Becoming a Member
Membership in Quilters Anonymous is open to anyone interested in quilts or quilting. We welcome all skill levels, from beginners to experts, and want everyone to feel comfortable joining QA. Current non-members may choose to attend two meeting as our guests before deciding to join and become active QA members.
The QA membership year runs from October through the following September. Membership dues are currently $40 for the full year and are due by September 1st. If you join after that date, you will not be included in the roster for the current year as the cutoff date for publishing is September 15th. If you join after March 1st, membership dues will be $20 for the remainder of that current membership year. Members aged 80 years or older are granted free lifetime membership.
A new membership roster is published and distributed usually at the October meeting. This roster contains the By-laws and Standing Rules of QA; a list of the new officers and chairpersons for each committee; a section dedicated to guidelines for the Quilt Show; and a listing of membership for the current year as well as a current membership card for QA.
At the first meeting as a new member you will receive a membership packet which includes our guild pin, your QA badge, some detailed information on QA, a current roster; a parking pass and access to our website. Upon request, access to our Facebook page can be set up as well.
As a member, you will be able to attend our monthly meetings, participate in workshops given by our incredible monthly speakers, and use the expansive QA library. Also, twice a year we hold 2-day Day Camps with classes taught by our own QA members and 5-day Quilt Retreats at Camp Huston near Gold Bar. Of course our annual 3-day QA Quilt Show is a highlight of our year and takes place in March at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe.
Once you become a member you will receive a monthly email notice that the newsletter is available on the QA website. This is usually done the last week of the current month for the upcoming month. This newsletter contains all the monthly activities and updates from chairs on the various QA committees as well as information and notices on things coming up. This
newsletter can be sent to your home if you don’t have access to a computer, for a cost of $25 per year. This can be included with your membership dues when you join QA each year.
The only requirement of each current member is participation in the Quilt Show by working a minimum of 4 hours per year as chairperson, committee member or volunteer. This is also a requirement if you plan on entering your quilt(s) in the show. The Quilt Show is a tremendous financial resource each year that enables us to continue to provide the best speakers and activities for our membership, as well as continue to support the many charity projects we have taken on as a guild in the best possible way.
Though not a Standing Rule, each member is encouraged to purchase at least 10 tickets for the annual raffle quilt. It is displayed monthly at our meetings and tickets are available for purchase then.
There are no other specific requirements for volunteering in QA, although the organization depends solely on the volunteer efforts of all current and new members to help keep the guild running smoothly.