We are a new chapter and held our second meeting this past weekend. Between the two meetings our attendance averaged about 24 of the 70 members we currently have signed up on the website. So far we’re a pretty laid back bunch (despite what you may have heard about New Yorkers). There are some other guilds in the area which are highly structured so it’s our consensus for the time being, to be a little bit liberated about our mission (like our quilting). Both meetings have been held at the spacious and light-filled loft of Victoria (Bumble Beans) in the Garment District. Victoria has done a huge amount of charity work through her quilting and as a guild we’ve decided to adopt some of her favorite charities and undertake some group projects. At the first meeting, for example, we stitched bindings onto some quilts which Victoria made from donated fabrics and blocks. We did a scrap bag exchange at our second meeting and are planning on having a scrap table at future meetings.
Our group has an unusually small internet presence in that the majority of our members don’t blog about their quilting, so for them, this is the only way to get feedback from other quilters. Members run the gamut from those who consider themselves artists to those who call themselves quilters and many in between. Some are new to it and others have a lifetime of experience. We are all really excited about learning from and being inspired by each other. And it’s in this vein that we are planning mini-workshops at future meetings to be taught by members who have a particular expertise in a specific area. Upcoming workshops include: paper piecing, painting on fabric, and bias cut continuous binding.