Last night, we had our monthly get-together for our little quilt group in town. Mind you, we live over 8 miles from town, but it is the closest berg to our home. The county treasurer started the group as a service project, a couple of years ago. It’s really not a quilt guild because it’s so informal – it’s really just a chance for women who don’t come together often to sit around and chat, snack and show off their projects (quilted or otherwise).
I personally enjoy the lessons we do because I like to learn new things. Very rarely do we have an outsider come in to give the program, so it’s mostly us ladies who are willing to step up to the plate to give lessons and ideas to the others about quilting topics. For me, it’s more because I sit at home working all of the time, and rarely get together with other quilters just for the sake of speaking all quilting. My world is pretty small and it’s a blast to expand my horizons as much as possible.
Some of the others want to get together to just visit with each other and work on whatever project they’re doing at the time. That’s ok, too, if that’s what they want from a meeting.
This meeting last night was to plan our calendar of topics for the year. I was pleased with the cooperative efforts that encircled the room, and I hope the others that attended were, too. For those who wanted to sit and gab, we’ve planned three months, in the coming year, where we’ll do just that. It doesn’t mean *all* of us have to do that, as a few of us planned to bring projects (such as the quilted postcards we need to make) to put together as a group. And then we’ll have most of the rest of the monthly meetings where someone will present something that we can do. And we’ll do at least part of each of these projects *in class.* A number of the ladies who were there really wanted to work on things IN our meetings. They feel that when they leave, they either forget or don’t take the time to mess with whatever it is that they learned. So, we made plans to do that, too – to offer time and assistance in trying out the monthly meeting topics during our meeting.
My main suggestion was that we have the lessons before we eat and yak. Most of the time, we get to talking and gabbing that we have little or no time left for the actual lesson. This is unnerving, especially if you’re the one who’s prepared all of the lesson plans – because by the time we get to it, people are anxious to leave already!
And finally, we agreed that there needs to be more service projects. Honestly, this is the reason (I thought) we got together – one service project giving to another in need. I think next month, I’ll bring a couple of quilt projects to the meeting that I’ve started – and hand them off to someone who wants to be involved. One will be a round robin, where I’ve completed the center and others can complete borders to go around that. I will also put together a horizontal row quilt and pass that off to another so they can put a row on and send it to the next person. I think the main thing that the group is lacking is someone to just take the bull by the horns and do it – and I’m willing to be that person!
We also agreed that we’ll attempt another block of the month quilt, based on the lessons that we’ll do this year. You already know that I have a soft spot in my quilted heart for BOM quilts, so this ought to be fun to tackle, too. Additionally, I suggested that if we didn’t want to make a whole BOM quilt (which I probably don’t), we can bring the blocks we make together each month and make a single quilt to gift to someone. Why not? I think it’s a great way to show the person giving the lesson that we did enjoy and hear their talk … but, we don’t want (or in my case, need) a whole quilt when we’re done.
All in all, I look forward to another fun year with these ladies — teaching them more quilting techniques, learning more techniques from them and opening up our quilted world to the joys of all things quilted!