As I mentioned in previous posts,
Sharon Schamber's lecture was as interesting to me
as her most AMAZING quilts.
At the beginning of her presentation, Sharon shared with us a personal observation
she has made about women who become quilters.
She noted that the majority of women who quilt
are usually the oldest child in their family.
At first, I didn't put a lot of stock in her comment.
Then she asked
with a show of hands
how many in the room were
the first born?
There were about 60 women
gathered in the room
for our Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Meeting.
As I looked around
I would guess that at least 50
of those 60 women
raised their hands!
I was quite surprised to see so many raise their hands.
Sharon on the other hand, just nodded her head
expecting such a response.
"Women who are drawn to quilting
who are Intelligent
"Take Charge" kind of women.
In the study of personality traits of Birth Order
First Borns are usually the Alpha.
First borns are the leaders,
who tend to be reliable,
Christy, who is a member of our guild
is Sharon's oldest child.
Sharon teased "Sometimes the Alpha female
can be considered somewhat bossy" :)
But, they play an essential and
very needed role
in keeping things
Without our Alphas
we would probably still be sitting in a cave.
So, I ask you:
Are You the First Born in Your Family?
I'm taking my own personal poll
and am curious to see your response.
I am the exception to this quilting norm.
I am the youngest in my family
and am quite content
being the Beta in the group
who would rather follow.
But, I have sat on several
Quilt Guild boards.
And from my personal experience
I can tell you that the board rooms
are full of Alpha women!
Very interesting discussions indeed!
My thanks to Christy for inviting her mother
to come and share her beautiful quilts with us.
I learned so much!
And thank you Sharon
for your very interesting insights.