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Thread: Quilt Guilds - What are your experiences?

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    Junior Member DebQuilter50's Avatar
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    I am going to visit a quilt guild in my area on Monday night. It meets twice a month. I just started quilting a few months ago and I am hungry for anything quilt related.

    What are your experiences with guilds?

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    Just started going to our local one that meets once a month and haven't joined yet, but I am going to soon. Go a couple of times to see if you like it and if they are nice. The local one here was very nice and made me feel welcome.

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    I'm shy in social situations and didn't feel welcomed at either guild I visited. Probably because of my own personality, but I'd rather quilt at home alone.

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    Sorry to say that I have not had a good experience with our local guild. The people are in little cliques and really don't want newcomers. I attended for 2 years and tried hard to become part of the group, I even went on 2 trips with them. Then at the next meeting, it was like nobody knew who I was. I quit the guild and now quilt on my own. Their loss. This group here is my guild.

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    I have been to 6 different guilds. Some of them pretty good size. They're all very welcoming. Today I'm taking an all day class from Linda Everhart. Her website, <http://www.quiltingamongfriends.com/>

    I'm also fairly new to the area and a big part of the reason I took this class is to have a chance to get to know people in the guild.

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    I've been a member of my local guild for close to 15 years. While there are cliques, I have never been made to feel unwelcome. I've found that you have to get involved in order to get to know some of the people.

    Our guild has monthly meetings with a range of speakers, from nationally known to local quilters. We also have BOM and charm square exchanges, a yearly challenge, community service projects, retreats, workshops, demonstrations, and (my favorite) show & tell. Every other year we hold a quilt show. Becoming involved in committees or activities allows me opportunities to work and become acquainted with members I might not otherwise get to know.

    Of course, there are some who attend purely for their own entertainment and wouldn't dream of being friendly or helping someone else out. But the benefits I receive and friendships I make far outweigh any negativity.

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    I've only been in 1 guild and for the most part it has been a very good experience. I joined when I first began quilting and had no idea what the monthly guild meetings and members would be like, thought we would sit around sewing instead of having a business meeting, show and tell, refreshments and then a guest speaker or special program.

    Volunteered to be on the Nomination Committe and when I went to its first meeting realized I couldn't nominate anyone as I didn't know any guild members. Outcome was that the committe talked me into taking one the positions, think it was membership. Have to say that is how I've got to know some members and they got to know who I was, no best friends but several good quilting friends. Another way to get friendly is to join one of the guild's small groups. They usually are about 6-10 quilters who get togther in each others homes for a special quilting technique, applique, hand quilting, beading, beginners, etc. Wish you luck with your guild.

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    I like my quilt guild in Waco Texas. they really involve you in a lot of different projects and I meet with some of the ladies as a quilting bee. that is really fun as well. we sew and talk in the bee and learn new stuff. good luck. you will enjoy it.

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    I was wondering the same thing. I am going to my first meeting tonight. I am both excited and apprehensive about it....but looking forward to going. Have fun at yours. :)

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    i am in 3 guilds and i'm happy with them all but i can understand when people say that some guilds have cliques.

    all of the guilds i go to have cliques but i didn't join any of them looking to make friends so it doesn't bother me one bit.

    everyone is polite and thats all you can ask for.

    one guild i joined because of their outreach program in the womens prison. we cut fabric to help expecting mothers make baby quilts for their upcoming birth. we go to the prison with our pre-cut quilt kit and teach them how to put it together.

    this guild does not do any classes.

    the other local guild i joined does a large scale show every year that draws in huge crowds and i joined solely to do the shows, get my name out as an artist, and sell my works.

    the final guild i joined was because they have large assets and can bring in nationally known quilt artists for classes.

    i never joined any of these places looking to find friends.

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    Several years ago my girl friend and I walked into a quilt guild. We were treated very poorly, like we don't have any more applications to join, we over crowded as it is. Funny thing, we did not join, but her daug went on to become head of that guild and then in charge of Quilt Fest in Jacksonville for several years running...
    My friend has health issues now and I joined a newly formed quilt/crafty group at our library 3 yrs ago.

