without having a maternal aspect to it? I quilt and in the multiple quilt groups I have started to hang around, all the women are much older. I am almost 30 and have a young daughter. Most of the women I interact with are my mothers age and they have daughters/granddaughters mine and my daughters age. I actually enjoy the company of older women as compared to women my age. I guess there is less of a pressure. And the women in my quilting groups are really kind and ready to offer advice/quilt commiseration.

I really don't want a maternal element to my potential friendships with these women. But they always comment on how I am the age of their daughters etc. etc. And I don't know if it is realistic to assume that I could be invited to their social events (that involve quilting) considering I am in a way different life phase. I love my hobby and am passionate about it. I'd like to have friends with common interests. I am cool with hanging out and sewing with older women...