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Miss Mordoria
« on: June 11, 2006 11:30:27 AM »

     I love quilting and have always wanted to join a quilt guild.  I'm pretty shy though and wonder if it would be awkward to join a guild because in my stereotypical mind, the other women would be in their 50's and I'm only 28.  Have any of you joined guilds? Is there an age difference and if so, does it matter?  Would they welcome noobish skills or do you already have to be pretty good?  Would you recommend it?  I'm pretty new to this town and don't know anyone yet. I'm looking for some crafty friends.  Just hoping to hear some feedback from all you wonderful quilters Smiley

    And as a side rant, what is up with all the quilt shops that close before 7pm and aren't open on Sundays?  How are working girls supposed to support their local quilt shops if they aren't ever open?! Not all of us have the luxury of being able to craft during the day time in the middle of the week.  I know they need time off too, but it drives me nuts.  End rant.
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Ezri_B
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2006 06:47:09 AM »

Honestly it depends on the individual guild. Some are wonderfully warm and friendly, and take in everyone with open arms, regardless of age, or skill. However, there are many that aren't as friendly to newcomers, and they just want their little world to be never changing (this doesn't always mean that they are old either.) From my experience the smaller the town the harder to get in the door of a guild, but the friendlier they are when you get in. It helps to be friends with someone in a guild first, then to ease into it. I know easier said than done.

Some places to talk to are the local quilt shops. Try to start  a friendship with the owners and workers. Take classes when offered if you can. Let them know you are interested in joining a group.
Another place to go is if you belong to a church, some guilds start in churches. And don't be afraid to talk to old bitties (meant with love,) about it. I was part of a crocheting group in a little town I lived in a few years ago. I was the youngest member (at the time 23,) the next youngest was 65! I was comfortable and loved and welcomed. They enjoyed me bringing in my less traditional pieces, and I enjoyed their tips and tricks. It was wonderful! I have since moved, but still stay in contact with many of the women, and whenever we get over there, they make sure they are having a get together, so I can join.

The library is also a nice place to find out information. Check out quilting books, and if you have a nice librarian (ours have all been wonderful) then she/he may know something or someone.

Some cafe's, libraries, or grocery stores have postings up at the entrance. You can look at those for groups looking to add members too.

Also if you hand piece or do any hand work, do it in public. Take it to the park, or on a bus, or in a cafe (without being rude obviously) But that will start conversations. And people will approach you. I'm not outgoing at all, but whenever I crochet, or embroider or whatever in public people approach you and ask what you're making. And if someone starts talking eventually you can find out about guilds and such.

I'm sorry this sort of got long winded, but don't worry, just be friendly, take your time, and be patient. You will find a group if you want to.
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