I belong to a quilting guild in my area, and I would strongly encourage quilters and bag makers to either join one that is local to them, or even start one of your own where none exist. Look here to find a quilt guild near you.
Don’t underestimate the social aspect of quilting – meeting with others is a big part of the fun that quilting can bring to your life. I have to say that I’ve met some of the finest people ‘around the quilting frame.’
But even beyond the social aspect of meeting with other quilters are the things you can learn (and share) when you meet others who have similar interests. This is one of the ways these arts have been passed from generation to generation.
When you belong to a quilting guild, you will grow, as a quilter and sewer. I guarantee it.
The guilds I belong to organize trips, organize quilt shows, invite speakers for trunk shows, make things together for community charity, and promote improvement on various quilting techniques through workshops, as well as encouraging members to show their quilts. To me – and to anyone else who has caught ‘quilting fever’, guilds are indispensible.
The guild I belong to is the Huron Perth Quilter’s Guild in Kirkton, Ontario, Canada. I love my guild so much I drive an hour to attend their meetings that take place at 9:15 am on the second Tuesday of the month from September to May.