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Getting the Most out of Your Guild. Presented by Lynne A. Zeh Founding and Past President of Mo-Kan Machine Quilters Guild. Topics. State of the Industry Why start a guild? What do you need to consider? Where do you start? Where can your guild go? IMQA Industry Issues.

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Getting the Mostout of Your Guild

Presented by Lynne A. Zeh

Founding and Past President of Mo-Kan Machine Quilters Guild

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  • State of the Industry

  • Why start a guild?

  • What do you need to consider?

  • Where do you start?

  • Where can your guild go?

  • IMQA

  • Industry Issues

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State of the Industry

  • “There are not enough machine quilters in the USA today, to quilt all the tops in the USA today, in the next 100 years”.

  • The quilting industry is thriving despite the nay-sayers.

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Quilting in America 2006 Survey

  • Survey shows U.S. has 27 million quilters; industry worth $3.3 billion annually

  • Key Findings 2006

  • • Number of quilters in the U.S. has grown by 6.3 million in the past 3 years to 27.7 million.

  • • Total U.S. quilting industry has grown by 35.5% in the past 3 years to $3.3. billion.

  • • Dedicated quilter market has grown by 34.6% in the past 3 years to $2.89 billion.

  • • 4.7% of all quilters—Dedicated Quilters—account for 88% of total quilting industry expenditures.

  • • 230% increase in non-dedicated spending.

  •; website where this information can be found.

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Why start a guild?

  • Locate fellow quilters in your area and build relationships.

  • Create a community of sharing.

  • Keep up with what is happening in the industry.

  • Shorten the learning curve.

  • Discover regional marketing savvy

  • Share pricing information

  • Lessen negative competition and promote positive competition.

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What do you needto consider?

  • How much time can you devote to an effort outside of your business & family.

  • State laws on how groups can operate.

  • Federal laws on how groups can operate.

  • What would you like to accomplish as a group?

  • When and how often would you like to meet?

  • What are your geographic limitations?

  • How to use technology to aid in communications.

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Where do you start?

  • If you know another quilter in the area, find a way to connect.

  • Make up a poster/brochure/email describing your intent.

  • Post the poster and watch the results.

  • Sources: IMQA web site, quilt shops, fabric stores, local guilds

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Guild Structure

  • Formal, President, VP of Programs, Treasurer, Secretary, Sergeant of Arms

  • Informal, rule by committee

  • Positions to consider: Newsletter Editor, Web Editor, Membership, Greeter, Education, Guild Liaison, Community Service, Property Management, Challenge Coordinator

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Mission Statement

  • Mission Statement : To promote the art of machine quilting, to bridge the gap with traditional hand quilters, and to support each other with encouragement, information and education in a constructive, purposeful manner MKMQG

  • A Mission Statement helps you to work through the process of how you would like to define yourself and what your goals are.

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Program Possibilities

  • How to write a work order.

  • Scheduling

  • Pricing

  • How to set up a work space

  • Taxes

  • Positive results for customers

  • Marketing yourself

  • Using a digital camera

  • Where to buy supplies

  • Thread

  • Batting

  • Have great quilters from other areas come.

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Guild Events

  • 7 minutes or less Demonstrations/Lessons

  • Fund raising, Annual Sale, Opportunity Quilt

  • Annual Challenges

  • Digital Cameras

  • Group Shopping Expeditions

  • Meandering Moments

  • Mentor Program

  • MQS Dissected

  • National Machine Quilting Teachers

  • Participation in regional guild activities; giving demo’s

  • Prepare handouts for customers

  • Product University

  • Show and Tell or Questions & Answers

  • Studio Hop

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Where can your guild go?

  • The possibilities are unlimited.

  • You can create small exhibits within the guild and share them with traditional local guilds who put on shows.

  • You can create a program to give to traditional local guilds to help break down barriers.

  • You can create a local buying consortium to get batting or thread or machine parts.

  • You can help each other by creating relationships, so that if you are in need you can help each other out.

  • Create a Mentor program.

  • Influence IMQA, manufacturers, legislation

  • International outreach

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How Can IMQA Help?

  • In the process of creating a new position within IMQA

  • Utilize the web site

  • Maybe an article in On-Track

  • Promote the idea of Regional Groups

  • Possibly developing chapter organizations similar to NQA.

  • Formation of local forum groups

  • Conducting Forum groups during MQS

  • Promote the idea of “sister” guilds internationally.

  • Please fill out the survey.

  • Please contact me, my information is at the bottom of your handout.

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Industry Issues

  • Insurance for your business and health.

  • Pricing

  • The Newbie/Beginner

  • Internet

  • Quilt Shows

  • Copy write Laws

  • Driving manufactures for features & products

  • Create a master program

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Member Testimonials

  • Cindy Drake – Being around other quilters had increased my confidence, and I always walk away having learned something new.

  • Don Suttcliff – I like the fact that this group has a mission and that we stick to it.

  • Interviewed MKMQG members, comments have been paraphrased.

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Resource Websites