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Thread: Do You Belong To A Quilt Guild

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    Why not use this opportunity to get active and then you'll be the one calling the shots...perhaps the evening meeting could be one targeting new quilters with the more experienced quilters coming as mentors...a different technique each month - to training on it one meeting and have folks bring machines to sew at the next meeting...a show and tell could be a block made from the new technique. it could be a really helpful and fun group, I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltnmom
    I would like to join the local guild but they meet during the day and I work so that would be tough. I emailed the contact person and she said there had been interest in an evening meeting but they had issues like where to have it without room rent and they needed a person to head it up. She asked if I wanted to be that person and if I would host a group in my home?? I thought that a little strange since I'm not even a member, haven't been to a meeting and she wanted to know if I would take the lead on this? I just started quilting about 4 months ago. I'm not even sure what is done at a quilt guild meeting?

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    In 2002 4 of us started a guild we just wanted to share our quilting with others and make it a fun social time. We are not part of a national guild and are quite informal. We have made donation quilts,chemo caps, mystery quilts,And once a year we do a group project. One year it was an angel wallhanging another time we did a snowman wallhanging.We have also taught a beginner rail fence. We are now completing a D9P.We have many younger quilters and every year we have more.We do a BOM each meeting it is explained and brought back next month for a show and tell.We also do a FQ draw ( 3 for $1.00 tickets) the money made from this goes to buy FQ for the next months FQ draw.To start this or group of 4 donated FQ from our stash This draw is a hi point in our meetings. Dues are $20.00 and when we taught courses we put the money back in the guild. A lot of our new quilters are making a sampler with the BOM blocks some are scrappy and others chose color co-ordinated. Next month we are doing ironing mats so they will learn machine quilting sandwiching and how to make and sew binding.We have about 22 members and that is a lot for the small community I live in.Also 2 of the first 4 are here now!

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    No quilt guilds in my area. They have 1 about 25 miles from here, but, mostly elderly women who talk about families and things of that nature, rather then quilting.
    self learner here

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    I belong to my church group not guild I have yet to find one besides this group where I belong. My church group is like the old time quilting bees we make dedication quilts, and such. It is fun I like it!

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    No, guild for me. I am not very competitive and I feel that there is a lot of competition in guilds and that is okay for some people. I just quilt for my own enjoyment, although I would welcome the fellowship from other quilters.

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    No, I am pretty busy with family, church, gardening, and quilting but would love to have a christian friend to quilt with or share with. I'm not the social one in our family!!! None of mine quilt. I live in Puyallup, up hill from the fair!

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    My quild's last meeting of the year is our Harvest Supper in early November. Everyone brings food or donates money for a ham or turkey and there is always plenty of desserts. Tables are decorated and everyone gets a FQ, one year the FQ was an orange fabric wrapped around a roll of toilet tissue to look like a pumpkin, had a twig in the center and a real leaf. Another year the FQ was our 'napkin' in a corn cob fabric which we were to make a small challenge quilt with for the next Harvest Supper. We also display the Dolly quilts we made and prizes are awarded. 60 or more of the dolly quilts are given to a local senior center group to be added to their Christmas gifts for the kids in their town's Head Start program They wrap the little quilts around dolls for girls and teddy bears for boys. Havest Supper is also last call for charity quilts which we give to local churches and social services groups for Christmas gifts. Past few years we've added fun pillowcases. May in Jersey

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    When I moved to a new town, I joined a group. However, I was unaware at first that they had a history of forming cliques, not sharing, silly in - fighting and ostracism. It broke up into other groups at least two times whilst I persevered as a member and after I was given the brush - off, I stopped going as well. Later on, I was invited to join a group which is 100 km away. It is a very friendly, sharing group and I don't resent the journey to visit with such a stimulating, talented and thoroughly nice bunch of women every month. I heard on the grape - vine that the other group has five members now...it may change in the future.

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    --I have joined one in denver and have attended one as a guest in atlanta. I like going solo. I might add that I have learned 0a lot from tv and mags. I have been quilting for 20.yrs. llike the quiling buddies I met along the. Way and this web site

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    Joan_quilt where in south central Pa do you live? I live in the Carlisle area.

