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    I see I am not the only one who has had a bad experience
    with quilting guilds. I am now trying to find one in MD
    with not to much drama. If anyone lives in MD and is a member of a great guild let me know.

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    I don't belong to an actual quilt guild. I belong to this group and Quilted With Love on Yahoo and www.TheQuiltShow.com. That's it and I guess I get everything I need from you and them. I've looked all over for an actual guild in my area and haven't been able to find one. I did find one about a year ago, but the people were rude and didn't seem interested in having me join. That's fine with me, I'm very happy with my virtual guilds and I think I get everything I need from them.

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    WHAT?!? Is this possible? Can they do that? It sounds like discrimination to me. I can relate tho. I tried to join a local group and was turned down flat. Not to mention they were quite rude about it in the process. Maybe I should try to start my own little informal group. Hmmmm? That's an idea. I'll have to do some research.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I belong to my statewide guild and it is wonderful. They are so much fun to be around, I love going to guild meetings and look forward to it each month.

    I don't belong to my local county guild, however, since they don't allow men to join. :roll:

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    I don't belong to a guild, but I belong to 2 craft groups which are arranged by individuals not an "organized body".

    One group meets weekly (during the week for a couple of hours), but does any craft. Most are quilters, but we also have scrap-bookers, knitters, crocheters, spinners, etc.

    The other group meets monthly, in the weekend for about 5 hours on a Saturday.

    Both groups tend to do their own "show and tells", and are quite social, e.g. people are open to sharing what they know (crafting of otherwise). Very supportive and kind people. There is no cost in belonging to either group - which is really good, as times are tough. We also get to see a lot younger people too - who don't tend to have a high degree of "disposable" income. The only cost is the craft they are working on - and transportation to the venue/s.

    These groups give us a chance to talk to like-minded people. We get to focus on the projects we are working on, and socialize :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    WHAT?!? Is this possible? Can they do that? It sounds like discrimination to me. I can relate tho. I tried to join a local group and was turned down flat. Not to mention they were quite rude about it in the process. Maybe I should try to start my own little informal group. Hmmmm? That's an idea. I'll have to do some research.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I belong to my statewide guild and it is wonderful. They are so much fun to be around, I love going to guild meetings and look forward to it each month.

    I don't belong to my local county guild, however, since they don't allow men to join. :roll:
    Yes, it's written into their guild constitution:
    Men and children (under the age of 12) unless specifically invited to participate, shall be excluded from all guild activities.
    Stunning, I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    WHAT?!? Is this possible? Can they do that? It sounds like discrimination to me. I can relate tho. I tried to join a local group and was turned down flat. Not to mention they were quite rude about it in the process. Maybe I should try to start my own little informal group. Hmmmm? That's an idea. I'll have to do some research.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I belong to my statewide guild and it is wonderful. They are so much fun to be around, I love going to guild meetings and look forward to it each month.

    I don't belong to my local county guild, however, since they don't allow men to join. :roll:
    Yes, it's written into their guild constitution:
    Men and children (under the age of 12) unless specifically invited to participate, shall be excluded from all guild activities.
    Stunning, I know.
    wow I would show that to a attorney and ruffle there feather with a note about discrimanation.Penny

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    Well, the way I look at is that I'm 49 years old and have lived all my life in this relatively small town, and plan to spend the rest of my years here as well. So I don't really want to rock the boat. I have to continue to live here with these people. :) However, the majority of members were unaware that the policy exists. I don't expect it to be changed, though. I know that there are some there who would not only say "No", but would probably say "[email protected], no." Life in a small town.

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    I know when you're a new member it seems as if no one notices you (been there, done that) but if you take part in a Sew In, make a charity quilt, show your latest quilts, volunteer to help with something or join a small group you'll find you'll get to know some of the other members much more quickly than just attending meetings and not participating in the guild's functions.

    I belong to a local guild and enjoy it. We have 10 monthly meetings a year that consist of business, Show and Tell, break for coffee and then a program by a guest speaker or guild member. Guests are always welcomed and asked to stand and introduce themselves to the members. We are associated with a local historic park and have use of 1 building for our monthly meetings and a small ranch house for our stash, supplies, Wed. Bee's, and Sat. workshops or Sew Ins. Our bi-annual Quilt Show is held in all the 4 buildings on the grounds of the park. We have an annual raffle quilt whose proceeds are donated to the park as our "rent". Guild has been at the park for almost 25 years so the arrangment really works. Raffle quilt is sometimes made and donated by a guild member or made by guild members. Packages of fabric and directions are given to all members who want to make blocks for the raffle quilt and volunteers are asked to help assemble the raffle quilt. About 100 charity quilts in all sizes and hundreds of pillowcases donated locally each year but members are not required to make something and many don't. We have many "Small Groups", several members get together with an interest in common, applique, art quilts, etc. These are very informal with less than 10 members who meet in each other's homes.

