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Thread: I am starting a quilting club!!!! (at my church)

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    My husband who is an elder at our church brought up in session tonight that I wanted to start a quilting club!
    They aproved and said I will be fully in charge of it...

    Eeeek

    Umm lol I have never been to a quilting club, guild or meeting

    Now what :lol:


    I am think only once a month to get it started and a 1 hour meeting

    If there is interest I was thinking of a Saturday once a month sew day

    For the hour meetings I was thinking
    Show in tell
    technique demonstration
    time if someone needs help to ask and get the help
    Also adopt a new quilter

    So far we already (this was the first night and it has not been mentioned to the congregation yet) 5 quilters interested

    So all those that have been to clubs and guilds, how does my plan sound?
    Anything fun you can think of
    I also thought we could do some charity quilts and fun things make a quilt for raffles when we have fund raisers

    Also would our little club qualify for like the 10% discount at Joanns if we made up cards?
    Its not important just dont know if I should make up cards at kinkos or something.

    Thanks for anyones help.... I am kinda scared lol

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    I have never been to a quilt club meeting but sounds like you have a great plan. At the local fabric shop here, she said they do the same things you are talking about. Blessings to you on your new venture.

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    How exciting for you :mrgreen: I can't wait to hear how it all comes together ! Keep us posted and CONGRATS

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    well congrat to you and the new 5 members. so far it sound like fun, wanna mover here????
    for name tags, along timego, we had a stamp and some of us decorated it all differently.
    maybe you can have a logo for your group. You're in PA, keystone state
    so maybe a cute skeleton key or something along those lines. state flower, outline of town, with name in it, and everyone uses the outline and makes a quilt mini block to go inside the borders. the fundraiser thing is a good idea, and maybe a quick newsletter with a block of the monthfor everyone to do, start easy for the beginners. Maybe have everyone make a christmas stocking for the sodiers, or something like that to get a community feeling started. let me know wat happens
    good luck

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    also, maybe a siggy blck for the newcomers, and after a while, make them into a work in progress quilt

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    Gosh, what part of PA are you in? I would love to join :-)

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    I recently joined a quilt group at our library We meet the 2nd and fourth Tuesdays of the month We all bring something to work on and any questions we might have we spend most of our meeting helping each out with problems much the sameway this board helps out We are just feeling our way along but it sure has been loads of fun

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    my church has a quilting group that makes the dedication blankets and comfort quilts. They meet once a month for tutorials and then one saturday a month is a free sewing day. The kind with no kids there so you can get your UFO's done and 2 times a year they will host a retreat for quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Gosh, what part of PA are you in? I would love to join :-)
    I would love for you to join Nursie but I am in the eastern part of the State right outside of Pittsburgh

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    The Quilting Club at Church sounds like Fun! Great way to create & help someone in need, too! Wonderful idea! I think a patchwork Christmas Stocking for the Soldiers would be a great idea...We send some every year & they like to receive old cell phones to refurbish & cell phone minute cards...oh yeah & treats!

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    I was thinking about doing something similar at my church. I was going to do a once a month quilting time. Then a weekly Bible Study where we would go through Genesis and at the beginning of each month we would do a quilt block that correlates with Genesis (tree of life, garden of eden, jacobs ladder...)
    Our church also has a ministry that helps the homeless, and needy and making quilts to help them would be a wonderful way to help that ministry.

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    It is fun to take turns making treats for the group meetings also. If you could make the first meeting treats, then post a sign up sheet for volunteer treat/snack providers for future meetings.

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    Congrats! Dont worry so much, you will do a fine job, Im sure of it!

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    What a great idea! And 5 people without even publicizing!
    You have good plans there.

    I am in a similar group, but it doesn't meet in a church. We meet at a member's home. We have devotions, and then one member presents a block of the month that goes along with the devotion. (IE, Joseph's coat, Jacob's Ladder, Crown of thorns) There is time to get help on whatever techniques needed for that block.

    We decided at the outset that, for a year, we would each make the block presented, to give to the group, and a second block to keep. Now that the year is done, we have split the 'group' blocks, and are each responsible for making a quilt to give to charity.

    Have fun with your group! It sounds wonderful. :thumbup:

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    I started a group at our church and we now have 10 people.We meet twice a month on Thursday morning and bring all our stuff to sew etc. We do charity quilts sometimes when the need arises, we make a baby quilt for any child baptized in our church and we work on our own projects. Two people volunteer each time to bring lunch taking turns. This year we did a round robin where everyone made a row to add on our quilt. That was fun. Three of our ladies do not belong to our church but heard about our group and we welcomed them to join.

