Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Ive never found a guild that coinsided with my work schedule. I would be interested in hearing the take on this tho.
I work overnights and sleep days. Im off fridays and saturdays. I think the neares guild is 45 miles from me (I could be wrong but it's the closest one I could find on the internet.) One day I will be able to look into it more...
I joined my guild about 15 years ago.There was about 100 members,over the years we're down to 60.I had a rough time when I joined,a lot of old members and they were't very cordial to new ones.If you had an idea they would turn it down,seemed like the old-timers had to have it their way.After I was there 5 years I decided to run for Pres.,well that didn't sit too well with them so they had certain players on their team to run against me.Of course I didn't win. A couple of years ago I brought that incident up to one of the old members and she agreed and said they didn't want me in.MOst of the old members are now gone and a large majority are new.Everything is coming full circle now,nobody wants to serve on the board,last year we didn't even have a VP.Someone approached me about Pres.or VP.,I hesitated but decided I would do VP.If anyone isn't familiar with the duties of VP they are the ones that schedule activities for each month.So far this year I've got 3 speakers and 2 workshops lined up.I agree with Riana,when she says she was turned off,that's one of the reasons I made the decision to run,I know a lot of new members join and they don't stay,I realize they're not learning what they thought they were going to get so I hope I can change that around.
my guild has both a day and night group plus several smaller specialty groups so there is something for everyone. Only the day group has a business meeting and at only one of the two monthly meetings. Several guild activities that allow members to participate at the level at which she/he is comfortable. I enjoy the flexibility and probably wouldn't participate if it were not available.
When I first to moved to the area I'm in now the only guild was a rather large one. I joined, it was all business, there was a show and tell, but it was a large group and it seemed hard to make connections with anyone. I had a baby and looking after her and then her brother became a priority with quilting getting put on a back burner. Since they are now old enough I can get more quilting done I have revisited the guild thing. There is now a smaller guild in my hometown which is smaller and I do enjoy it. Our Guild had found itself under the same criticism, that we were all business and no fun. so we have looked at ways to change. I have always found the show and tell my best inspiration, I love seeing what others do and it gets me going. but now we have meetings but every second meeting is a sewing session, with only urgent business being dealt with. Our guild organizes workshops once a month sometimes it's an organized class to learn a new pattern/technique sometimes an instructor is brought in, but most often it's guild members sharing their expertise. this also keeps me going. We also brought in one weekday a month for members to come in and sew all day, a way to get caught up on UFO's and projects. At our meetings we do have a quick tips and technique time. And during business meetings we try to schedule 15 minutes or so of social time. with someone bringing in snacks/treats. No matter the size of the guild it is sometimes hard to be a newcomer and see a problem but getting the group that is set in their ways to change is certainly a challenge.
Would it be possible to sit in on one prior to joining it? That way you could get the feel of it. You could also ask the person who runs it what the meetings are like. All business or some talking about quilting too. We have one where i live and they do a quilt block a month but they get together once a month and just enjoy each others company. Perhaps you could enjoy that type if you can find one. Good luck in your search. It never hurts to ask.
l have found a great group of gals here in Texas where l spend winter. We do everything together from knitting to quilting to beading and learn a lot from each other. When l get back home, l'll give the church groups a try ,thanks:)