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

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    This is the first time I'm jumping in a board, so bear with me pls. I've taken quilting classes starting many years ago with beginner quilting at adult ed. classes in a local school, classes at quilt shops and classes online (QuiltUniversity). You'd think I'd be expert by now!!! But each class gives certain little tips or shortcuts that make it worthwhile. I did belong to a guild for several years - classes there were free or very cheap. The development I live in has a quilters' group that meets once a week and has some very talented, sharing women. My most favorite way, however, is to get together with 3 or 4 other quilters and sit n stitch. :-P

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    When I lived in the city, I took many classes to learn new techniques and to socialize. I met many very nice quilters and enjoyed the interaction during the classes. However; after retiring, I now live in the boonies and only occassionally take classes since it involves considerable driving time to the nearest quilt shop. So, I have evolved into being mostly a lone quilter. I do meet with a small group once a week and we exchange ideas and work on our own projects. I frequently come away with new ideas. That is the extent of my sociable quilting but I must say I do enjoy my time spent with the other quilters.



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    I do take the mystery quilt class at my LQS it meets once a month for 8 months, nice to chat with others, but other than that I'm pretty much a loner, except when I go to CA to visit my Sister, she quilts too.

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    I am a lone (homebody) quilter. I just always ask God to show me a way to do what I am wanting to do and it somehow always gets done. Never had any classes but I do search the internet for different ways to do things.

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    Although I am part of a quilting group, I have to say I learn better on my own, I have found ALL my info from the internet...ALOT from my friends here!! :D

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    I'm mostly self taught...loner. But my husband encouraged me to join the Thimbleberries club. He thought that I needed someone besides him to talk quilting to.

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    I'd say that I learned from a book and tv. I work mostly alone, but I have started meeting with some teachers at the school my daughter goes to and we work on projects that we need to finish ufo's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan F
    Ok so where are they I am also from the southern part of NH.
    Susan - I'm guessing you are asking about the quilt shops? There is one in Kingston, in Carriage Towne Plaza called "Stitched in Stone." Another in Barrington called "My Fabric Garden" and down the street from there in Northwood is "Checkerberries." Also in Hooksett down the street from KMart heading towards 101 is "The Chestnut Quilter."

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    I like it here, it's friendly, warm, fun, educational, inspirational, and full of excitement and passion. What could be better?
    And so say all of us! Perfectly put Butterfli! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewhughe1
    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???

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    Hi Eileen from North of Atlanta. I'm in Douglas County, the Alabama side of Atlanta ... too far away, dang it! We at least have the "too stubborn to give up" trait in common. Weezie

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    My fabric garden the lady that owns it was my brothers 8 grade teacher. There is another one in Barrington I think it's call the little lamb shop.

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    I started out signing up for classes, but found that with the 2 or more day ones, i would go once and never go back...the ones that you did in one day was better but not everyone sews at the same pace and some people just....don't listen, interupt and hold up the class...i decided that although it's nice to get together with other quilters and 'share' and always great to learn a new technique i am much happier buying a pattern or book; or going to someone who knows for individual help. the expense always is a consideration too...the shop always wants you to purchase everything from them along with the price of the class and that one tote bag or baby quilt can wind up costing $100 you were not prepared for.
    so little 'sewing-quilting groups' yes, yes, yes...paying for classes...naaa

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    My aunt (only a year older than me) is in Montana and I am in Honolulu. She started quilting 3 years ago and I started a year later. She raved about all the classes she was taking and all the fabric stores in her area. I had always wanted to learn, but she gave me the push.

    However, beginner classes are nonexistent here. I did take several that were project-oriented and were great fun. The instructor was surprised that half of us were total beginners and was extremely helpful and patient with our questions. There are 4-5 stores that carry a limited amount of traditional quilting fabric instead of the tropical stuff and 3 of them offer classes. Two of them hold classes only during the week.

    With that, I have learned more on my own with books, videos, and the internet and my aunt, bless her! We do a lot of trading patterns and comparing notes mixed in with lots of laughter. This Quilting Forum has been a fountain of information and support, so bless you, too! Am I a lone quilter? Yes, but not really.

