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Thread: Do You Belong To A Quilt Guild

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwin
    I recently moved to the Carolina area from the west coast and have not been able to located quilters I have built a sewing shop and I m looking for Christian ladies to sew with me to make quilts for childern that are sick maybe even unwed mothers. I live in Rock Hill SC. Joyce
    Wish I were in your area. I'd love to help.

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    Yes I belong to a guild. It is a very small one - current membership is 28. I like the small because we can connect with each other easier. I won't join a larger one because I find the large ones are too clicky and too many members are left out in the cold. We don't have a lot of money, but we do have very talented quilters. One just taught us Bargello. We do have a "formal" meeting then we get to take a "class" if we want. We arrange for some kind of lunch- salads, soup, pot luck and generally have a great time.

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    I am in two groups - one a guild, and one more of a bee, I guess.

    The guild has its positives - we have a program nearly every month, do a show every year, contribute children's quilts for the local emergency responders to give out, etc.

    The bee is small - about 10 people usually. We learn techniques, work on charity quilts, and take an 'each one teach one' attitude. I like this one a great deal.

    I think you get out of a group what you put in, so go with an open mind, and volunteer to help where/when you can. Usually you meet a lot more people that way, and become a part of the group. You can help make the group friendlier to others, sometimes.

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    I go to own qiult meetings once a month we have about 25 in our guild.We have busines segment ,we have dimonstions,show and tell. We do charities quilts, and quilts for the fire and police department to hand out in emergency situation. We some times go in early and sew up some quilts for theme.I have learn a lot from the guild girls.

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    3 guilds. One is daytime meeting--twice a month--first is business meeting and a demonstation. 2nd is "workday" we either have a class or a guest trunk show.
    2nd guild meets once a month at night-always a trunk show or demonstrations.
    3rd is our State Guild--meets the last full weekend of July--classes, lectures, shopping at vendors and the annual business meeting (new raffle quilt is unveiled at this meeting)

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    I always hesitated in joining a quild - always pictured a room filled with older people sitting around a wooden frame with a quilt in place being hand sewn on until about 5 years ago. A new friend I made at a local craft show talked me into attending one of their meetings where they were learning how to do miniature landscape quilts and it's been a real joy to be a part of this band of merry people since. I've learned so much from all the talents within this group of people of about 100 or so quilters ranging in age from 9 to 80+. Mostly women, a few children and two or three men pop in off and on. And their backgroups are so diverse - teachers, lawyers, accountants, nurses, doctors, office managers, park rangers, full time moms, students, geologists, retired business owners and the list goes on.
    We meet Jan thru Oct once a month on the 4th Thursday evening at a local church. We do share upcoming events, guild business, a trade table, another table that has adoptable kits to make community service projects from, show n tell and other things that come up. During the year we have a number of things going on with the Guild - hand sewing classes, workshops where we learn new techniques, trunkshows, well known quilt lecturers and open sewing days held on other days of the week at another local church and our only quilt shop. All of our community service projects are donated yearly to different organizations, this year the quilts, receiving blankets, pillowcases, walker pouches and backpacks went to one of our local Adult assisted environment, a service that houses special needs adults get back out in the working world, veterans at a local VA hospital and our pediatric ward at our local hospital.
    We also have two retreats every year for the members, no planned projects just a great time to get away, spend time with a special friend and make new ones, sleeping in cabins located in a local forest, where we have someone else do all the cooking and sew as long as you want.
    We also help in the organizing, displaying and answering of questions at our local county fair every year. Some of us also do demonstrations during the fair to get people interested and possibly joining us.
    And then every other year our guild puts on a Quilt show in our local library and what a display that is.
    As you can see there are many different quilds out there, you just need to attend one or two to see if it fits your needs.
    I could go on and on but I did want to add one more little thing - I'm the current president of our Guild and if you do chose to join one I can't encourage you enough - get involved so you can help them grow and have a say on things that can be done to help your community through all of them and their endeavors and in what they can learn from each other.

