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Thread: My first guild meeting was soooo

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    Senior Member Somebunny's Avatar
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    Fantastic! It was scary going after hearing stories about some guilds looking down on machine quilting, which is what I am trying desperately to do. When I am home I OD on sewing during the day and cruze this board at night till I'm too tired to read or write. I haven't felt so crazy about an art form ever, and I've done a lot of different art forms throughout the years. Being only a year-old quilter with so much to learn, is intimidating for me. It was the first time I have been in a room with another quilter since i got my machine a little over a year ago. I'm estatic to have such a great guild close by. Over 50 members I think must have filled the room because dozens of quilts were shown off, projects from all the classes going on were plenty (that gave me hope I don't have to learn all the tecniques the hard way and by myself), a known designer, professional male and female quilters were amoung the members, there was a great program directer and the warmest members, all contributed to the best experience I could imagine! I have been gun shy about commiting to books, patterns, etc. but feel a boost in the other dirction now. I've made several quilts by myself, self taught, but give a LOT of credit to this board for teaching me lots! I have my very first sewing lesson tomorrow on my year-old, new machine, (I haven't been home long enough this past year to take one). Just think about how confident I will feel after tomorrow, LOL.

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    Super Member Gramof6's Avatar
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    I am so very happy for you! It sounds like a great experience & I hope you will continue attending the Guild Meetings. I need to check into the Guild here myself. Haven't been but to one meeting & that was about 7 yrs ago. I hope your sewing lesson will be just as positive for you and you will enjoy it also. Let us know how it went.

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    Hey, don't ever feel intimidated!! Everyone has their own style. Not everyone will do things in a certain way. Some machine quilt, others hand quilt or tie. Just remember this is your creation and do it the way you feel most comfortable with!! The most important thing is that you enjoy it and the love that's attached to it!!

    Good Luck and welcome to quilting!!

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    I'm glad your experience was a good one. Mine was too! I have been a member for a year now and am on the membership committee this year as well.

    You will learn a lot there, so jump in and have some fun!

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    I am so glad you liked it! A guild helps to keep you focused and motivated, I am one of the ones that is all in favor of guilds, (without the petty drama that sometimes happens).

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    I'm sew glad that you had such a positive experience. I was reading the posts last night about all the horror stories & politics with guilds. I've thought about joining a guild, I just have to find the time and make myself commit to a set day and time to meet.(That's something that I don't usually do). Enjoy your guild and keep us posted on your experiences.

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    So glad to hear this ... I need to get involved in the local guild but I'm too nervous about it at this point ...

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    I'm Pres. this year for a guild in Memphis, TN. We love new quilters! We have over 100 members and we have hand quilters, machine quilters and long arm quilters. We welcome everyone! It's so much fun. We meet once a month at night because we are a "working girl's" guild. But of course many of our members are retired now. We also have a board retreat in June and a guild retreat in November. We have a blast and there is always something for everyone. I strongly encourage everyone to join a guild. Your money as a group goes a long way to bringing in National teachers etc and you learn so much. AND it's great to have other people with your obsession!
    Check it out at www.ucquilts.com

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    Enjoy your class! You can't be any more nervous than I was; my hands shook so much, I could barely thread a needle. Once I "realized" the class wasn't a contest to see who could finish the quilt that night (boy, was I new to quilting!), I started to enjoy myself. But, I continue to be amazed at how fast some quilters can sew!! And the talent!! So, I've decided to sit back, do the best I can, and learn from those around me. Quilting groups really are a marvelous environment.

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    I'm glad you had a good experience with your first guild meeting. They have a lot to offer and you will just have to ignore any snide remarks you may get from some of the members. While I am a died in the wool handquilter I do machine quilt my children's items and Linus etc. I belong to two large guilds. Both of them have several semi to professional long armers as members. Because of them the guilds are able to turn out large volumes of quilts. Both guilds hold bingos as fund raisers. Members will contribute up to 50 small quilts as Bingo prizes as well as lots of items for doorprizes etc. That much production would not be possible without machine quilters. It takes me at minium six weeks to quilt a bed size quilt. A good longarmer or even home machine quilter can turn out at least a dozen quilts in that time period. If you have a chance to attend any large quilt shows you will discover that machine quilting reigns.
    You can learn a lot from a guild that is able to provide speakers, workshops etc. Enjoy!

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