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    Just curious. All you quilters out there, are you involved in Guilds or pretty much keep your quilting a solitary thing? Was in a Guild for close to ten years but for various reasons, left the group, deciding I'd rather spend quiet time unwinding in my sewing room instead. Now that retirement is pending this year, I might reconsider.

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    ijust joined one this year.....still trying to decide if its for me !

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    I thought about it, but the local guild has quite a waiting list. Plus I'm not sure I could fulfill the time requirements as my dogs and dog shows take up a lot of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches
    Just curious. All you quilters out there, are you involved in Guilds or pretty much keep your quilting a solitary thing? Was in a Guild for close to ten years but for various reasons, left the group, deciding I'd rather spend quiet time unwinding in my sewing room instead. Now that retirement is pending this year, I might reconsider.
    i am newly retired and am thinking the same - trying to decide on which local group to hook up with. i prefer the morning group, but babysitting my DGKs conflicts. So I'm thinking of going with the larger evening guild.

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    My mom and I found a great group that meets weekly at one of the local Senior Centers (most all of them have a quilting group). We just get together and work on our own stuff, but have lots of help if needed. And everyone gets along great. First 2 Mondays each month we quilt all day, the other Mondays are half days. We have all the tables to use for sewing at, laying out our work for pinning, etc. You come if you can, and if you don't, no problem!

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    I usually spend quiet time quilting.

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    Not guilded. I have enough commitments with the kids and church and my classes that I know I wouldn't be able to participate much, so I'm waiting till the kids are older. But they sound like fun :)

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    Our guild meets once a month- I enjoy going and seeing what the programming will be. I'm not very involved though.

    I also enjoy an occasional craft night with friends, but mostly, I sew on my own.

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    I belong to two guilds, one small and one very big one. I like the bigger one better for the high profile teachers that guild can afford to bring in for workshops and programs. I enjoy quilt workshops. I learn something from every one. The smaller guild is more a show and tell group as the elderly members will not vote to spend any money on anything. Honestly, thousands of dollars in the bank and they think it has to be saved? For what? LOL.

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    Guilds can have national and international speakers and workshops.............just went to an all day class with Sue Nickels this week. Was well worth it..........

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    I belong to a large guild (over 300 members) and a small guild (under 30). Both have their advantages, and that's why I enjoy both.

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    I thought about joining the local guild. Visited for an evening with one of my best friends and my mom. We all left with the same feeling of non-acceptance. The women who ran the guild, skipped over us when it came to show and tell time, when clearly we had finished projects and WIP's on lap and in hands ready to show. When we raised our hands throughout the course of the night, we were ignored. Not one woman greeted us or said one word to us all night, 2-3 hours!

    I don't really want to make a long drive to find a guild where I'm accepted and belong.

    PS-none of us had any deformities and we all bathe regularly.

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    I don't care for guilds for various reasons, but it is a matter of personal choice.

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    I didn't do guilds for years, then tried joining the local one here. It was too big and too clique-y for me. I've got my friend Peggi, who is my biggest cheerleader, and my friends on the web. Seem to have better luck with that!

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    I belong to three guilds. Two good size and one really small.

    I will say it's nearly impossible to actually get to know people you only see 2 hours a month. Join in the activities and you'll get to know people a little better.

    As to cliques, groups of friends sit together and visit with each other. So would you. As soon as you get to know some of them you'll be included because they're not really cliques, just groups of friends.

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    I have to disagree with you on with the cliques, in my case. It was clear that at least 3 groups of people that I sat around wanted to talk to nobody but each other. No matter how much I tried to join the conversations, I was dismissed with chair turns, funny looks and flat out ignoring me (and the girl I was sitting next to who was also trying to "fit in"). After 6 months of this, I left.

    While I agree that it's hard to get to know people you only see a couple of hours a month, it really isn't that difficult to include a newbie in a conversation or make them feel welcome. I didn't feel any more part of the group after 6 months than I did on the first day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntmag
    I don't care for guilds for various reasons, but it is a matter of personal choice.
    I have never been in a quilting guild, but I was a member
    of the ASG (American Sewing Guild) and gave it up this
    year.

    I TRIED to attend the local meetings and sew & tells, but
    I was the youngest person there and the ladies were NOT
    all that friendly to me because I was not in their "social"
    league and so forth.

    Wish I had a friend close by that I could get together with
    for sewing time.

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    I joined one guild just a couple of weeks ago. Several of the members kept inviting me to join as they are my customers at Walmart. My co-worker belongs so I go with her.

    I've not decided if it is really 'my thing', because of the time involved to really be involved with all they do. I work, have my own longarm/quilting business and spend time doing my own quilting.

    I've not been involved long enough to talk to everyone, but am sure as I get to know them and they get to know me it will be better.
    They have about 80 members.

    Another guild that meets closer to home has invited me to visit/join them. I've not been able to yet, but plan to at least visit. They have about 30 members.

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    It makes me so sad to hear about people who are given the cold shoulder at guild meetings. I know that in my small guild we try very hard to make visitors and new members feel welcome. At the big guild's meetings that is much harder. Once I was sitting right by a visitor and didn't even know she was not a longtime member until near the end of the meeting, when visitors were introduced. But even at the big guild's meetings, if someone wants to join a conversation they are welcome to do so, and I have never seen anyone treated badly. It's such a shame that any group of quilters would let this happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie
    I thought about it, but the local guild has quite a waiting list. Plus I'm not sure I could fulfill the time requirements as my dogs and dog shows take up a lot of time.


    your guild has a waiting list???
    never heard of a guild that was not open to any and all who wish to participate. the local guild here has well over 100 members- they also have a membership invitational tea every year- always looking for and encouraging new members...i just can't quite get my mind around a waiting list to join a guild???

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    I went...paid but after a few decided it was not for me...I thought it would be awesome to get together and sew once a week...not the way...they mainly get together talk about donating quilts, quilt your blocks at home and bring them in to make a quilt...many are there to get business for their longarm business...its more show and tell...I wanted to join because I thought we were going to make quilts...for us, not the world...I think its great that people donate but I am still new and want to make stuff of my house and my family...parents, kids, Aunts, Uncles, brothers, sisters,...I have enough just keeping up with all of them...I donate to my family members...I was hoping to do more of a get together and sew week...I wish my house was bigger I would have a bunch of ladies here...I do get together with friends here and there at my house...so much fun. Oh and if you are new...they laugh when you do not know what a long arm machine is...I had no idea when I first went a year ago...

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    My one and only visit to my local guild~ what a joke and never met more rude people in my life. These people weren't huddled together in their groups, but they just gave you go to hell looks..lol. At the beginning, introductions were made along with interests, etc. I did my part and told them I was new to quilting...wow! The main lady in charge abruptly stopped me in mid sentence, to inform me that they were not there to "teach me and that I might be in the wrong place. The funniest part, I never said a word about "teach me or learn", I just said that I wanted to see what guilds were all about. The only reason I went to the meeting, was because teacher/ employee at the LQS said I should check it out! LOL Well, now I know. And the even funnier thing to me, is that they expect you to pay for that??? Seriously?!? Ummm, no.

    I think this (QB) is the best "guild" or group that can be found! :D

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    No, I'm not, but I'd like to try it. It would be nice to have others nearby who can stand to hear my wax rhapsodic about my fabric addiction!

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    I was in one for three years and found that I prefered to spend the time in my sewing room.....but I do enjoy meeting with a small group once a month for social time and hand sewing.

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    I haven't tried to visit any guilds and I'm not sure if I ever will as I would need a sign language interpreter to fully benefit from the meetings/classes, etc.

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