There are many Guild activities to choose from, and many ways to participate. Join in, get acquainted, learn, share, and contribute!
Committees and Offices
You must be a member in good standing for a year before you can run for an office, but anyone can offer to take part in a committee. For example, you can join the Hospitality Committee, to make tea and coffee before each meeting and clean up after. There is very little work involved, and it is a great way to meet some Guild members.
Every year, usually January at the regular meeting the Guild raises money for speakers with an auction or other fundraiser. Bring fabric, quilting tools, books and magazines to the January meeting to be auctioned off, and/or buy something at the auction. Bring your contributions in a clear plastic bag or an open box (so bidders can see what is there) and attach a card describing the contents (for example, 1/2 yard velveteen, assorted cotton quilt scraps, 3 yards lace trim). If a different sort of fundraiser is planned, watch the newsletter for information on how to participate.
Quilts In Force This Guild charity makes quilts for displaced or traumatized children, to be distributed by police officers or shelters. You can contribute fabric and batting, you can contribute a quilt, or you can take some of the fabric and batting to make a quilt--contributing your quilting skills and labor. It all goes for a good cause!
Note: Synergy House needs twin-bed-sized quilts!
Attend a Workshop
Teachers from around the country offer classes to our Guild several times a year. If you choose to register for a workshop, you will pay a fee and receive a supplies list. Bring your supplies to the designated location (usually the church basement where the Guild meets) on the designated day (usually a Friday evening or a Saturday) and prepare to learn a new technique and get acquainted with your fellow workshoppers.
Guild members may participate in a variety of quilt-related bus trips, tours, and shop hops. There may be a fee involved, and you may want to bring your credit card for shopping opportunities!
Attend the Retreat
Each year the Guild organizes a retreat for some intensive quilting time with friends.
Borrow quilting books and videos from the Guild library.
Every year there is a challenge to make a quilt according to a particular set of rules or on a particular theme. It is a great challenge to one's imagination and creativity, and a chance to stretch one's skills. All challenge participants display their quilts at a meeting, when we all get to see the variety of quilts resulting from the challenge requirements. Challenge quilts are displayed in a group at the Quilt Show.
Show and Tell
At each meeting you will have an opportunity to show the quilts you have made to an appreciative audience.
Block of the Month
At each monthly meeting you will can, if you choose, pick up a pattern for a block. Make the block and bring it in to show at the next meeting, when you will pick up another block. At the end of the year you will have twelve blocks. Add sashing and a border, and you will have a sampler quilt top.
Bring something for the treats table on your birthday month.
Each outgoing president chooses a quilt block. Each member makes a block to be made into the President's Quilt.
You can make a supply of friendship stars (see pattern on the back of the Member Roster) so you can send a star to each Guild member who suffers a loss, as a gesture of comfort and quilters' solidarity.
Each year the Guild makes a quilt to be raffled off at the Quilt Show. Depending on how the quilt is made, there may be a chance for you to contribute an appliqued block or to help with hand quilting. Guild members sell raffle tickets to support programs and pay for speakers at Guild meetings. See the Photo Gallery for pictures of past opportunity quilts.
There are many, many opportunities to participate in the quilt show. You can join the Quilt Show committee to help plan and publicize the show, you can sell Opportunity Quilt raffle tickets, you can help set up or tear down the quilt show, you can sell tickets or be a "white glove lady," you can contribute quilts for display in the show, you can make items to sell in the show boutique, and more. This is a chance for every member to participate.