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Thread: Should I start quilting club back up???

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    I would try it again and have the first meeting Rule Setting so everyone has a part in how things will work. Rotate homes or ask a church if you could use a room.
    Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1943
    WOW! What a group. Why don't you find a church fellowship hall or library room, some place other than your home to meet. Set some guidelines. If you're close to one of the ladies, maybe you could do it together.
    My group meets at the senior center and we eat lunch at the center. on a rotating basis, we each one will bring a snack that month and pay for a carafe of coffee. We start at ten and end at 2pm. They let us have the room for free but usually we make a donation tot he center once a year($100) Our dues are $5 a year, due in January and our newsletter is $5 a year, due in July. We are open to anyone who wants to come and we try to get others to come and join us if we think they would fit in. Jan

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    I think you should spend more time writing and less time with your "club"...at least until you have enough material for a book. I sure loved your query. I was weary from rearranging furniture and I recognized all the characters you described, except for the drunken quilter. Sometimes friends will drive us to drink, sometimes they drive us home. Hang in there.

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    A different home each time would be good and how about fewer times a month. Our group meets at a different home every other Wednesday. Except for July August and Sept. Seems to work well for us.

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    I would think long & hard about it.. what is it they say, leapords don't change their spots.... I would have a list of rules & if they don't like that then don't come, maybe only meet once a month & if you can find an alternative place to meet that would probably be for the best... if you go ahead & have at your house, no matter what the rules are there will still be those that do not follow them.. BUT then again there will be plenty that do & you will enjoy yourself... hard decision to make... good luck with them

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    doesn't really sound like my idea of a fun day

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    i would find a differant location and set up some ground rules

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    lol, sounds like your group lost connection somewhere along the line. I would either get together with those who are serious about the group and why it was started. Friendships are to be made between quilters that last. Helping Each Other is the theme. If that is not the understanding then those not willing to participate with that in mind need not join in. Just my thoughts.

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    Not if it isnt fun. Not worth it...life is too short.

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    I agree that you should set some rules and meet at different places. I also agree that meeting once a month is a good idea. Two other ladies in our church have ask that we get together once a month to work on our projects. We have decided to meet at different places. We will not begin for a couple weeks due to waiting on one of the ladies to move back to our town. I so excited and cannot wait to begin. I pray that things do work out for you. I say that if someone shows up drunk that you should ask her to leave.

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    "One of the ladies showed up drunk and fell off her chair and we had to call an ambulance.. ."

    Honey, you're still calling her a 'lady'? You don't need that trouble! I don't have any good advice, but if they want it started up again, I'd make sure it was in SOMEONE ELSE'S HOUSE or hall...

    I thought those things only happened in these h'ar hills:) I'm sorry, I'm not laughing at you.. it's just that this is about the most surprising situation I've heard about a quilt group -- at least there was entertainment!

    rusty (i consider myself a hillbilly but i bet my forefathers kept all their white lightnin' at the still and didn't attempt to bring it to granny's quilting party!)

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    Our group meets in the dining hall of the church, and it is the most fun and best comaraderie of any to which I've belonged.

    It's most distinct advantage is that there are no rules and no "responsibilities." Here's how it works and works so well.

    It's strictly BYOP (Bring Your Own Project). There are tables and electricity available, so bring the whole sewing room if you wish. While others may be there to help you carry it in, be prepared to do it yourself just in case.

    We have a definite start time and an approximate (within an hour) wrap-up time. Everyone cleans up their own mess and someone always pitches in to take down the ironing board and drain and put away the iron. If you're late arriving, you'll likely miss lots of what the others have brought to show and less time for your project, but come on anyway. You've only shorted yourself, but sometimes lateness is unavoidable.

    It's also BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch). Somebody / anybody will notice that it's about noon and start setting out the lunch bags from the frig onto one of the empty tables. We take 30-45 minutes for lunch and continuing great conversation.

