Online Quilting Group Tips

If you have joined an online quilting group using Facebook, you may have wondered why your group has rules and guidelines.  Creating and running any kind of online group is time consuming.  The more people that join a group means that the individuals who monitor and oversee the group have more work to do.

WORK?!?!?  Oh yes, there is work!  Here is an example:

The first group I ever started was called CELEBRATE HAND QUILTING.  The group is still going strong! I started writing this blog post this morning, I checked the group to see how many members are in it.  Here is what it shows:

17,240 Members.  Oh my goodness!  

Everytime a new member asks to join the group, someone (an administrator)  has to check and verify that the new person either is already a quilter, has friends who are quilters, expresses a strong interest in becoming a quilter, and more (depending on which group it is.  Checking all of this information takes time, and some of our administrators have families and/or work to deal with.

Many groups have fun activities.  For example:  Celebrate Hand Quilting has a weekly theme which is coordinated by Janet, one of our Admins.  Each week, Janet comes up with a fantastic theme and posts the information for that theme online.  One of our most recent themes was “SCRAP QUILTS.”  So all of the members of the group got busy and looked to see if they have a scrap quilt that they have made previously OR they may contact any quilt guild members they know who has made a scrappy quilt.  They may also decide that they want to make a scrap quilt of their own, so the weekly theme prompts them to begin their own NEW scrap quilt!

What if a new “Member Wanna Be” asks to join the group BUT they have never quilted before, don’t know anybody who has hand quilted, don’t own a quilt, etc.  Are they kicked out?  That all depends on what group it is and what the guidelines of the group are.  Most of the time we allow new members into the group but keep tabs on them for awhile.  If the person shows great interest and starts asking some fantastic questions that new quilters would want to know, then they would probably soon be admitted into the group.

SADLY, though, sometimes we get new members who want to be in a group, but all they want to do is argue about the rules, complain about a person in the group or about a theme, etc.  One or more of the Administrators would more than likely review that person’s request and comments, and then decide that the group does not need a “Grumpy Gloria” or a “Crabby Craig” taking all the fun away.  Thus, they would probably be removed from the group. Removing anyone from the group is never fun, and we don’t enjoy doing that.  However, for the sake of ALL the members, it is sometimes necessary.

Before you decide to join a group, PLEASE always take a few minutes to review the group guidelines.  Read them carefully!  If you have questions, contact one of the Admins and feel free to ask!  We hope you make lots of new friends and learn a lot of new things!

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Caron prepares to hand quilt a new scrappy quilt!

Quilting Resources and Online Groups

It is amazing how many quilting resources and groups are available online! If you are fairly new to quilting or you are looking for online assistance, the following information might be of help:

* Celebrate Hand Applique:  This Facebook group was designed and founded by Caron Mosey. The group is all about doing HAND applique. If you love to do applique by hand or want to learn how, please ask to join this group and then share! Please do not request to join this group simply to promote products or long arm quilting services. The emphasis is NOT to promote quilt shops.

*Celebrate HAND Quilting:  This Facebook group was designed and founded by Caron Mosey. The group is all about doing HAND quilting. Yes, that means doing all those little stitches by hand, one stitch at a time, NOT by machine!

*Quilters Classifieds designed and founded by Barbara M. Burnham. Currently at 47K members · 10+ posts a day This is a Buy and Sell Group ·

RULE: 1.) This is a place for quilters to market/sale items that pertain to quilting, such as (Fabric, Thread, Quilts, Sewing Machines, Long Arms, etc.) No craft items please. 🙂 You may have up to 5 posts, and each post can have up to 10 items for sale it in. Please remember to delete your post when the items have sold.

You may “Bump” your post once a day. Only the items you are selling can be in the photos ~ No warehouse type photos, or huge amounts of fabric, just the 10 items that are for sale. PLEASE remember to delete you post once it has sold.

Also, posts that have been inactive for a few weeks may be deleted by admin. Albums are not allowed in this group.

Please use the “Sell Something Tab” when creating your posts. This will make it easier for buyers to find your post.

RULE:  2.) Please include the description of the item, including price and shipping cost or type of shipping used.

PLEASE indicate if the fabric has been exposed to cigarette smoke, animals or perfume.

RULE: 3.) Rude or unkind people will be removed from our group. https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraMBurnham

Beginner LongArm Quilters: PLEASE NOTE WE CHECK EVERY REQUEST TO JOIN.  You must answer ALL 3 questions to be considered. We are a LONGARM group, NOT for Domestic machines.

  • You will be admitted based on what we can see from your profile: your quilting interests and groups and answered questions.
  • If you are the FOUNDER of an online quilting group (that means that YOU started the group) and you would like to have your group included on this list, please contact caronmosey@gmail.com  with your information, including the following:
  • THE NAME OF YOUR ONLINE QUILTING GROUP
  • THE LINK TO YOUR ONLINE QUILTING GROUP
  • THE PURPOSE OF YOUR GROUP
  • ANY RESTRICTIONS NEW MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL FOR NEW MEMBERS
  • eQuilter.com  Caron has used this online source for many years.  Please give them a try!  You won’t be disappointed!

If you have an online resource that you love to use and want to share with others, please send THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO caronmosey@gmail.com  WITH THE FOLLOWING:

  • NAME OF THE ONLINE RESOURCE
  • THE LINK TO YOUR ONLINE RESOURCE
  • ANYTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE RESOURCE THAT YOU THINK OTHER QUILTERS MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW