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Thread: Do You Belong To A Quilt Guild

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    Member zquilter's Avatar
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    I would like to hear about your quilt guilds. How large is it? 10 people? 100 people? How often do you meet? What is the structure of your meetings? Are they discussion meetings? Or do you actually sew there? Or Both? Well any way, you get the idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    I am actually considering joining my local guild. It runs from September through June at a cost of $25.00.

    The problem is the October meeting was not an actual meeting. Today is a quilt show that they are running and teh meeting was basically setting up for the show. I do plan on going to the show today.

    November's meeting is a sit and sew where they make donation quilts. I don't feel comfortable going as they already have their groups of personal friends they quilt with.

    December is the Christmas party, which I don't feel comfortable in going to either since I have not been a member.

    That leaves January through June, and January is our worst month of the year for snow, cold, and ice.

    I would really like to join a group of people with similar interests.

    Basically I plan on seeing how the quilt show goes today, before deciding. Hopefully I will meet some members and feel more comfortable.

    Looking forward to seeing other people's responses.

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    Thanks Jan, jump in there and go to the next meeting. I am sure they would welcome you and have you help with there projects. I say this, BUT, I would actually be just like you. LOL Enjoy the show.

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    I belong to two local quilt guilds.
    One is over 100 members, meets twice a month - 1st Friday morning is for show-and-tell, Robert's Rules of Order-style business meeting, BOMs, other monthly projects (of which there are a ton!), announcements; the 3rd Friday morning is for more show-and-tell (always done first thing), left-over business, and a program/lecture-workshop usually by a guild member. Meetings are full and very busy. This guild gives workshops every fall and a quilt show every other year.

    The second guild is small, about 30 active members, and meets once a month for show-and-tell, discussion-type business meeting, BOMs and other projects, snacks provided by members. This membership focuses more on their own projects than community quilts or other team efforts, and they have a lovely show EVERY year for free at the library. It's an amazing show for such a small group, but the members tend to be clique-ish and the guild has not grown much in several years. They also meet every Monday night for sit-and-sew, sort of like a bee, and the same members (about 10-12) attend this every week after meeting for dinner first at a local restaurant.

    I'm much more active in the first one, and it's from that guild that help for the Military Barracks Quilt Project is coming locally.

    Jan in VA

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    I am a member and also the newsletter editor. Our guild has about 175 members, but only about 50 are active and regular attenders.

    We have both a day group and a nite group. the day group is larger and a little more formal in that one of the two scheduled meetings per month is specifically for the business meeting for the guild. The second meeting for the day group is a program meeting where speakers come in, we have demos, etc. Both groups always have show and tell which is fun. The nite group has programs or activities at all meetings. In addition to the described meetings, on every fourth Thursday we have a day for smaller interest groups to meet and "do their thing" at a central location. These smaller groups also meet separately on their own schedules for their special interests; one is an applique group, one does all kinds of different art quilt techniques, another...well, there are about6 different groups of special interests. In addition, we have guild projects that we work on...our comfort quilts group has a regular sew-in on every fifth Thursday plus on other scheduled days through out the year.

    The guild has major outreach activities - the comfort quilts I mentioned, members make small quilts to go with stuffed animals and once a year local groups who work with children come in for a Teddy Bear Tea and pick up stock in these "pairs" to have for giving to children in crisis. The police department takes some to hand out to children they enounter in emergency situations, etc. Recently we have received a special request for adult bibs for a local senior citizen home so one of the programs for the meeting was a sew-in to make these.

    We have an annual quilt show and we also bring in well known quilters during the year for classes and lectures. This year Sharon Shamber, last year Larkin Van Horn, next year Vicki Pignatelli, etc.

    It's a very active group and quilters can find something to fit their area of interest and level of activity. Like anything, the individual needs to take the first step in attending and choosing their own level of involvement.

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    I wish we had a local quilt guild! We have a quilt club, but there really are no set rules and mainly older ladies run it. I have gone to a few meetings but found it really boring, more like a gab session than a quilting lesson. So, I continue to be self taught.

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    Our little guild, 8 members meet the 2nd tuesday of the month during the day time. We have a small business meeting, then we sew, either on a charity quilt, a group project or our own stuff. We eat , talk , laugh, get a lot done some days, not much on others. We make quilts for families in the vicinity that have had house fires, and other local charities that need help. We do outings to quilt shows, shop hops and just excursions to interesting stuff. I really enjoy it.

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    I used to belong to a guild when I lived in a different county. Unfortunately, I joined just before we decided to move, so didn't attend very many meetings. What I remember most from them was that at my last attendance, I won the doorprize! A gifty bag chock full of charms. I was so excited! However, we left the area right after that win, and I've always felt a little uncomfortable about that - I knew it looked like I took my booty and Ran. lol...

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    I joined a quilt group 10 yrs ago. I knew nothing about sewing let alone quilting. I have benefitted in so many ways from meeting with these ladies every friday. We have many charities that we support, have demonstrations, put on a big quilt show every 2 years and at the demo's we always have a pot lunch. Sometimes we say we dont do much but we eat good! We solve all the world problems on friday mornings.

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    I do and I love it! In fact, in just a bit, I am leaving for the first part of a class a member is teaching (free), One Block Wonder. My supplies are all packed!

    Our dues sre $20/year. We have about 60 members; generally half to 3/4's of that number show up for our monthly meetings (always the 1st Monday of the month, 7 PM). Meeting follows Robert's Rules, then a show and tell.

    We have a monthly sew-in also, which is a nice chance for us to gather and work on whatever we'd like w/out being interrupted.

    A charity quilt every two years, one year to chose quilt, recipient of proceeds, start making, then the 2nd year we finish, sell tickets. We are also starting more service projects, chemo caps, walker bags, bags for DSS to provide for children who are being taken from homes.

    The December and June meetings are held at a local Sr. Citizen residence. Residents are invited to join us; dish to pass dinner and show and tell. The December one is also a gift swap, homemade only.

    We have a great program committee, and I'm really looking forward to this year!

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