Sunday, April 21, 2013

Square Peg, Round Hole

This weekend I went to the LA Modern Quilt Guild Saturday Sew. It was my first time to attend one of their events. Actually it was the first time I have gone to any quilt guild meeting and I had a great time.

I always feel a little odd going to something for the first time, especially when I am pretty sure I will be the oldest one there. Will I be accepted? Will I be the right kind of quilter for this group. Will they be nice to me and will I come across as shy or stuck up? I always feel like a square peg in a round hole when doing anything for the first time.

But I must say my self-confidence was given some insurance by the fact that Michelle, {I like Orange Too on Istagram}, would be there. We had met at Sewing Summit 2011 and I was a pattern tester for her bag design last year. It was great to see her again.

I brought my Flower Girl 2 quilt with me. It was all cut and ready for some piecing. I sewed all the leaf pieces {that's 80 leaves}, pressed them and finished 2 blocks. A pretty successful afternoon and a fun time, too. I came home with a very sore wrist from all the pressing.




There was such a variety of projects being worked on from quilting baby quilts to basting an orange and aqua quilt.  Julie {chicken Julie on Instagram} was making a really great quilt using striped fabrics cut into triangles and then sewn back into great looking squares of all sizes.
The rectangular version of this block required heavy use of both my seam ripper and my swear jar. But I'm kind of in love with it.
from Julie's Flickr feed

I wish I would have taken more photos but I didn't want to seem over eager my first time.

I did manage to take a few shots of Latifah's {the quilt engineer on Instagram} amazing clam shell quilt. This could be my new favorite quilt...ever. Isn't it stunning? She is finishing it with 1/4" finished binding. Amazing!

I hope to be able to go to another one of these events soon and next time I will try to remember more people's names and take more photos.

17 comments:

suemac said...

I know what you mean about the oldest. My Austin Quilt Guild buds don't care. As long as I love love love modern fabric and quilts.

Patchwork and Play said...

I can totally relate to the square peg, round hole! (I almost feel I am having an out-of-body experience it throws me that much!) Good for you for getting out there and having fun! That clam shell quilt is amazing!

Sara said...

You see I went to my very first quilt guild meeting here in NC and my friend and I were the *youngest* ones there. It was a lot of fun though. No sewing,but a great meeting about all the different things these ladies accomplish!!

Happy to hear you enjoyed yourself and accomplished so much of your piecing:):):)

Dianne Neale said...

I'm afraid, if i found one here, i'd be the oldest AND the only English woman there!

Rachel said...

Looks like fun! Glad you had the opportunity!

Cindy said...

So glad you had fun!

Leanne said...

I have the same worries but it never seems to be an issue when it is about quilting. You are hanging out with some of my internet friends too, I think. Those LA women, I met some at QuiltCon - went to a Texas dance bar with them - and know some on line, are the best and now you are one of them too.

Geri said...

I think the secret is to assume everyone feels exactly like you do at a new event and focus on making someone else feel comfortable - that should probably help with the self-consciousness. Glad you got past your fear to go ♥

Darcy said...

Di! How could anyone think you're anything but fun?! Glad you had a good day and managed to get as many fun photos as you did - thanks for sharing :-)

Melissa said...

Sounds like so much fun! I am just starting to get a guild up and running in Olympia, WA. Can't wait for our first sew in!

Canadian Abroad said...

I can't imagine anyone ever not liking you or not accepting you! Glad you had a good time.

Katy Cameron said...

Glad you had a fun time!

heart of charnwood said...

it's amazing how inclusive sewing can be, no matter what the age, race, background and history. Glad you had a good time!

jan said...

Diane,
I know exactly how you feel. I have a hard time doing things like that too. Last year I signed up for my FIRSt EVER quilt class at a not so local quilt shop and I loved it. The first day was tough but after that I was glad I did it! Love the clam shell too.
Jan

Flying Blind... said...

Well my village has a patchwork group - I haven't joined them as I would definitely be the youngest one there!

I am usually the 'stuck up'one, but really a shy one, so I know your fear! Looks like a great day though xxx

Annabella said...

Well I knew you would be just fine!! How could anyone not love you? Will try to remember to call tomorrow afternoon - if for some reason I forget, call me!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I could have written this too. I usually feel this way as well. I'll have to come down to L.A. some time and we can spend some time together. I'm glad you enjoyed it.