    We help each other. Show different things we're working on, share pattern modifications, help newbies, share our disasters (some of our best laughs) and help with other life events as we may be personally led - or not.

    No obligations, but just great sharing. We wouldn't have it any other way. Lovely times for all of us.

    Those who attend all chip in a buck or two toward the church's utilities and when we begin to see a winter slow-down because of all the snow birds who return to Florida, we retire it to one of our homes for the winter months. Pretty much the same basis.

    Someone usually undertakes getting out email notices, but there are others who will gladly fill the gap if needed. Nobody ever has too much to do if anything at all.

    I have enjoyed some of my greatest learning experiences with this group as well and had the joy of introducing a couple newbies to the addiction.

    Just stay loose and don't take yourselves too seriously.

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    Since your first quilting group was not able to meet your needs I might suggest that you talk to a few of the members that you relate to and ask if they would like to start something small, with some of the rules that have been suggested. We have a group of 5 or more ladies and we get together once a month to sew. With a small size group you can meet in homes and the hostess provides lunch, we rotate from house to house depending on individual schedules. Recently we have started taking road trips; even make a point to go to destinations that are not quilt stores. The sewing is great but more than that I love the friendships that we have developed. Good Luck and don't give up!!

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    Since it was a weekly thing, perhaps u can set aside one week for " group " things and a week for personal items" break it up a bit....

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    My group meets each week in a different person's home. We bring our own simple lunch (a sandwich or yogurt). Hostess provides coffee and tea and dessert. We work on individual projects but help each other if needed. We meet from 10 to 2 PM. No one talks negatively about anyone . I know how lucky I am !

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    Set guidelines that everyone must agree to.
    I suggest reading the book "The Necklace". It's an easy read, and you can apply it to starting up your group.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    From your description it sounds like some rules need to be set down.
    Problem 1: Some people only showed up when their quilt was in the frame.
    Problem 2: One person showed up drunk (not a good sign at lunchtime!)
    Problem 3: Not rotating homes.
    Problem 4: You didn't get to work on anything for you.
    Problem 5: People forgetting who's supposed to bring lunch.

    Unless these issues can be resolved I would either find another group or not start it up again!!!

    I totally agree!

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    yes, but not at yourn house and make up some ground rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemoryKeeper
    I think you should spend more time writing and less time with your "club"...at least until you have enough material for a book. I sure loved your query. I was weary from rearranging furniture and I recognized all the characters you described, except for the drunken quilter. Sometimes friends will drive us to drink, sometimes they drive us home. Hang in there.
    I did write one book. The name of it is Little Willie Won't Go Home. Maybe I should title the next one," The drunkard's Path"

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    Quote Originally Posted by momof4
    Set guidelines that everyone must agree to.
    I suggest reading the book "The Necklace". It's an easy read, and you can apply it to starting up your group.
    Good luck.
    I'll have to read that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    Not unless the location rotates so that you don't have all the cleanup!
    And maybe make it a potluck lunch?

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    I agree with the other ladies, I have a small group but we set up a calendar and each person takes a turn and they do the lunch and dessert, this way it is not all on you. I would not invite the person that drinks or I would let her know that there will be no drinking before the get together if she wants to join you.

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    Fist meeting? Out for lunch!

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    If you move from house to house, then the quilt that gets quilted is the person whos house it's at. That way everyones quilt get quilted. Or you can meet (we meet at a resturant/bar that has a meeting room), we do it Sunday afternoons. We can each bring our own things to work on, or we can work on things together. We also have room for our machines if we want. The only thing we have to do is clean up our own mess. And everyone gets something to drink. So the business gets some money. They also give us deals on special snacks, so some of us get something.

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    If it was up to me I would suggest rotating sites. I would also say that bring a sack lunch so we don't spend so much time on the food part and in case some folks are dieting. If you still want to have it at your house just say I don't want to take up the space for the floor frame.
    But to be honest, they were all there, they saw how it went and I think they are just taking advantage of you. And frankly it doesn't sound like you were really having any fun, so why bother.

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