Monday, October 26, 2015

Pretty Quilts and Survey Results

I might be biased, but I think the DCMQG is pretty great.
For instance, these are the beautiful finished charity quilts from the September meeting. 
September Charity Quilts


And here are the finished charity quilts from the October meeting. 
October charity quilts


We'll be taking another picture like it at the November meeting.  We'll also have a speaker, Francel Bellinger, the woman who heads the quilt drive for DC General Homeless Shelter, talking to us at the meeting on November 7th (at the Westover Library in Arlington). 

(By the way, don't forget to participate in the charity quilt link up party here 
to win fun prizes from Heather and 100 Quilts for Kids.)

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In addition to the panoramic quilt photos, I wanted to share a summary of the guild survey that we did at the end of summer.  We received 47 survey responses.  We currently have 76 members.

When asked what guild activities members want to participate in, 72% said sewing days, 70% said hand sewing meetings and 64% said retreats.

When prioritizing special activities, members generally ranked first priority to workshops, second to retreats, third to lectures, followed by trunk shows.

The majority (53%) indicated that their preference would be that the guild offer workshops for a smaller subset of the guild membership in conjunction with a lecture/trunk show that could be attended by more members.

The most popular first and second priorities for event planning was that the guild offer lectures/workshops from quilters with technical skills or other specialties even if they are not a nationally-known "sew-lebrity".  However, the names of teachers that were suggested by members were all nationally known names:  Anna Graham (Noodlehead), Alison Glass and Jacqui Gehring were the top three names that came up.  

The tutorial topics that people would like to see offered are machine quilting techniques, sewing with curves, improv piecing and sewing with scraps. 

Thank you all for your survey feedback.  We'll be taking some of this into consideration still this year and we'll be sharing the information with the next board. 

Speaking of which, we still need volunteers for next year's board.  I'm so proud of what we've accomplished in 2015, but the year is coming to a close and no one has yet stepped forward to guide the board in 2016.  Please see Alyson's post here for more information about elected board positions. 

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