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Thread: I Joined a Quilt Guild, And Met Quiltzilla!!!

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    :( I joined a Quilt Guild and me with the kids went yes there were other kids, We showed our quilts and got No Respect .It was Awful ,Commits like is that fused? is that appligue? I don't like Fusing, I don't like Appligue! And is that crumpled? Well The point is we are Beginners and the first for me and the kids for quilting. The kids are really down and I join Them.? Really Now!!! Has anyone had this Problem??? I Need encouragement. And what is this them wanting Money past the dues they charge??? I don't understand, It's like every breath the President wants Money,or us to give something. I do Love quilting and want to Learn More Not get Knocked up besides the Head. and We did good to pay their dues in the first Place!!!! Anyone??? :?

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    Ummmm....this would be why I stay at home and play with this board. There may be a good one around me and I haven't tried it to see, but I've heard too many stories just like yours, so....welcome to the quiltingboard guild...have you gotten your card for this board?

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    I belong to two guilds and pay a yearly fee but they are the nicest bunch of people you could ever meet. I have never had a problem such as this. You shouldn't have been charged for your first visit. That way if you didn't like what was going on you could just not go back.

    Sybil

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    I went to a guild meeting this month to "visit" to see if I wanted to join. I wasn't charged to visit. The ladies all seemed very nice. The dues are very reasonable $15 a year. This guild makes quilts to be donated to the local hospital neonatal unit, which is great and I'd like to do that.

    I'm going to go back next month for another visit before I join. I don't want to be hounded for money all the time either like you said.

    I think the group you went to were very rude to you. That's not the kind of group I would join. Afterall, aren't we supposed to share and learn from each other??

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    I think I would give the president of the guild a short phone call or email explainign how I was treated and ask for my money back. I am very sorry that you were treated like that ... By quilter's no less! The sweetest most loving people I know!

    I went to a guild's night meeting and hated it, then I went to the day meeting and loved it. The women in the two meetings were so very different. Sometimes it is just as simple as that.


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    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience at you local quilt guild. My guild is wonderful, we have over 300 people and so far every one has been really nice. By the way, welcome to the board from Southern California

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    I went to my guild meeting tonight, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Got all the warm fuzzies I wanted and needed from the members for my show N tell. Have been a member there off and on for nearly 20 years and love to see all the guys and gals there. The dues are reasonable and we have a guilt show every other year, one coming up this fall. I personally enjoy my guild. I am going to a Quilt show this weekend for another guild in the area. Love my guild friends. :lol:

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    It's so sad the this type of guild gives all of them a bad name. Some people can only feel good about their selves if they make others feel bad. So sorry these people were like that.

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    I am a member of 3 different guilds: New Mexico Quilters Association, the QT's and Valencia Valley Girls. NMQA charges $25 per year the other two are free. They are all great people. Once in a while someone might get a little "catty" but I just blow them off as to having a bad day. Let the board know your feelings and try again; if you get treated they same way again find another group. Ask your local quilts shops about groups in the area. You would be shocked about how many are around. Good luck and don't be discouraged......quilters are a great people. I love my quilt family.
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    Not all Guilds are like that. I like the one I belong to. Greant it there are some in the Guild that think they know it all and has to be done that way or no way at all. But we have a very large guild ( 100 ) and not all of them are like that. Maybe you should try another Guild or a sewing group.

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    That sounds terrible. Our local guild here is just to expensive. You pay for everything. They have a meeting...then if there is a guest speaker yoyu pay again. The dues are $40 a year. The ladies all seem very nice but Just gets to pricey for me. They have a show every two years

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    It sounds like an AWFUL experience :(
    I have never joined a guild (would rather spend the yearly fee on fabric or something equally fun)
    I'm sure there have to be nicer bunches of people around you. This group is great. Full of encouragement and advice.

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    I belong to two guilds. Each has it's own personality. There will always be members that rub you the wrong way. I am surprised you took your children. How old are they? I know that children are not usually welcome at either of my guilds. The woman look at it as if this is their night or day out. In an emergency situation they will tolerate children if they are well behaved or small enough to be stationary. Both guilds offer opportunities for chairitable giving and projects. In any group there will be personality clashes. Perhaps you need to find a guild that fits your life and quilting style more comfortably.
    It is getting more expensive for guilds everyday just like everything and everybody else. A good speaker costs $400 or so and most groups have to pay rent for their meeting place. Most groups offer newsletters , handouts of patterns etc and even some kind of refreshments. Dues are getting higher to offset these expenses. Raffles and quilts shows are ways to raise money from people other than guild members. If you compare the price to what you would spend on a movie or other outing it actually is usually is a really good deal.
    I hope you find a quild that fits you.

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    Personally, I'd tell them I want my money back. Quilting guilds should be encouraging people to quilt, not turn them away from quilting. Guilds should be for sharing and learning different techniques not crititizing.

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    What a way to welcome a new member! Sounds like you've found the quilt police. Find another group. That kind of criticism will take all the joy out of your quilting.

