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Thread: First Quilt Guild meeting

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    Junior Member chiaraquilts's Avatar
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    Okay, so tomorrow evening I am going to my first quilt guild meeting, and I am nervous. I don't know anyone there and I don't know what to expect...but I would really like to find other quilters in my area and have a place to learn and exchange ideas.

    Any thoughts about what, if anything, I should bring? What I should expect? The website says there will be a program with a trunk show.

    Anyway, I guess I am just looking for encouragement so that I don't chicken out!

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    Good for you. I am still "thinking" of going. Proud of you!

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    Introduce yourself to the other people and let them know you are new. It'll help them get to know you and you them.
    I've found that most quilters don't bite. In my guild we have members that help newbies so that they feel included. :-D

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    I'm going to my first on Wednesday...have similar feelings, but we'll get through it. It's not the first 'first' for me, and I doubt it is for you, either. :wink:

    Good luck!

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    Walk in with a smile and start chatting. Don't sit in the back. The president will be very busy and most officers will have duties and may not get around to welcoming you personally, so don't take it personally if they don't. Usually an introduction of visitors will be made during the start of the meeting.

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    If there is a trunk show and a program, you probably won't be doing any sewing. Some ladies bring handwork to do while they sit. You might want to bring a notepad, and/or a camera. Always ask - before photographing someone's quilt, it's only common courtesy. If they have a library, check it out! It's a great place to find patterns and information for nothing!
    Once you start to feel comfortable, volunteer to be on a committee. Any committee. It allows you to become close to the other people in that committee and then you have a core group of "I know you's" set up.
    Spread your wings and fly!

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    Just have fun!

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    I went to my first Guild Meeting last week. What a great time! So many nice people, great ideas, beautiful quilts. I sat with a group of ladies that I knew one of them, so a bit easier. But go anyway and someone will take you under their wing. Let them know you are new to the Guild.

    You will love it and be glad you went! I cannot wait for next months meeting.

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    Don't feel intimidated, everyone there was once a newbie and many others have come into the guild the same way, not knowing anyone. I have been in three guilds and was warmly welcomed into all.

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    Go for it! Look how much fun you have here!

    Sorry, I see now that you are a new user! What I was trying to say is that quilters are a great bunch! Spread you wings and fly, as someone else said!

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    I hope you have a fun first evening - trunk shows are always inspiring!

    Does the guild website list suggestions of things to bring? For our guild, we have a raffle table (so bring loonies) and vendors (books, FQ's, notions, patterns, treasures), show & share, block of the month, and there is also often a demonstration of some sort before the meeting starts. There are also workshops held during the day of the meetings, so there is someone there for most of the day - showing up early is highly recommended :)

    I hope your guild is a warm and welcoming group! I'm betting by the end of the evening, you'll have a few new friends!

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    always take pen and paper--shut your phone off[i forgot and got glared at on my second visit 10years ago] love my guild visits hate to miss them

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    Take your quilting bag, a mug and a big smile! I find quilters are friendly welcoming people. This guild may even have a posted greeter at the door. That's the role that I fill in my guild. I stand at the doorway welcoming everyone, new and old members to the guild with a big "Ask Me" button on so that I am clearly identified. I then seek out visitors to chat with them and explain how the guild works and the various features available ie (block of the month or PIGS). Think of your guild as the beginning of endless possibilities. Enjoy!

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    You will love quilt guild. You will learn so much, meet new girls, and get to share ideas, how to squeeze more quilting time into your day, and even more!
    Just GO!!
    Mariah

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    Most guilds have a Show and tell as part of every meeting. If you have it, take something that you are particularly proud of, or your first quilt and current project, as a way to introduce yourself. Be sure to give your name and mention that this is your first meeting; someone will always come up to you afterwards to comment on your work and there's your toe in the door.

    I hope you have a lovely time!
    Jan in VA

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    Go for it - it's a great experience. Tell them you are new when you come in the door. Most guilds will help you get introduced around and make you feel welcome. I tried two guilds before I joined one. Don't be afraid to find the right group for you. I chose a smaller group so it would be easier to get acquainted more quickly. A plus is that it is also closer to home.

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    Oh bah. The website had the wrong date for the meeting, so I missed it by one night....oh well there is always next month, and I also heard about another guild that meets during the day,which is great for me....I am sure I will find a quilting "home" soon!

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