The Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild celebrated our first birthday! When I started the group last year, I wondered "Could there be one or two other people in Rhode Island who are interested in modern quilting?" Now, we have a mailing list of nearly 100 members, and draw about 20 people to each of our monthly meetings. Even on gloriously beautiful beach days. In Rhode Island, that's really saying something.
Convening with a creative community is so powerful. I have grown so much this year as a quilter because of the inspiration, resources, and accountability that are available to me as a member of this group.
As a thank you, the guild's co-leader (Tara) and I baked us a fancy birthday cake!