It's a running joke between Shea and I that eventually we will have t-shirts made, "Quilt Guild Changed My Life", and "God Bless Google Reader". They will sell like hotcakes within our circle of friends, for sure. But, I am getting a bit ahead of myself, and this is a big sappy mushy post, so I will try and take it from the beginning, so.A year ago today was the organizational meeting for the KC Modern Quilt Guild, organized by Shea, Jacquie, and Tula, and attended by myself and 33 other folks. It was nerve-wracking to be meeting a bunch of quilt people in person, since there are times when I begin to feel like I only exist on the internet. Not really, but you know what I mean... fortunately there was at least one person I had met before (HEY LAURA!), so I wasn't totally terrified. In any case, it was new and exciting and it required me to put on real shoes, so a definite move forward in my creative pursuits.
I remember leaving the meeting all glow-y and excited, having met so many people who I connected with in a way that I wasn't used to- it seems strange now to think that at that point I didn't really know any other quilters IN REAL LIFE, but it was kindof true. And i feel like I am being really rambly about this whole thing, but the fact is that being in this guild, from the very beginning, and getting to know the people I know because of it, has had a very large and concrete impact on the course of my life. I have the job I have now because of quilt guild. I am still working on designing fabric because of quilt guild. Lots of the people who I consider good friends? Know them because of quilt guild. It's difficult for me even to write this, because I don't feel like I can possibly convey HOW MUCH this group of people and set of circumstances has changed my life.
This is how many joy-cats the KCMQG has brought to my heart.
SO anyway,switching off the mushy, this is just a post for me to say how much I appreciate everyone who is involved with this great big ol' Modern Quilt Guild movement. The ladies in LA who started it, Tula, Shea, and Jacquie, who conspired to bring it to KC; Jamie, Jenny, Shea and Jacquie, my fellow officers, who make things like putting together bylaws fun, and ALL the awesome people who continue to come to meetings, and are willing to speak with me in real life. You are awesome. For me, it has taken a while to figure out where I'm going in my life, creatively and "career"-wise, and while I am nowhere near having all of that figured out, I know I am a lot closer because of the people I have met through guild. This all seems a bit awards-show-speachy, but it's true. I should go through all of our members and say what I love about them, but there are 96 of us now, and I am too lazy. But, thanks. You're awesome. I'ma let you finish, but-