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    I belong to 2 guilds. One had over 200 members, they meet once a month for the business meeting. One month that is at 1:00 the next month it will be at 7:00 pm, it consist of the business portion, and then snacks, show and tell, and usually either a trunk show or something similar. Then weekly they also meet every Tuesdays and have small meeting, show and tell, we take snacks as we feel to do, and something to work on if you want, alot of the ladies do their hand work there. Whether it be applique, binding, some gals work on project warmth or ?? They also meet once a month, and have a "Work Day" which is making quilts for project warmth and also is pot luck. This group had 2 different meetings times so to speak one in the mornings and one in the evenings. We do Round Robins, pick a bags, challenge quilts, stash busters, and different ones voluteer to do a class sometimes, and they also have ones come in to teach a class also.Do a huge Quilt Show this last year there were over 400 quilts entered, the quilt show is not limited to members or even just our state.
    The 2nd Guild I belong to is a bit smaller in fact I'm not sure how many, I'm thinkin around 30. They meet once a month for the business meeting, usually start at 5pm with bring your lunch and visit or whatever and then the actually meeting starts at 7pm. They have a program committee that usually shows how to do something or a bit of info on something. Then once a month they have a work day which varies from month to month, sometimes there is a free class on making an item (this last month it was using the 60 degree ruler and making fan wallhanging quilt) and working on our Raffle quilt,and also charity quilts. Some gals bring their quilts to baste and use the bigger tables to make it easier. Some of the gals also meet on Tuesdays for a work day, they do a show for Christmas in the Hills and also do challenge quilts, Round Robins and things like that. I really enjoy both guild and have been gong for about 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    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.

    Are you talking about Q.U.I.L.T.S Schenectady? I was at their quilt show on Saturday, so in love with everything there!!

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    Our group is not an organized guild--no officers, no dues, no food served (we do offer coffee and juice) and no more rules. We meet in our homes, projects vary from year to year, this year's is a real gem--will tell you about it when I get the fabric,various skill levels. And we all love it, that's the most important. piecefully, the old one

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    After work on Thursdays 3 pediatric nurses and 2 nurse practitioners meet to "sew" we crockpot it but are slow to sew but lots of laughs and food.

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    I don't belong to any guilds but do go to two local "drop in" type groups. One meets the first Monday of the month at the library. This group is open to all quilters. The other group meets every Friday morning and is only open to quilters 55 and older. It meets in the Senior Center. Both groups are free and each has made a queen size quilt for the "host" to auction to raise money for their respective endeavors. (The library quilt was just raffled last month and raised over $2300. We were all quite proud of that accomplishment.) I have tried "organized" groups and found I do not care for them - I fit in better when things are more relaxed and fewer "rules/laws" have to be followed.

    I agree with the other repliers, just take a deep breath and follow your instincts. I was always afraid to do anything alone - ie: go to the movies, a museum, the theater, shopping (except grocery), etc. At the age of 55 I finally decided that if I wanted to do any of these things I had to go alone or remain a dull scaredycat. Now, at age 64, I do what I want and am much happier. AND there was really no reason for me to be scared: there are more friendly, helpful people in the world than one would believe.
    Barbara W

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    My guild has about 30 members. We meed on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
    Our types of meeting vary. We have business meetings where we discuss things like the calendar for the year, who we will do a pro bono quilt for this year, area events, holiday parties.
    We have work meetings (and sometimes have extra Saturdays for this) where we do quilts for babies in a hospital etc.
    We also have people come to do trunk shows and demos.
    Our group also puts on a quilt show in May each year.
    The ladies are very friendly and help each other and encourage even the newest members.
    We have talents from expert to beginner.

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    I belong to two guilds and although both run similar programs, they each have their own unique flavour. Both guilds have a monthly evening meeting that has a business portion, Show and Tell by members and a guest speaker or hands on Program. There are also lots of individual small projects that are available if you wish to participate. Some of these include mystery tins (members exchange tins, make a block, switch at each meeting), block of the month, PIGS (member challenge to finish up old projects) and great lending libraries of quilting books and magazines. During the month, there are opportunities to participate in making Community Quilts for donation, member led skills sessions (eg. binding or borders)and a weekly Stitch and Share session. All members are welcome to attend any or all of these activities and although there are regulars, I haven't found either group too "cliquey". The biggest difference is that my larger guild (135) is able to have more expensive speakers than my (70) member guild. Both guilds provide lots of quilting opportunities and it is up to the individual as to how many things you try. Can you tell by all of this that I love my guilds!

