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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 08 Feb 2019 20:54 #145178

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Hello and thank you for asking!
Interestingly, there were too many debates regarding the guild board members and offices. At the time I wrote this question, they were considering 2 presidents (I still don't know why we didn't do pres & VP, but oh well...) I backed out since I didn't want to get caught up in the politics. Now, the guild is open to another president and there are several members requesting I be the next president. I'm back to probably accepting because it is something that is important to me. It could be an interesting presidency!
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 08 Feb 2019 06:19 #145150

How is your quilt guild doing, Kristen? I'd love to hear about your experiences in the past couple of years if you're still around.
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 26 Mar 2017 20:40 #140455

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Kristyk wrote:
I've been thinking of doing a challenge called the ME Quilt. What would make a good ME quilt challenge addition?
Kristen

A friend of mine used the book: A Quilter's Diary, Written in Stitches by Mimi Dietrich
It has good suggestions of what sections of your life to look at and help in choosing a pieced block or appliqué to represent that time or event. Many on first thought might think they have to do photo transfers and I like the block idea that gives special meaning to the art of piecing (or appliqué) and is a code meaning to an important part of their life.
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 26 Mar 2017 08:45 #140445

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If I were to make a "me" quilt I think it would have something to do with my wonderful 3 daughters who have different interests. I'd try to blend themes such as ethnomusicology and music with women's rights and international development toed in with consumer sociology??!!I think it would end up being a more "modern" style quilt.

What a fun idea!

Jeanine
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 25 Mar 2017 19:17 #140444

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Thank you, Joyce!
Your information and ideas are very helpful.
I'll present your options and see how the group responds.
It will be a fun few years for them--and me, as president.

Kristen
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 23 Mar 2017 16:33 #140426

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In the guilds where I've been president, that is about the easiest job! Even in the guild where I'm a co-president this year, there are only 10 members. The other guild had about 70 members. Both guilds have a program chair, secretary, treasurer, etc. Mostly, I run the meeting, make my agenda for the order and my notes of what we need to go over, and ask for reports from all the officers & committees. I don't plan the charity project - I asked for one to be in charge, and then for their report each meeting. Etc.

This year for one guild, our charity project is to make pillowcases for children in foster care. Often, they got to the new home with everything they own in a garbage bag. :( The pillowcase can be used for a pillow or for a bag to carry their belongings. (They will be given when the child is moved to a foster home. Gift and useful and not so embarrassing carrier.)

One guild has a birthday gift for each one who has a birthday that month: a FQ rolled with a candle flame shape cut from paper, taped to a toothpick, and stuck in the top of the roll. In a basket or small tote, it looks like a lovely birthday cake! At the meeting, the birthday people for that month get to choose a FQ for their gift.

A 12" block pattern provided (downloaded from a free internet site) each month. If you bring your finished block back the next month, you get your name in a drawing for a small gift. At the end of the year, those who have completed all 12 are in a drawing for a larger gift. The large gift last year was a desk ott light.
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 01 Mar 2017 19:49 #140094

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Thank you, Jeanine!
These are great ideas! I like the paint chip challenge.
I've been thinking of doing a challenge called the ME Quilt. Here's why: many of us create so many quilts for friends and family members that we rarely get the opportunity to make one for ourselves. I'm thinking about each month taking on a certain 'Me' theme such as 'my favorite things', the best day of my life, what makes me strong, memories, etc. What do you think? Got ideas to add?
How about those who are reading this post? What would make a good ME quilt challenge addition?

I'm pleased to mee you Jeanine! Keep smiling and quilting in sunny Nova Scotia!
Kristen
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 28 Feb 2017 17:55 #140081

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Hi Kristen!
Here are some ideas that were great fun in the few guilds I have been a member of over the years and in different cities:
-birthday blocks where those who signed up make blocks, for which birthday person has given the design/instructions etc. and sometimes a key piece of fabric, and give them on or close to the birthdate. It is a fun and quick way to get a quilt done.
-mystery quilts in paper bags where you put in fabrics you would like in bag and a pieced centre or row. Then these get circulated every so many months or weeks etc among members who signed up. Pieces get added and bag is rotated but no one ever sees the final quilts until the reveal day. The first person can also leave a note in bag specifying what is not to be used or done.
-specific colour and/or themed fabric exchange for members that sign up. This is a great way to increase colours or types of prints in your stash. In Ottawa we had seasonal themes almost every year. Our exchanges varied from fat quarters to 5" squares to strips etc.
-paint chip challenge where members pick out of a bag a strip of colour from the paint displays of home improvement-type stores and they then have to make a small quilt or sew something in those colours
-crayon challenge - same as above but with coloured crayons
-block exchanges with a theme or colour specification

I hope this helps!
cheers
Jeanine in sunny Nova Scotia, Canada
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What's it take to be a quilt guild president? 27 Feb 2017 21:13 #140074

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Hello Everyone,

I have been quilting since 1999 and have belonged to several quilt guilds since that time. I am soon to accept the challenge of becoming quilt guild president and would like some information on what other presidents do for their guild, what activities do other guilds offer, and what new activities are there to introduce. My current guild in 3 years old and has grown from 4 members to over 70 in that time. I've been a member for ~1 year. This guild has a block of the month, challenge quilt, charity quilt, and some other activity like a 1/2 square triangle exchange or a fat quarter exchange. I'd enjoy hearing from other guild presidents, other quilters, professionals, guild members, etc to get ideas, suggestions, and feedback. Oddly enough, there isn't much information on the internet or in the TQS forums!

I'm eagerly awaiting to see what you all have to say!
Kristen Edens
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