I am committed to visiting each one, just to see what they are about, but I may have already fallen in love with one group--they were just so welcoming.
African American Quilt Guild of Oakland
They meet on the 4th Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild
They meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
East Bay Modern Quilters
They meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 pm
East Bay Heritage Quilters
They meet on the last Monday of every month, 6:30-9:00 pm
One might think, since East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ) is so closely tied to the shop where I work (we are a drop-off site for their primary charity children's quilts: raw materials, pieced tops, and completed quilts), that I would be drawn to their vibe almost immediately. Not so. Granted, I visited during a meeting that featured their silent auction, so I may not be able to generalize, but I just wasn't sure that they are the group for me.
Is this love? After attending one meeting of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, I made up the assigned charity block so I would be ready for next month's meeting. And I didn't even have any orange left in my scraps, after having gone a little to the orange side in my recent Sew Together Bag; bought 2 fat quarters to make up this block.
What made me fall in love with this guild? Well, I said before that I felt welcome from the minute I walked in. The first twinge of "this is my vibe" came when I found out that each member has to make their own nametag. And we're not talking
|Clever, but pretty generic|
I have two ideas already brewing for my nametag (see? and I'm not even a member yet) Patterns I already have on hand...
|pattern from Fabric Depot in Portland, OR|
|Teeny-tiny 3" blocks: see the crayons!!!|
For now, I am definitely going back to AAQGO--bringing my charity block with me.
What would be on your nametag?