Should you join a quilt guild? Answer 3 questions to find out

East Side Quilters, Castleton New York
East Side Quilters, Castleton, New York

Do you quilt alone—but not always by choice? Are you wondering if there are quilters like you right down the block, or just across town? Are you surrounded by good-intentioned family and friends who just don’t get the work you put into that quilt you gave them? If you said yes to any of these questions, it might be time for you to join a quilt guild.

Quilting guilds are packed with people who are cut from the same cloth, sharing the same passion for fabric, sewing, color, and beauty. You’ll likely discover an array of aesthetics and skill levels among the group—not to mention a veritable patchwork quilt of personalities!—and it’s all part of the fun. The common thread lies in the eagerness to share stories about quiltmaking. And we promise, this gang will understand all the hard work you put into a project!

When you reach out to join other quilters, it doesn’t have to be in the form of a guild—often you can find informal clubs, quilting bees, or even church groups who meet on a regular basis. The photo below features the Coffee Creek Quilters, a group of volunteers who teach weekly two-hour quilting classes at an Oregon women’s prison. Each year approximately 150 quilts are made by prisoners and donated to various local charities.


Coffee Creek Quilters, Wilsonville, Oregon

Our own acquisitions editor Karen Burns started a guild, Stray Threads, in Woodinville, Washington, in 2007. She says, “Quilters are a very social crowd. When we first started the guild, we didn’t have a lot of money for speakers and high-priced entertainment, but members really enjoyed the social time, and also show-and-tell! We made show-and-tell a part of every meeting, and that was something everybody looked forward to.

“We started with 60 members, and the audience grew to 176 members by the end of our first year. With the large membership we were able to fund great speakers and other activities, including a quilt show (another form of show-and-tell). I think being a part of a guild gives attendees a place to go and be a part of like-minded people who love to create, socialize, and talk about their projects. I never tired of hearing the enthusiastic ooohs and aaahs.”

Bear Creek Quilt Guild Keller Texas
Bear Creek Quilt Guild, Keller, Texas

Hands Across the Lake quilt group Ortonville Minnesota
Hands Across the Lake quilt group, Ortonville, Minnesota

Wondering about what happens in meetings, or where to find a guild or group to join? Below, get answers to a few questions you may have.

What do quilt guilds and groups do?
Here are just a few of the activities and events you might find happening at a local quilt meeting.

• Block-of-the-month challenges
• Teacher lectures
• Fat quarter/fabric swaps
• Quilt shows
• Charity quilt drives
• Quilt-book library access
• Local quilt shop demos
• Mystery quilt-alongs
• Member demonstrations
• Round-robin groups
• Member show-and-tell
• Games, raffles, parties, and more

How do I find a local quilt guild?

Quiltguilds.com offers guild information by state and includes meeting places, days, times, dues, and number of current members, all in one place. (For tips on starting your own quilt guild, start here at the quiltguilds.com website.)

Quiltinghub.com is a growing site that is maintained by the quilting community. In addition to listing guilds, Quilting Hub also includes searchable listings of shops, museums, events, and teachers.

The Modern Quilt Guild is made up of more than 100 guilds across the country and the world. Local guilds were developed so that online communities of modern quilters could start meeting in person.

Visit your local quilt shop: your LQS will have the skinny on any quilt-related meetups nearby.

Search your state: simply Google “(your state) quilt guild” or “(your state) quilt group” to see if you can find an organization close to you.

Palo Verde Patchers Quilt Club Sun City West Arizona
Palo Verde Patchers Quilt Club, Sun City West, Arizona


Feeling shy about joining a quilt guild or group? Take a test run first! Invite a few quilting friends to try a quilt challenge together—it’s a casual way of seeing how you like a group atmosphere before you commit. Then look to these books for fun group-quilting ideas:

Simple Strategies for Block-Swap Quilts Blocks, Borders, Quilts!

Time to Quilt Quilt Challenge


Are you or have you ever been a member of a quilt guild or group? Tell us about your experience—and give a shout-out to your guild or group!—in the comments.


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