Friday, July 8, 2011

Hail to the Quilting Chief!

Hi ! It's Darlene from Sew Much Beauty and I have a story about the funniest thing that has happened to me so far in my quilting journey...

I was bitten by the quilting “bug” in March 2009. I have found that the side-effects are very bearable… spontaneous sparks of creativity, loss of sleep because you’re too busy sewing, the pure JOY felt watching a loved one’s reaction to a handmade quilted gift…just to name a few! If there’s a cure for this bug, I don’t want it!

When I first started out, I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could about quilting. I read everything I could about the subject. I attended a class at my local Hobby Lobby where I made my first quilting friends. At one of those classes, they had a conversation about the local quilting guild…I say “they” because I sat there listening and nodding my head as though I knew exactly what they were talking about. I didn’t know what a guild was, but it sounded wonderful! Lots of people getting together to talk about quilting, share stories, and show the quilts they had made. So I listened intently and noted that the meetings were the fourth Thursday of each month.

I missed the next 2 meetings because I was too busy quilting and forgot about them. But when another friend invited me to go WITH her, I decided, Ok. It’s time. So in June 2009, I went to my 1st meeting. My friend called me the day of the meeting to let me know she had gone out of town unexpectedly, but didn’t want me to miss the meeting because of her. So I went anyway…by myself. I figured I could just go and sit in the back. You know, not draw too much attention to myself. I had the time wrong and showed up 30 min late…not a good start. They were having their officer elections that night. A very energetic woman with spikey bleached hair invited me to sit at her table. Her name was Pam. The hair drew me in, but her energy kept me riveted. Two times a year, the guild has a pot luck meeting...this was one of those nights. While we were eating, the ladies at my table get on the subject of how it seems nobody wants to take over as president of this group. The current pres lived over an hour away and was begging for someone else to take over for her. I asked (my mistake) why none of THEM wanted to do it? Pam says, "I'm already serving on the Board." I looked around, curious...4 out of 5 of these ladies, it turns out, is already on the Board. As I'm concentrating on my food (and trying to NOT draw too much attention to myself), Pam says, "YOU could be our president!" As I nearly snorted potato salad all over the table, she says, "Seriously, it's the EASIEST job! All you have to do is..." I tuned her out at that point.

I honestly thought I was being "punked". I was waiting for my husband or Ashton Kutcher to jump out from another room, with cameras in my face, laughing. Well, THAT didn't happen. But before I really knew WHAT was happening, Pam was standing behind me, introducing me to the room as a nominee for president. What? Is this woman serious?! I couldn't tell. Apparently, she was.

So, it turns out, being a "member" is just a technicality. Pam (and I suspect the other ladies at the table) paid my dues that night and I became the newest member of the guild...and the new president.

I had no idea that night, the direction my life would take. It has been quite an adventure. I've learned a lot about leadership and responsibility. THIS experience was actually my 1st time out of my "quilting" comfort zone. But I'm so glad I let my guard down long enough to just let it happen to me. It's so much fun to get together and be inspired by other quilters AND to get to share the projects you've been working on. We also make quilts to be donated to local charities...for children and babies who need them. I've had a lot of fun too and if you haven't checked out your local quilt guild, JUST DO IT!

I'm just curious...does stuff like this happen to anyone else? Or is it just ME?! lol  



Now, I thought I would share a couple quilts I have done since I began quilting that are dear to me..

Here is one of my fav quilts I made for a friend that I did not think would be around today..
she is and this certainly inspired me to make it for her...



 Don't you just love the backing...and I quilted it all..


This one is a mission quilt., colorful isn't it? 
I love this one..

Very summer like, don't you think? 



Thanks for listening to my story...be weary of guilt meetings with no presidents lol. or having elections coming up lol

P.S...feel free to check out my blog!

Quilty hugs to all of you!

Darlene

And oh look I almost forgot Samm is going to have this giveaway...

This great book for any Wantotbe Quilter...I heard August 1st is quickly approaching..this would tie
in well for then...thanks Samm


Giveaway will be Monday Morning... Good Luck.. Thanks FSB  Associates, they are Stash Manicure's sponsor and they are book publicists.

Be a follower at my blog and this one.!



Ann Marie won this...she has been notified...
hoping she will come on over here for a guest post...
you will know why soon enough wink...
all others..thanks for participating..
New sponsor. - LOOK, FSB associates- BOOK PUBLICIST...

