I started with the Sewing Summit and a class in TN. At the end of Dec., I was invited to an impromptu day of sewing at a fellow and local IGer's house. Kim at My Go-Go Life graciously hosted myself, Katie of SwimBikeQuilt, and Amy of AmyLouWho fame. I was able to get a little quilt binding done and I most certainly was able to enjoy the company of friends (meeting Kim for the first time). During the conversation shared, Katie reminded us of the DC Modern Quilt Guild meeting coming up and I marked it in my calender.
(Amy, Kim, Katie)
In the same mindset to meet people in real life, I attended today's DC Modern Quilt Guild for a day of sewing, guild business and show and tell. I was so pleasantly surprised to see there were a few blog authors I read or have read, Flickr feeds that I stalk or IG users I chat with as attendees. The atmosphere was open and welcoming and even though I arrived late, sewed a bit on the floor and didn't have any official show and tell (I was able to show the blocks for 2 projects I have... the members asking to see what you are working on if you don't have a finish handy), I really enjoyed myself. I will gladly join up and plan to submit my dues next month for the year.
It's always so nerve-wracking to walk into a place where you aren't sure of the environment or if you will be comfortable or welcomed. To be pleasantly surprised. It's also very nerve-wracking to stand up and introduce yourself, hold up a couple blocks in their rawest form to show other quilters, many who you have an inferiority complex about (whether true or not). Honestly, why do we do that to ourselves? Why do we always have this insecure question of, will my work be good enough? I make a lot of mistakes and I love my quilts for them b/c they are unique and yet, I still have that nagging fear of acceptance. ugh...
I digress... I held up these 2 blocks for what I was working on. One, a bit of an impromptu sew along over on IG. The hashtag, for you IG users, is #xplusalong. This is the second impromptu sew along this month, the first being a scrappy trip around the work (using a tutorial from Quiltville.com) and I decided that when I did these, because they are quick blocks, I could make these my Quilts of Valor quilts this year for donations.
Is this what I've been missing all these years by not being a part of a guild or have I landed into a good one with a great group of folks willing to share, listen and enjoy each other and each other's creations?
I'm a happy bean at the moment. Thank you, Katie, for reminding me of the meetings and thank you DC Modern Quilt Guild for being so welcoming and warm. I'm really looking forward to being a part of this group this year.