I'm SO geeked! I joined the Tis the Season Stitch-Along group today!
Oh joy! Why am I so excited! Honestly, because I miss my quilt guilds. When I lived in Maine, I belonged to 3 local and 1 state guild. These ladies were the best friends I've ever had. The laughter, the inspiration, the gossip, the support, and, oh my, the food. I loved every aspect of being in the guilds. I miss my meetings, the workshops, the shopping, the getaway <sigh>.
But since I've returned to Michigan, I can't find a "guild" home. The two I joined were HUGE! You couldn't make friends because you never saw the same two quilters twice. The room so packed you couldn't hear the meetings, see show-n-tell, or play games. I've searched for other guilds but they're either full or meet on nights I work. I don't have the resources to start my own.
So, the Stitch-Along. This is a group of about 100 women from all over the world, who work on 1 project together. They're just finishing up Anni Down's Gardener's Journal (a delightful set of embroidery blocks from Australia). I enjoyed checking in every morning for the past 2 months checking on their progress.
This round, starting in March, is Natalie Bird's Tis the Season embroideries (I have such a weakness for these wonderfully-executed Australian embroideries!). I'm doing mine on a tea-dyed muslin and darker reds.
I'll keep you posted!