61 comments:

  1. First - neither link up works - but I went to your blog and also re-visited Haley's - beautiful (and sad)story. I finally joined a local guild after visiting a few. After the first year, I volunteered - yes that hand went up - to be on the program planning committee = Great committee as already have 90% of a 2 year program locked down. You can't enjoy a guild unless you put something into it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lovely quilts! Thank you for sharing you funny quilting story with us. I want to find a quilt guild to join in the near future.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Loved your story! Aren't quilters just the best?! Your quilts are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've been railroaded before also. We have a Nomination committee and they cold call everyone who might be interested in being an officer. I hadnt' been a member long when I served with a CO-Chair and now I glue my hands to my chair when the call goes out... Love you gift quilt! Thanks for sharing your story.

    ReplyDelete
  5. what a great story and wonderful quilts too .

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such a good story! Looking forward to
    reading up on your blog. Thanks so much.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a great story! I almost got roped into a job my first night at a guild! Truly love your "each day" quilt - it is lovely, and must be an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story...I'm headed over to visit your blog now!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  8. How funny!!! Thanks for sharing! I'm off to see your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  9. How funny. I'll be very careful at my first guild meeting - whenever that is!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for sharing. I love your quilts - the everyday is a gift is lovely.
    Thank you for the giveway! I would give to my daughter who wants to be a quilter! She is my target for the wannabe!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Good Morning Darlene....I recognize that kind of scheme any where... I too have learned to sit on my hands( as one of your ladies here noted)...I think managing Stash is all I can do at the moment ...lol. Love your month quilt...Natalia designed that..I remember as I purchased one too...LOVE yours...bet your friend cherishes it ...and your mission quilt-superb colors.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great story! (maybe a great lesson in many ways) Just read your blog and love it. Subscribed and all that.

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a funny story!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love your Every day is a gift quilt. How special is that. One lucky friend in many ways it seems. I wish I had the time to be involved with a guild, but it would kill me to sit back and not get in over my head. NOW if I could retire... that would be an entirely different story! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love your story! I've been president of my guild - but wasn't elected at my FIRST meeting! Whew! I'm going to make sure the chair of our nominations committee reads this blog post! what an inspiration! Absolutely LOVE your calendar quilt! Love, love, love it!! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  16. LOL, I became our Quilt Show Chairman within 3 months of joining my guild!!! But quilters really are the nicest people, aren't they? You have shown us some lovely quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Your story is so funny and true. It seems like something that would happen at the guild in my area. Thanks for sharing. Love your quilts.
    I'm a follower here.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I am still new to "real" quilting. Just found out there is a guild her in Lexington, KY - guess I need to go :). And just FYI - I get sucked into things ALL the time - I just hate to say no to people

    ReplyDelete
  19. There is no guild near enough for me to get involved. I think it would be great to share with others.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I am a follower of both blogs! Love hearing your story and love all the quilt shares! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love happy guild stories! I bravely visited my first guild meeting on my own. Unfortunately it was the Christmas meeting which was more social than anything else, and I didn't know a single person there! Being the introvert that I am, I was ready to hit the exit, when darling member of the hostess team spotted me, coaxed me back in, and introduced me around. I won two raffle drawing that night and joined two months later. Three years later I'm the Communications Director and responsible for the guild's newsletter! Plus I've made loads of wonderful quilty friends and learned lots. Happy quilting!!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. Cute story. Your quilts are beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Would love to know how long you served as president of the guild?

    ReplyDelete
  24. So my guild has the same problem nobody wants to be in the board. Two years ago they were begging for some officers and i volunteered for the secretary's job. this May I was looking forward to passing off the job to another when I get a phone call asking be to be co-president. My journey begins I hope it's a good ride. Seems in for a penny in for a pound.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I follow both blogs. I love the quilts Darlene shows in this post, and will be checking out Flynn Frames. Didn't know anything about them until today. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  26. What a funny story...I LOVE IT!!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love your quilt that ends.. every day is a gift.. but when I first saw it, I thought of a different ending I thought it was going to end saying ... quilt every day!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great wonderful story. Sometimes we stretch and grow even when we don't really want to!

    And it did happen to me too, I had been in Toastmasters for about 3 months and I missed a meeting. When I came back they had elected me president!

    glen: so I know......we are sisters in organizational leadership! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  29. To answer lgentymk's question up there (thought the rest might be curious too) I served 2 years as the President & was told that according to the bi-laws, I could not succeed myself. But the Board was willing to change those bi-laws to make it happen if I wanted them to. Luckily, someone stepped up at this year's election & I didn't have to! But who knows? Maybe again in the future! I really did have fun AND learned a lot!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Oh My...and as a NEW Quilter! So glad it has been a good experience for you.

