They'll give you their last scrap of their favorite fabric if you need it.
They'll bind your quilt if you break your arm or are running behind.
They'll take the time to explain whatever you need to understand.
They'll encourage you -- no matter where you are in the learning process.
I've been getting batting and backs ready for some charity quilts and I realized that so much of these quilts were actually donated by someone else.
This is a 12" x 12" mini-quilt from a practice block I made YEARS ago in a machine applique class. The local homemakers club is doing a silent auction with all donations going to ovarian cancer research. I echo quilted (tuck included for free) and decided I don't really like trying to do echo quilting 1/4" apart on my Bernina. Lesson learned.
read about it here. It's wonderful because you can donate tops if you don't have access to a longarmer.