Should You Join a Quilt Guild?

I recently spent an entire day gathered with a group of very devoted women. This group is not only devoted to creating beautiful works of quilted art together, but we also are devoted to important causes in our community and across the nation. We are part of the Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild.

quilt guild 1 Every woman there sacrificed her entire Sunday to create a beautiful quilt (pictured here) that will be raffled off. Proceeds for this quilt will go to PAVSA, an abuse center for women in our community. This is not the only charitable cause we support in our Guild – we also provide donations for Quilts of Valor and Project Linus, and we raffle quilts yearly to causes in our area.

quilt guild 2 This group of women is not unlike the women who are in quilt guilds in your community. If you haven’t discovered for yourself yet, you’ll find that guilds are a place where you can learn from and encourage one another. As well as being a great place to meet women with like interests, guilds are an awesome place to learn new quilting techniques. Bonus: it’s free! Sometimes there are annual dues varying between $20 and $50 per year, but it’s well worth it for the wealth of knowledge you will acquire from members and guest instructors.

Meetings are usually held once a month. They are filled with Sew and Tells, demos of new tools, tips and tricks, and conversations about what’s new on the quilting horizon. It’s also a great place to learn how to enter your quilts in shows as well as make great connections in the quilting community, like who you should have quilt your next masterpiece.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out your area quilt guild; you’ll be glad you did. Tell them Kelly sent you!

Until next time, happy quilting!


Related Video:

How to Find Quilt Guilds

National Quilt Guild Resources:

American Quilter’s Society

Quilt Guilds and Quilt Shows Worldwide

National Quilting Association

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12 Responses to “Should You Join a Quilt Guild?”
  1. Julie Harstad

    Love the Raffle quilt! I happen to be in the room when the ladies were discussing what pattern and fabrics to use as the raffle quilt. It turned out beautiful. Good work ladies!

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  2. Lisa Toth

    I wish I could join a guild. I am too tired by evening and I am working in the mornings. Need to find one that meets on Saturday!

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  3. Diane

    My comment is that some members are very “nasty” and if you don’t “conform” to their style of quilting you are ostracized (i.e. ignored)…it’s like the “popular girls” group in high school…no desire to join….nothing appeals to me about joining a guild

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  4. Brenda

    I *LOVE* your quilt that you have pictured!! Would you consider selling the pattern, with donations going to PAVSA? PLEASE???

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Brenda. Ladies of the Lake by Claudia Clark Meyers. Foundation pieced.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Liz. Yes, it is a Claudia Clark Meyers pattern, “Ladies of the Lake.”

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