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Thread: Are you a social (classes) or a lone (homebody) quilter?

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    I am in the loner category also. Hermit quilter, good term.....I only have one friend who quilts, but she is 86 and has begun to lose faculties. We would have a quilt day every month, but not lately.
    Both my parents sewed, mother taught tailoring, back when clothes were fitted! My grandmother made my doll quilts, now in storage for the great-grandkids.
    I don't take classes because, like some here, few quilt shops close by and they teach the basics. And the closest store only seems interested in selling their machines...I haven't joined th local Guild as they have no classes that interest me. I have however, found the local chapter of Project Linus, and they have a Stitch And Bitch session every month. I will probably start going to that one.... I would like a place to share and socialize, some, I am more the Lone Ranger....
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    Though I already made an entry, I hope you don't mind if I indulge myself with a second entry on this topic. After reading through, I just want to throw in my two cents regarding quilt guild.

    There seems to be a great deal of misconception regarding quilt guild. I've belonged to a quilt guild for 3 years and have never felt like I was being judged by the "quilt police". Granted, there are quilters who are WAY more experienced than I, but all members are made to feel welcomed and valued ...... from novice to expert. Moneywise, it is the best value for my dollar;I believe the membership dues are only $25/year. We have had reknowned quilters come to speak to our group, the most recent of which was Sue Nickels. Didn't cost me one extra penny to be in on that lecture and, let me tell you, she was phenominal. She did offer optional classes which, as a guild member, had a fee attached of only $25 for 3 hour session. Not a bad deal, when you figure you are being taught by a nationally acclaimed quilter! Yes, there are several "more mature" members in our guild, but age difference doesn't seem to matter among quilters. The way I see it, some of these "more mature" women have a whole lot of experience to share with us if we are open enough to learn from them. Also, there were comments about being "forced" to do certain things? Well the guild is run by its members, so it only stands to reason that everyone SHOULD take their turn at helping out in some way. There are plenty of committees to pick and choose from. For the past two years I have volunteered to Chair the Holiday Party;Alot of work, but even more fun. My guild does a ton of charitible giving but, again, no one is counting when it comes to what members contribute. Well, thanks for bearing with me as I ramble on. I just felt that quilt guild was getting a bad rap and all I can say is don't knock it if you haven't tried it. I am very grateful to be a part of such a terrific organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    I guess I'm a loner, fabric related and otherwise. However, I did discover 3 new to me quilt shops about 1/2 hour from my house last weekend. One of them offers classes. There is another quilt shop 10 minutes from me and she offers classes as well. 4 quilt shops near me! Oh no! :wink:

    I know I can do these things on my own so I started wondering...do experienced women take classes to learn or to socialize? The classes are $25 each session and one is a two-session bargello jacket, and it's gorgeous! But $50? (You know what I'm thinking...I could spend that $50 on fabric!)

    So...do you take classes? Have you? What has your experience been? If you haven't, why not?
    I'm both...alone quilter at home but take one class a month and have classes or "programs" where we learn new quilt blocks at our monthly quilt group. LOVE BOTH!

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    You have to be the luckiest quilter ever....all those shops. Definetly a loner but I do take classes and most quilters are truly kind. You get so much more with their backup and lots of ideas. And you never know when you can do something for someone else by an innocent, truefull comment.

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    Of course at home I am a 'lone quilter' but I do love getting together with friends to quilt, chat, laugh and socialize. I've only taken my quilt guild classes from 10am-4pm cuz they only cost $5-$10 for the class...great price considering that I didn't always get alot accomplished cuz I love to see what everyone else is doing, what fabrics they are using etc. If I had to pay those big prices at quilt shops I wouldn't be happy, it would cramp my style and my pocketbook. But I LOVE quilt shops!

    Friends and Quilting just go together naturally.

    warm quilt hugs, sue

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    I am a loner; none of my good friends makes quilts, although they kindly indulge me when I rattle on about quilting projects. One of those friends does machine embroidery (as do I) so we have that in common.

    I can drive at night but can't see where I'm going, so that rules out any classes or guilds that meet after sunset. I could say I'm self-taught, but in truth I've learned most of what I know from the expertise of others, internet, books and t.v., when there were good sewing and quilting shows on the air. (None in this area any more but I have lots videotaped.)

    Besides the facts that I don't drive at night and that I am a social cripple, I'm leery of paying for classes, because it seems like gambling ... I'd pay my money without knowing if I'm going to win or lose. I'm more of a "sure thing" kind of gal.

    I love this Quilting Board.

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    I took classes and then joined a group of very nice ladies. However, although the group met once a week for two hours not one single stitch did I sew. Now I am a loner and get so much more done. Groups are fine but don't expect to get so much done. Mind you there are a lot of ideas that get thrown around, all to the benefit of your future experience

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    I have never taken a class but would like to but I am like you I could spend that money on fabric. I did sign up for one class this past winter but when my husband got sick I didn't get to go. So guess what, I lost the $12.00 that I spent just to join the club. Do you know how much fabric that I could have bought at Walmart when they went to 50% and 75% off when they were getting rid of their fabric. DUH!!!!

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    I'm both. Most of my projects I work on by myself. I also belong to a guild and get to show off my completed projects at Show and Tell during the guild's monthly meetings. For the gal who was worried about the Quilt Police, they aren't allowed at our meetings, LOL! I rarely take the workshops offered by my guild or local quilt shops, just don't seem to have the time.

    Within the guild I belong to 2 small groups. Each group decides upon a project and we each make our own version of it. At our small group meetings we discuss the project, help each other with fabric and layout choices, any problems, etc. The small groups are also social, after our group session is over we have refreshments and get to talk about our life outside of quilting.

