It took me a long time to join a quilt guild, and I wish I had not wasted to much time! I'm a Sinnissippi Quilt guild member, and I love it. I've met wonderful women (and a couple of great quilt-minded men) and learned so much, and been so inspired by them all.
And the CLASSES! I had no idea I'd have the opportunity to take classes from some of the best quilters in the country through my guild! If you ever get a chance to take a class from Beth Ferrier, DO IT! She's very funny, and teaches a great class. Her applique techniques are terrific. And getting to spend time listening to Millie Sorrells was a joy, what an amazing, talented woman she is.
So what have I learned that is most important to me? Well, I don't have to be perfect, I don't have to be a competition quilter, and my quilting is about my joy in the process. I talked to a lady last week who said she's learned that quilts don't have to be "bed sized", they can be wall hangings or 12" squares on a table. I don't think I've gotten there yet, I still want my quilts to be USED, and loved and snuggled up in.
So, here's my latest - blue and yellow ribbons of color, woven together with a little applique thrown in for fun (I haven't named it yet) :