|What’s a blog post without pretty pictures? These fat quarters|
have nothing to do with this post, but my mom got them for me
for Christmas. Aren’t they pretty?
Then the New Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild entered the picture. Joining that group gave me the in-person connections I was looking for. And we have a blast. In addition to our monthly meetings, we have workshops (see my posts here and here), retreats (see here), and other fun events.
|I received this Lola Pouch for Christmas from Patch the Giraffe, |
another NHMQG member.
My guild is planning for the year ahead, and we’re considering how we may choreograph our meetings differently. Workshops and retreats are great ways to get to know fellow guild members, but they happen just a few times a year and not everyone attends. How can we encourage new friendships and teach new skills each month? Here is what’s on my mind ...
- Ice breakers. What activities can we do just to get people talking?
- Block of the month. The BOMs we’ve done to date have been sizable commitments, and that has deterred a lot of people from participating. What can we do on a smaller scale that is still rewarding and that encourages new skills?
- Challenges. I’m pretty sure we haven’t done any challenges within our guild. (We have, however, participated in some as a guild through the national MQG organization.) What are some fun ones?
- Collective knowledge. There is so much experience and knowledge in our guild! How can we share it with other members?
|I scored this awesome mug, sold by Patchwork Threads, during the Yankee swap |
at the NHMQG’s Christmas party.
If you’re in a guild, I’d love to hear what has worked for your group, what you’ve found compelling, and what you’re likely to do again. Please share your best practices in the comments. Thank you!
If you’re not in a guild, I recommend trying one out. Each one is different, but after visiting a few, you may, like me, find a group of supportive, talented sewists who make your quilting hobby even more fun.