At the Bay Area Branch we’ve been going for about four months and just had our third meeting. Like the New York branch, we have a several other guilds in our area that are traditionally oriented and fairly restrictive. Our branch aims to stay open, flexible, and welcoming and to share inspiration with one another without getting bogged down by too much structure.
Typically our meetings start with a bit of fabric swapping as people start to filter in. After everyone has snatched up some new goodies, we talk about any open business stuff and then have a time for sharing tips and techniques. At our last meeting we had to presentations by guild members – Ruth did a demo on seam ripping with speed and style and Mary showed everyone the “rocking method” that she uses to hand quilts her projects. (We have several hand quilters in our group… I’m in awe!) The final and best part of our meetings is lots and lots of show and tell. It has been really fantastic to get to know our members and to see their projects in person. Being accustomed to sharing my projects mostly in blogland, I was amazed at how different and more valuable it can be to discuss them in person.
Besides our regular meetings, we have been working hard to organize sew days and other events for our group. Next on our calendar is the Maker Faire, which is coming to our area this month. We are working on a guild booth for the faire where we will show our members’ quilts. We also plan to set up sewing tables in our booth so that guild members can work on sewing projects together in between sharing about the guild.
Another cool project that we have underway is our charity quilt. Individual guild members have been making blocks and we have a volunteer who is going to finished the quilt and then sell it, with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. All of the blocks so far have been lovely:
We would really like to meet new quilters, so if you are in the area check out our website and come to our next meeting.