That seems to be a theme with me so far this year. First, making that bright ombre quilt (which will hopefully get quilted next week) was a challenge for me. Even though I love those colors, and use bright fabric a lot it is still a bit nerve-wracking for me to see it hanging every time I walk in my sewing room.

Then, this past week I got in my car and took myself to the local guild meeting and joined the group. Doesn’t sound scary at all, does it? But for me, it was. Just a bit. I mean, I’m so used to hanging out in my own little piece of the world where it’s just me sewing and sometimes it’s easier to stay put.

However, one of my goals in 2017 is to put myself out there – meet people, enter quilt shows, hold real conversations with people who can talk back and not just the TV or my reflection in the mirror that hangs above my sewing machine. (Yes, there’s a mirror behind my sewing machine, actually there are 3, but it’s not nearly as conceited as it sounds. Someday I’ll explain…)

Annnnyway…..what I wanted to say is that I’m SO glad I went to the meeting. I had previously met a couple of the ladies through activities at my LQS, so I did recognize a few women enough to say Hello. Everyone was welcoming and encouraging and helpful in explaining all the activities the group does. One lady took it upon herself to make sure I knew why they were doing what they were doing at any given time, included me in all her conversations, and then ate lunch with me. A super sweet person!

And now I’m an official member of the Helping Hands Quilt Guild, have my instructions for the project we’ll be working on next month, and am signed up to be a hostess for the October meeting. Whew!

I almost talked myself out of getting in the car that morning. I’m a quiet person who likes to sit on the sidelines and not draw attention to myself. But my need for quilty friends is stronger than my need to sit at home and it pushed me out the door.

If you, like me, are hesitant to put yourself out there let me encourage you to make the leap. More than likely, you’ll meet great people who are as passionate about your craft as you are and you’ll feed on their energy. Energy fuels creativity and having a fresh burst of energy is what I need to keep me sewing and creating.

Push yourself outside that comfort zone, and see what happens!

If you have a story about stepping out of your comfort zone, we would love to hear it. Please share it in the comments, and have a wonderfully creative weekend!