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    I'm so sorry your experience was so awful! I just started quilting last year and I asked some people at my LQS about the local guild. I was told that the local guild was full of quilt police and not a pleasant place, especially for beginners. I never went to investigate. Like others on thread, I've really enjoyed the advice and camraderie of this board. I also have the owner and employees of my LQS for advice, kindness and patience with my beginner questions. Welcome from northeastern PA!

    Barb

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    I belong to a guild and other then dues paid the only thing I pay extra for is a class fee for workshops I want to take which are all optional. We have a raffle quilt for a fundraiser every two years and the money collected pays for programs and guest speakers. We get a yearly grant to buy supplies for charity and community projects. Our room with kitchen and table set up is rented yearly and the dues pays the rent and janitor service. Everything else is donated by members.

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    It must be the month to join Guilds. I just went to my first meeting this month as well - It was fantastic and before I left - I not only joined but signed up to help with the Quilts for Valor and to go on their "retreat" next fall (oh well I never do anything small :lol: :lol: )

    Now - the ladies who brought show and tell had absolutely beautiful quilts. I consider myself a decent sewer but it will be awhile before I bring a quilt to show and tell - but I think I can learn a lot and everyone was gracious, inviting and encouraging.

    I think you need to ask for your dues back and find yourself another group. Even if you find other Moms who like to sew. There was a small quilt group in the town I just moved from - they were a group of Moms who got tog once a month and did a quilting project. Sorry your experience was a bummer but keep looking for a group you feel at home with!

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    I also had a bad experience with a guild member so never joined one. Apparently I ask a stupid question, at least she thought it was stupid. I was made to feel less of a quilter because I was self taught and had never taken a class.It took me a long time to show my quilts to anyone other than family. Now I have found out most quilters are self taught and don't take classes! So ask any question you want to! I am still learning after 12 years of quilting. A guild does not make you a quilter, but seeing patterns everywhere does! So, I am a quilter! :D :D :D Ninnie in NC

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    We have two guilds locally. One is quite large and even amoung the members has a reputation for having several unkind people. Because of their size, they are able to do a quilt show, bring in speakers, etc.

    The one I belong to is fairly small, w/ maybe 60 members. Monthly business meeting (brief), helps (if you have a problem or question regarding a pattern, quilt, etc., you can ask for advice), show and tell followed by a short presentation by member for a technique, tool, or small item. Strip exchange for those who want to participate. We do a charity quilt & sell tickets to raise money for a local charity, voted on by members. Bus shop hop once per year for anyone who wants to sign up. Each month there is an opportunity to meet for help with bastings, too. And every couple of months we have a "sew in" where anyone can bring whatever they'd like to work on for the day, a snack to share. Occasionally a Saturday class, usually taught by members (bag making, table runners, etc.).

    Our dues are $20/year, enough to cover a donation to the church we use, occasional donations to local causes, and a little left in the treasury.

    You didn't mention the age of your children. I agree with a previous poster that many of the quilters look at the guild meeting as their night out, and may not appreciate having children there. My children are older now, but I know when they were younger there is no way they'd be able to sit quietly and not disrupt a meeting that lasted an hour or two. Depending on who else you know that sews, a moms group might be a great idea. Or 4-H (where I learned to sew a hundred years ago!) - they are always in need of new groups or helpers for existing groups.

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    I'm truly sorry that you were treated so rudely. I have attended one quilt guild meeting with genafan (on this board) and loved it - haven't been able to go back due to hockey season, but plan on going again in April. They are wonderful people and very kind, supportive, enthusiastic...

    is there another guild in your area you could try?

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    I'm so sorry you had a bad experience. Is there another guild nearby? I agree to try to go once and see if you like the atmosphere. Most quilters are just the nicest. You hit a bad bunch!

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    I belong to two guilds also...they are as different as night and day. The night one has an ongoing applique marathon going on. Who can put the most flowers, leaves etc on a quilt. They have won quilt honors at shows so they know what their doing. The other is a majority of beginners and my DD and I teach alot of lessons. We have members that come right and tell us they come for interaction with other women and the lunch LOL I think I really like the day guild better cuz I don't feel any need at all to compete

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    I am so sorry you had such a bad experience at that quilting guild. I was so nervous when I joined mine, but they are such a bunch of really nice wonderful ladies. Some can do amazing things and others are just learning. a couple only hand quilt and don't even own a sewing machine. Some have plenty of money to spend and others like myself have limited funds. I wish you could have been part of my guild. It is called Withlacooche Quilters Guild of Southeast Ga.
    BillsBonBon

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    Quiltzilla??? :shock: :shock: Don't let those crags intimidate you. You will learn plenty on this board. Any question is a good question. Go back with your positive attitude and make some quilting friends. I think you just experienced the bad apples. Maybe Quiltzilla was having a horrid day. I can't imagine any quilter not wanting to share their talents. That's what it is all about.

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