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    Guild BOM

    Hi, Just wanted to take a survey. I belong to two quilt guilds. Each has a BOM. I rarely participate since I have had the experience of winning and having a horrible time putting the blocks together as they are always various sizes no matter how well they were made.
    My question is about how your group or guild does BOM. The guild I have belonged to the longest has had the same person doing BOM for at least 20 years. She made up the rules when the group was less than a dozen members. If you win you are obligated to make at least six different blocks in the next 9 months. Until you fullfill that obligation you are not eligible to win again.
    The other problem I have with her rules is that she picks the pattern and they seem to be getting harder and harder. This month's pattern takes 48 pieces in a 12 1/2" block. Last months had 54 pieces. It has gotten to the point where there may be 20 or more blocks in the drawing but only one or two people are eligable to win. The other thing that bugs me is that she picks the pattern, the colors and even provides some of the fabric, at the guild's expense of course. There are 100+ members in the guild so she provides at least 80 pieces of fabric and that many copies of the pattern each month.
    Here excuse for the rules and the quild providing the fabric etc. is to help beginners etc. After 49 years of quilting I am not willing to take on a single block with 54 pieces. The only way I would use most of her patterns is to enlarge all the pieces enough to make a whole top out of one block.
    Just interested in hearing your comments.
    Trying to sew, quilt or read everyday.

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    sounds like it is time for you to retire from the Guild's BOM.
    It appears to be to controlled.

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    It doesn't seem like a fun BOM.
    However, unless someone else is will to take on what appears a big responsibility - you participate or you don't

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    Why do you participate if it is no longer fun? Quilting for me, is for enjoyment. What is happening in your guild is why I am hesitant to join a guild. I think alot of us quilters do not belong to a guild because of internal politics and pecking order hierachy. Why do 100 members go along to satisfy one member's ego? It may be time for you to break away from that guild and start a new guild with like minded members.
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    How about suggesting a second BOM group for beginner/intermediate quilters in the guild? You could tell the "lady in charge" of the other BOM that she's too experienced for many of the guild members, so she should be flattered, not angry. Only problem with this suggestion is that you may need to be willing to start the new group. Good luck!
    Sue

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    Our guild, each month someone volunteers to select the BOM pattern, assemble the instructions and any fabric provided and they are sold for a $1 each. You are entered into the drawing the next month if you bring a completed block/s. The guild will reimburse the member for any materials provided if requested.

    There is one volunteer/coordinator that keeps track and reminds the folks who is responsible each month.

    Sometimes I participate and sometimes I don't. It depends on how I feel about the pattern/block that is given.
    I haven't ever won, so don't have experience about putting them together but I think the size is a common issue based on the variety of experience you have of quilters and the difficulty of the pattern. I did one a few months ago and could not get it so points would not be cut off when assembled, so I didn't turn it in.

    My guild has its quirks but I have made a few wonderful friends, so I can overlook, as it happens with all organzations. If I were you, I would suggest a change if possible, or just don't participate in that part of the guild.
    Lisa

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    That sounds like work to me. My quilting is for fun. Just choose the ones you want to try and skip the the others. I bet things would change if everyone in the group did that.

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    Gads, how intense. I don't understand why the guild has to buy the fabric and I imagine pay for the printing of the pattern too. You must belong to a very wealthy guild.

    One of my groups posts the pattern online - or an e-mail could be used. Two of the groups I belong to we each furnish our own material.

    I wonder who really runs this guild. Hmmm.

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    I've just joined our local guild, so I can only give you the information on the block lotto that was started this month.

    They do 4 BOM or Block lotto's a year. They have a committee that works together to plan these. The one they introduced at the last meeting was a scrappy house block. It costs $1.00 to get a kit, which includes the pattern, a color pallet to work from your own scraps or fabric, and the neutral background fabric to use. The ladies who signed up are supposed to bring back their completed block next month and all those who bring it back are put into a lotto to win all of the blocks. There is no limit on not winning for so long or taking part for the next so many block lotto's that I know of! The blocks seem prety dooable even for a newbie like me. Here is a link to the block for our current block lotto: http://quiltville.com/happyscrappyhouses.shtml

    I'm actually quite excited about our guild as they have SO much going on I'm sure to find something to take part in!!

