Over the past few years of operating a quilt shop and hosting quilt groups and classes, I've noticed that quilting is actually a team sport. Being part of a group of quilting buddies is as much about producing finished quilts as the "second week of deer camp" is about actually bringing home venison. Yes, the group has a common stated goal, but it really is more about the fellowship than the finished product. Quilting buddies shop together and make comments to each other like this: "That fabric will go perfect with that rose-colored piece that you were trying to find a match for" and "I bet this would work with that plaid piece that is in the box in your closet" and "We should have brought _____ with us. This fabric is just her style". Quilting buddies are familiar with each others style, stash and preferences. When I gather with my quilting buddies on Thursday nights, sometimes we sew and sometimes we just gather. Generally, there's no pressure to produce unless one member is pushing to finish something for a special event, in which case everyone jumps in to help get the job done in time. I suppose we are created to be creatures of community with every chosen activity being more fulfilling, productive, and enjoyable when shared with other like-minded creatures. My quilting "peeps" have certainly been a blessing and encouragement to me.