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Thread: Want to start a quilt guild

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    Senior Member smcfadden's Avatar
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    This site seems to have such a wealth of experience, it seemed like a good place to ask this question. I've never been a member of a quilt guild, but would like to start one in my town. The nearest one is 30 miles away. Can those of you who are members of one give me some ideas about how to go about it? What kind of activities do you have? What do you do at your monthly meetings? I'd really just like to have a place to meet other local quilters and maybe we could teach other what we know.

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    Do a search on guilds on this board, lots of info!!!

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    perhaps don't worry so much about starting a GUILD, but just get some like minded folks together to share the JOYS of quiltings/sewing/learning/sharing! Then if it holds up, you can get into the long drawn out ordeal of forming a guild, wriing by-laws and the constitution, getting a lawyer to approve them, filing for a 501 charter, getting a board together...well..you get the drift I am sure...starting a GUILD is really not easy, and rarely any fun!

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    Super Member snipforfun's Avatar
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    Do you have a State guild? Link in with them.

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    Maybe just start out with a few people to see how it goes.

    If you have a local quilt shop, maybe they would like to start one.

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    A group of us just meet up once a month- we have a pot luck ( i bring desserts !! ) we chat and have show and tell... Recently i've been bringing/demonstrating block sets and every one goes home with a block to make up and return the next meeting

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    Great ideas, ladies! Keep'em coming.

    BTW, I did talk to the owner of our LQS, but she wasn't interested (probably due to all the rigamarole Jacquie alluded to!).

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    Quilters are generally a fun group, swapping info and ideas are a good start. Print up some flyers to put up around town, This will tell you if theres any interest, even if theres only a few, it can still work out.

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    We have a monthly "sit and sew" at our LQS - no pressure, no rules, just chatting and sewing. It's lots of fun and whoever can come, does.

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    I would suggest just setting up a group of ladies that sew and have fun

    (a guild has too many problems with bylaws etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH
    We have a monthly "sit and sew" at our LQS - no pressure, no rules, just chatting and sewing. It's lots of fun and whoever can come, does.
    that sounds like alot more fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    perhaps don't worry so much about starting a GUILD, but just get some like minded folks together to share the JOYS of quiltings/sewing/learning/sharing! Then if it holds up, you can get into the long drawn out ordeal of forming a guild, wriing by-laws and the constitution, getting a lawyer to approve them, filing for a 501 charter, getting a board together...well..you get the drift I am sure...starting a GUILD is really not easy, and rarely any fun!
    I agree - all this hoopla takes the fun out of it. Just get together with like minded folks and enjoy the craft. We have a guild of 54 members with no bylaws, no constitution, no committees, no roberts rules of order, and it works! Members had been in other guilds where too much time was taken up with such regulation and they quit as the emphasis was no longer on quilting. Each month the agenda is planned by a team of members and each meeting allows for lots of show and tell. We sometimes have workshops, taught by members, or we have a guest speaker. Dues are $10 per year and the bottom line is that even if there's a limited agenda, maybe just show and tell and some announcements of local quilt shows and sales at LQs, it's enough to just get together with friends!

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    I guess it depends on what you are looking for. Guilds are a great way to meet people. Unfortunately, they seem to have a lot of different agendas in the membership, i.e. some want it for strictly social, some like to eat, some want to learn, some want to do quilt shows, others think it's too much work, on and on, and on....so, I'm kinda thinking a get together and quilt group would be more for me once I get moved, take some classes, and meet some people.

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