    A little of both quilting worlds works for me, May in Jersey

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    Hi Everyone - I am new here. I have wanted to get into quilting for some time. I have several books and will start there. A friend wants to help but I feel I need to try myself and make mistakes and learn that way.

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    Hi
    I learned how to quilt in a class at The City Quilter in NYC. It was a wonderful experience! I have taken many classes there, also at 2 other quilt stores near me. I even took a class in Arizona when I was on vacation. Sunvalley Quilts. Another wonderful quilt store!
    Many long time quilters are in the classes. Everyone is helpful and passes along tons of info. It is also great to see what other people are working on.
    Linda V

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    My first class was fence rail, then log cabin, etc. have taken several. I need to be shown, don't get books, classes were small 4-5. Also met a very dear friend in my first class, which was 8 yrs ago. Would take another but haven't seen any that appeal to me. Now I sew alone and stay on this board to much, haha. Love it.

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    A lone sewer, I am definately a homebody. I have one lady that I talk with about what I'm doing because she's a quilter, but other than that I just bore my husband! I work full time and haven't found the time to take any classes. One of these days.

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    Alone. I did take couple classes years ago and didn't get much done since the it was mostly a visit with everyone there. It was super but didn't get much sewing done. Everyone had such wonderful stories to share. So it's alone, with my little TV and cat in the sewing room.

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    Ok so where are they I am also from the southern part of NH.

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    I am a loner both sewing and otherwise..I canvas the internet for information but I do take some classes just to actually see how some things are done..I have a great quilt store about 1 1/2 hours away and I do take some classes from there.

    I love to socialize with the ladies who have quilted for awhile as I have learned lots of tips from them that you don't see in books. I do take the odd classes just to stay in touch.

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    I only take a class if I think it is something I can't figure out on my own. When I first started to quilt I went to one class in which the teacher was a substitute with not much knowledge or teaching experience and once I knew what was needed in the way of supplies and how to use a rotary cutter, I just kept going on my own. No one can practice those 1/4" seams for me or read the pattern to me so I can understand it any better. I do belong to several quilting groups and we teach each other so I don't take classes any more. I know it is nice to support the teachers so we don't lose them but in my case, retired and on a budget, charity has to stay at home. You have all the skills within, just keep going and practice what is hardest for you and it will be a breeze in no time.

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    I too, am a lone quilter! I am a self taught quilter and although I have been invited to join a local quilt guild, I have made excuses not to go. I guess I am nervous of all of the talented quilters who may not like my work. My daughter (who lives in Alaska) and I love to sew, we spend lots of time on the phone discussing our current or next projects!I have not taken any classes yet, I would like to sme day. There is a quilt shop 15 minutes from my house, but they are VERY expensive. Someday, when I have extra $$ I will sign up for a class. I too, just think of all of the fabric I can buy with the money the class costs! And I agree with alot of others who have answered -- there are GREAT ideas on here! I can't wait til the next newsletter comes out :lol:

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    I definitely prefer social quilting. I'd love to find a good old fashioned quilting bee. I work all week and on Fridays go to our LQS to sew all day. It is fun and ideas flow so we learn from each other. It is great!

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    I'm a lone homebody quilter. I have social anxieties and find it very difficult to take classes or join a guild. I tried to go to a scrapbooking class once and it was a disaster. I was so stressed by the time the class was over that I went home in tears.


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    I am a bit of both. I read a lot of books and magazines and internet sites and learn that way. I take a class now and then especially to learn a technique that I am interested in. If money was no object, I would probably take more. I belong to a guild and really enjoy seeing everyone's projects.
    I especially enjoy what I call partner quilting, meeting with just one other person and working together on something. I have been teaching a friend of mine to quilt, and my sister and I have been meeting once a week to quilt. We get a lot done in these sessions as one person can press while the other cuts or one person can pin while the other sews or presses, and you have some one to chat with and help with fabric choice decisions. I enjoy that alot.

    Kyia- here is some info (hopefully up to date!)I found about a guild which I think is in your area:

    Williamsport
    Tiadaghton Quilt Guild Meetings are the Second Wednesday of each month at the United Church of Christ 200 East Third Street at 7:30pm The guild does many charity project, a guild retreat, guest speakers at meetings, and small group activities. All levels of quilters are encouragedt o come and join us.
    Contact Pat Coulter at [email protected] for more information

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflower107
    Hi Everyone - I am new here. I have wanted to get into quilting for some time. I have several books and will start there. A friend wants to help but I feel I need to try myself and make mistakes and learn that way.
    Welcome Sunflower from Southern California. You can start a new thread under "Introduce Yourself" and tell us a little about yourself. This is a great board and wonderful at answering any questions you may have.

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    Lone quilter here, never had a class. I don't know anybody that quilts :!: I heard there are ladies that meet at the local fire house but I work and that is when they meet. They are not interested in changing hours either. I learned to quilt from "Quilter's Newsletter" years and years ago. I still have every copy. Same thing for Applique I learned on my own. Sometimes being stubborn pays off. Too stubborn to give up. I would give a lot if I could actually find someone that loves to quilt and we could quilt together after work. One of these days maybe I can retire???

    Eileen

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    I go to as many classes and workshops that I can. I learn something new at every one even if it's a class I don't think I'll be interested in. Why stay home when you can be out seeing and doing. One day I may be housebound and can't get out when I want too. I don't want to think why didn't I go when I had the chance. Take a class or join a group. Heck volunteer to teach at a community center, stick you sewing neck out
    :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflower107
    A friend wants to help but I feel I need to try myself and make mistakes and learn that way.
    That's a good way to start building your stash - lol

    If your friend isn't pushy, it may be a good idea to piggy-back on her experience. You'll still do the work, but you may avoid a lot of frustration.

    Just have fun with it.

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