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    I am thinking about joining one. It is large with 430 members but only about 65 are regulars. The think that keeps me from joining is the fear of them being clique-ish. I hated high school and even though that was over 40 years ago, I just don't want to revert back with the clique-ish.

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    The ladies at the quilt shop I often go to have been trying to get me to join theres. They are such sweet ladies, and I think it would be fun, but it would be a LONG drive at night on country roads. Summer wouldnt be bad, but I dont like driving much if roads are icey.
    And believe it or not, I am a bit shy around groups, I know chatty here, but noy around a group, lol!
    I told them maybe, I'd like to try it! BF would probaly drive me if I asked him, lol!

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    I belong to two quilt guilds. One is the statewide Arkansas Quilters Guild, of which I chair the Sponsor and Publicity positions. We have about 70-75 members attend our monthly meetings, which have a business meeting at the beginning, followed by show and tell, and then the program speaker for the evening. They're such a great bunch of folks to be around, I just love going to meetings and being around them. They have two retreats each year, and I volunteered to be the co-chair (along with my wife) of next's years retreats. Going to be fun!

    I also belong to the Hot Springs Area Quilt Guild, which is in the next county over. They usually have about 40-45 members at each meeting, I believe. My wife and I just joined them back in August. They're a great bunch, too, lots of fun.

    But the county guild in the county that I live in won't let me join their guild because I am a man. :( Oh, well, their loss...they don't know what they're missing out on. :D

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    I'm the VP for my quilt guild. There are about 229 members (or at least that is what we were at last count. We meet the first Monday of the month and have trunk shows, fat quarter draws, and show and tell. We have classes throughout the months as well be various teachers and once a month we have a "stash busters" which is just a sewing day that anyone can go to. I know that many guilds are "clique-ish" but the best way to help that is to volunteer, go to classes, and go to the sewing days. The more people that you meet there the more fun you will have and the more you will learn from the other members.

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    Ask the ladies if they meet in the summer before you join. My guild does not meet July and August and part of June.

    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    The ladies at the quilt shop I often go to have been trying to get me to join theres. They are such sweet ladies, and I think it would be fun, but it would be a LONG drive at night on country roads. Summer wouldnt be bad, but I dont like driving much if roads are icey.
    And believe it or not, I am a bit shy around groups, I know chatty here, but noy around a group, lol!
    I told them maybe, I'd like to try it! BF would probaly drive me if I asked him, lol!

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    We also have show n tell and fat quarter draws plus other little things like that in ours too. Makes it a lot of fun.

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    I think that is horrible that they would discriminate like that. Wonder why they feel that way. As you say, their loss!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I belong to two quilt guilds. One is the statewide Arkansas Quilters Guild, of which I chair the Sponsor and Publicity positions. We have about 70-75 members attend our monthly meetings, which have a business meeting at the beginning, followed by show and tell, and then the program speaker for the evening. They're such a great bunch of folks to be around, I just love going to meetings and being around them. They have two retreats each year, and I volunteered to be the co-chair (along with my wife) of next's years retreats. Going to be fun!

    I also belong to the Hot Springs Area Quilt Guild, which is in the next county over. They usually have about 40-45 members at each meeting, I believe. My wife and I just joined them back in August. They're a great bunch, too, lots of fun.

    But the county guild in the county that I live in won't let me join their guild because I am a man. :( Oh, well, their loss...they don't know what they're missing out on. :D

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    But the county guild in the county that I live in won't let me join their guild because I am a man. :( Oh, well, their loss...they don't know what they're missing out on. :D[/quote]

    I can't believe that! In my opinion, a quilter is a quilter, regardless of gender.

    Ask them if they would let Ricky Tims join ..... when they say yes, tell them that he can't join right now but sent you to take his place! :wink:

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