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New Member Tea Party 2015

I’m a new member of my local guild and I attended a New Member Tea Party on Sunday.  Actually I joined late last year sometime or maybe early this year.  I can’t remember but this is the first New Member Tea Party they’ve had since I joined so I’m technically still a new member.  I met a bunch of guild sisters and met some fellow newbies.  It was fun and some things became clear as various board and committee members spoke about the different things the guild does.  I’ve put my name on some lists and I hope that I will find something that I would like to get more involved in.

There is also a new guild coming to town.  The Modern Quilt Guild is getting a new chapter started here in the Valley.  I’m a member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and while the drive to Santa Monica/West LA isn’t horrendous, It is 30 minutes on the 405.  Well, it was 30 minutes from my old house.  It will probably be an hour now.  I haven’t made the trek since we’ve moved and I’m not looking forward to it.  But, the Valley chapter is going to have their first meeting at my favorite LQS, Quilt Emporium!  That’s just 10 minutes from me now and 2 minutes from my office so I’m super excited about that group as well.  The first meeting is next Monday.

Anyway, I got loot – the membership committee went to local quilt shops and sewing machine shops who donated items for goodie bags for all the new members!

LOOT!!! 9/20/2015

LOOT!!!
9/20/2015

Those papers at the top are gift certificates!  I think there are 2 for local shops and there are 2 for sewing machine shops.  🙂   And I got fabric!

 

I’m excited about the new guilds.  There really are two traditional guilds (not that they all do traditional quilting).  There is the day guild and the night guild.  And from what I hear there are a lot of people who are members of both.  Now the Valley Modern Quilt Guild that is starting up. I’m a member of the night guild since I cannot attend a lot of the day guild’s activities.

I’m so grateful to have these guilds near me to be a member of.

Happy quilting!

~Melanie

Quilt Guild Sew In

A few posts ago I posted about the three different guilds in my area:

Piecemakers Quilt Guild

East Bay Modern Quilt Guild

San Francisco/Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild

I went on about what I thought based on their websites.  Officially I’ve only joined the Piecemakers Quilt Guild mainly because it’s the most local of the two.  They meet the first Tuesday of each month at a location 10 minutes from my house.  So that guild has been the easiest to actually attend and join.  I put the meeting dates for the MQGs on my calendar but things keep coming up that prevent me from attending.  For the EBMQG meeting, I had to make an unplanned trip to Los Angeles that prevented me from attending.  For the next SF/BAMQG – which is coming up this Saturday, my family is having a family reunion.  So I can’t really say which of those two I’ll join (if it happens or not) but I can’t wait until the stars align and I’m able to attend a meeting soon.  In the meantime, the ladies of the Piecemakers Guild have been extremely nice.  I’ve been to three meetings and recently attended a two-day sew in.  Basically on Friday, I arrived at our meeting place, set up shop and sewed until I dropped (which was 10pm for me).  I could have stayed all night but opted to go home and returned the following morning.  I sewed and sewed and got a lot of Easy Street done and a bit of the other projects I’m working on.  The best thing is that I was able to meet with the ladies and talk and get to know those around me.  Everyone was very sweet.  I am the youngest there but it’s nice to be around quilters who understand the quilting bug.  I do not have to explain myself or justify why I buy so much fabric.  🙂 And finally before I left on Saturday, I was able to get in on the next mini-retreat.  One of the ladies was scheduled to attend and paid for her spot but is now unable to go.  She’s letting me go in her place!  I can choose to spend the night at the hotel (which I’d have to pay for) or simply drive in each day and night since it’s only 10 minutes away.  The hotel stay is not too expensive since the hotel gives Guild members a great discount for these retreats.  I’ll check it out and maybe have the kids and hubby come by to take advantage of the pool and other amenities while I get some quality quilty time.  We’ll see how it ends up.  All in all, my guild experience has been pleasurable.

~ Wish I was quilting!

Melanie