Sewing with friends can make for a great day, but how do we keep them interesting?
Do you ever dread working on the same old project...yet again?
It happens to us all. We love to be with our stitchy friends, but sometimes our sewing group needs a little bit of structure. Anything that pulls us all together helps bond us--gives us common ground. It starts conversations, and sparks creativity. If it's a skill builder, there are plenty of experts to help those just learning. Often times the newer sewists have seen an old technique done with a new twist. Let's light some fires, and build our groups up.
2. Do any members of your group have a sewing or crafting specialty? Would they be willing to give a short tutorial on something related to it? 10-15 minutes is a perfect amount to plan for, and answer questions.
3. Make a Lending Library List. Instead of hauling a physical crate of books to each meet up, offer a virtual list of books owned by members which they are willing to loan out through the program. The book will be loaned from them, and returned to them. Set requests up through a group Facebook account or private email list each member has access to. Establish an amount of time each book can be loaned for, and have one group member act as your librarian to make sure books are returned on time. This prevents one member having to ask another for their book back.
4. Does someone own the latest version of EQ7? I know many quilters never consider the possibilities of this software until they see it in action. It's perfect for a portable project since you need no wifi connection. It's loaded onto an individual device, and easy to demonstrate to fellow quilters.
5. Visit a local quilt store together instead of meeting.
6. Work on a charity project as a group. Ask each member to contribute a block or more with fabric donated to the group or from each sewist's stash. This is an ideal time to have one member demonstrate basic skills related to the block. For instance, how to test for and insure a 1/4" seam, pressing, swirling seams, squaring up, etc.
7. Host your own block bee within your group.
8. Have an exchange for your next holiday: Mug rugs, mini quilts, hand made ornaments, etc.
9. Celebrate birthdays by presenting a handmade charm pack. Ask each person to bring in 'their square share'--5" squares cut from their stash or scrap pieces, bundle them in packs of 40 squares each at one meeting together, and have them ready to gift out on birthdays.
10. Host your own mini class. Right before the winter holidays is a perfect time. My own group has planned microwaveable bowl cozies to make as gifts. HERE is a link to many patterns and tutorials.
Does your group do something unique? Please share what your group does to keep things rolling along. I'll gather the ideas and post them in the top bar.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.