I just read an article in the current issue of Quilters Newsletter titled "Thoroughly Modern Quilting" by Mary Kate Karr-Petras (August/September). It was so refreshing to read what I've been trying to verbalize for a few years. The traditional quilt guild has lost it's luster for me and it's as if I have just discovered what is beyond the rainbow in the quilting community. Organizations that are bogged down in rhetoric and policy do not encourage creativity. Block exchanges, blottos, charm swaps, and round robins are dated group projects that do not ring true for the modern day quilter. Artsy is nice, but not functional. Perfection is not the name of the game. The craft of quilting offers a vast array of techniques so that there is something for virtually everyone. Technology, social networking and entrepeneurship are the avenues of the modern day quilter. There is so much more available to ignite the imagination and spur one's creativity. Google "quilting blogs" and see what comes up. It'll be refreshing.