The Safer at Home time is behind us now (I hope), and I found good and not so good things came out of it. Being a quilter/sewer certainly gave me something to do while quarantined, and I’m praising God for my stash!
I think most of us would agree that the separation from family and friends was very difficult. Being kept apart from my quilting friends was frustrating. As you know, occasions such as the one in the photo at the top of this post were absolutely taboo.
This summer I’ve been a part of a number of creative ways to overcome this dilemma:
1. By May a few of us in the ThreadBenders fiber art group decided we should meet. I invited everyone to my home in hopes we could social distance outside for a time of catching up, and show and tell. It ended up being a very rainy evening. Fortunately Mike and I had cleared out his shed:
Everyone brought their own chairs, and we were able to sit in a large circle and enjoy being together (I wish I had thought to snap a few photos). In June another member hosted the meeting in her garden, and the weather was delightful. This month Sue offered her home as our meeting site. It rained again, but her garage worked nicely (and I did remember to take a photo 😊). We hope to continue in this way until our regular meeting site is available.
2. On June 18th I invited the ladies from my Open Lab class to come to my home. We all were just missing each other so much. We met in the afternoon, but it was so blazing hot that we again couldn’t meet outside. The dehumidifier in the barn made it a comfortable place to meet, and once again a good time was had by all (no photos again – sorry). We are planning to repeat that event this week!
3. The board at Patched Lives Quilt Guild decided we simply had to have a meeting in July, and arranged for us to gather at a shelter in a park near our usual meeting venue. It was another very hot evening, but we brought fans, chairs, and a very strong need to see each other.
The turnout was fantastic, and I was overwhelmed by the number of charity quilts this very generous group finished during the time of isolation. And these were only from half of the group. The second half of the alphabet will bring theirs next month.
4. This past week I was scheduled to present a lecture for a guild in the Milwaukee area. They asked me to do it via Zoom. I told them I was up for anything, I learned a lot, and I found it to be a fun experience (though not as much fun as actually being there!)
In case you’re curious – this is the way it worked: everyone in the guild was given the date, time, and a link to the meeting. As members joined we all could see each other via small windows (similar to the beginning of the Brady Bunch TV show 😁). Once the meeting began I took over the screen on my computer.
Then, when I clicked “Play” in Keynote (similar to PowerPoint) my slide show began. A slide would fill the screen and I was able to talk about each quilt as it appeared. It really worked quite well. It felt rather odd not having an audience there in person, but I got use to it after the first few slides, and it was a joy to be able to present a lecture after such a long dry spell.
Thanks North Shore Quilters!
May I do a Zoom lecture for your guild?
Since most guilds are not able to have speakers at this time, many guilds are turning to programs such as Zoom. If you have a member in your guild who would be willing to work with me on a presentation – I would be thrilled to share any of my lectures with you during this innovative time. “Desperate times call for desperate measures”.
I’m very hopeful to get back to physically sharing my techniques, quilts, and their stories in person soon, but until then I think this may be a fun alternative. If your guild is interested, please pass my email () along to the program committee so we can work on the details. Thanks!
So, what have your guilds and quilting groups been doing to satisfy the need to socialize?
Please add a comment to this post and let us know!