The general meetings for the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas are held on the first Thursday of each month at Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas. Occasionally, meetings will be re-scheduled for different evenings due to scheduling conflicts, but these changes are well-publicized in QGD Online – the newsletter of the Guild.
If you are new, the flurry of activity may be a bit bewildering. Let us take you on a “virtual tour” of a meeting, so you’ll know what to expect:
Member Check-In and Door Prizes
Your first stop should be the membership table. It’s hard to miss, as it is placed right at the main entrance to the meeting room, and is usually surrounded by lots of people clutching their door prize ticket.
You must show your membership card to be admitted to a Guild meeting, whereupon you will be issued a ticket stub. These tickets serve two purposes: (1) you could be a lucky winner of a nifty doorprize, and (2) this is how we determine the number of people in attendance at a given meeting.
We encourage and welcome guests and visitors at our general meetings. There is a $5.00 guest fee for non-members attending any meeting hosting an out-of-town speaker.
All members are asked to show their membership card when arriving for Guild meetings. If you come to the meeting and do NOT have your card with you, a fee of 50 cents will be assessed. The “I forgot my card” money collected is donated to the Guild General Operating Fund. If you lose your membership card, a replacement can be purchased for $1.00.
Wearing a name tag helps fellow members put a name to your face. Some wear simple printed paper tags, others have created more elaborate nametags or elaborate membership card holders.
As members and guests gather before the meeting, there are several tables set up around the room that will be of interest.
The Guild Store is often available at monthly meetings and offering a variety of items including pins, T-shirts, and coffee mugs. Other items for sale include selected items with quilting themes.
A new member introduction table. Assistants at this table introduce new members to the meeting, guild activities and other members.
Covers for Kids
Members can pick up kits and patterns to make quilts for the Ronald McDonald House, Vogel Alcove or the Children’s Advocacy Center
Lesson of the Month
Sponsored by the VP, Education, members can sharpen their skills with a quick 10-15 minute lesson. These lessons are given several times prior to the meeting, and members are often given a handout to take home to refresh the skill.
Program and Workshops
Always great to check out and staffed by Guild volunteers, this table provides information about upcoming workshops and programs. Also, our speaker provides books, patterns, fabric and other items for sale.
The president will call the meeting to order at approximately 7:15 p.m. At this time, she will ask committee chairs and anyone else with announcements for the membership to come forward and share their news/information.
After the reports, the president takes a few moments to honor one or more outstanding guild members. Each month, a “Yellow Rose” is announced. Annually, the Founder’s Award and the Silver Thimble award are announced as well.
Bring and Brag
Next to the program itself, “Bring and Brag” is one of the most eagerly anticipated portions of the meeting. This is your chance to share something you are proud of with people who will really appreciate your effort! Perhaps you just finished that quilt you started hand-quilting ten years ago. Maybe you just finished a quilt top that you are so proud of you have to show it off before you get it quilted. You went to a flea market and found an extraordinary crazy quilt buried in a box for $15.00. You took a workshop from one of our program presenters, and want to share the results with the other Guild members. Whatever you want to share, we promise to “ooh” and “ahh” appropriately.
At the close of the “business” portion of the meeting, the president will turn the reins over to the Program committee.
The program is the highlight of every meeting. We feature both nationally known and local quilting personalities as guest speakers. (Sometimes, they even fit into both categories; local quilting personalities who have become quilters of national prominence!) The Quilter’s Guild of Dallas is proud to have hosted quilt artists including Elly Sienkiewicz, Libby Lehman, Karen Kay Buckley, and Bonnie Hunter. Some of our local stars have included Karen K. Stone, Anne Colvin Mosher, Gabrielle Swain, and late Pat Campbell.
Door Prize Drawings
Following the program, we close the meeting with the drawing for door prizes. Door prizes are generously donated by local quilt shops, vendors, and Guild members. If you regularly add to your “stash” at a quilt store that has donated a door prize, make sure to tell them how much you appreciate their generosity! They’ll appreciate the “pat on the back” from a loyal customer.
After the conclusion of the meeting, you may make a last trip to the program table to register for a workshop, buy a chance on a fund-raiser quilt from another guild or organization, pickup information or materials from the Community Service committee, or anything else.
Board of Directors Meetings
The Board of Directors usually meets the fourth Tuesday of the month via Zoom.