I have been a quilter for around 30 years and a member of QGBI Region 13 for around 25 of those years. Having now retired to Spain in late 2011, I am an international member.
I was a member of 2 groups in the UK - Crowton Quiltaholics and Bridge Quilters and owner of a small quilting business, Material Pleasures through which I used to run beginners classes sharing the pleasure of quilting and creating many new members in the process. I am now a member of Quilters del Sol (http://www.quiltersdelsol.org) which is a group of ladies meeting in various locations on the Costa del Sol. We are a group of around 25 members with others who attend as and when they are in Spain. We have raised money for our group through exhibitions and sales tables and we are using this to bring teachers from the UK - we had Christine Porter in September 2013 and Gail Lawther in 2014.
I am using my retirement time to develop myself and a small group of us are exploring the processes of design - very much outside my comfort zone so it will be interesting to see where it leads me. watch this space!