It seems that I’m not the only one who has reaped the benefits of quilting with friends. In a recent post on the designwall in the Feb/Mar 2011 issue of Quilters Newsletter, Helen Kelly was quoted as saying that in the early 1970’s she spent most of her quilting time in her studio alone. She soon realized that she was missing the many benefits of working and learning techniques from other quilters.
After my first quilting class, I knew that if I wanted to continue on this journey, I needed to be in the company of others who knew how to quilt. I asked the staff at Patchwork Plus, where I had taken that first quilting class, if they knew of a local quilt guild I could join. Not only did they tell me about the Thumbstall Quilt Guild that meets in the western suburbs of Syracuse, where I live, but most of the staff at Patchwork are also members. In addition the shop owner, Judi West, is a founding member of the guild. It didn’t take me long to realize the benefits of becoming a guild member. It was definitely the best decision I ever made.
Not only have I profited from their combined years in quilting, but I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever known! The members have a variety of quilting experience, from novices to award winning quilters. Someone is always willing to give hints and help when needed. They are an invaluable resource to help you improve your own quilting techniques. We all know that quilting techniques, with the exception of the 1/4-inch seam, are not an exact science! Many quilters have developed ‘a better, or easy solutions to common quilting pitfalls.
In addition, I have found unequal camaraderie with members of the guild. I have gone on quilting retreats, shop hops, bus trips, etc. and never fail to have a great time, come home with new quilting knowledge and stronger friendships. I treasure the experience of being part of such an creative group!There is always time to quilt!