Ever since I started quilting a couple of years ago, I wondered whether I should join a quilting group. I found out quite early on that the few near me have waiting lists of at least a year so I never got round to it but I still had it in the back of my mind.
Today I went to an exhibition of one of the local groups and I really enjoyed looking at there work - but I also realised, I don't want to join.
I even chatted to a few members and they were very nice and friendly, but I really didn't feel I had anything in common with them. They were all white, middle aged and above and middle class. It was like a stereotype of the Woman's Institute! I just couldn't see that apart from loving quilting we would have anything in common.
And even there, most of the work displayed fell into the traditional category. Don't get me wrong, I love those as well, but I also love modern and basically, just want to try everything. I didn't even feel most of my quilts would have fit in.
Then again, I've never been much of a joiner or a follower anyway, I've always been know for toddling off down my own path no matter what other people thought.
And now I can cross the idea off my list, I can still keep an eye out for the shows to go and enjoy them like I did today but without the nagging thought that "should I be part of this" going on.
What about you? Do you join?