Networking Your Way to Quilt Lessons

October 2, 2013

We all know the term “networking”.  This form of communication where ideas, methods, and techniques are exchanged among people with the same interest can provide the Newbie Quilter, and the Experienced Quilter, with some great quilt lessons. There are many platforms for networking:  person-to-person contact, quilt groups and guilds, quilt shops, quilt shows, quilt consortiums, and of course the Internet.  Any of these methods can provide Quilters of all levels with some valuable quilt lessons.  Quilters are known for their friendliness and willingness to share what they have learned with others. In person-to-person networking, a Newbie might learn how to sew quilts from family members, friends, neighbors, or acquaintances who happen to have the same “habit” - quilting.  Quilt lessons come from all information handed down and shared. By joining a quilting group or quilt guild, all Quilters can benefit from one another.  Newbie Quilters can gain additional knowledge in the basics of learning how to sew quilts.  Experienced Quilters can get inspiration from viewing other people’s projects and sometimes will pick up a new method for an old technique – more quilt lessons learned! When entering a quilt shop, are you sometimes overwhelmed at which fabric to choose or what pattern to pick out?  Shop owners and clerks, as well as customers, can quite often eliminate stress and provide you with some informal quilt lessons. Joining a group of others who enjoy quilting is always an uplift.  Churches quite often have groups who make quilts for local causes and Third World Countries.  Members of guilds learned how to sew quilts many years ago and are a wealth of information. Attending a quilt show is always like a shot in the arm.  It makes you want to go home and sew!  Viewing all the various creations and looking at all the options for projects can provide you with the inspiration you need for that next project. If you are in an area with a quilt consortium, you would have the benefit of several groups of Quilters.  This type of organization normally shares ideas and programs with surrounding quilt guilds (who are members of the consortium).  There would be many quilt lessons to be obtained through a quilt consortium. What about the Internet?  There are many quilting forums and websites available (like QuiltAddict.com) that provide information about beginner quilting, fabrics for quilting, free quilt patterns, how to sew quilts, quilt lessons, quilt templates, quilter supplies, quilting design walls, quilting racks, quilting rulers, and quilting totes – just to name a few! Check out some of these networking opportunities.  You never know what you might learn.  What are your networking platforms?   We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for friends to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo:  1.) Click on "Choose File"  2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files  3.) Double click on the file name attaches it to your comment.  4.) The file name will be in the "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet  5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment. Thanks for visiting us at QuiltAddict.com where quilting is…………..A Great Habit.