    I follow this blog now...and I'm heading off to follow yours! ;)

    I've seen this book and have been VERY interested in it, just have not bought it, OH, I hope I win! :D

    ReplyDelete
  31. yeah, that happened to me with Band Boosters! I offered to help my friend and ended up being the Fundraising Chairperson for a year. Never look up and Never open your mouth! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. What a great story!!! That was crazy! Glad it all turned out well and I think they made a great choice.

    Your quilts are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Great story! I am sure that being great quilters, those women at the table with you saw a great quilter in YOU...quilters aren't dummies...they knew a good thing when they saw it - congrats to the and to you! Love the "gift" quilt!! xo, Nan

    ReplyDelete
  34. Great Story. What a hoot! You were a good sport about the whole thing.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Love your story and your everyday is a gift quilt.

    lsandes@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  36. I laughed out loud and then read your story to my husband! I'm so glad that didn't happen to me but honestly it wasn't long after I joined that I ended up being elected President too. I think they grab you before you figure out that it really is work. :) I'll be over to visit your blog! blessings, marlene

    ReplyDelete
  37. Love the story and your quilt for your friend! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Oh now that is a great story. Lesson learned beware of spiked hair!!
    I am in love with your calendar quilt!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Love your story! I have also loved your quilt from the first time that I had seen it at Modabakeshop. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I am heading over to your blog now to be continued to be inspired!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win the quilting bible - it will come in very handy, I'm sure!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Well, you are not the only one! I laughed tears reading your story; it seemed so familiar...
    :-) Just keep it up!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Great story. Beautiful quilts. I particularly like the "each day is a gift" quilt. Is there a pattern?

    ReplyDelete
  43. I loved your story. Your quilts are great. Thanks for the chance to win "The Quilter's Bible".

    ReplyDelete
  44. What a hoot. When our guild was forming - some 28 years ago, no one wanted the job. I didn't either but I did step up to the plate and thought I could do it for one year as I was expecting child #5. Well, I did it for a second term too and used to hate getting up to say a few words. The guild is still carrying on. I have done newsletters, accounting and whatever else.
    I'm glad that you were voluntold because the guild may have folded otherwise.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Great story! I had to learn to sit on my hands and stop volunteering to help with everything when I was working with the Boy Scouts. It was fun but you can only manage so much. Kinda sounds like your friend had things all set up for you! Glad you are having so much fun!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Loved the story...loved the quilts! Thanks, Samm, for the give-away.

    ReplyDelete
  47. What a great story! Love your blog by the way. Thanks for the giveaway chance also.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Lol, love your story and it sounds like some Parents and Citizens meetings I've been to where you're nominated and elected before you can say "wait"!! I think you had more fun in your position though :).
    I really like the "Each day is a gift" quilt.
    Cheers,
    Robyn

    ReplyDelete
  49. Very funny!! Sounds like a few of my stories! people can spot a worker and they knew you were a winner!
    Hopping over to your blog...I think I may already be a follower
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

    ReplyDelete
  50. I love your calendar quilt. Very inspirational.
    Your story was a hoot to read, Now I am off to join your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  51. What a great story! I've yet to find out about quilt guilds in the UK.
    The book looks wonderful - thanks for the giveaway :)

    ReplyDelete
  52. You have to be very careful at guild metings! We are always looking for helpful hands!
    I am a follower at both blogs.

    ReplyDelete
  53. lol great story things like that just seam to happen to us all from time to time ..... loks like a good book to add to my collecion
    Annette

    ReplyDelete
  54. Wow! That must have been overwhelming to walk out of that first meeting as the new president! Good for you! I would love to win this book to give to a good friend of mine who said she would never start quilting....and now she just recently made her first quilt top and is hooked!

    ReplyDelete
  55. I don't belong to a quilting guild or group (yet!!). I have trolled the internet and books for my quilting lessons, advice and inspiration. After checking out your blog, I am now a follower. I love your style and the heart you put into your work - very inspiring. I follow Stash Manicure also. Thanks for the chance Madamme Samm!!

    ReplyDelete

You think they are just words...they are sew much more than that...your wee messages tell me, you are kind, smart and important...