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    I live in the UK and i simply love my quilting i did visit NY USA quiet a lot and during this period some one taught me the basic quilting skills and from then on i am quilt mad but over here England people do not seem interesting in quilting and fabric shops are so rare that i am glad of Ebay for fabric buying and the charity shops for scrappy fabrics, Since i have joined this forum i have found my dream people who are actually interested in quilting and sharing info on different patterns whilst still in the UK no one seems to care it makes me so damn mad.
    As i live in the rural area of England there are no quilting classes or quilt groups nothing so i am totally alone in my quilting which makes me kinda sad in a way

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    Aww, Bev, you need to recruit some friends. Make a wall hanging and see if you can display it in a public place, like a bank. I bet you would have quilting buddies coming out of your ears!

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    Definately or maybe display something in your local library and let them show a couple of books you might have! Ya never know, you might start a trend!

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    Bev, you have friends here. Pam is right - if there isn't a quilting group, try and start one.

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    Good idea Pam......... got to let people see just what quilting is and how wonderful it can be.

    Bev remember you are never along you have got all of us here any time you want with just the click of a button.

    Keep quilting and make beutiful memories....... please post pictures of you quilts we would love to see them.

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    i'm wondering and pondering.

    i used to think quilting was uniquely American. once i joined the board i was amazed (and pleased) to discover that it's an international obsession.

    is it possible your friends don't feel a "connection" to quilts as part of their history or heritage? is it "not English enough"? (i don't mean that as a criticism. only to wonder if there's a reason they don't see the point, or feel the pull like we do?)

    can you show them otherwise? find a way to connect quilting to your unique community?

    do my questions even make sense outside my little corner of the universe?

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    Thank you for your lovely kind replies as i live in a small village in the middle of the rural countryside it is difficult to show my quilts in shops etc as we have one Butchers one very tiny village shop if i was not so shy i would try and start a quilting group but that takes a lot of courage for me lol..
    Believe me since i have joined this quilting forum i smile every time i come on here because there are so many beautiful quilts and excellent info plus to top that so many very very very friendly people and this i Cherise.

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    Sorry you feel alone.. but you have us and we welcome you with open arms!

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    We'll be your friends.

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    Welcome to our group, Bev!

    Do many people in the UK sew, at all? Or is that a dying art?

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    Bev, have you thought about your local friends or acquaintances? That is kinda how I really got into quilting. my DH step-grandmother is an avid quilter and when I first met her she gave me the bug. Which I think kinda made my MIL a little bit upset, especially since she offered to make me a quilt for my wedding and didn't do that for my SIL's wedding. But that is a whole different thread. Maybe if you make a few small lap quilts and give them to some people who you know well that like crafty things. That is always a good way to spread the bug. Especially if you make really nice ones.

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    There are some other UK quilters here. I think, as an American quilter, I grew up loving quilts, before they were being mass produced, so having a quilt was special thing. Quilts are involved in our country's myth and history. Climate may play into it, too.

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    Quilting was invented in England Well not really but there has always appeared to be lots of quilting activity there. Check this site http://www.quiltguilds.com/united-kingdom.htm Many teachers from the US go there to teach. And there is an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum that there has been a lot of discussion about. We have longarm quilters coming here from the UK. So search the internet and you will find other quilters.

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    Welcome to you! Glad you found some people at least on the internet that share the same intrests!

