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Thread: Are you a Guild Member????

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    If you are tell us what guild you belong to and why you like it??? How many members and anything else you want to share about your guild. :D

    I know some of you have gotten a bum deal with some of the guilds. :
    ( :? :cry: :oops: :shock: :roll: :evil: :twisted: :x :oops: Let's try to be positive about the guilds not all of them are bad.

    I really like mine and know that most are worth joining since many have programs, guest speakers, events and so on.
    I belong to the New Braunfels Quilt Guild
    Here is a link to it
    http://www.newbraunfelsareaquiltguild.org/


    I like it because we have neat classes, guest speakers, do charity quilts, quilts for habitat for Humanity, have a collage scholarship fund, put on a awesome quilt show every other year have a retreat, show and tell and so on. :D :D :D :D
    Yesterday we had a blast. :D :D :D Many of our mebers went to the Houston Show and around 36 of us stayed behind. We played Strip Poker and used 2 1/2 inch strips to bid with I won several hands and came home with the same amount of strips that I started with. We had a great time.

    Next month I am taking a class with the lady that wrote the book Gone to Texas.

    We have had such speakers as Becky Goldsmith from Piece of Cake, the lady that wrote the pattern for the Mexican Star Quilt and so on.

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    Guess what? I belong to the San Antonio Guild. I joined while visiting the quilt show last month and attended my first meeting last Saturday. I was very impressed. A friend and I spent most of the morning and some of the afternoon moving around. We attended the demos (which cost me money) as I turned around and bought two booklets, one from "Quilt in a Day" and another "Sew Simple Pineapple" from Amazon. So far I spent two days trying to make the Disappearing 9 Patch. I am having problems with it as the measurements shown on the pattern don't add up to the size it gives. I usually do my fabric shopping at the Quilt Haus in New Braunfels as Marion is close to it.

    It's a small world.

    Gilla

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    I don't know of any guilds in my area. I might give one a try if I did.

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    Where do you live in Illinois??? I travel to mine about 30 miles because I want to but there are 2 in my area and will join one of the later :D

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    I belong to 4 guilds. Two fairly small ones and two bigger ones. One of the small guilds has just 22 members, the other small guild has maybe 30 members. The two bigger guilds have right around 100 members.

    The smaller guilds don't have big name speakers but they both have some very talented members that give the occasional class. The big guilds have a big name quilter once a year or so.

    All of the guilds do some charity work of one kind or another.

    I highly recommend joining a guild in your area. You might even have to go for a year before people start to get to know you!

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    The guild I belong to has only 14 members. We are small but work well together. We do not have dues, we just put small change in a cup very month and that pays for the batting when we make a charity quilt. It is held are my church so every baby that is baptized in the church gets a quilt from us. We try to make a quilt if some one falls ill etc. Nice group of ladies. We also take turns bringing lunch. Occasionally go on road trips together. Might I add, we all have Janome machines. Some bought them after we started meeting cause they liked the ones I had etc. Marge
    PS, I used to belong to a guild with 100 members but it was at night and about 30 miles away so don't do that anymore.

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    Send us a link to your Guild if available so we can read about it!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    I also belong to a Bee that is a spin off of my guild. We go to jabber jabber, sew and such. :D :D :D

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    Our membership is falling some, most of the younger women went back to work over the last year and the older members are getting less able to come. Not many middle age non working members left. We do have fun.

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    I belong to the Arkansas Quilt Guild, which has about 120 members. I joined back in August of this year. I'm one of the two men in the group. The other man is a retired art teacher who taught a high school quilting class for 30 years (how cool would that be!) We normally have about 45-50 members that attend the monthly meetings. I really like this group, they are a wonderful bunch of people -- very positive, cohesive group. And they run their meetings like a conductor keeps his train on time. :)

    I hope to be able to join my local county quilt guild some day, but they'll have to change their bylaws first since they don't allow male members. :( Hopefully, that'll change some day.

