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Sunday, 9 November 2008

Quilt Show, Guilds, Friends, Music

Yesterday we attended the York Heritage Quilt Guild's annual show. Once again, I was amazed at the wide variety of quilts, and combinations of colours in quilts. I always come home from such a show in awe of the work of others, and totally convinced that I could never do anything one-tenth as good. But I am also inspired, and reassured. I've been piecing and quilting pretty much on my own for the most part, so every time my corners don't match, or something is a bit wonky, I usually end up ripping it out and trying again. Because, of course, everyone will notice that it's not perfect. When I go to a quilt show and see a beautiful quilt on display, and notice that a few corners don't match (which doesn't take away from the beauty AT ALL), I feel reassured that perhaps I'm doing okay.

After discussion with one of the guild members in the quilt shop, DH suggested that perhaps I should see about trying to join that guild - everyone seems so nice, and encouragning and helpful. Logistics, however, make that rather difficult (living a fairly long distance away). Instead, I came home and called a friend who is a member of a local guild. She just happened to be sewing with two other friends - also members. So - I'm getting a newsletter in the mail - and an application to join. I'll get to see my friends more regulary, and perhaps make some new ones - and in the process get more inspiration, and encouragement.

As if that weren't enough to make it a good day, we attended a local folk club last night to hear live music. What a wonderful way to finish off.

8 comments:

Catherine said...

We were at the York Heritage show today. There were some stunning quilts on display. You know, you can come as a guest to a meeting without being a member. I realize that may not help if you're not close, but ...

pwl said...

That's a lovely thought, and I'd like to sometime if I may :)

We're sorry we missed you - we were looking for you, as Judy mentioned you'd be there. I did manage to spend far too much money - on a piece of Laurel Burch luggage (covered in cats, of course) and a lovely pillow with a saying about cats on it. And some cat fabric, and some thread...

Lise said...

Hi, just visiting your blog,,,you have great quilt,,,and just to let you know, I too tried to make my blocks and quilts perfect, as much as I try, I get fustrated and more mistakes,,lol,,,so I say " it's made by me" no one else will get the same....be kind to yourself ,, you have done very good..keep stitching Lise

pwl said...

Hi Lise,

Thank you for your kind words I'm just really good at criticizing my own work. :)

Nanci said...

Hi, thanks for visiting me at my blog. I think you are a quilter. I am still playing around with it and when I see other quilters works I know I am totally out of my league to join a group, but am in whitby too...so maybe soon

pwl said...

Hi Nanci,

I think your quilts are lovely :) I'm only just getting up my nerve to join the local guild - and yesterday was the first day I actually tried quilting on my new frame - so I'm still very much a newbie. There's a meeting coming up in a few weeks if you'd like to come along, and then I won't be the only new person in the room ;-)

Quilting Newbie said...

I would love to hear more about the quilting guild that you joined. Is it in Whitby? How many people are in it? How often do you meet...questions questions questions....LOL. If you get a chance would love some info.

Quilting Newbie said...

Hi PWL,
Yes, if you could email me that newsletter and application form I would really appreciate it. My email is firestar905@gmail.com. Thanks so much.