Here's this week's question:
Tell us about your sewing friends. Have your fabric tastes changed by having friends who like to sew? Do you like the same things or are you completely opposite?
When I first started quilting, some 20 plus years ago, I was a traditional quilter who used traditional fabrics like calicoes. I didn't have quilting friends back then, but as I found a couple of them, they were traditional quilters who used traditional fabrics, also. A few years later, I formed and managed a group of online quilting friends who did challenges together, swapping fat quarters to make our quilts. From that experience I began to appreciate other fabric styles, such as batiks and novelty prints. Even now nearly every quilt I make begins with a novelty print.
A few years ago I joined a quilt guild for the first time, the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild. I chose a modern guild because it seemed to be a no-rules kind of group. I tend to be somewhat of a rebel, inventing my own quilting methods, and felt that I would be, and have been, accepted the way I am - not chastised for doing things the "wrong" way. Although my style and palette are not usually of the modern aesthetic, lately I have been influenced to try grays in my quilts, which is directly attributable to the friends I've made through the guild.