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    Our local guild meets on a weekeday during the day :cry:

    It struck me that if they actually wanted new and younger members, there would be meetings and workshops on Saturday. Most young women I know work outside the home and Saturday or Sunday is the only day they have for these things.

    Heck, I work outside the home. There's no way for me to attend.

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    check other guilds in your area I travel 30 minutes and they meet on Saturday :wink:

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    I attended my first one as a visitor last month. I will be going back next month and probably join. I got a good tip that night just from a demo!

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    so Pam what was the tip share with us :!: :!: :!:

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    I'd love to belong to a guild so I could meet other quilters and receive all the educational and social benefits. Unfortunately, because of my work my time is so limited that I just can't see going this until I retire (when I'm 95?????)

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    Retire? What is this "retirement" you speak of? LOL

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    I belong to Flower Valley Quilting Guild. We meet the third Thursday nite at 7 pm and have a speaker or activity each month and extra classes are offered several times a year. There are near 100 members and we put on a quilt show every other year. We just had our show and had about 300 pieces on display for the weekend. It was really wonderful, with a beautiful raffle quilt as well. We are gearing up to celebrate 25 years next year. We have all ages and a token male member. I enjoy the meetings and look forward to getting together with the members. We also have activities on the remaining Thursdays for those who are interested. :lol:

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    Hi Guys!
    I just went to my first quild meeting last Thursday night. Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild is a group of about 350 members. They have well known quilters speak/lecture and then you can sign up for classes with that person on Fri & Sat. Show and tell was awesome both by the quest speaker and members. So much talent in one room! Several tables to visit with dry goods ready to be sewn and donated to the charity of your choice (I came home with flannel for two newborn baby blankets). They also have a different vendor set up each month to purchase goodies. They meet one Sat of the month to quilt/sew together. Very active group. I think I'm really going to like it.

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    I belong to ASG, our neighbor group name is Sew Much Fun. We meet monthly and yes we do have sew much fun. Our sewers are at every level you can imagine. Some rarely sew, but love the fellowship of other sewers.

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    To my knowledge we have none around here. There is a Fiber Network, but not quite the same thing. Have tried talking my friend and quilt teacher into starting one, but she is not teh group type of person. She likes working one-on-one or by herself. So...

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    I belong to Rocket Quilters and Island Quilters. I joined earlier this year.

    All of the members are so nice and helpful. We have a great time and do many things for charities.

    I am on the membership committee in RQ.

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    I belong to a guild,and love it. I am VP of the Tri-County Quilt Guild.
    We are a small guild of maybe 25 members., but we do alot . Put on a quilt show, do charity, 2 retreats a year and sometimes take trips. We have a holiday party and a picnic in July.
    WE are always wanting new members to join. We meet on Thrusday nite once a month and that works out for the working members.


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    I belong to the tucson quilters guild,have for 4 years now.We do charity work also we have our annual quilt show in January 30+ years now.
    you can check out the guild by going to Tucsonquiltersguild.com

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    [quote=bebe]

    We played Strip Poker and used 2 1/2 inch strips to bid with I won several hands and came home with the same amount of strips that I started with. We had a great time.

    I read this and started chuckling. Son, age 24, is visiting to watch football on TV with his dad. He wanted to know what was so funny. Wish you could have seen the look on his face when I said that a lady posted details of the strip poker game at her quilt guild. When I explained, he was disappointed. "That's not nearly as exciting as I thought it was going to be."

    I'm not a guild member. I know we have a small group meeting in my town. I may check into it after the holidays...can't add anything else to my plate at this time of year. I'm not sure if they meet at a time I'm not working.

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    I haven't joined my local guild...yet! I need to find the time.

    Did you know we all consider this board a quilting guild? You can download a membership card here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/3258.page

    I designed the card eons ago and some local quilt shops give you a discount for belonging a quilt. But just remember, you're always welcome at this guild!

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