Each summer, a Newcomer Orientation is held. All new and old members are invited to attend.
As an NBQA Member:
- Each member is entitled to receive a membership booklet. It is available at meetings, or for $3.00 it can be mailed. It includes information about meetings and workshops, a list of Board Members and Chairpersons, membership names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
- Receive a membership card that can be used at some quilt shops to receive a discount. You need to ask at checkout.
- Receive a name pin. We ask that name pins be worn at all meetings.
In addition to the benefits listed above, here are some more perks to becoming an NBQA Member!
The Newsletter is mailed or e-mailed to members & associate members every other month beginning in September. Members who elect to receive the newsletter by paper mail will be assessed an additional $10 to cover the costs of printing and postage.
The NBQA has a library of DVDs. These DVDs may be checked in and out at guild meetings.
Tickets for door prizes are given at the door during meeting check-in. Tickets are drawn for door prizes at the end of the general meeting.
Refreshments are available prior to and after meetings. A sign-up sheet is passed around for bringing snacks (cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies), a dessert or beverages for the next meeting.
A lecture or trunk show is presented at most of the general meetings and a workshop is offered during the day of the meeting.
Show and Tell
This is an opportunity to share your work with our group. Don’t be shy!
Each year we have a block of the month program. Through this program members are encouraged to make a quilt block designated for that month. Sometimes the blocks are pooled for a drawing with 1 person winning all the blocks that month. What a good start on a quilt! Or, the project for the year may be to keep your blocks but follow along with the pattern and have a completed quilt for yourself by the end of the guild year. Go the the Block of the Month page for the details on this year’s program: Block of the Month
Any member may bring in a fat quarter to the meeting – or two or three….and so on. They will get a raffle ticket for each fat quarter they bring. And at the end of the meeting one ticket will be drawn to win the whole pot. There is a “theme” for each month.
A theme and specifications are announced in May for the “summer challenge”. The completed quilts are viewed and voted on at the September’s meeting. Prizes are awarded.
There is an ongoing collection of small quilts for donation (i.e. hospital nurseries, Ronald McDonald House). The Guild ultimately makes the decision of where to donate. We do two Quilt-a-thons per year. They are great fun, a good way to meet other members and a good cause.
Bus trips to quilt shows, shops etc. are offered occasionally. Details are announced at meetings, in the newsletter and on the NBQA web site.
Message Board and Table
Upcoming quilt related events, quilt shops, etc. information is posted on the board or flyers are on the table at meetings.
In Quilt Show years, the guild membership makes a raffle quilt. Members are asked to sell raffle tickets.
A Quilt Show of NBQA members’ quilts is held biennially at North Kingstown High School. Much help is needed. Please make a quilt for display in the show.
Guests may attend NBQA General Meetings twice per year. There is a $5 charge.