    From what other quilters here have said guilds vary just like anything else in life. I encourage everyone to give their local guild a try out - if it doesn't fit you then at least you tried. May in Jersey

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    Eddie I know the guild you are excluded from :roll: It's not you it's them. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Eddie I know the guild you are excluded from :roll: It's not you it's them. ;-)
    Thanks. :) That was my thought as well. :D

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    I can so relate. When I got turned down I thought of raising a stink, then I thought why bother. They are the ones missing out on me. Their loss, I'm moving on.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Well, the way I look at is that I'm 49 years old and have lived all my life in this relatively small town, and plan to spend the rest of my years here as well. So I don't really want to rock the boat. I have to continue to live here with these people. :) However, the majority of members were unaware that the policy exists. I don't expect it to be changed, though. I know that there are some there who would not only say "No", but would probably say "[email protected], no." Life in a small town.

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    I tend to shy away from group activities, and I also don't follow new trends. I plod away with my handquilting and on days when I have the time am now having fun with my machine (thanks to everyone here for help and inspiration). I understand how important guilds can be, but for some people I think belonging to a guild could be quite stressful, and a bit of a financial burden too. Zoe's group sounds more my cup of tea. It's been really interesting reading about how they work and I am sure for many are a really good way to meet like minds and contribute to the management and organisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Well, the way I look at is that I'm 49 years old and have lived all my life in this relatively small town, and plan to spend the rest of my years here as well. So I don't really want to rock the boat. I have to continue to live here with these people. :) However, the majority of members were unaware that the policy exists. I don't expect it to be changed, though. I know that there are some there who would not only say "No", but would probably say "[email protected], no." Life in a small town.
    that is true, I did not think about that. so sorry. Penny

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    Guilds are great places to make connections, learn the art, share ideas and like any organization their are always the controlers, the nasties and the know it alls but if you ignore the attitudes in general quilters are caring, sharing & loving people. I belong to many guilds in four states over the years, jumped in for all kinds of committees & offices and made life long friends-people who picked you up when things got bad, shared their homes and food, swapped fabric and trips to the quilt shop, watched your child grow and even chipped in for a sewing machine. I wouldn't let anyone stand in my way of making a quilt friend. My life has been very interesting because of guilds and the wonderful people in them. Moosegirl

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    I second what Moosegirl said!, May in Jersey

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    I think you and Moosegirl have been fortunate in the groups you've met. I've heard that "one must jump in and chair committees, become pro-active, make the changes from within, etc." This doesn't always work, but you are so right to keep attending for all the decent folks you meet.

    Most guilds are indeed open and inviting to new and (here's the catch) beginning quilters. There are some that are not. It's as simple as that. The definition of a guild is a group with specialized talents, one where a prospective member had to serve an apprenticeship in order to hone her/his skills. Guilds of years past were exclusive and wanted to keep it that way.

    I remember years ago when I timidly approached the membership table for a guild. I mentioned that I was a quilter who wanted to learn new techniques. They asked me if I were a beginner, because they really did not want nor did they have the time to teach new quilters. I stared at them incredulously, unable to understand why they (or these particular women) had that attitude. I asked them "wouldn't you want to foster the love of quilting with beginners; isn't that one of the purposes of a guild?" These unfriendly ladies had such an embarrassed look that I realized I had made my point. I walked away from them, but I followed up with a letter describing this incident to the head of their guild who, of course, personally invited me to join.

    As always seems to happen with me (and I believe a sign from a just God), two other guild presidents in our state went out of their way to invite me to join their groups. Sometimes, you have to stand up to the "bitch factor" and pettiness that can give a distorted picture of a group.

    Just another view of what's good and bad about guilt guilds.

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    I just love the quilt you have pictured. Can you share the name of the pattern? Is it from a mag or separate pattern that I can buy? Thanks for the help.

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    you could get other quilters and just start a quilt sew day, don't have to worry about meetings etc. just have fun sewing!

    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    WHAT?!? Is this possible? Can they do that? It sounds like discrimination to me. I can relate tho. I tried to join a local group and was turned down flat. Not to mention they were quite rude about it in the process. Maybe I should try to start my own little informal group. Hmmmm? That's an idea. I'll have to do some research.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I belong to my statewide guild and it is wonderful. They are so much fun to be around, I love going to guild meetings and look forward to it each month.

    I don't belong to my local county guild, however, since they don't allow men to join. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    you could get other quilters and just start a quilt sew day, don't have to worry about meetings etc. just have fun sewing!

    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    WHAT?!? Is this possible? Can they do that? It sounds like discrimination to me. I can relate tho. I tried to join a local group and was turned down flat. Not to mention they were quite rude about it in the process. Maybe I should try to start my own little informal group. Hmmmm? That's an idea. I'll have to do some research.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I belong to my statewide guild and it is wonderful. They are so much fun to be around, I love going to guild meetings and look forward to it each month.

    I don't belong to my local county guild, however, since they don't allow men to join. :roll:
    One of the women in the state guild that I'm in has a sew-day on the second Saturday of each month, and we go to that. There's usually about a half dozen or so there and we do a potluck for lunch. I really like it, they are such a fun group of people to be around. :D

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    Hi Susan,

    Yes this is a fun site and glad to be your friend!

    Quote Originally Posted by SUSAN
    Craftybear, I joined a group at my local SR. center. After a few months of being ignored by one gal and shushed by another, I just quit going. I wanted friendship and fellowship and maybe some guidelines along the way. I quit nearly a month ago and no one has called. I don't miss the ignoring person or the person who shushed me all the time, but I do miss the others. Too bad the one bad apple applies. I'm quite happy in this forum, have learned many new things and gathered quite a few friends, you included. :thumbup: :-D

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