One of my favorite part about quilting is the community. There is always someone that is interested in getting together for a little bit of sewing- whether that’s hand sewing or machine sewing.
What do you do though if you aren’t in a spot or area that has groups or guilds? Or maybe you have moved, and you have no idea what is happening around you.
It’s not the funnest to keep asking around– I find that it takes kind of a long time to pick up enough info on who, what, when, where for quilting groups.
To make this process a little easier, and to save you some phone time…calling all the local stores and asking for more information about local groups….you know all about that, don’t you?!
There are many different styles of groups…they meet at different times, morning, evening, monthly, weekly….some sew all together, some offer teachers, free patterns, some have dues, some have opportunities to support in other ways.
What kind of sewing or quilting do you like? Are you just a hand stitcher? Are you machine only? Do you like challenges and learning different techniques? Are you only looking for a group to sew with –no patterns or projects? Are you a modern style of stitcher? more traditional?
These are all kind of questions you can get started thinking about and asking. This will help you narrow down what kind of group would work best for you.
Quilting guilds are full of others who sew just like you and love fabric, thread, notions and anything that has to do with a needle. Having a community that you can ask questions, share a bit about yourself, explore techniques and new projects is wonderful. No matter who you are, there is something there for everyone.
Online Quilt Guild~
What if you work or have a fairly busy schedule with family, work, etc. Then what?
The online quilt guild is a great option. Open 24 hours all year long, they are an open membership group (you can join any time during the year and still have full access). You can drop in anytime. Meet others from around the world– and the projects are all exclusive to the group. Plus, there are monthly guest designers. You’ll get to learn a little bit about them and sew a pattern they have designed, just for the group.
Here are a few spots and resources online to help you find some:
Are you traveling and want to drop in a shop or group?
Here’s an app that helps – Quilt Shop Map