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Thread: How many are basically lone quilters or have close friends they quilt with?

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    I belong to a guild that I go to once a week, but I have about four friend that I quilt with at home they come to my house and we have a ball, I try to setup times so we can have lunch and we help each other sew pick colors and quilt together

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    I'm mostly a lone quilter, but I do join my quilt guild gal's once a month for our UFO day we work on our own things, talk, laugh, and share a pot luck lunch.

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    I quilt alone but try to get together once a week or so with my aunt, my mom, and a friend. My mom and I quilt alot together...we love it...we live across the street from each other and have made her basement into a giant sewing room.Wish you all could come and quilt with us. The more the merrier. We even have great lunches together with good snacks since my mom loves to bake. I am sooooooo lucky!!!! DEE in Syracuse, NY area

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    Wish I lived closer to you DeeBooper!! Sounds like you have a WONDERFUL setup!!
    :lol:

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    As a newbe quilter in a small Texas town, I am so fortunate to have a wonderful quilting group that meets once a week at a local church. Some of the ladies have been quilting for over 50-60 years and the wealth of information available is so wonderful. And so readily shared. We all work on our own projects and mostly all hand quilted. I would probably be on my first quilt if it wasn't for their help and support.

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    Hello.....I quilt alone....scheduling for work, etc. :)

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    I guess I'm pretty lucky. I do a lot of sewing by myself, but have a friend that I get together with and do projects. I also belong to a quilt guild that meets once a month and have bees on Fridays. I just joined an art quilt group, but have to travel 50 miles, this will come to a halt in the winter months. I also have this group, which I enjoy reading questions and seeing projects.

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    That sounds wonderful!

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    I'm a lone quilter too. My friends ooh and aah over my quilts but have no desire to make one. They love it when I make them one or their grandkids.
    Deb, you can call me in those wee hours. I do most of my work after 10 pm.
    But everyone here is a friend and will give advice when I need it and oh the ideas for future projects I get from viewing all your stuff.

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    At home I quilt alone on a 4 board & clamps frame as I learned on as a child. I miss those days when all the aunts and cousins and friends got together to quilt on one anothers quilts and rotated homes. The men played penny poker in the kitchen. When I can, the Milford Senior center in DE has a group of hand quilters meeting on Mon and Wed from 9 - 12. People bring their tops in and for a fee it is hand quilted and the money goes to the center. Unfortunately I still have to work and can only get there occasionally. I belong to 2 quilt guilds but have not had the opportunity to join any bees. We do have quilt in days where you bring your own to work on but it is not the same. Lots of quilters in DE/MD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe
    Bonjour from another Cajun who lives in the Virginia woods these days. I am lucky enough to have eight friends who love to quilt too. We get together once a month, bring our sandwiches, and quilt or sew together. There are no set rules, just bring some handwork, if you want to. Sometimes we just gossip and discuss any and everything. But we also split into groups of two or three to learn a new technique which is what we did with the One Block Wonder design, and the Tessellations design. Then we teach the others if they are interested. One of our younger members calls us "the Has-Beens." I am so lucky to have such a supportive circle of friends. And we are as different as one could imagine. :D
    I always listen to my heart and that's the advice I would give to others.

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    Another lone quilter here. I do have quilting friends and we talk via computer and share ideas. I tried a guild once, but was the newcomer and did not get good vibes from the others. Got stiffed in the swaps they did, so backed out of that one and won't rejoin another one. There are 3 in the area I now live but don't wish to repeat the bad experience.


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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Being a man, I'm pretty much a lone quilter as a result. I checked into our local quilt guild which has a pretty large following. They meet monthly and their website newsletter indicates that they have about 70 members attend each meeting. But I was looking at the bylaws on their website and it says that the guild is open to women only and that men are prohibited from attending any functions. That's the reason my initial post here on this forum was to ask if men are allowed, I didn't want to step on any toes in case they weren't. Happily, we are! :)
    Eddie, I just read this post, and I think this is so hilarious and stupid of a policy. You know, women were excluded from "men's clubs" for years (the local Sheriff's Posse horse-riding club still excludes women) and now the women are doing the same thing to you. Such a shame.

    Some of my best friends have been men. As a matter of fact, one of my very best friends is a guy.

