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Thread: OK, Quilt Guilds, Shouldn't you encourage those who show n Tell???

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    OK some don't get any clapping and some older women have just quit bringing their stuff altogether, I see why I'm new I mean what's the use??? Then again I believe we could conjure up a round of applause and maybe these poor women wouldn't ve Quit Showing or Quit the Guild or Like me I'm Thinking of Punching holes in tin cans for a Hobby but what do I know??? Any Thoughts??? :twisted:

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    Let me guess , a bad night with the quilt police ? Everyone should get some recognization for doing their best, not just apprecriating the cream of the crop. Everyone had to start at one time and they probably weren't perfect with their first project either. Maybe they forgot what it was like to be a beginner ? Sorry this happened.
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    I go to my guild meeting every month but never bring anything for show and tell. They only pay attention to the quilts made by certain group and the rest don't get much of anything. The members that attend classes all the time are the ones that are considered real members. We are having our show this fall and even though I have 13 quilts entered, this year I will not help with the set up for similar reasons. Last time my whole family was there helping set up and take down and when my son stopped for one second and he was asked to leave if he couldn't keep up. I know they are responsible for a lot of quilts but he was no where near them and they know he is my son. He is more careful with them then most of the makers. Also, while he was helping the guild president told him to come to a meeting to talk to the ladies about his upcoming trip to Australia and our fundraising efforts. The day of the meeting she decided that she couldn't allow him to fundraise there, because then everyone else would do it to. She took advantage of him to make him work on the show.

    Sorry, I started answering you and ended with my own rant. I will step from the soap box now.

    Maria

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    I try to take everything I make...big or small for show & tell....everyone appreciates the sharing. And that's what a guild should be about the sharing....it's not a juried show. Sorry you haven't found that with your guild.

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    ohhh, no applause for some of the quilters? That's just wrong. :evil: ALL should be recognized and appreciated, even if a "cheater" panel follows an heirloom quilt in the show-n-tell line. Everyone started somewhere. When I was a brand new member I was seriously intimidated, because it seemed like the only quilts 'shown' were awesome ones. It was really hard to stand up with my beginner effort, wonky edges and all, but I thought there might be someone just like me in the audience who was intimidated about showing their own beginner work and I might make them feel better about their own effort. I scold friends who only will display their "perfect" works, because newbies need to know that the end results ARE obtainable with practice, and a less than perfect quilt reminds us all that we're just human.
    My Guild is really awesome because every effort is applauded...and I'm sorry the one you went to wasn't as nice. Sometimes all it takes is one person to clap and the rest join in, and perhaps you can get them on track so no one gets left out.

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    Well ladies guess most quilt quilds are the same........ sorry to say that but it the truth. I am the head of our guild and try to encourage everyone...... and getting some to take part is very hard... Remember those the need to pat themselves on the pack don't always do the best work....Yes we all have to start somewhere and I am sure if you post your projects here in pictures you will find that everyone will share their comments of encourements..... we all need that.
    Encouragement is everything........... Just remember if you like it thats all that counts.
    Happy quillting and keep up all that good work
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    PS and if you are in need of help this is the place to ask all your questions everyone is very will to help

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    i've found that certain guilds favor certain work and those get the attention.

    i've been in my guild for a very long time and in the beginning it was older ladies meeting at 10am on a tuesday and if you didn't do everything by hand you weren't a quilter.

    now things have changed and its more of an artist community and no one really makes quilts that are meant to be bedding.

    my point is don't quit the guild work to change it.

    go more, get involved, be vocal and this way you'll turn it into the kind of place you think it should be.

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    In my guild, you don't get a round of applause, but you do get a round of very appreciateive "oooh" and "ahhhh" when you show something at Show & Tell. Someone always says "I love the fabrics" or "I love the colours," and generally you get a question about the pattern or the block or something.

    I guess I'm lucky I have a good guild.

    Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by ai731
    In my guild, you don't get a round of applause, but you do get a round of very appreciateive "oooh" and "ahhhh" when you show something at Show & Tell. Someone always says "I love the fabrics" or "I love the colours," and generally you get a question about the pattern or the block or something.

