Tuesday, June 26, 2012

To Guild or NOT To Guild...

Let's talk about Quilt Guild... 

When I first started quilting, my Mom told me two things...take a class and join a guild.  I learned how to make a Double Irish Chain Quilt pattern by using strip and chain piecing - whooo hoo!  Then, I joined the guild!  So, now I go to Quilt Guild (my local Stafford Piecemaker's Quilt Guild) and it is quite mind blowing!  I am NOT usually a joiner...I tried to join some Mommy groups and some Crafty groups, but they didn't take - however the quilt guild has turned out to be quite the opposite.

We have two meetings on is a business meeting, which is pretty boring - but necessary and then after we have show and tell, which is the fun part.  After the show and tell we eat some light refreshments and talk.  Then, we have the program meeting, where we learn to do techniques, have trunk shows etc. 

We do lots of charity work through the Stafford County Sheriff's Dept and the local hospitals and we are hoping to expand our reach to other charitable outlets as well.  This is a picture of us burying our Deputy Sheriff in quilts for the officer's to carry in their trunks for those in need. 


We do a block of the month...which is featured in our newsletter and on our website:  http://www.staffordpiecemakers.com/blockofthemonth.htm and we do a fabric exchange also on our website.  In our guild there are those that are experts at just about everything, but no one is an expert at everything.  I can be intimidating, but not to me.  I just get inspired...when I leave I cannot wait to get into the studio the next day and start working on a new or current project. 

There are also a lot of longarmers in the guild and I have met most of them.  We are thinking of doing an event for a program meeting and maybe starting our own side group to share info etc. 

I do have to get a babysitter and then pray that little man sleeps later in the morning than usual or else I am useless the next day no matter how inspired I am... : D. 

I have taken on the website and the quilt show this year, so I seem to have stuff to do for them all the time...I am even putting together a cookbook that we can sell at the quilt show in Oct to raise money for the guild...WOW!!!!  I just seem to LOVE it - huh???  So, in my case it is definately To GUILD!!!!

4 comments:

Martiel Beatty said...

I love that you found a niche. It is so hard to find that and connect with people when we are buried in our technology. I applaud you for seeking that and sticking to it. I also have to say, I really love the photo in your post. Hysterical! I laughed with delight when I saw that! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

Shan said...

That's awesome! There's always something to be learned, and where better than with like minded individuals who share your passion!

Karen Presecan said...

Love it..the guild rocks! :-) xo

LizB said...

I am so glad you all enjoyed the post! I do enjoy my guild and am also seeking out other guilds as well. : D.