Of course you should!
Joining a quilt guild, group, club or community it a wonderful way to expand upon your quilting knowledge, connect with other quilters and be inspired by whom you meet.
Joining a quilt guild was one of the first things I did in my quilting journey. And no matter where I am I have always searched out the local quilt group or quilt guild.
You’ll find that it’s the easiest way to find other quilters, and to sew!
When looking around for a quilt guild or group, you’ll need to ask yourself the following:
- What time do they meet?
- How often do they meet?
- Where do they meet?
- How close is it to where I am?
- What kind of activities or projects do they do together?
- Do they offer anything else for their members, like – swaps, retreats, guests…etc.
Finding the answers to these questions will help you narrow down the options (if you have more than a few) and really find a quilt group that you are going to love participating in.
The beauty of a quilt guild is that there are typically options of activities and projects. So you can really decide for yourself how much you are going to participate in. It’s not that the options are going to be overwhelming, it’s just so you have a variety to choose from.
Personally I enjoy a group that has multiple things going on. Maybe one large BOM for the year, but then throughout the year there are additional quilt alongs, swaps and guests. You can check out my online quilting community here, and join us!
What would happen if you don’t join a quilt guild.
Not much. You could just continue sewing and quilting how you have done it without changing anything. But from what I have experienced, having a quilt guild or quilt group really has allowed my quilting to expand and grow.
I have learned new technique and explored notions and fabrics that on my own, I may not feel confident or creative enough to try.
Confidence – that is one thing that grows as well. Your confidence in picking fabric, choosing patterns and actually loving what you’ve started and finished. This confidence grows when you have surrounded yourself with others who have similar interests as you (quilting).
Just depending on your own personal circumstance, you may find yourself at one point in the quilt guild journey as president of the guild or group. I have been president a few times in the groups that I have belonged to. They are fun. And since you are surrounded by other talented quilters, it can help make the task of being a president not so heavy.
When you look back to your quilting journey – would you rather have sewn alone or with others.
For me, having other quilters to chat, inspire, support and give back to is the way to go. So when asking – should I join this quilt guild… it would be a big YES for me.
Not sure where to look to find a quilt guild? Read about my experience here.
How to find quilt groups. Read more about that here.
Here are my favorite quilt groups on Facebook. Read more about them here.
How do I find quilters? More info here.
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