One thing that I am starting to realise and discover (and love!) is the gigantic quilting community. Despite what you might think, quilting is very social. Being alone in front of a sewing machine doesn’t sound that social, isn’t it? That’s what I first thought but soon realised how wrong I was. Let me explain some of the organisations and structures I recently came across.
Quilters guild: This is an event where participants gather to share their experience and expertise. I went to the one in Wellington that has more than 100 members. I particularly enjoyed the “show and tell” session where participants bring their latest finished quilts and tell the story behind it.
I also heard of “Quilting Bees”, where a small group of people will gather to realise a particular quilt. “Quilting retreats” is also very popular: a group of people will gather for a period of time to work on their personal projects. It must be great not to have any distraction from the outside world and talk sewing with your peers.
This is only the tip of the iceberg and relate to face to face interactions. I like how all these traditional structures transferred onto the on-line world, and doing so well. I absolutely love using Instagram to share my projects and watch other’s. I love how easy it is to discover quilters and be inspired by their work. Two of my recent quilts where actually made after seeing someone’s else progress on Instagram.
Since starting this blog, I have decided to take a more active approach to the community. First, I joined a Blog Hop organised by Plum and June. The aim is to meet new bloggers and share some blogging and quilting tips.
On this group, we formed a “Round Robin” of people living in Australia and New-Zealand. I wasn’t familiar with Round Robin at first (I actually thought it was a “Round Bobbin”, it would make sense, no?) but I loved the concept and jumped in. Basically, Round Robin quilting is a small group of people. Each participant will realise a quilt block, then send it to the next person who adds a border, then send it to the next person and so on. This means, simultaneous quilts are made in the same time. Once everyone has worked on each quilt, it goes back to the one who made the centre block. It is hers to keep. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
We are called “Magic Possum”
- Carla from Granny Maud’s Girl
- Wendy from Wendy’s Quilts and More
- Jane from Where Jane Creates
- Jo from Riddle and Whimsy
- Serena from Sew Giving
- Sharon from Motherdragon’s Musings
- Rebecca from One Wee Bird
I’m equally excited and scared. The group is formed with very talented women and the pressure is now on.