Block Party Quilters' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We hope that the following information will help you feel a part of BPQ and will encourage you to become an active member of the guild. Please let us know if there is any addtional questions you may have about BPQ. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I bring guests to a meeting?
Absolutely.We hope your guests will enjoy BPQ so much that they will want to join our guild also!Please let our membership person know that you have a guest attending.We also have name tags that guest are encouraged to wear so all of us can recognize guests and help make them feel welcome.Be sure to pick up a door prize ticket if door prizes are being given that meeting. A guest can attend two meetings before paying membership dues.We do ask that guests pay a $5 fee/meetings in order to help defray our costs. Are there any rules for Show and Tell? We all like to see what other members are doing.It is more interesting if you have something to share about the quilt that will be of interest to all of us – does it have some history?- was it created for a special occasion or a special person?- did it involve a group effort?- was it the result of some class or interesting technique?- was there a problem in the construction that needed to be solved?It’s always fun to share and it’s always fun to see completed projects. We ask that you identify who you are when you are ‘showing and telling’.Remember, it’s also a “tell” so it’s a good time to brag about accomplishments the whole guild should know about. What are Small Groups?And how to I find one? Everyone is encouraged to join small satellite groups.It’s the quickest way to make new friends, get support for your skills, and merge into our quilting community.We are often so busy during general meetings that it’s difficult to share everything that goes on in our guild.In small groups, you’ll be exposed to the styles of many other quilters, learn more about BPQ and other area groups, explore some favorite quilt-related published resources, share techniques,find out about quilting shops and classes others know about, and enjoy closer conversations and friendships. If you’re a beginning quilter, a small group is a great way to discover mentors to guide you in your quilting.If you’re an experiences quilter, a small group is a way to challenge yourself to a higher level of quilting competence in a peer to peer exchange of ideas. Some small groups have been formed with a central interest or certain style of quilting; others by people who live close to each other.As many of our small groups meet in each others’ homes, membership to a group is somewhat limited by the size of the homes.Our BPQ website has a listing of our known small groups, but every member is encouraged to form their own small groups or focus groups on either a short-term (to explore technique) or long-term basis.Groups are formed all the time based upon the changing interests of our Block Party members. How do I check out books from the BPQ library? Our library is just one of the great benefits of BPQ membership.Our members are urged to make frequent use of this resource.A listing of our books by title and by author can be found on the website with new titles being added all the time.Any member in good standing can check out books.We do ask that members only have three items checked out at any one time and we ask that books only be kept for one month’s time. Our library is open before meetings and during breaks.To check out a book, write your name on the card on the inside cover of the book.Include your telephone number, date stamp the card with the stamp provided at the library corner and place the card in the file the library chairperson has provided for that purpose.When you’re checking your book back in, it can be placed in the box at the library center and the library chairperson will locate the check-out card and replace the book on the library carts for the next member’s use.
Often a member will check out a book and then decide to purchase a copy for personal use.Discounts on book purchases are available to members through our guild’s membership in the American Quilters Society (AQS) Discounts are also available for subscriptions to Fons & Porters Love of Quilting magazine.Order forms for either are available in the library.And, of course, we’re always open to donations from members to our library. Contact: email@example.com
What is the BPQ Quilt Show and how do I get involved? We put together a Quilt Show to share all the wonderful quilts made by our members and to promote interest in quilting.The show includes a Kid’s Korner where children of all ages can make a block for Ronald McDonald quilts, vendors who have been invited to showcase their merchandise, our own Boutique where members can sell quilt related items as well as books and magazines donated to the guild for sale to others, a Tea Room, a Featured Artist, and lots of quilts.
Our Quilt Shows are usually very well attended and every member is urged to help with some aspect of creating or supporting the show.There are information sessions and sign up sheets available at our general meetings.Contact can also be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Be sure to view quilts from our previous year’s Quilt Shows on the website.) What is the Raffle Quilt I hear so much about? As a part of our Mission Statement, it has been a Block Party tradition for our members to produce a quilt each year to raffle off to one lucky recipient.Tickets are available to members as part of their membership renewal.Each member is responsible for purchasing at least ten tickets (for resale or for keeping).Funds received from the Raffle Quilt are an important part of our operating budget.
