Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bag Ladies!

Several months ago I joined a quilting guild. I've long wanted a local sewing community and to increase my knowledge base of fiber arts. I have to admit that I had a ton of reservation about the guild since it meets during the day. I had a preconceived idea of old dowdy women who wouldn't want to include a youngish black mother in their midst. Plus, who except retired people can meet up during the day? I was right, and I was wrong. Many of the ladies are retired, but they are vibrant, funny and incredibly generous with their knowledge. Through the guild I found a weekly bee to join and I've been going each week on Thursday's. I've learned so much in such a short time. They plan fun little sew-ins and do tons of charity sewing. Today is our "Bag Day". We're going to sew bags for 6 hours straight, lol. I'm in heaven. I get to hang out with other sewist and sew up my favorite thing. I cut out my projects last night and can't wait to get started. I'm all packed up and ready to go too! We also meet at great little LQS so there's even time for a bit of shopping on the side.
The bee has been a very positive experience for me and even though it isn't quite what I thought I was looking for, it's been just what I needed. The moral of the story is don't judge a book by it's cover, you never know what's inside and what you'll learn.


Heather @36 balloons said...

ah, that's so awesome that you found a great little sewing community and a generous one at that! Very cool!

(I've been horrible at commenting, but you're still one of my faves...we'll be having sloppy sabrinas next monday in your honor! ;-) )

Stone Fence Farm said...

I'm going to be looking for a guild as soon as kindegarten starts in September. Maybe before. I've been quilting for a year and I finally feel like I'm not a rank beginner anymore. I'm looking to get some help with hand quilting.