Sunday, January 13, 2013
Quilters in community
Community has been such a big part of quilting over the years. It can be a very solitary sort of process and art, or it can be very communal and collaborative, or a mix of both. Quilting bees and guilds have traditionally brought quilters together for a variety of purposes-to quilt tops for a woman who is getting married, to share ideas and company and brownies (oh, did I type that out loud?), to share and swap blocks, or to make quilts for comfort or commemoration.
Creativity is an essential part of a quilter's toolbox and technology has allowed us to be creative in how we do community, too. Face to face is still my favorite, though I am kind of a geek, but I'm grateful for the tools that technology offers us for communing--online forums, online classes, videochatting, blogs, videos on YouTube, and who knows what else that might be found in the days to come.
What's your favorite kind of community with your quilting?