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    I don't think an hour is long enough, by the time you get your machine set up and things, time's up. Other than that, it sounds good.

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    Aw, Congrats! It sounds like a great plan to me! I bet you get quit a few to join.

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    I think you got a good thing going there. Think about stretching the time to two hours. Someone alwasys has trouble getting to meetng on time and start when you plan to start.

    Skip the treats. I worry about food on quilts if they get passed around.

    Plan an adgenda for 6 months in advance. This Will give the gals something to plan on. Suggestions: bring a fav book that you like, demonstrate a speed piecing technque, or a quick easy block such as disappearing 9 patch, etc. Ask for gals to sign up to be responsible for the activity.

    Twice a year we have a ufo sewing frenzie. We bring stuff we are working on in hopes to maybe get something done.

    Send a newletter online with the focus for that month's meeting.

    Join a quilt group in your area. Maybe you'll get new members for your group.

    Remember, quilting is a hobby that we all love. Show your love for this "therapy" and this will be wonderful for everyone.

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    I am also in PA and would love to join a quilt club. Where are you located in NE PA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Gosh, what part of PA are you in? I would love to join :-)
    I would love for you to join Nursie but I am in the eastern part of the State right outside of Pittsburgh
    Oh drat! Well, I will be there with you in spirit. Our youngest DD and her DH just left Pittsburgh yesterday. They are now in Ohio. I will tell her to wave when she passes on her way back to North Central PA

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    from my experience...you need to be prepared....One hour is just NOT enough time. Have fun with this! Many Blessings...I am also starting a group at my church. We will make quilts for needy, but my goal is to help community members learn to quilt!

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    My church group meets every week. We meet from 6 to 9 (or later)during good weather and during the winter we meet from 10 until 4 once a month. We make quilts for church members who are ill, had surgery, or that we feel need a remembrance that they are loved. We also make about 150 to 200 pieced stockings to fill and send to soldiers. We learn new techniques together, and really have great fellowship. This week though we met all day Monday, Tuesday night and will get together this afternoon because we have 4 quilts almost ready and want to finish them to display at our local fair, Plan on some extra time and you really need longer than an hour if you are going to sew there. It's been so nice this week to be able to leave machines up and just start right in! WE also have a storage area on site for machines, fabric, and our supplies. That is a huge help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Numa
    My church group meets every week. We meet from 6 to 9 (or later)during good weather and during the winter we meet from 10 until 4 once a month. We make quilts for church members who are ill, had surgery, or that we feel need a remembrance that they are loved. We also make about 150 to 200 pieced stockings to fill and send to soldiers. We learn new techniques together, and really have great fellowship. This week though we met all day Monday, Tuesday night and will get together this afternoon because we have 4 quilts almost ready and want to finish them to display at our local fair, Plan on some extra time and you really need longer than an hour if you are going to sew there. It's been so nice this week to be able to leave machines up and just start right in! WE also have a storage area on site for machines, fabric, and our supplies. That is a huge help!
    Numa, your ministry sounds very similar to the one at my church. We meet once a week from 10-3. We make tied quilts for church members and their friends/family who have a serious illness. We pray for the person as we tie the quilt. We also make baby dedication quilts and comfort pillows for church members that are going through difficult times but don't really qualify for a quilt. We also make "soldier prayer squares" that we place ties in and pray for the recipient of the square (the soldiers can place it in their helmet). One of the gals is a chaplain for Samaritans Purse and does a lot of traveling so she always keeps soldier squares with her for when she see's military folks in the airports and stuff.

    We have a great time of fellowship and prayer. It's really a lovely ministry to be a part of.

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    We have two quilting clubs at our church. One meets every Monday morning to work on blocks for quilts for our local LifeChoices pregnancy center. The other meets twice a month at night and works on quilts for local needs, such as an Safeway house for mothers and children. We all do some work at home during the week. Also, we contacted our local WalMart and they give us gift certificates twice a year for $50 each for whatever needs we have. Of course, the coffee and cookies makes the time even more fun and we really enjoy the time together.

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    Several of the ladies at my son's church have asked me to teach them how to sew. I think the experience level of the ladies runs from none to some, but none are quilters. We met for the first time and I took a stack of patterns / ideas and they decided that pillowcases would be a quick, easy beginner project. They have agreed to "make one / take one", meaning that for each one they make for themselves, they will make one for charity (the 1 million pillowcase challenge). If you would like the pattern, PM me and I will send it to you. I don't think there will be a copyright issue, because I was shown how to make these pillowcases, and then I sat down and wrote down the steps as I was putting them together. I'm sure I'm not the first one to write down a similar pattern, and somewhere out there, there is a published pattern, but I've never seen one.

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