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    Oh my! Growing up with my roots in the hills of eastern Kentucky (even tho I lived in Michigan) I can't imagine NOT having a quilt on my bed. Both my grandmother's and my great grandmother made quilts until they couldn't any longer.
    I must ask....what do you use to cover up with at night?
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    Hi Bev in the UK. Nice to know you. It is strange how we can survive so much on our own. I love this quilting board. When my husband was forced by bad health this past summer, we lost a lot of friends. He is a minister and now I see that some were just along for the ride...to know things..Luckily I was not a person that talked about very personal things to the people I thought were my friends. But it is hard, but I have done more quilting work since joining this board then I had in the past 10 years. I am so glad that you have this also. You know with things changing and such sad things going on in our world, at least we have someome to talk to that we don't have to worry about turning against us. We will learn and enjoy our time visiting with others on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bev195000
    I live in the UK and i simply love my quilting i did visit NY USA quiet a lot and during this period some one taught me the basic quilting skills and from then on i am quilt mad but over here England people do not seem interesting in quilting and fabric shops are so rare that i am glad of Ebay for fabric buying and the charity shops for scrappy fabrics, Since i have joined this forum i have found my dream people who are actually interested in quilting and sharing info on different patterns whilst still in the UK no one seems to care it makes me so damn mad.
    As i live in the rural area of England there are no quilting classes or quilt groups nothing so i am totally alone in my quilting which makes me kinda sad in a way
    you are not alone, you have all of us.

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    Hi...You might find this blog interesting if you're a machine quilter. She's an American that's lived in the UK for many years. She and her husband have a quilting business and she teaches machine quilting. Hope you can find some fairly local quilting friends too.

    http://machinequilter.blogspot.com/

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    I'm sorry you feel isolated Bev, I am a UK exile living in Ireland. There are likely to be fewer quilt classes because of the general demise of adult education services (I used to teach evening classes in Norfolk). But if you managed a day trip to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, you might have a different outlook - it would come across as huge. I went two years ago, missed last year, but I'm going again this year. It took me two days to see most of it last time - at least, to do it justice. More than 1200 quilts, and suppliers galore. In addition there are two monthly magazines produced in the UK, Popular Patchwork, and Patchwork & Quilting, and a Quilt Guild.

    All is not lost, how about putting a small personal ad. in your local paper? That's how I found my quilting chums here, and we have had a small (but perfectly formed, LOL) group that meet twice a month for nearly 10 years now.

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    You are the one that put that beautiful pinwheel quilt on yesterday. I can see you love to quilt and no wonder you want to share your talents with others. That quilt is fantastic. I know how you feel. I worked in LA for the last 30 years with a lot of women and never found a one who liked to even sew at all. They always told me it was a waste of my time and money to sew and to have a sewing machine that could do any more than sew a straight line back and forth. I have sewn since I was very young, so they didn't change my feelings in the least. I have been lucky the past 2 years to have found a quilt shop close to learn quilting and meet a ton of women who are as addicted to quilting as I am. It is so nice to share with them and with the people on this forum. Glad you found this. I am sure everyone is looking forward to seeing more of your quilts posted here.

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    Welcome from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

    With this site, you will never be alone. There are quilters from all over the world here, U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zeland, Ireland and even England :-P

    So send your stories, pictures, smiles, grips and tears. There's always someone here to appreciate your work and stories, Understand your grips and tears and give you hugs when needed.

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    Welcome, Bev!!! :D

    Just join on in, and you'll be right at home with your friends across the pond!

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    Hi Bev, I live in a very rural part of NZ, no local quilt group to join and I only know one other lady nearby who has been quilting for over 20 years. I try not to bug her too much with my questions etc as I am new to quilting. LOL. And she obviouly has her own personal style of quilts which she likes to make. This is an amazing Forum, I have learn't so much here, I love visiting often and I learn something new every time I sign in! I feel as though I have found a whole new bunch of like minded friends. Just as well we are not all in the same room at the same time as we would not get any quilting done!!

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    Another Brit here :) I used to live in a really small village called Bugbrooke, near Northampton, and I still miss the beautiful countryside around there.

    For whatever reason, there are some wonderful needlework stores over there, but definitely less on the quilting front. Ironically though, some of my favorite fabrics are by Makower, and I have had to order from England on occasion in order to get all the fabrics I needed in a given series for one of their patterns.

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    Hi Bev
    It might take a while, but I am sure you will find a group of like minded souls - and we are all here when you need us. Eeeee ooop lass, theres nowt a goodly wail won't fix! as my MIL used to say :lol:

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