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    Rhapsdy, I just went to the site you provided. I love that cute house block. I added it to my favorites. Thanks for sharing. As for the guilds, I have never joined one. I will just let this QB be my guild. Teresa

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    QB is my guild also. I have been invited to join a couple in my area but after attending a couple of causal classes at our LQS, I decided I'm fine just the way things are. These are all great ladies but I don't want to deal with the politics which seems to happen in all clubs. I attend local classes and get a lot of good information from this site.

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    Good heavens, that's soooo complicated!

    Here's what our guild does:

    All members who wish to participate for the year put their names in a basket. Each month, two names are drawn. Those two members supply instructions for the block of their choice, along with color preferences for the next month's newsletter. Then, the other members make a block for each gal to those specifications and bring them to the next meeting. If you don't make blocks and your name is drawn, you forfeit your turn and your name goes back into the basket.
    We've done this for years, and it works fairly well; we've discovered that you get better results if you choose a fairly simple block pattern for your turn. Some gals even ask for a couple squares of fabric, rather than a sewn block.

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    I belong to a small Quilt Guild, only 12 - 15 women. We're doing 3 BOM's this year. We also do it Lotto style. Whoever made a square puts their name in the "hat" most everyone participates and whoever wins has enough squares for a good size lap quilt and it usually becomes a great "show & tell" the following month.

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    my friend and i share the duties as bom chair. we did it last year and have continued this year. the guild does pay for the fabric or we use donated fabrics when available. we charge $1 to each member participating. when choosing the block we try to vary the complexity and the type of block so that all members have a chance to participate. some members like it simple, some like to be challenged. we have bom most months of the year and like most of the previous explanations we have a drawing using the people who return their finished block the following month.

    our guild is very large, over 200 members, but participation to run things is very limited. that's why we are doing the job for the second year. however, doing the same job for 20 years seems tooooooooo long. maybe time for someone else to step up and volunteer to give this person a rest.

    i know there are members who do not participate for the same reasons you mentioned. the workmanship isn't always up to everyone's standards. if you feel this way then you have the option not to participate.
    pdcakm alias pat
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    Thanks ladies for all of your comments. I have been a member of that particular guild for more than 25 years. Orginally we met on a member's sunporch. Now it is so big that I don't even recognize many of the faces let alone know all the names. It is kind of a joke among the longtime members with this particular BOM lady. She is also a breast cancer survivor. This sounds horrible but it was the best thing that ever happened to her. She seems like someone who needs attention desperately. We have at least ten other members who are also breast cancer victims. None of them made such a production out of their problem. While she was going through treatment she made sure to always wear her pink t shirt and hat and milked the situation for all it was worth. The area I live in is really small town. The biggest city in the county has probably less than 6000 residents. We have only one hospital.
    While I am sorry she had cancer it doesn't excuse her attitude. Her personality has not improved since her illness and recovery. It seems as if controling the BOM is the most important thing in her life. I just hope she doesn't turn people off from quilting with her controling ways.
    Trying to sew, quilt or read everyday.

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    I am a sarcoma survivor - and I can understand her need to have control over one area of her life. It seems to me that she needs to join a survivor's group. It can really open your eyes that there are hundreds of people just like her and worse - and it is a perfect place to learn compassion and to find help to cope with her issues.
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    That doesn't sound fun at all. I'm the president of our guild and ours is only for those that want to do it. We have about 207 members and I think there are only 30 people participating in the BOM. There are no rules that you have to finish it by a specific date. You just get the pattern at the meeting and make it when you can. We do the same for a mystery quilt. We do a clue a month so that the day of putting it together everyone has the opportunity to get the top finished.

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