Some Artist, whatever their medium are Loners, and some have a need for comradery, to learn and share. As a quilter/fabric artist, I'm always learning and will never stop, it's a wall one can not hit! I can watch 5 different Youtube tutorials about binding a quilt, and pickup some tidbit of information that I didn't know.
On Kauai, and everywhere, there are many quilt groups. Most local fabric & quilt shops have classes for sewers & quilters where ever you live. It doesn't matter if you're a beginning or have made many quilts, these groups have all levels of experience within them. Everyone has something to show, tell and teach.
The Block of the Month Club (BOM) is a group that most every quilt & fabric shop has, and I've enjoyed belonging to our's here on Kauai. Like all of them, we meet once a month for about 20 minutes. We're given the fabric to make one 'block', and are shown how to construct it. After we been shown how to put the block together, we have the opportunity to show and tell any projects we've been working on that we want to share. The whole meeting takes about 30+ minutes, and I travel an hour to get there, but love it. The next month, it's another block, and when all 12 months and blocks have passed, each individual puts all their blocks together into their own quilt fashioning it however they want. The completed quilts from each person are then brought together in one party, and shown off. It's amazing to see what each person came up with. Of course more goes on than just that, but hey, we have a good time of it! And every month, I faithfully go to BOM, and I ALWAYS learn a thing or two! ... and of course it's fun to see everyone. In our BOM group there's so many of us, we've been broken up into 3 different meeting times, but I know everyone and always look forward to doing this. This quilt to the right, is my 2016 BOM ------------>
In late 2015, Discount Fabric Warehouse participated in the National Pillow Case Challenge. We made 53 pillow cases for the Kauai YWCA Women's Shelter.
Carol Ikeda, Jane Kani, Cheryl Brady, Elizabeth Mores, Susan Rowe, Leatrici Tanaka, Lillian Akagi, Taylor, Rowe, Mary Zakula, Cemona Manuel, Joanne Watson, Lesley Morris, Dona Cunningham, Carole Carr, Marian Ogata
This challenge takes place every year, the end goal- A Million Pillow Cases made Nationally for various charities.