Following the success of our online Guild Meeting and Virtual Retreat, both held over Zoom, guild leadership saw the continued need for members to meet online to enable those personal connections that are so difficult to maintain in these trying times.
As we finalized how to adjust the monthly Guild Meeting to our new online digital format, we saw that some of the in-person content would have to be cut. Specifically, Show & Tell and group activities would be challenging to fit into the 2-hour monthly format and/or could be chaotic in a group of 50 or so members meeting over Zoom.
Our monthly Guild Meeting is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month so we quickly programmed content for every Thursday of the month. Introducing “Digital Thursdays” to the guild and branding our overall online presence as SVMQG Digital.
Virtual Show & Tell
We decided to dedicate one evening each month to a Show & Tell session where members could upload photos for a slideshow or hold up items live for all to see. As with “traditional” Show & Tell, members could share about their items, take questions, and we could all “ooh” and “ahh” and celebrate their great work.
We are even hosting a few “spotlight” sessions where one member can share a special series of projects or body of work with the group. In this way, we are taking advantage of the extended time allotted for this dedicated sharing session.
With two Thursdays booked, we added another recurring event for Block-of-the-Month help, and that leaves us with 1-2 Thursdays each month for unique programming.
|1st Thursday||Rotating Topic|
|2nd Thursday||Monthly Meeting|
|3rd Thursday||BOM Lab|
|4th Thursday||Show & Tell|
|5th Thursday||Rotating Topic|
The Virtual Retreat had some great moments of member participation and connection with activities like “Ask the Quilter” or “Coffee Talks.” We are building on these, by programming events focusing on discussion, design help, or communal sewing.
Last month we hosted a Social Media Skills Lab, where our VP of Communications walked members through posting on Instagram and navigating our Facebook pages. At our How Do I Quilt This? session, members posted photos of quilt tops and the group brainstormed suggestions for quilting designs.
Upcoming topics include:
- Tabletop Quilt Show
- BOM SOS
- Organizing Your Scraps
- Steering Wheel Cover Sew-Along
SIP with SVMQG
With the introduction of Digital Thursdays and weekend Digital Sew Days, our “SVMQG Digital” offerings include 2 events each week for members to connect and and create from the safety of their own homes.