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Thread: Need help with Quilt Guild IDEAS.

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    Junior Member salisaquilter's Avatar
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    I am now Vice president of local Quilt Guild. Do any of you have ideas on project, speakers Programs.
    If you have done something cute or special for your guild will you please share with me.
    Thank you
    Sal :lol: :?:

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    I'm guild president and I have changed our regular same old format a lot. I have asked for and given the program officer a big chunk of our budget to hire two or three talented quilters to hold workshops for the guild. With a limited budge the other months of programs come from the members. One did a trunk show of all her work, including crochet and knitting. One member did a trunk show of all her vintage quilt blocks, embroidery pieces and doll clothes she had collected over the years. One program was the members brought their specialty rulers and gave demos how to use them. We have a clear out one meeting where everyone cleans out their sewing room and we set up tables at the meeting and all unneeded or unwanted items are sold The guild gets 10% of the sales. Most all the members like being involved and being the center of attention for one meeting is fun and everyone gets to know the other members so much better.

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    How many members does your Guild have?
    We have an upcoming meeting where we'll have a "round robin" of demonstrations by about 10 of our own members. Each will have a table & about 10 minutes to demo a technique - needle-turn applique, bindings, paper piecing, etc. The rest of the membership moves from table to table to see each demo. Some of the "teachers" will even have hand-outs. :D
    If your guild is smaller, you could have fewer tables & longer demos.
    We have also had a pot luck where we also played "Strip Poker". Each member brings as many 2.5" WOF strips as they want to play with. Again, depending on the size of your membership, you break up into tables of about 10 players each. Each player "antes" with one strip, & one of the them deals one card to each player. The person with the high card wins the pot! That's always a lot of fun - if I remember, I'll post a pic of the small quilt I made with the strips I won :D

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    when I was vice president I also included all members I ask anyone who would like to demo something in 30 minutes or so to please do so and they guild gave them a 20.00 dollar gift certificate from a local quilt store
    they really came up with all kids of things foiling was a very fun one also easy and can be found at this website www.lauramurraydesigns.com
    you can also ask members to tell about their favorite product and how they use it once the members are involved you will get all kinds of ideas we also had an ugly fabric exchange for the ones that wanted to and they took each others ugly fabric then made something for the owner of the fabric plus added some of theirs lots of neat things came back hope this helps have fun
    Dodie

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    Two of my favorite evenings at the guild are mentor night and the auction.

    Mentor night is set up by stations where a guild member shares a specific skill by demonstration. Many have hand-outs, some are hands on. The sessions are roughly 20 minutes and one can rotate through 3 sessions. I always learn something new. Last time, I learned about continuous prairie points, making labels, and crayon quilts.

    The auction is held once every few years and a real auctioneer "sells" donated goodies in true auctioneer fashion.

    Last year, the guild tried a "yard sale" and it was a hit. I missed that meeting, but plan to go check it out. I believe a member rents space on a table and sells their quilt/sewing related stuff. I'm not sure if the Guild gets a cut, or if their intake is the table fee.

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    Cheers,
    I have been part of a guild forever....try an auction, members buying tickets with donated can goods for charity, or fat quarters to raffle off for another project. Memeber get to bring in there jnque.
    Use your memebers talents also. Maybe there is a fabric store that would come vist giving members discount tickets, they could show what's new for fabric lines.
    Also make up a brag book with member talents, sew new ones can see who does what technique or style they may want to learm
    hope this helps.
    :)

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    Our quilt guild gives "mini" lessons. A member will demonstrate how they do something that maybe another member doesn't know how to do. The last lesson was on binding. And while I've done my fair share of binding, she had some really great ideas! These start like 1/2 hour before the meeting and end at meeting time.

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    We have an upcoming meeting where we'll have a "round robin" of demonstrations by about 10 of our own members. Each will have a table & about 10 minutes to demo a technique - needle-turn applique, bindings, paper piecing, etc. The rest of the membership moves from table to table to see each demo. Some of the "teachers" will even have hand-outs.
    If your guild is smaller, you could have fewer tables & longer demos.
    Our guild did this last year, and it was the most popular meeting of the year. Just keep in mind that you want to keep the groups at each table small enough that everyone can see what's being demonstrated.


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    Another thought! "First & Last Quilts" - have the members bring their first (or the one that's closest to their first that they still have) and their latest quilt to show off. They can tell the stories of their quilts & it's always fun to see the changes. :D

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    Junior Member salisaquilter's Avatar
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    I Thank all of you for your TIPS. Will take them to board meeting and see if we can use some of them
    SAl :D

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