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In 2001 I started a chapter of the American Sewing Guild. A few years later we came out of the guild as their  fee each year kept going up and some of our members couldn't afford it. Not to mention we couldn't get people to fill the necessary positions that were required.  So we decided to come out of the Guild and just do our own thing. We named our group The St, Croix Stitchers. We have only had 6 members the past couple of years and some have been having health issues. Last Sat. I was the only one that showed up so I decided to send out an email saying I was shutting it down. I don't understand people who can't make a call or send an email when they don't plan on being there. I'm getting too old to be baby sitting a sewing group. 

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Comment by Irene Gallway on November 22, 2019 at 4:02am

I hear you Barb. I thought about giving it up a couple of years ago but didn't. The thing that bothered me the most and pushed me to shut it down was dragging all my gear around. Packing up to go. Luckily my church has an elevator to get everything upstairs but it was still hard getting it to my car and into the elevator. 

Comment by Barb/WI on November 21, 2019 at 7:31pm

I'm sure that you made the decision to do that with a heavy heart.  The small quilt group that I am a part of is starting to show its age.  Two of the ladies are pre-retirement, but the rest of us are enjoying retirement, or have enjoyed it, but now are dealing with issues of age.  Some have spouses with special needs now,  Some travel a distance to come, so they don't want to travel in snow, or after dark.  I think about giving it up, but will miss the friendship.  I'm kind of tired of doing the planning.  Oh well, I'm still very blessed.  

Comment by Irene Gallway on November 20, 2019 at 1:56pm

I agree with you Pam. I'm planning on now and then teaching a class. I do like getting together with other people who sew.   

Comment by Pam/NY on November 20, 2019 at 5:36am

It's always a hard decision, but you have winter to deal with. With age, people hesitate to go out. I hope you can plan an occasional outing with these ladies to keep in touch. Like Sharon said, it's the chatting and conversation along with the quilting that bonds you.

Comment by Irene Gallway on November 19, 2019 at 6:23pm

Thank you Sharon and Janet for your input. I have mixed emotions. I like getting together with other people but I'm discouraged that they can't pick up a phone or email me when they can't attend. 

Comment by Sharon Reeves on November 19, 2019 at 8:04am

I agree with Janet about letting you know about not coming. It's a waste of time to go and expect others to be there. Getting together, is always a fun day chatting and catching up on what's going on and just being with friends. So sorry it had to end this way. 

Comment by Janet/MO on November 19, 2019 at 6:46am

I can tell you are really disappointed to have to do this, but sadly it seems to be getting more & more common.  I agree that with a very small group, it would be courteous to just drop a quick e-mail letting the leader know you can't make it.   It seems like a lot of quilt guilds that used to be very active are now losing members too.  The last one I belonged to is down to about 30 people & most of them are in their high 70's/low 80's.  Makes it very difficult to find volunteers.  

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