Quilter's Guild for shy people or beginners?
I went to a local quilt show over the weekend. I didn't even know
there would be one here in my home town until I drove past our
convention center Saturday. Well, they were there Sunday as well, so I
got the opportunity to go to my first quilt show!
The show was put
on by the local quilting guild another surprise to me. I didn't know we
had one here. I always thought this would be a great way to meet
friends, I am really very shy. I can write to you folks all day, but
put me in front of a group of people and I clam up. Once I get to know
folks I'm a forever-type friend and love to keep in touch. I really
need some local girlfriends and I would really like to start here, but I
don't know how to begin.
After looking at all the beautiful
quilts, I feel that I would be ashamed to join the group. Most of the
quilts were spectacularly machine quilted and extremely detailed.
Because I do all my quilts by hand, my stuff is pretty basic. I enjoy
doing my quilts my way and I'm afraid I will be ridiculed or laughed at
for being "old fashioned" or so slow a snail can quilt faster than me.
looked at the guild information online and so many of these ladies make
100's of quilts a year. I will be extremely lucky to do two.
have heard other ladies complain that some guilds are full of quilt
police, and I don't want to be arrested by the quilt police and have my
hobby taken away from me! I have also heard the great stories of all
the friendships made through the guilds - lifelong friendships. I
cherish my friendships and I would love to meet new people, but I am so
torn by my novice ability and my old fashioned ways.
Do any of you feel this way? Are you in a local quilting guild? Would they accept anyone, or do you have to be an expert quilter to be part of the group?