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    I am a very friendly and social person, but when it comes to sewing, I'm a loner. I took a beginners class, but after just two lessons found it too confining and distracting. I wasn't learning anything new that I hadn't learned from my books and the internet. I also hated lugging my machine and related tools around. I just joined a guild and love the socializing part. I especially enjoy the Show and Tell part. We have a meeting once a month and a workshop once a month. I tried the workshop, but just couldn't get into sewing in an unfamilar environment. I think taking classes is just something I'm going to have to ease into.

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    I've been taking classes to get to get the in's and out's of different quilting blocks and finishings. Everyone has their own idiosyncrasies and it's good to have choices. I'm a visual person, so once it's demonstrated, I'm on my way.

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    When they charge $25.00 per class, that means no matter how many dates it takes to make the jacket; e.g., two, $25.00 is all you pay, not each class. At least that is how it is where I live. GiGi

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    I've done much of my learning at home, but have many demands on my time with caregiver duties with my mother, building our home, etc. I use the classes at our local quilt shop as a "reward" and "escape" from the stress of all that! And, I've learned new things that I might not have ever tried on my own! There are always shortcuts and tips to learn from someone else!

    Good luck with what works for you!
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    I Like to do both, I sew at home alone, then I go two days a week to a quilt shop and work there, so I have gotten where I also like sewing with a group, we have a set and sew once a month that is a lot of fun, there is so many things I have learned that make my quilts come out better, I have also taken some classes to learn paper piecing and other ways to do things, so I like doing it both ways.

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    Mostly home, but I do take the $5.00 BOM class at my LQS. I suppose if money wasn't an issue, I would take more classes.

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    This board has been the best thing since sliced bread!!!!!!!!
    There are ANGELS amongst us! I had knee replacement that didn’t really go as planned and when I joined here someone (can’t remember now who!) was wanting to know what to do with scraps and I asked for them (would have paid postage!) and so many of you sent me the things a lot would have thrown out! Tiny was what I really wanted! Was just the thing for my “Crazy Quilt” (doing the Fun & Done method) which by the way…..I gave to my cousin that has cancer…they have called in hospice (going have to make me another one! ) She sure enjoys it!

    I have been quilting (or what you call quilting!! Hee hee) for 30 years +. That was because of 4 kids. Most back then was tacked and BIG stitches hand quilted!
    We use to have a quilt club that met once a month and I really liked it back then, but life had other things in store for me…working nights! So there went that! But, between that short time of interacting with friends and magazines and a very good friend, I have learned a lot. (I thought)

    Except for the fact that I have learned so much on this site since I have been here I will NEVER get to do all the things I have been taught in the last few months! And new TIPS and TRICKS that I would have never thought of in 20 life times!!! No class can do ALL that!

    A SUPER BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

    I read several times a day (takes my mind off pain!!!!) on here and have “lurked” on the chat. There are no words that I can write here to say what great people that the Lord has brought my way thru this board! Awesome, fantastic and wonderful is not nearly enough!

    Who needs “classes”, “clubs”, “guilds” and whatever!!!!
    Mary

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    Definitely loner here, Ive never taken a probably never will. I come here for all the great advice!!! I tape Fons and Porter and Sewing with Nancy every week and have learned alot that way also. If I had a friend that quilted I would consider taking a class but Im the "old fuddy duddy" because I quilt..lol..Im 44.. funny though..who do they come running to when they want something?? Ha Ha

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    In my book, 44 is a youngster!!! Remember...old is always 20 years older than what you currently are!!! Or so said my wise grandfather!! :D

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    Old fuddy duddy, no way, you're just a girl. Add 30 years to yours and that's me but I certainly don't think of myself as an old fuddy duddy, it's just my body that acts old sometimes, LOL! May in Jersey

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    I agree with May in Jersey about fuddy duddy-ing. I'm vintage now in a 65 year old body. The gray cells tho' still think much younger, like when I was in my 20's & 30's. I don't jump around because the 65 year old knees won't let me. Even when I was younger I was pretty much a loner but I do enjoy a quilt chat with my sewing buddies when we get to gether and I do so enjoy the Quilting Board.

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    lol, I dont think I am a fuddy duddy, they do!! I guess since Im not out doing what they are in their eyes I am. Ill tell ya though, some days especially when my back is acting up..I feel 100!!

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