Modern Quilters: growing and learning together

As the officers of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild gather information from members, one thing is crystal clear: Portland Modern Quilters want to be inspired, have fun, meet other quilters, and learn and grow together.  

Molly's Wonky Log Cabin/Joan Callaway
Some have experienced strong support and encouragement from other quilters in the past, but some have felt discouraged by quilting instructors or shop owners along the way.  Jacquie (Tallgrass Prairie Studio) has a must read post on her blog today featuring her reaction and response to the questions and discouragement of a new sewer/quilter.

Have you been discouraged rather than encouraged by a more experienced sewer/quilter?  Are you mentoring/encouraging new sewers/quilters?