Quilt Guild Changed My Life
I’m totally stealing that phrase from Lauren, who said it some time earlier this fall. But it’s completely true for me, too.
Exactly one year ago today, Jacquie and I were hoping for maybe ten people to show up to the organizational meeting of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Little did we know that 34 (!) people would show up and that, today, one year later we’d be an official organization with 96 (!!!) official, dues paying members!
And now, the top five reasons I can confidently say that quilt guild changed my life:
5) I’ve learned about all kinds of new gadgets. Thanks to Kelly, I know about hera markers. Thanks to Jacquie, I now use Best Press like there’s no tomorrow. Thanks to Paula’s Ten Minute Tip, I knew to get my mom a circle cutter for Christmas.
4) I’ve picked up some great techniques. Carla’s Ten Minute Tip on using leaders and enders made me go home and chop up all of my now-when-am-I-ever-going-to-use-that scraps into 2 1/2″ squares. I’m happy to report that I’m working on my own Color Box quilt, Carla! I’ve also become a complete believer in the ladder stitch for binding. Oh. My. Goodness. Talk about life changing!
3) I get to experience the guild with my adorable mom (who made the quilt below). We talk on the phone and see each other quite a bit, but this is something that is just ours. No toddlers! My mom is the person who taught me to sew and I’m so very glad she did. Love you, “Gigi!”
2) We’ve got one amazing team of officers. Working together with Jaime, Jenny, Lauren and Jacquie has been so much fun. Sure, starting up a brand new guild is a lot of work, but with our team it doesn’t feel like work. I can’t even begin to tell you the hours we’ve spent- both together and on the phone- working on ‘guild stuff’. In fact, there for a while I think I had Jacquie on speed dial… so much so that she actually told me she missed my calls. (Be careful what you wish for, friend!)
And the number one reason quilt guild changed my life? Easy. I now have a special group of friends that I get to see each month, on one special night. They make me laugh. They push me to try new things (Some day I will drop the feed dogs. Just not yet!). They amaze me with their creativity. And they can talk fabric! I don’t really have many friends who can spout off names of fabric lines like these ladies can. Alex once joked about a certain fabric being “the new Pez.” And I totally got it. When I made the decision to leave teaching and stay home with my kids, Melissa was so wonderful about sharing her own “life after the classroom” experience. When we decided to temporarily move to San Diego, Mary Anne (a former San Diego resident!) even made me fancy list of fabric shops in the area where we’d be living. Complete with map!
I leave meetings in such a good mood and want to immediately go home and sew. It was a big year. We made some incredible quilts for our NICU project (pictured below) and hosted Cherri House. My goal for 2011 is to bring some of my non-guild crafty friends to a meeting or two. Something tells me they’ll love it.
My life is more full with the KCMQG. No doubt about it.