    They are shooting themselves in the foot if they would restrict you from being a member. Your quilting skills are wonderful, if they only knew what they were missing, they would regret this policy. I'm sure some of the members would have a lot to learn from you.
    Thank you, Motomom. You made me smile today. :)

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    I enjoyed the 1st guild I joined about 4 years ago. The second guild I visited I didn't join. the third guild I visited a couple times, but just didn't "fit". We all have different personalities so all the guilds/clubs will have different personalities, You just make an adventure out of your visits and find your spot! I may eventually join another guild and it may be the one where I didn't fit. Membership fluctuates.
    Good hunting and above all...ENJOY YOURSELF!
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    Oh my gosh. How outdated, sexist and just plain silly! We have several men in our club, all are quite talented. At least one of then has been president and chair of the Dallas quilt show. Then there are are Mark Lipinski, Ricky Tyms (sp) just a few of the national professionals. those women need to take a good look at the old bylaws. They were probably written many years go.
    Your note really gave me a laugh and shock at the same time.
    Judith

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    The best quilting group I know of is Project Linus. I have learned so many tips and received so much inspiration from this group. We sometimes have men come and join, and if they don't sew, they tie, and we have the most fun making quilts for children ages newborn--18 years old. No one is critical--every quilt is valued and given with joy! Although I work full-time, and cannot attend the day time workshops, they meet once a month on Saturday and I'm blessed every time! I encourage you all to see if there is a Project Linus group near you. They make up their own kits with simple patterns, and I take one home, dig through my stash and make two--one for Project Linus and one as a gift. Fun, fun, fun! :wink:

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    I quilt alone too. my doggie and i ,he sits in chair behind me as i hand quilt. Just a little one sure hope i don't forget he's back there.

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    I quilt alone too. my doggie and i ,he sits in chair behind me as i hand quilt. Just a little one sure hope i don't forget he's back there.

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    Hi again from Colorado,

    Here I am coming out from lurking, wishing all you lone quilters were here.

    We have to greatest group of ladies that meet twice a month to sew and quilt together. We're a charity group, give most of our snuggle quilts to Colorado fire depts. The fire fighters give them to kids they see on their emergency runs. We've also started giving twin-sized quilts to a battered women's shelter locally so there's a lotta quiltin' going on here.

    There are about 45 of us that participate in the Sew Days fairly often but we can also sew/quilt at home by ourselves, then bring the finished product in for 'show n tell' before they goes into the donation pile.

    We've become really close friends now, that go on road trips and day trips and retreats together. It's wonderful having buddies that enjoy the same thing you do. Wish I could get you all here to meet them!

    Dusty

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    Such a wonderful, giving group! Blessings to ya'll
    Judith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    Basically a lone quilter. I do most of my work from 8pm till oh - as late as 2:30am. Not many that keep those same hours! :roll:
    This cracks me up for it is actually true for so many of us!LOL I said the other day the ideal quilt store would be the one that gave you a pass key or something to shop in the middle of the night:)Then we all could meet in the middle :0)LOL Skeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Being a man, I'm pretty much a lone quilter as a result. I checked into our local quilt guild which has a pretty large following. They meet monthly and their website newsletter indicates that they have about 70 members attend each meeting. But I was looking at the bylaws on their website and it says that the guild is open to women only and that men are prohibited from attending any functions. That's the reason my initial post here on this forum was to ask if men are allowed, I didn't want to step on any toes in case they weren't. Happily, we are! :)
    Eddie, I just read this post, and I think this is so hilarious and stupid of a policy. You know, women were excluded from "men's clubs" for years (the local Sheriff's Posse horse-riding club still excludes women) and now the women are doing the same thing to you. Such a shame.

    Some of my best friends have been men. As a matter of fact, one of my very best friends is a guy.

    They are shooting themselves in the foot if they would restrict you from being a member. Your quilting skills are wonderful, if they only knew what they were missing, they would regret this policy. I'm sure some of the members would have a lot to learn from you.
    Thank you, Motomom. You made me smile today. :)

    OMG...I have never heard of that 'no men allowed' and for what reason??Do they quilt in the panties or something?? Keep looking....I bet there is another guild around...we are doing the guild hopp'n around here...the longest drive so far for us was about 45min from home. Good group too...hope to find one of those closer to me!! I'm still hopp'n...and, hope you do too:)I'd sure like to know the 'why' no men....maybe they think they are just such 'hotties' the men wouldn't be able to contain themselves or something:)If my grandma were alive today, I'd think she helped w/those 'rules':)LOL SKeat.......

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    I asked at my church if there was anyone who wanted to sew or quilt and we now have 10 people who come twice a month and use the social rooms at church to get together. WE take turns bringing lunch. Then on Sundays (when the weather is bad) my DD and DIL come to my house to sew. I am lucky to have this camaradrie. Marge

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    I quilt by myself, but I have a network of friends over the Internett who have been quilting together for 10 years. We have retreats and I have personally met about 30 of them so far. I love them as sisters. When I need help with a problem, they are there for me.

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    Eddie-what a sad policy to exclude 'anyone' from your group. Wish you were in Colorado, we'd welcome you into our group!
    Dusty

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