When you quilt, do you sit in front of the television or turn on the radio for a bit of company? If so, you aren’t alone. The majority of fabric artists today construct their pieces in the solitude of their own homes. If you have friends that love quilting as much as you do, why not turn your hobby into a social activity? Here are a few benefits of quilting with friends:
Learn New Skills
Do you have difficulty getting your bindings just right? Could your hand stitching use a bit of work? Quilting with friends allows you to get tips from the girls and pick up new tricks that can improve your own craft. If you have a friend who wants to learn how to quilt, invite her to the party. Learning from a variety of people allows someone to take bits and pieces of information from everyone and adopt it for themselves.
If you love to sew, there may be no better way to unwind at the end of a long day than with a glass of wine and a good group of friends. Quilting itself is very relaxing, but add a group of your closest friends and the craft turns into a social event.
Instead of working on separate quilts, work on one person’s quilt together. With so many hands flying with their needles, it’s quite possible to finish a quilt in a single evening. What would take months to complete can take just hours. Take turns working on someone’s piece each week, helping them to finish their quilt quicker than they’d be able to on their own.
There’s nothing wrong with quilting by yourself, but wouldn’t you have more fun quilting with your friends? Get a group of like-minded crafters together and spend time working on your pieces. You may be surprised at just how social quilting can be.