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    Am #1 on the waiting list for our local quild. Will probably be after the new year before I get in because it depends on who pays their dues, we are at max members now. Can't wait to share all the knowledge thest people have.

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    I belong to two quilds near me. We have monthly meetings. We always have a short business meeting, show and tell and then someone gives a demonstration.
    Once a month the clubs combine to have a sewcial or sew day or sometimes we will make a trip to a fabric store or quilt show together. About once a year we plan a three or four day retreat. This year we have rented three cabins at a state park and a group building where we will sew and socialize.

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    I belong to this one right here, and It's the best one anywhere! Don't know how many members and we can discuss anything quilting related! LOL :)

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    We here in central PA have a local quilt group, there are 2 guilds very close to us, but we prefer to say group, no dues, no real "boss" just a get together, discussion, show n tell and we are making quilts for soldiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwin
    I recently moved to the Carolina area from the west coast and have not been able to located quilters I have built a sewing shop and I m looking for Christian ladies to sew with me to make quilts for childern that are sick maybe even unwed mothers. I live in Rock Hill SC. Joyce
    I belong to a guild at the Mooresville Sr. Center in Mooresville, NC. The general meeting is the 2nd Monday at 9:30AM. Then there are one or two other groups that meet separately to do charity quilts or other things. The charity goups meets the 4th Monday at 9:30AM. Come and join us. We have about 100 members but not all come to the meetings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annyroony2
    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.
    What part of NC are you in? I live in Statesville.

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    Hi, I am so sorry your were not made to feel as welcome as you should have been at out meetings. Sometimes it happens that way with a big group. I belong to that guild you were talking about and may have met you at our show. A guild can be so much fun but we do need to make a better effort at welcoming newcomers. Please come to our tie in and make yoursellf known to my friendship group ( a small group of quilting friends withing the larger organization) We would be happy to have you at our table to tie and I can introduce you to some folks and hope to make you feel at home among new friends. I personally have some health issues to deal with at present and may or may not be there but if I'm not, I will certainly have someone seek you out and bring you onboard. My name is Crickett Sweet and If 'm not there, please ask for Anita Paul or Mary MacNamara, Cara Molineaux or Lynn Russom - any of these ladies will be happy to meet you and try to make you feel more comfortable with our group. Please give us a second chance. Im sure we all feel uncomfortable in new settings sometimes but this should not be one of them.

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    I belong to a guild here in SW Florida. We meet once a week. We have our business meetings the third Monday of the month September to June. One Monday one of the gals will do an instructional class. Other times, we do blocks that are put together in charity quilts. We donate 200 quilts a year. We have over 85 members, though some are just here in the winter.

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    Our guild also makes adult bibs to put into Christmas stockings we make for shutins. I'll see if I can get a pattern for you. Where do I send it?

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    I belong to two guilds in my area, each has about 200 members. But my real joy is being part of a Friendship group, and I belong to three!
    One church group (8 ladies) does only hand quilting, finishing quilt tops for people and donating the income to a cause of our choosing through the church.
    The second one is the Philanthropic arm of one of the guilds (20-30+ quilters, it changes weekly), and this one is a hoot! We donated over 750 quilts just last year alone. We are able to longarm quilt most of our efforts (another team effort of 7-8 ladies), about 1400 quilts in 2 1/2 years!
    The third is a great group that meets at the Presbyterian church (8 of us) where each of us does our own project, or teams up, or whatever we want to do. And of course we make quilts for worthy causes, about 25 quilts a year.

    Guilds meets monthly, have a schedule, and need to take care of business. It's really not the best time nor place to make new friends. The real value of smaller groups outside of the guild is you are able to learn new techniques, make friends, and laugh!

