Community {Part I}

Sorry for the leave of absence. No excuses here, just life getting busy. I come back with a conversation dear to my heart, that I want to explore more with you all. Community.


Quilting has provided me with an amazing community which I did not have before. I am extremely lucky to have a great group of women around me who I call friends. They are there to listen, offer support and laugh or cry. These women are not just local to me but are also people I met virtually online.


Isn’t it funny how some things have changed but others have not. Quilting not only has bought me my community but think of the quilting bees/circles of women who have come before us who also found community. You can easily find photos of women, in the past, sitting on front porches hand stitching and making quilts. It has been such an iconic past-time that a movie was made about it “How to make an American Quilt” (based on a book by Whitney Otto), then more recently, finding community via quilting has been the center of Frances O’Roark Dowell’s audio book (Quilt Fiction podcast) “Friendship Album 1933”.


Looking back has made me ask questions about my experiences such as;

How did I become part of community and how did it start?
What have I contributed to the community? What can I do to give back?
What makes community strong and keep them going?


I don’t have all the answers yet (and likely never will) but over the next few posts I would love to explore and share my own community experiences with you all. Also, I would love to hear from you all about your own experiences. Let’s explore similarities, how did you find your community, share things that worked for your group, things that didn’t work out (without it being at someone’s expense – always be nice) or are you still looking for your people?

8 thoughts on “Community {Part I}

  1. Mrs A Reid

    Hi! Fostering a sense of community between quilters around the world is a subject dear to my heart and my main motivation for blogging. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to reflect on the nature of our community, the impact it has on us and how we can nurture it for one another . Allison

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thank you Alison. I was just recently reminded that you never know how you impact other people’s lives, something we should all keep in mind…and strive to make every interaction a positive one.

  2. Anita

    I’m 62 yo and very much remember my grandmother’s quilting community. Both quilts in this post are wonderful but the quilt at the bottom…this is calling my name, what is the design?

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