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As your quilting companion, I'm excited to share some insights on how to connect with like-minded souls in our patchwork world. I know this can be difficult for some of us…ahem…like myself, that really have to push our introverted butts out the door, but quilting is more than just a craft - it's a vibrant community of creativity, passion, and camaraderie. Whether you're a seasoned quilter or just starting your quilting adventure, having Quilty friends can enrich your experience in countless ways.

So, how do we make some Quilty friendships?

Join Quilting Groups and Guilds:

One of the best ways to make Quilty friendships is through local quilting groups or guilds. These gatherings of Quilttoverts offer a treasure trove of wisdom, inspiration, and shared enthusiasm for all things quilting. Whether meeting in person or virtually, these communities provide a supportive space to learn, create, and connect with fellow Quilttoverts.

Attend Quilt Shows and Events:

Quilt shows and events are great atmospheres to strike up conversations with fellow attendees, admire each other’s quilts, and exchange tips and tricks. These gatherings are not only a feast for the eyes but also fertile ground for cultivating lifelong Quilty friendships. Something to consider when attending these events is to take a class offered or sit in on a scheduled lecture. You’ll undoubtedly sit next to someone and before you know it you might be fast friends.

Engage in Online Quilting Communities:

In our digital age, the world of quilting extends beyond physical borders through online quilting communities. Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and quilting forums abound with Quilttoverts eager to share their passion and connect with kindred spirits. Join quilting challenges, participate in sew-alongs, and engage in lively discussions to cultivate meaningful Quilty friendships across the internet.

Organize Quilting Retreats or Workshops:

Create your own Quilty oasis by organizing quilting retreats or workshops with friends or fellow Quilttoverts. Whether it's a weekend getaway or a cozy gathering in your quilting nook, these intimate gatherings foster bonds forged through shared stitches, laughter, and creative exploration. Together, you'll make memories and Quilty friendships that endure far beyond the hours of the retreat. This type of event can be tricky since the idea of the retreat is to get projects finished, so if you choose to use this avenue to make friends, you have to balance making blocks and friendships. I am pretty introverted so I find this type of setting not as great for building relationships since I tend to hunker down and sew, but if you are more extroverted and will move about the room to make conversation, you should totally go for it!

Be Open and Authentic:

Being social really tires me out, so I have to push myself to do it. I have so many Quilty friends, I can’t name them all. @designsbyrr is one of my closest Quilty friends – we are both pattern designers and always have so much to talk about. @quiltwithmisskate is one of my newest Quilty friends, and we started a book club together! And I admire @thesewingloft and @craftmoore so much – they are incredible women who are running businesses and having great success!

Above all, approach building friendships with an open heart and authentic spirit. Embrace the diversity of quilting styles, experiences, and personalities within our vibrant community. Celebrate each other’s triumphs, offer support in times of challenge, and revel in the joy of creating together. Remember, the beauty of Quilty friendships lies in the unique ability to come together to form a connection and belonging.

So, fellow Quilttoverts, let’s stitch together the fabric of friendship one quilt square at a time. May your quilting adventures be filled with laughter, inspiration, and the warmth of Quilty camaraderie. Until next time, happy quilting!

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