    I guess I'm lucky I have a good guild.

    Jan
    we do very little clapping at our guild but do a lot of ohhhs and ahhhs. we have an 80 year old member who makes a full size quilt every month for someone and her work is gorgeious but so is the place mat someone does for her kids.....

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    I was also intimidated by the other quilts shown in our guild. But a friend oohed and ahhed over a panel that I had hand quilted and she just insisted that I show it. And I did get a nice round of applause. We also have a person who photographs each show & tell at each meeting and then places them in a scrapbook. She always makes 2 copies so if you want, you can take your picture home. However, she didn't take a picture of mine -- while that really upset me at the time, I just considered the "source". I honestly think she just missed taking the picture....(well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!) So now, I take what I want and if someone doesn't think it's good enough -- well, that's just too bad!!

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    It's so exposing showing your work to others - i know when I first joined the board and posted pics I was quaking in my shoes at what you'd all think! But here, everyone is very encourageing and appreciative of EVERYBODIES work - and that's how it should be! We all have different strengths and areas of expertise and they're all as valid as the other. When I hear of snotty guilds like this it makes my blood boil! Thank goodness there are no quilt police on here! And yes, maybe those members unfortunate enough to hit on a bad guild SHOULD try and change things from the inside but that's not always possible (and not everyone is as mouthy as me! LOL) - sometimes the status quo is so established, it's just not for changing. I'd say, find another one if you can, and leave the meanies to it!

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    Maybe a silly question but is it possible to start your own guild? How would you go about doing that?

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    My Guild is pretty good about Show and Tell. Sometimes the members will begin talking between themselves about the quilt that was just shown and forget to clap but I try step and begin clapping. I know my work is not up to the high standards of others but over the years I've gotten confident and show quilts that I've worked long and hard on and also string and crumb quilts that I've put together quickly. I always try to make my quilts as carefully and attractive as possible.

    Many of the gals in the guild have been quilting since childhood. I'm one of the 'older" gals in my guild but I've only been quilting for about 10 years. I like being in the guild, volunter sometimes and have been an officer once or twice. What I get most from it is having a place to talk about quilting especialy in my small group which spurs me on to be a better quilter, more accurate in my sewing and trying to be a little be more creative in my choices of fabrics, colors and patterns. Hope you all have positive guild experiences. May in Jersey

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    I guess some quilt guilds are snobby. Ignore them. Everyone's work should be appreciated. We all put lots of hard work into our creations. So sad some people need to be that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I go to my guild meeting every month but never bring anything for show and tell. They only pay attention to the quilts made by certain group and the rest don't get much of anything. The members that attend classes all the time are the ones that are considered real members. We are having our show this fall and even though I have 13 quilts entered, this year I will not help with the set up for similar reasons. Last time my whole family was there helping set up and take down and when my son stopped for one second and he was asked to leave if he couldn't keep up. I know they are responsible for a lot of quilts but he was no where near them and they know he is my son. He is more careful with them then most of the makers. Also, while he was helping the guild president told him to come to a meeting to talk to the ladies about his upcoming trip to Australia and our fundraising efforts. The day of the meeting she decided that she couldn't allow him to fundraise there, because then everyone else would do it to. She took advantage of him to make him work on the show.

    Sorry, I started answering you and ended with my own rant. I will step from the soap box now.

    Maria
    That is horrible. I'm not sure I could go back after that.

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    I was fortunate in finding a nice guild when I started quilting. Actually, the guild found me! I was at Jo-Ann's, telling the sales lady that I wanted to learn to quilt and asking what I should buy to get started. Two shoppers overheard the conversation and rushed over to help me. I joined their guild, even though it is in the next town over, and I join in their sewing group whenever I can. If those two ladies hadn't been so thoughtful, I doubt that I would be quilting today.

    Things have not always gone smoothly with this guild, but where do things always go smoothly? Show and tell seems to be everyone's favorite part of the meetings, and I have never heard a derogatory comment. Of course there are some quilts that get more appreciation than others, but that's to be expected - some of the quilts are really outstanding, some are service quilts, some use new techniques. I've been really encouraged when I've shown mine, I've learned a lot from the others, and I always go home more enthused about quilting.