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    I've been in 3 different Quilt Guilds and always had unpleasant experiences. I am a proud member of ASG and that's always a good experience. We have members that do different things so it's an interesting mix.

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    I like my guild. I was asked to join shortly after I began quilting. Great women and I have made many new friends.

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    I joined one guild and it was an absolutely MISERABLE experience. I went to 4 meetings and then never again. There were so many cliques, and so much backstabbing I just didn't want it.

    When I joined, I was just 22 (I'm now 28) and was told by the president of the guild that "it'll be a waste of your time here, you don't really care about quilting, you're too young." Another member of the guild told me that I'd never be as good as some members. To which I replied, "You're right, I'll be better because I'll have been quilting longer when I get to your age."

    The ladies at the show and tell were totally snobby, making snide remarks, and they really were the Quilt Police. I showed off one quilt at the second meeting (I went back because I thought the coolness of the first meeting was because I was new) and there was so much criticism I went home and cried for a few days.

    That said - THIS website is MY guild. I don't want to go anywhere else. HERE is HOME.

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    Terrible to say the least. To many cliques and very political. Never introduce the new people and didn't seem to want the group to grow. I would rather quilt with my friends and forget the guilds.

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    Too political, too judgmental, too demanding. Nuts to that. Now I belong to a loosely-organized group of quilters that has no requirements, no rules, no membership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShowMama
    I've been a member of my local guild for close to 15 years. While there are cliques, I have never been made to feel unwelcome. I've found that you have to get involved in order to get to know some of the people.

    Our guild has monthly meetings with a range of speakers, from nationally known to local quilters. We also have BOM and charm square exchanges, a yearly challenge, community service projects, retreats, workshops, demonstrations, and (my favorite) show & tell. Every other year we hold a quilt show. Becoming involved in committees or activities allows me opportunities to work and become acquainted with members I might not otherwise get to know.

    Of course, there are some who attend purely for their own entertainment and wouldn't dream of being friendly or helping someone else out. But the benefits I receive and friendships I make far outweigh any negativity.
    Same with me. My sister drug me to my first meeting. I don't really have "friends" in the guild (my choice), but everyone has been very nice to me. This year I volunteered to do the "Challenge Quilt" and someone has always jumped in to help if I get stuck on something. Perhaps the LQS can pair you up with someone else who might want to join but is reluctant and you can go with her/him for the first couple of meetings. If they have a guest speaker that night you may have to pay a small ($5) fee to attend, but once you are a member ($20/year) you don't pay any fees.

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    There are good guilds and not so good guilds. You just have to try them on and see what fits.

    I started a guild about 15 years ago for childless quilters (i.e. women with infertility or lost a child and have no others). Most of these gals left other guilds because they would be depressed at every meeting (discussions floated around kids and grandkids, not quilting). I left 3 years later because I moved too far away, but the group continues. The group continues today and is a little larger (25), but the only rule that applies is no discussion of children, grandchildren or infertility treatments - you are there to talk quilting.

    My current 'guild' is at the local quilt shop and is mostly a sales pitch about new classes, new products and a show and tell. It's fine and stays very focused on quilting, but I'm not really getting to know other quilters as most people leave as soon as the meeting breaks.

    I was just in the process of starting a new group to meet at the local Borders store, but since those stores are closing, I'll have to rethink a meeting place. I just want to get together with a group of quilters, while we work on some hand projects, and gab about quilting outside of a quilt shop environment (I'm trying to go no-buy on fabric). So, if you find nothing that works for you, consider setting up your own little group. Nothing larger than 8. Once you have more, it becomes too complicated, IMHO.

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    I enjoy my guild. The workshops offered are a lot less expensive than at a quilt shop, although I have taken classes there as well.
    Can always ask questions about patterns or techniques and get any help I need from other members, and we have some great ones.
    Always enjoy guest speakers and show and tell is my favourite part of the evening.