The Raffle Quilt design is usually selected from several submitted by our members.Once the design has been voted on and the fabric purchased for the quilt, the assembling of the top is done by all members who can work on it.The Raffle Quilt is an annual effort and is ready for display and for ticket sales in time for the area Shop Hop event in June of each year.Each year the Raffle Quilt is placed in area shops and other guilds in order to sell tickets.Members are asked to help with shifts for those sales opportunities. Contact: email@example.com
What are Ronald McDonald quilts? In 1988, our BPQ President at the time, Gretchen Waham, saw through her own experience with a sick child the wonderful home Ronald McDonald House provides to out of town families with sick children at Children’s Hospital.Her vision was to provide a warm and loving gesture and for each child to own a donated quilt.BPQ members enthusiastically adopted the Ronald McDonald House as their primary community service project - since then, BPQ has donated over 3,900 quilts. Members make quilts all year either as individuals or in groups.Quilt kits, backing, and batting are available at most of our general meetings.Members who need pattern ideas can also find them at our general meetings.At our BPQ Quilt Show everyone is invited to decorate a quilt square which our members assemble into quilts.For the past several years, BPQ has partnered with the Redmond Senior Quilters, a group that meets on Wednesday mornings at the Redmond Senior Center.The ladies of the Redmond Senior Center make quilt tops and BPQ members quilt them for the kids at Ronald McDonald House.
What are the classes and workshops I hear about? Classes and workshops are another huge advantage of BPQ membership.Our programs and the guest speakers at our meetings are often presented by teachers and quilters who also conduct sessions in their quilting specialty.Taking part in these classes and workshops is a wonderful way to work with some of the most talented members of our quilting community and is also a great way to get to know other BPQ members who will also be taking the class. Classes and workshops are usually known well in advance.They are announced at our general meetings, listed on the website, and featured in Connections, our BPQ member newsletter, before they occur.Costs are kept to a minimum in order to allow members to attend, but classes often have a minimum and maximum attendance size so it’s important to place a deposit on classes you are interested in so you are assured of a place.Some of the classes are on technique and some are on process; several of the instructors provide kits for purchase and we try to provide a spread of evenings, all-day, and/or weekend opportunities so several members have an opportunity to benefit from this close association with our guest speakers.
Block Party has a Programs coordinator who is available at any meeting for additional questions and for all of the materials related to the classes and workshops.The Program coordinator is also the member who receives payments and deposits for our classes and workshops. Education@bpquilters.org for workshops and Programs@bpquilters.org to give suggestions on upcoming speakers.
Can you tell me more about Retreats? Block Party retreats are held twice a year at the Seabeck Conference Center on the Olympic Peninsula – one in the spring and one in the fall.There are no structured classes or workshops and no instructors unless one of the attendees shares a specific technique or provides a skills demonstration.You bring your own quilting materials and projects and work on your own projects at your own speed . . . and laugh and quilt and share.And if you want to nap or hike or read a book, then you’ll do that.Opinions, advice and help are always close by; walking around the room will educate and inspire you. Seabeck Conference Center provides all of the meals.There are also plenty of snacks to share!The sleeping arrangements are in one, two, or three person rooms and there are some private rooms available.Bedding and towels are provided in clean rooms and lovely accommodations.Because retreatsare so much fun and are so popular, deposits are requested in advance of all retreat dates with balances due two weeks prior to each retreat date. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org What do I need to know about the Block Party website? The address of our BPQ website is www.bpquilters.org.On the website you can read general information about BPQ, find meeting information and view a listing of all our officers and committee chairs.The web also has a picture of our current Raffle Quilt, information about upcoming programs and all sorts of related general Block Party information. There is a Members Only portion of the web available to any member in good standing.Contact the Web Master email@example.com to obtain a password to gain access to the site or if there are any items that should be included on the site of a general information nature for our members.Please take the time to open the website and learn even more about BPQ. Members can also sign up for a personal bpquilters.org email account.Contact the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.