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Yesterday I went to a small quilt show put on by a guild I used to belong to.  The membership in this guild is dwindling and it has sure affected the quality of their show!  While most of the quilts were nicely done, there were not nearly as many as in years past.  Kinda sad actually.  It was nice seeing some of the ladies who still belong and they all asked me to come back, but that is not going to happen.  Funny thing happened though.  I met one of their newer members & found out she grew up about 25 miles from where I grew up in Michigan.  She & her husband decided to move to MO to buy a farm although I don't quite understand why they didn't stay in Michigan to do that as there are just as many farms there as there.  I don't think quilting is going by the wayside by any means, but I do suspect more & more local quilt guilds will.  

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Comment by Janet/MO on October 3, 2019 at 7:45am

Pam is definitely right about leadership problems.  I was president of this guild a few years ago & there were times I wanted to pull my hair out because the ladies who founded the quilt were so resistant in trying new ways to raise funds.  I was told that "they" didn't like it whenever I would mention how another guild I used to belong to raised money.  How narrow minded is that?!  Plus they never really welcomed new members which is why they are now down to around 30.  Times are changing & guilds need to be willing to change too or they will die out.

Comment by Jan on October 2, 2019 at 7:56am

I always enjoyed the guild for inspiration and learning new things.  Ours folded last year and I haven’t started anything new.  Planning to do a block of the month at a new quilt shop near here though.  Mostly I have just sewed charity tops for a church near here.

Comment by Pam/NY on October 2, 2019 at 7:13am

The quilt quilds around here are dwindling. I do think, it only takes one year of difficult leadership to cause a group to fold. I just like doing my own thing...

Comment by Janet/MO on October 1, 2019 at 7:00pm

With what is costs to put on a show plus have good speakers, it seems to me that a guild needs a minimum of 100 members just to be financially viable.  This one is down to 33 with rumors that 2 more are leaving.  The show this year was supposed to have 100 quilts, but I think that was a stretch.  

Comment by Barb/WI on October 1, 2019 at 4:26pm

You are probably right about guilds.  I think there is a bigger commitment with a guild as opposed to just having a smaller more informal quilt group that meets.  

Comment by Irene Gallway on September 30, 2019 at 5:34pm

We have a few quilt shows here but compared to those in your area they might be considered small. I didn't renew my membership with the quilt guild here. I just have too many irons in the fire to participate in more projects. I did go on a bus trip recently with them to go fabric shop hopping. That is always a fun time.

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