Thursday, April 29, 2010

Guild Ideas from the Gathering of the Guilds Conference - Part 1

Barb Perry brought back some great ideas from the Gathering of the Guilds. I thought I'd share a few of her notes in 2 blog posts.

Barb noted that one of the most popular activities that most of the guilds organized, was a Block of the month. Just look at the many ways that this activity can be organized.
  • At one guild, a member or a group would be responsible for deciding the Block of the Month and providing the information monthly to those members who wanted to participate. Each member participating would complete the blocks and have a quilt/topper to show at the end of the year social/potluck.
  • One Guild utilized the relationship with a local Quilt shop to coordinate the block of the month activity.
  • One Guild has a block of the month demo.
  • Another Guild provide a different block pattern each month and ask their members to bring back at least one block and the blocks were raffled off in groups of twelve. Examples of blocks were framed nine patch, another was an Ohio Star where the participants were challenged to find as many variations as possible (the winner had 27 blocks).
  • There was a theme exchange to make blocks of a specified size, theme and colour in one of the guilds.
  • Another Guild had two coordinators who provided the pattern and instructions for the block and the members brought the completed block back to the following meeting when their name would go into a draw to win the blocks for that month. The coordinators are responsible for the pattern and the theme for the year.
  • The majority of the guilds participated in block of the month or block exchanges. They noted that members were expected to bring something back by a specific date to show other Guild members.
  • Three month mystery quilt was done by one of the guilds.

Did you ever imagine that there are so many ways to do a Block of the Month. Check back tomorrow and I'll give you Barbs great notes on more fun activities for your guild.

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