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Thread: Quilt Guild - Pro and Con

  1. #71
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    Mar 2010
    Sturbridge, Ma
    go a few times and if you don't find it useful then stop going. They all have their pro's and con's and many times it is what you make it. And it depends on what you need to get out of the guild. - fellowship, learning, interesting program, partipation in charitable actiities, etc.

  2. #72
    Super Member OHSue's Avatar
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    May 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltinvaca
    Each guild is a little different - some do more charity work, some have gobs of classes, some are "stitch & bitch" groups .

    My suggestion for any group/organization you join is to VOLUNTEER for something right away. People complain that clubs/guilds/groups are cliquish(?) but that's generally because they show up for a meeting, never volunteer, never speak up, etc. When you want to be part of a group - put yourself out there -- ask what you can do.
    I so agree with what you say. I often hear folks say, I went there and no one spoke to me. Maybe you just sat next to someone who is shy and you are faulting them for being just like you. The way to get to know folks is put yourself out there, don't just sit and wait for folks to find out how great you are, let them know. Be a part of the group, not just a guest. A guild is what you put into it.

  3. #73
    Super Member kuntryquilter's Avatar
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    Jun 2010
    Crossville, TN
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom
    I'm out of town right now and won't be able to attend the first one until the 4th Mon in October. Sent an email to the contact person. Sounds like they do a lot of charity quilts for veterans, stuffed animal/blankets for EMS and police. Does it sound too good to be true? Will attend Oct and Nov and by then should know. Let me know how you liked your first meeting.
    The guild I attend does quilts for veterans, comfort quilts & other types of quilts. Fabric & batting is usually provided for these projects or you can use your own.

  4. #74
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    Jul 2011
    I live in Vicksburg, Mi
    I was well received in Texas at the quilt Guild in Port Lavaca. I've given class there and taken a couple. I'm looking forward to getting back there this winter so I can enjoy the things that go on in the group. I'm only there 4 months so I miss it when we come back to Michigan;
    Go you might like it and they might like you.


  5. #75
    Junior Member Toni-in-Texas's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    Texas and Arkansas
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    I belong to a small quilting group. We meet twice a month and have 12 members max. We have all the original members except one, so it seems like we're doing what this certain group needs. We learn how to make different blocks and go to shows with each other, but mostly we encourage one another to hang in there and keep quilting. None of our group desires to join a guild because of the size and the cost, since most of us are on fixed incomes.

  6. #76
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    Dec 2009
    mine has been fine ,joined when they were small, but have been shocked to find that some members are not what they seem and have upset me terribly.
    whilst it is working it's fine but beware of this and cliques.
    good luck.

  7. #77
    Junior Member lynnegreen's Avatar
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    Aug 2011
    Southern California
    I've tried to join a Guild, twice, and have had terrible luck. When I took my first quilt class years ago someone asked about Guilds. The gal teaching the class was on the Board of the local one in my area and she said we were not candidates because we were not serious quilters and no one would dare sponser us. OK. Then about 10 years ago I was invited to another local Guild, one that supposedly hated the snobbish one of the aforementioned group. That was a humiliating experience. Rudeness abounded. I was so surprised because the woman who had invited us (my Mom and I) had known us for decades and was such a lovely person. Apparently I broke some sort of etiquette by 1. sitting in a row that "belonged" to a particular group of members, and 2. winning the meeting raffle - the one the Membership Chairman said would be a nice gesture to purchase tickets for. The woman pulling the ticket actually said to the group "now doesn't that just frost you - a guest wins and probably won't appreciate the work that went into the blocks". I was mortified. I was talked into trying again the next month, supposedly my first visit was during a full moon or something along those lines. I went straight to the Membership Chairman and offered to join, pay dues, and find out about volunteering. She told me she would have to check to see if there were any openings for new members...she never came back, so I just gave up. I am a clean, well dressed, articulate person, non-threatening, congenial, team member oriented, etc so I cannot for the life of me understand the snobbishness.
    I would love to belong to a Guild. Or a small group. I am though expremely gun (or maybe seam ripper) shy.

  8. #78
    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    I have to add that one of the cons to quilt guilds is when they meet. If they meet in the day, it may be difficult for you if you work or care for someone. If it is in the evening, it may be too far and let's face it, a lot of people can't drive in the dark unless the guild is close by. That's my problem. I am night blind now and by the time the interesting speakers start to show up around October, I can no longer see well enough to drive that far. Because of its location, people who live by me go right from work, so nobody to ride with either. :-(

  9. #79
    Super Member SandyinZ4's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Southeast Idaho
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    I am so saddened by those of you who have had bad experiences with guilds. Wish I could make it possible for you to come to ours. We have such fun together, sharing and laughing. No back-biting and no cliques. Just lots of sewing, quilting and sharing wonderful help.

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