The FSQ Membership Year runs from June 1 to May 31 of the following year. Membership is $35 a year. ($20 non-residents of the state of Maryland). Our membership drive starts at the May meeting. You must join or renew by the September meeting to have an entry in our annual Directory. New members joining after December pay about half of the annual dues for that year. Questions: Contact our Membership Committee chair.
Those wishing to become a member can print the form in PDF Format or Word Format. Complete the form and mail it with your membership fee to the address given on the form or bring it to the next meeting!
Renewing members may renew in person at any meeting print our renewal form in Word Format or in PDF Format. Complete the form and mail it with your membership fee to the address given on the form or bring it to next meeting!
Friendship Star offers the following benefits to its guild members:
- A roster of vibrant speakers presenting information on a variety of quilt related topics
- Non-speaker programs include a fun game night, a year-end holiday party and a ‘yard sale’ where you can donate your unwanted supplies, books, or UFOs (unfinished objects) and pick up other people’s items–all guilt free!
- A library of hundreds of books and tools from which members may borrow
- A monthly newsletter. Read an issue of Friendship Star Quilters The Quiltline for an example of events and activities of the guild
- Fun social interaction with other quilters
- The guild provides an annual Membership Directory
- A retreat is held in January and is quite popular, typically with a waitlist
- Small quilt groups meet for quilting and fellowship outside of the large monthly meeting
- A platform to show and share at your art as a quilter
- Find someone to carpool to shows such as Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton Virginia
- Or carpool to a guild meeting with another member!
- Participation in a biennial Quilt Show. There are many areas where your skills can benefit the guild and where you can learn a few new skills
- A mentoring program. Since our guild has grown to over 100 members, one of the programs that we offer is the mentoring of new quilters. It is an opportunity for new quilters to request help and advice from more experienced quilters. Be a mentor!
- SSL hours are available through the guild
- Volunteer opportunities through one of several Service Projects Committee programs. Sew a baby sized quilt top or a pillow case from a free kit and return it at a regular meeting or at a Service Projects Workshop. The guild provides quilts to several non-profits and hospitals in the Montgomery County Maryland area
- New ideas, new techniques and new quilting perspectives!