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Thread: Quilt Guild - Pro and Con

  1. #76
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    mine has been fine ,joined when they were small, but have been shocked to find that some members are not what they seem and have upset me terribly.
    whilst it is working it's fine but beware of this and cliques.
    good luck.

  2. #77
    Junior Member lynnegreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Southern California
    I've tried to join a Guild, twice, and have had terrible luck. When I took my first quilt class years ago someone asked about Guilds. The gal teaching the class was on the Board of the local one in my area and she said we were not candidates because we were not serious quilters and no one would dare sponser us. OK. Then about 10 years ago I was invited to another local Guild, one that supposedly hated the snobbish one of the aforementioned group. That was a humiliating experience. Rudeness abounded. I was so surprised because the woman who had invited us (my Mom and I) had known us for decades and was such a lovely person. Apparently I broke some sort of etiquette by 1. sitting in a row that "belonged" to a particular group of members, and 2. winning the meeting raffle - the one the Membership Chairman said would be a nice gesture to purchase tickets for. The woman pulling the ticket actually said to the group "now doesn't that just frost you - a guest wins and probably won't appreciate the work that went into the blocks". I was mortified. I was talked into trying again the next month, supposedly my first visit was during a full moon or something along those lines. I went straight to the Membership Chairman and offered to join, pay dues, and find out about volunteering. She told me she would have to check to see if there were any openings for new members...she never came back, so I just gave up. I am a clean, well dressed, articulate person, non-threatening, congenial, team member oriented, etc so I cannot for the life of me understand the snobbishness.
    I would love to belong to a Guild. Or a small group. I am though expremely gun (or maybe seam ripper) shy.

  3. #78
    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    I have to add that one of the cons to quilt guilds is when they meet. If they meet in the day, it may be difficult for you if you work or care for someone. If it is in the evening, it may be too far and let's face it, a lot of people can't drive in the dark unless the guild is close by. That's my problem. I am night blind now and by the time the interesting speakers start to show up around October, I can no longer see well enough to drive that far. Because of its location, people who live by me go right from work, so nobody to ride with either. :-(

  4. #79
    Super Member SandyinZ4's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Southeast Idaho
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    I am so saddened by those of you who have had bad experiences with guilds. Wish I could make it possible for you to come to ours. We have such fun together, sharing and laughing. No back-biting and no cliques. Just lots of sewing, quilting and sharing wonderful help.

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