Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Should Quilt Guild be fun?

Are you a member of a guild?  Is it fun? I feel like my guild is run by the quilt police. I am wondering why I attend meetings. I did enjoy the show and tell at the end of each meeting, but found out this morning they have limited that to two days a month. I did not expect to fit in when I joined but thought I might have some fun and learn new things. I really miss my old  guild. It was small, but loud and fun. I think next Wednesday morning I will
just stay home and sew.

12 comments:

Sue said...

It's funny you mention this. I am attending my first guild meeting tonight. I have put off joining one as I've heard so many horror stories about them and being the very way you've described them.
I really want to join just to meet some professional speakers. I doubt I'll be able to put a lot of effort into attending all the time.

Impera_Magna said...

I haven't joined either of the two local quilt guilds because both meet on weekday mornings.... it would be nice if there was one for working girls that met in the evening...

Lisa said...

Oh that's too bad. A quilt guild should be fun with lots of laughter and creative support of each other. I hope you find another "group" that will do all of those things. Start your own!

Cherry Red Quilter said...

I am sorry your quilt guild is not more fun and relaxed. I think it is a shame. maybe you can find a more relaxed open group that meets for the pelasure of sharing and getting togeher.

Anonymous said...

A guild should be fun! No quilt police should be allowed. My local guild has show N tell at every meeting and that is one of the best parts besides the speakers. I joined a guild for the speakers but I made some of my best friends there. Good luck finding the right guild for you.

Sherry said...

The quilt guild that I belong to (which I also helped start) has gotten to be, for me, not so much fun. In the beginning the programs were geared towards all levels of quilters. . . .then we got into a time where the Block of the Month had to be specific fabrics -- which seriously limited the amount of participation.

I still go because I feel a sense of responsibility. . . but it is getting harder & harder to make the 1 1/2 round trip each month (we only meet once a month).

I've been a member of 4 or 5 quilds since I started quilting and found that I just didn't fit in with the way the groups eventually started going.

Perhaps you could start your own "bee" with any of the members that you "click" with....small groups of like minded quilters is usually a good way to go for encouragement without the worry about "quilt police".

Laurie said...

Quilting guilds should indeed be fun...no quilting police. The one I belong to meets twice a month, once in the morning and once in the evening. There are about 100 members, some come only once a month, some twice. Our meetings include some kind of demo and show and tell. We all work on hand projects during the business portion and can get help with any quilting challenges that come up. I agree, if you're not anxiously awaiting the next meeting, get together with a smaller group so you enjoy yourself.

Barb said...

I don't go to a guild yet...but plan to next month....don't like being controlled by police...no fun.

Katie said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. My guild is huge, but we have lots of fun and there are many smaller bees to join as well. Of course if you're on the board there can be some drama, but it isn't aired at guild meetings. There are other small guilds in the area who are very pleasant also. One imploded but some of the folks learned from the mistakes and the new group is better than ever. I hope you can find another group that's more fun!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have visited a couple of local guilds and found that they were mostly cliques. If you were not a friend of one member you basically were on your own. So I've never joined up. But I meet regularly with three other gals and we sew together when we can. That has become our guild.

Cindi said...

The one in my town was so big, with so many cliques, that I finally gave up. Nobody ever made me feel welcome. I do just fine all on my own. I've got my bestest quilting buddy clear across the United States in Washington and she's all I need to get by - I can run anything by her and get an honest opinion. I enjoy the friends I've made on our blog, and visiting with other blogs to make new friends. Sure, I'd love to get together with Peggi more often, but our daily e-mails cheer me on!

sunny said...

Our local Guild is pretty 'cliquey' so it took awhile for me to work my way in. But I always have an enjoyable time at meetings, and there is a lot of laughter. I hope you find a group that meets your needs.