And it’s a question that I mentioned in my reply to one of Rossie's posts (here). Rossie is well-known as the creator of the popular flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts and author of this blog.
Rossie was intrigued, as I was, about this question and asked if I would summerize the main ideas that floated around that discussion.
Sure, but in doing that I need explain how we came to this question in the first place.
At our guild meeting last week, we discussed the idea of having a feature on our website called "member spotlight", as many other guilds have done. A list of questions was put forth for each member to answer individually so that it can then be posted on the website.
One of those questions was: Why did you join the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. Answers included:"I was curious to learn what modern quilting is all about" . Another was :"I am ready to try something new", and several members said that they like the freedom that modern quilting allows them. How the 'lack of hard and fast rules' allows them more creative freedom than other styles of quilts. Others still just want to meet and share with like-minded individuals.
That was followed by questions and comments about what makes a quilt modern. Which led us to the "set of principles that define" what a modern quilt is. These principles are listed on the MQG site. The MQG site was also cited as good reference for the other guilds to look to for guidance. We are , after all, members of a much larger Modern Quilting Community. Then the question was asked: What do we owe to the Modern Quilt Guild? In other words, as a chapter of a larger guild, what do they expect from us?
I admit I was a little stumped by this question. As the president of my local guild, am I expected to know the answer to this question? No one seemed to think that we OWE them anything, but the general consensus seemed to be that we have the task of spreading awareness of about the Modern Quilting Movement.
Or do we have any obligations to them at all?
I'd like to know what you think! Do you think we owe anything to the Modern Quilt Guild? What DO they expect from us? As members of one of the many chapters of the MQG, what do we owe to this movement? I want hear from you!