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    I belong to a quilt club which started 15 years ago. We meet weekly in our community hall, have about 30 memers and no rules. We learn from each other, have a lot of laughs and go home at the endof the day content that we may have learned something and have contributed to good mental health. Some of the women make charity quilts but it is not a "must" to contribute. Jane














    Our fees are $20 yearly. No hall rental. We raffle quilts once a year and usually make aoout $5,000 Money is give to comunity league so we don'tpay rent. Shop hop twice a year andattend numerous quilt shows. Guild had toomany rules! Just Jane, ulhurst Canada

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    Quote Originally Posted by annyroony2
    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.
    I would also welcome the fellowship from other quilters. The group I belonged to had a lot of back biting going on. Women! So, I'm hesitant about making a commitment to go with another group. Maybe the Lutherans' group in Harrisonburg aren't as threatened by what kind of machine someone has!! LOL.

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    There is no quilt guild that I am aware of in my community and the nearest one it too much of a trip for me. The closest thing to a group is this wonderful web site. Thanks to all for your sharing.

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    I do belong to a small quilting guild called Stitch N Time, we do charity quilts. We also get together on weekends sometimes to travel around the countryside to the different quilt shows, finishing off with lunch. We meet twice a month monday evenings and we are capped at 20 members.Half of the members have husbands, half do not so the withouts also get together friday or sat nite and go to the movies, or stage show etc.We have lots of challenges given to us by our planning commitee. Also we have guest quilters on a saturday all day for a workshop at least 3-4 times a year.All in all we are very busy just with the one guild, no time for more and because its so small, its very intimate and personal, and we all like it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zquilter
    I would like to hear about your quilt guilds. How large is it? How often do you meet? What is the structure of your meetings? Are they discussion meetings? Or do you actually sew there? Or Both? Well any way, you get the idea. Thanks for sharing.
    I belong to a guild with 100 members. We meet at a large church one night a month, every month of the year, for a structured meeting, which can include a lecture, trunk show, or demonstration by a guild member, local quilter, or nationally known teacher. Every meeting is slightly different but all include some sort of fellowship, refreshments and "Show n Tell."

    The Guild hosts at least 5 workshops a year. Some are run by guild members, some by nationally known teachers like Ami Simms or Bonnie Hunter. We make a quilt to raffle every year, to raise money for these programs. We have a guild show every other October to raise money also.

    We have a philanthropy group that meets monthly and makes quilts for Project Linus, Quilts for Kids, Quilts of Valor, Habitat for Humanity, and any community member who needs one.

    We have an annual trip to quilt camp, about an hour away. usually 25-30 members fo to camp for 3-5 days and sew and sew and sew and laugh and eat and chat. It's heavenly.

    I also belong to a small "bee" of 7 guild ladies. We meet one day each month at one anothers' homes. We each bring our own projects and our own "Show n Tell." We help each other make decisions on colors, what to use for borders, and in a time crunch, we help each other finish binding!

    My small bee rents a house together at the NJ shore every September, and we spend the week together much like quilt camp-- sewing laughing chatting shopping and snacking.

    I've made many close friends in guild, and my bee gals are like sisters to me. They enrich my life in so many ways!

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    I had a bad experience at my first meeting and never went back. I prefer to quilt alone.

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    I belong to The West Georgia Quilting Quild - we are about 60 members strong - we meet once a month but have "quilt-in every thurs.afternoon and bring what ever project we are working on - in feb. they have a quilt show all month in the local library - we also sew quilt and donate them to several organizations

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    The quilt guild I belong to, meets the first thursday of each month. There is just over 100 members, all females, except one male. $20. annually. Prior to the start of the business meeting, there is a half hour social, meet and greet. The meeting, show and tell and a program. We meet in a church. We have workshops, community quilt bees, and other special interest bees. A number of service groups are supported with quilts, toys, totes, pillowcases, etc.
    It is a very friendly group and I have learned a lot since I have been a member.

    Obie

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    Don't belong -- they meet in the evening -- not a night-time person. Been invited, thought about it, still after about 6pm for me is too late. I'm a morning person --just not for me.

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