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    There have been meetings and gatherings all over :D:D:D

    Maybe start out with a meeting? Lunch and a trip to a LQS? See how and where it goes from there? :D

    You can put out a feeler and see how many live in your area and who would be willing to meet.

    There are also a number of quilting retreats going on too.

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    Yes, set up meet and greets in your area.

    I have now organized 4 meet and greets in Indiana. We had lots of fun. You can all meet at a quilt shop, (we pinned a piece of fabric to our top, with a name tag, with our quilting board member name on it), shop, shop, shop and all meet for lunch at a restaurant and had the private banquet room. Everyone brings show and tell and sometimes we have demonstrations.

    They are so much fun to set up and meet other quilters in your area.

    If you have any ? just send me a private message.

    Karen, Craftybear

    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra
    I just finished reading about the pluses and minuses of joining quilt groups. I just joined one a few months ago, both to learn more about quilting and to have quilting friends. Joining has always been hard for me, I'm a bit of a loner, but I miss having close friends since we moved to the north of Sacramento-to Colfax area, and quilting is my passion... I think this guild is going to be a good fit for me.

    BUT I really like the attitude reflected in the QB group and I would love to have a closer contact with some of the members of this group if anyone is willing (is this allowed?). I had a few PMs with an "art" quilter a few hours north and I treasured the "feel" of the few times we interacted (I also do "art" quilts, as well as regular ones).

    Are there any of you in this area who would like to make contact? I am interested in all styles of quilting, self taught (so I have great gaps in my quilt-knowledge), liberated by Gees Bend, do "charity" quilts as well as for family, am doing my first quilt we will keep (it looks like its turning out to be a 7x8' wall handing lol), have access to my newphew's "craft/exercise room" for quilting, am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband.

    Feedback on whether such a gathering (on-line or in person) would work as a spin-off of QB) would be appreciated, as well as local response.

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    When I went to Austin TX to visit my son, I PM'd members on the board that lived in Austin and arranged a get together for all of us, we had a great time!

    Now I'm in Yakima WA for the summer so I did the same and we're going on our second road trip this Saturday!

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    I ahve had several here and this saturday we are going to meet the Mckinney quilters on qb. ALso had retreats for QB members. Have one going in October. California has lots of memebers. Hope you find members to join you with this post.

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    I don't get down that far south very often, but I'd certainly be happy to call or email you and see if you'll available to visit in person when I'm down that way, or if you ever get a chance to go to northeast CA, I'd be happy to visit and show you around our little town. Just PM me if you want to do any of the above.

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    there is three of us in Ocala Florida that try and get together for lunch once a month

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    Hi Sierra,

    Waving from the Sacramento area. I think it would be nice to hook up some time. Colfax is just up the road. I'd love to hear more about your interest in art quilts. It's an area I always thought I'd dabble in.

    pm me

    Martina

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    greenini in Atlanta: I don't live very far from Atl (Carrollton, Ga) and would be thrilled to drive into the city at any time to meet with fellow quilters.....My only problem is that I don't drive very well at night, especially on ATL freeways ! I would be glad to help you organize a get together at any time. Since I'm now retired I am very flexible in helping you get it together. I have children that live in ATL and would have a place to stay for a multi-day event.

    Too, if any fellow quilters in the Carrollton area are interested in getting together here locally I would be thrilled.

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    I've never tried to organize a get together in my area, but I am beginning to see more members from East TN on the QB. Good suggestions here.

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