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Thread: Do you belong to a quilt guild?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    No, I don't. The only one that's nearby is an "exclusive" one and they won't let anyone in. I've met a few of them and what they do mostly is compare who has the most expensive machines, gadgets, fabric, etc. I don't like "meetings" as such with all the parliamentary procedure and garbage, I'd rather just have a quilting group or a few ladies that want to get together and sew.
    One of the LQS/retreat centers has an open retreat once a month. Anyone can go, it's $15 a day or $35 to stay overnight and have 2 days or you can go for all 4 days. I'd rather do that than belong to a quild.

    If there were such a thing as the retreat you are talking about around here, it would always be full!! Standing room only, enjoy it, it sounds wonderful.
    It is, you have to make reservations or if it's 'spur of the moment' you have to call and make sure there's room but it's a pretty big place so there's usually room for one more.

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    I'm president of mine. It's very different how I feel about the guild from being a member to being president. At least I did my part to contribute and I will rest on my laurels after this term.

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    Yes, I do belong to a guild ~ I joined at their first meeting (I'm member #29!). We're a bit over 100 members now, and about 15 years old.
    We meet once a month (tonight!) and have a business meeting, show & tell, door prizes & usually a speaker each time. Sometimes we'll do a 'round robin' meeting, where 5 or 6 members will each teach a technique & we move around the room to see them all. The members whose birthday month it is bring goodies that month, along with our usual roll-ups or little sandwiches that the guild provides. We also have BOM, charm squares & swap-a-block. Many months we have workshops, often given by that month's speaker, and they are lots of fun & a great bargain!
    Every other year we have a quilt show - which is the first weekend of May, this year - come on down!!!

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    Hi, Flor-heat-a, do you live close to jacksonville??? There are several guilds here, some meet daytime, one I think meets in the evening.

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    I used to belong to a guild, but was turned off by the politics of it all that I stopped going. The people were not friendly and didn't really want any new members even though they said they did. It was not a good experience.

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    I just joined the Charlotte guild last night after visiting as a guest a couple times. It is a large and very active group with lots of opportunity to be involved. They have great speakers like Laura Wasilowski and Ellen Guerrant. They are hosting a huge quilting symposium at Johnson and Wales Univ. (that's the chef university!) in Charlotte in June. They've even arranged to have an artisan bread workshop with Peter Reinhart. I signed up to be a teacher's helper for Laura Wasilowski, which means I get to be at her service for the whole time she is there - couldn't pass up that opportunity!! I probably won't join any of the small groups since I live out in SC suburbs. We have a smaller guild here, but they have 70-75 people turn out at their meetings so I plan to join up there too. There's others, but they are too far away.

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    I'm a second year member of our local small guild. Like Inordyke in Missouri ours is pretty casual, but would like to see ours a little more active. The bus trip sounds fun! I've shared a couple of things I've learned on the Board with them and they enjoyed it as many are not computer savy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I'm president of mine. It's very different how I feel about the guild from being a member to being president. At least I did my part to contribute and I will rest on my laurels after this term.
    I commend you for being a person that can do that. I have one sister that was president of our painting club for several terms and she was good at it. I have a friend who's a member of every club and organization that there is around here and she's good at it too. I'm just not a person that enjoys it (I think I'm too disorganized) but I have great respect for those who do. It can be a difficult job.

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    Wow! What a wonderful opportunity. The price seems right for most of us quilters too. Linda


    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    No, I don't. The only one that's nearby is an "exclusive" one and they won't let anyone in. I've met a few of them and what they do mostly is compare who has the most expensive machines, gadgets, fabric, etc. I don't like "meetings" as such with all the parliamentary procedure and garbage, I'd rather just have a quilting group or a few ladies that want to get together and sew.
    One of the LQS/retreat centers has an open retreat once a month. Anyone can go, it's $15 a day or $35 to stay overnight and have 2 days or you can go for all 4 days. I'd rather do that than belong to a quild.

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    I live between two very small rural communities and belong to both of those quilt guilds, as well as one in a larger city, 50 miles away. I also belong to an art quilt guild. The name is funny, so I will share it. The Underground Art Movement. We meet in one of the lady's basement. I also belong to a committee that organizes and puts on a fabulous quilt retreat in August.

    I am not from this area, but because I am involved in so many quilting related things, I rarely go anywhere without running into someone I know through quilting.

    It is a great way to make friends, and see which ones to stay away from, we have THOSE, too.

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