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    I joined a guild and love it, very friendly, lots of knowledge to draw from, everyone very willing to help a newbie. 200+ members we have retreats, classes taught by guild members and guest,work on donation quilts for several organizations, we have a quilt show in the fall, we all work on that, (its almost here!) The only drawback for me, it is a 2+hr drive for the meetings, on the good side it is once a month and they keep in touch by e-mail

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    I enjoy my 2 quilt guilds. The smaller one is very friendly and I was welcomed warmly the first day I attended. We have a retreat each January and some of the members teach a new technique or idea at no cost. The 2nd guild is much bigger and yes, clicky but still very friendly and you can learn a lot. We always share free-be's on the back table and they also have a nice retreat each Oct. at a nice spot. We also have a quilt show every 2 year which is well attended.

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    I belong to 2 guilds, 1 I go to and the other I just couldn't stand, too many cliques, too much critical talk all around. I did try to get involved but was rebuffed so I moved on. The guild I go to is friendly supportive and so much fun.

    Try it out, if its not fun just don't go

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    I belong to two local guilds and enjoy both of them. I'm a fairly new member, so I find that jumping in to volunteer (when I can) has been an effective way to get to know people. I'm pretty shy also, so have a hard time starting conversations.

    Cheers, K

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebQuilter50
    I am going to visit a quilt guild in my area on Monday night. It meets twice a month. I just started quilting a few months ago and I am hungry for anything quilt related.

    What are your experiences with guilds?
    I'm going to be attending my first quilt guild meeting this evening. I'm praying for a good experience. I figure it can't hurt to check it out and I did have a lovely conversation at the fair with a memeber and she seemed very nice. I know for me it will be a while before i'm brave enough to show my work, but that will be because, I can be my own worst critic and don't like opening myself up to someone elses critique.
    As for cliques, you are going to find them in any club and i'm sure a guild is no different. Some people just mesh well with some but not with others. I just think the rudness should be put aside when in the group setting.

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    I didn't see this thread until I saw the second one, so came to see what the issues were.

    I LOVE the guild I'm in; it's one of the only reasons I want summer to end. We are off the months of July and August.

    Let me preface my story with by saying that I am becoming a recluse - I actually like being alone and am not generally a "joiner."

    An accuaintance and I joined at the same time, which undoubtedly made those first few contacts easier. That said, we live outside of the community the guild is in, so are not familiar with a lot of things that are discussed. Each month, one of the topics is who the guild should send cards to, for illness, loss, congrats., etc., We almost never know the people they are talking about.

    When we joined, the guild had a limit of 50 members, and we were going to break that ceiling. So there was discussion of expanding the membership, and (obviously) it was decided that there was no reason not to allow it. This is a fairly small community in a rural area (near where the Amish accident happened a few weeks ago, if you heard about it on the national news).

    While I might think of "cliques" that exist, I think it's more a case of people knowing each other for many years and working with and on projects together over that time. I think that it's only natural that they would be closer to one another.

    There are a couple of older women who are a little snippy, but I don't believe it's anything against us, I honestly think that is how they approach everyone and everything.

    We have good meetings, great show and tell (where comments are always kind, but not artifically forced), do an opportunity quilt (more commonly known as a raffle quilt) that is planned and constructed the first year tickets sold and drawing the next, "helps" (where if anyone is stuck on a project they can discuss it and look for help), bastings if needed on alternate weeks, a program committee that has brought in some of the LQS and other folks who have a specific talent, and 2x a year we do a dish-to-pass at the local senior center. Love that, seniors are invited to eat with us and enjoy the show and tell portion.

    We've done a couple of bus trip shop hops, nothing huge, but got to see some shops that are a little further than I'd normally drive. One of them has become a favorite shop for me.

    Once a month we have a sew-in day, anyone who wants to come brings whatever they want to work on and a dish or snack to share.

    The majority of the women are friendly and welcoming, those that aren't I steer clear of. I've made friends and the accquaintance with whom I joined is now a good friend.

    It's been a great experience for me, and I hope that more people will try one - or more - with an open mind. I'm sorry this has gotten long, guess I'm just so excited to have a great experiene to share.

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