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    I am president of my 50 member quilt guild. I love Show and Tell and make it a big deal. It's the best part of the meeting! I announce for quiet for each presenter to tell about her project. I ask each one a question about some detail of the project if the floor does not have any. I start the clapping after each one and thank the member for showing it. I show so much enthusiasm about show and tell it gets the other members perked up too. My advice is to be the one that claps and makes a big deal over the projects. :D

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    I belong to a clapping guild! Some do get more, but everyone gets something if they don't run off too soon! We are appreciative to all who are willing to share. I LOVE Show N Tell and love to hear what members have to say about their creations. Most of us are way too humble! I think anything finished is WONDERFUL! And we have all levels of skill and all varieties of embellihing, and types of quilting and piecing. We are varied and appreciate each others' talents! I am a happy clapper!

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    Well, I just have to say this. I am sitting home looking at my two "rows"? of five squares I sewed together, look sooooo not great and yet I'm a little proud of them. I chuckled to myself about taking a picture and showing it. (Since my bobbin ran out I took a break.) Back to the manual to figure that out. Let me tell you, I feel like I am in kindergarten and would have the lamest show and tell, lol. But--the great part is it is heartwarming and encouraging to hear the sensitivity coming from you all with regard to beginners, and beyond and inclusion. As a beginner, it strikes me well to be able to frequent such a considerate group of people.
    I often think of this saying I once came across which can apply to and transfer across any efforts and abilities towards any aim. "Every diamond was once in the rough." It puts things into the right context.

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    Well, I'd LOVE to go to the local guild meetings where they do show and tell, but since it is for ladies only then I don't qualify. (Sorry, my pity party for the moment on the subject :( ).

    I agree with the others above that a guild should be about building up ALL the other members, not just a select few, and not just those who meet their "standards" of what's good.

    I view all of you wonderful folks on here as my "guild", y'all have been the most warm and welcome bunch I have ever met on the internet, always ready to help and encouraging as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Well, I'd LOVE to go to the local guild meetings where they do show and tell, but since it is for ladies only then I don't qualify. (Sorry, my pity party for the moment on the subject :( ).
    I'm sorry to hear that. I'm pretty sure that if we had a man show up at our guild, after the ladies got over their shock, he'd be welcomed with open arms!

    Jan

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    We welcome men into our guild! We have had and have serious male quilters and they participate in the Show N Tell! One guy just had a one man show! :lol:

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    OMG, what a bad example they showed to your son. I am sure you were supportive of his efforts. Not sure what I would have said to the guild members, but it would have been an event! They should be ashamed of themselves.
    Judith

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    I am so sorry to hear that you wouldn't be welcome in your local quilt guild........ what's to say it's for ladies only???????

    Have you tried going to one of the meetings????? If not I would attend and bring something for show and tell........

    Scrap Quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrap quilter
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    I am so sorry to hear that you wouldn't be welcome in your local quilt guild........ what's to say it's for ladies only???????

    Have you tried going to one of the meetings????? If not I would attend and bring something for show and tell........

    Scrap Quilter
    They have a website with their bylaws posted on it and it says that membership is open to ladies only and that men and children are specifically prohibited from any guild functions.

    I'm not sure I would get in the door if I tried to crash one of their meetings, and I really wouldn't want to make any waves within the group. I can respect (maybe not fully understand) that they want to have a closed group like this. I know several members of the guild personally, so am thinking I might casually ask about the policy some time and see what they say. Here's what the bylaws state:

    "Men and children (under the age of 12) unless specifically invited to participate, shall be excluded from all guild activities."

    That's pretty explicit, in my opinion. :) I'd like to participate and help with whatever needs doing. I'm President of our local historic park, and am editor and past vice-president and treasurer of our county historical society. So I understand how difficult it can be to get "doers" involved in helping run the organization and making it function. I think I would have a lot to offer in that regard, but doesn't look like it's a possibility. Oh, well. Maybe it'll change some day.

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