So what is the very best part about a quilt guild? Well, I would have to say that it’s the show ‘n tell and the camaraderie. I have been a member of a quilt guild a number of times. Here’s the experience that I have taken away from it. Most people don’t want to be an officer so these slots are hard to fill and most of the time, they are filled by repeatedly the same people. Also, why does there need to be officers? Well, to maintain order of a meeting. What if we’re just all adults about it and use what we learned in kindergarten? What if we all just took turns talking and didn’t interrupt? Or limited ourselves to a short amount of time to make our point?
Also, many guilds do charity work. I have been doing charity work for years in my shop and it didn’t require a guild. I plan to carry on doing charity work. I don’t need a guild so that I can assign tasks. If I need help, I will ask.
A guild often times runs a quilt show. That’s really nice, but it’s a lot of work. If we want to do a quilt show, we can do that without officers, though I doubt we will ever do that.
A guild requires dues. We aren’t going to have dues, and if we need money for something, we can certainly ask for donations. If people do not feel that it is worth their donation, they won’t donate. This is a way of doing a straw poll. This will tell you if your need for funds is really something that others find valuable. If you want people to volunteer for something, or donate to a cause, you will see how many people feel it’s important by the response you get.
In guilds, people often tire of trying to cajole others into doing what they find valuable. If you cannot find enough volunteers for your quilt show, then obviously others may not hold this event to be particularly of value.
So, long story short, we are cutting to the chase. We are having club night that does the things that people find value in. That is snack, show and tell, getting ideas from others, and making friends.
We hope to grow the club. We met on a Tuesday night. As time goes on, we will determine what works best for most, but the Tuesday night seemed good. The next meeting will be Tuesday January 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bungalow.
Here are some highlights of our last meeting.
Sherry Purtell shows her beautiful scrap quilt. He has a chambray as the background. It’s a nice size!
Wednesday, who is new to this region, showed her quilt that she sewed for her sister’s wedding. Lucky sister!
Bev shows off her contemporary quilt. It’s amazing! What fun. Quilted by Cathy Roeder.
Colette Jaeger shows off her tree skirt. She used a bargello technique. This is a June Tailor kit that we sell online and instore.
There were so many talented quilters in attendance. It sure was good to see everyone.
Here’s the lovely Karen Haines with a Christmas quilt that she made years ago. Gosh, it’s beautiful.
So if you would like to join the fun please let me know by emailing [email protected] and become part of the fun.