Why do we choose to belong to certain groups when we are all time starved anyway?
At a quick count I realise that I belong to 9 different Guilds and organisations, 5 on-line groups and 1 friendship sewing group. Of course the most important group of all is the family group and our personal friend groups. Often we can see our quilting friends more often than some family and friends and those quilting friends become our personal friends as well.
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Here is my list of the top 10 reasons to belong to a Group.
Who cannot help but be inspired by other peoples quilts.
In our busy world it is impossible to keep up with everything going on.
Sewing and quilting can be a solitary activity. Of course we all need time alone to prepare, design and achieve but it's good to show others what we are doing as well.
Honest feedback is hard to find in the quilting world. Family and friends are too close and often don't have the expertise. This is where a group with the skill to articulate and use the principles of Art and Design as their base is invaluable.
Everyone's work is different and it is very interesting to see how other people approach a theme or idea.
Nothing spurs you on like a little bit of friendly competition.
Designing your own quilts and entering competitions can be tough and rejection is common. This is where groups can offer understanding, commiseration and encouragement.
Self - esteem is often built on achievement and finishing a quilt or helping organise an activity is very rewarding.
Advising, listening, supporting and sharing with others have the advantage of boosting our own confidence.
I have met so many wonderful people including online friends through my quilting groups.
I have tried to be succinct in my descriptions of each reason so this is a blog post and not an essay. I realise the benefits of belonging to a group and while groups often help the community they are also helping us.
Can you add any more reasons to my list?
Bye for now,