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

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    You asked if you should start up a quilter's club. This didn't really sound much like a club. Clubs usually have guidelines or rules set and agreed to by the members, everyone helps in the work and prep and cleanup and rotation is a big thing unless it is held in a public location. Are there membership fees?

    My biggest reservation is that none of your problems are solved at this point and unless you decide to change and fix those issues as a group, it is a no brainer.

    The other big question I have is.. does your CLUB have a focus.. like making quilts for battered women or for some other cause besides their own personal gain? That is when and how a club bonds and supports each other equally is when there is a goal for the group or the club.

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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.
    Can you tell us a bit about this book you suggested?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grugirl
    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.
    Can you tell us a bit about this book you suggested?
    I attached a link to Amazon to view the book. Of course there are both positive and negative reviews. As I previously said, it is an easy read.

    http://www.amazon.com/Necklace-Thirt...9124068&sr=1-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by momof4
    Quote Originally Posted by grugirl
    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.
    Can you tell us a bit about this book you suggested?
    I attached a link to Amazon to view the book. Of course there are both positive and negative reviews. As I previously said, it is an easy read.
    thanks MOMof4

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    Not unless the location rotates so that you don't have all the cleanup!
    Or who ever brings lunch, stays to help clean up! (And no drunks. How could she plan to sew if she was 3 sheets to the wind?) Just asking....

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    I am involved with a group who gets together once a month. The day of the month was set ahead of time and worked for everyone. If someone can't make it for some reason we don't change it. We rotate houses, everyone brings their own lunch and the host provides coffee, tea and a dessert. We all work on our own projects and if someone needs help whoever has the best knowledge of what she is doing is the one who helps. It all works out great!

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    I belong to a sewing group that meets at our Library the second and fourth Thursday of the month. I've made some very good friends there, and really look forward to going. We each bring what we want to work on, and we met in the evening from 6 to 9 PM. We each try to help each other if needed, or we work on our own thing. One of the ladies there is also a teacher, quilting and has classes for all us newbies . I've taken three classes and am looking forward to the fourth. I 'm thankful that the Library provides us a place for us to meet, make new friends and quilt till our hearts content. So maybe you could suggest a place like this instead of in your home all the time. Just a suggestion.

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    Choose a location where people do not have to go unless they are able or wish to and have a rule that everyone bring their own lunch and you will probably have less hassle.

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    With all due respect, it sounds like a good premise for a situation comedy!

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    Oh do I understand how you feel , for 10 years now I have had sewing/quilting at my house every Wednesday night admitily with onoy 4 ladies they all expect it set up ready and never stay to clean up .....yes two of them bring supper but I prove the coffee and every thing else they may need they all think my sewing room is their own and if they have forgotten something it is Oh ! can I borrow , I never get it back , then about 4 months ago I changed it to every twoweeks , went down like a lead balloon . So staring from next week we are going to take urns ... lets see how that lasts , hard part is we all get along ok never had a cross word and I do love sewing with them ,but not at my house all the time.

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    I belong to a group that gets together two days a month. On a weekend. We bring our own machines and do our own work. IF they have a quilt to quilt they could do that them selves.

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    The Drunkard's Path is a great idea. I sort'a gave our local gathering of the stitch'n witches a rest for a while and got rested and re-inspired by spending my time with a few friends. We call ourselves the "Wordsmiths". Our little club veered way off course when a couple dominate babes marched in. Looks like it's righting itself now. Nearly everyone does some quilting but we encourage everyone to come with some kind of work just for the fellowship and the practice at being civilized with one another.

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    I think that sums it up. You ended the group for a reason, and unless those reasons are addressed then nothing will change and you will just be frustrated.

    How about a girls night out. Like go to the movies meet for lunch one week. If it's the friendship you need and to me sounds like it is try this for a little while. Everyone goes dutch!!! We all need to get every once in awhile.Then you could enjoy each others company with the hassle free. And no clean up after words. So then the ones that come can come if not meet up with them another time. I hope this helps.

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    Yes, only if you set up a new system: Assign everyone a number (drawing out of a hat works well). The first month, you meet at number one's house. She provides the lunch menu with each person providing one dish, and everyone stays for the clean-up. The next month, you meet at number two's house, etc.
    Depending on how long you "meet," the first half could be to work on your own project(s), and the second half could be for group quilting of a completed project. The group would have to decide how you figure out who's. The style of the (hand) quilting would be at the descretion of the person who pieced the quilt; if it's not your quilt, you don't have a say in how it's quilted.

    As with other groups, it may be necessary to produce a "rules of conduct" and have everyone sign before they are allowed (back) into the group.

    Good luck; I hope you can come to some terms that work for you.

    cd

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    I have been quilting with several ladies for 19 plus years at a local community school. We pay $45 dollars for 10 weeks. All we have to do is designate one of us a teacher and we all do our own projects and sometimes do something together like at Christmas time or other holidays. No fuss, no mess and no hard feelings. You should look into it. I used to get together one other night a week at my husbands aunts house. It started out as a lovely get together with all of us working on our own projects with tea and cake. Then the aunt resented the tea and cake time and complained that it was for quilting and not for a tea time etc so little by little it became an unpleasant expereince for all. I like the school setting I have always had with a diffrent group of friends.

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    I belong to a group of 18 or so women who meet at the city senior center. Not many rules except: only quilting, no children , no charity sewing, no dues , no officers, just fun & then we go out to lunch! What a great group. We've been doing this for about 5 yrs with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    Not unless the location rotates so that you don't have all the cleanup!
    good idea. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    Not unless the location rotates so that you don't have all the cleanup!
    ditto AND only invite the ones you want.

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