The guild began in 1989 with a small group of eight women who shared a passion for quilting. The women met regularly in each other’s homes until the number of participants grew too large. They made the quilt guild official the next year, complete with a name, logo, and newsletter. Later, the guild formed a non-profit organization with the goal of giving back to the community.
Presently, we have over 100 members who meet once a month for the general meeting where there is always an impressive viewing of ‘Show ‘n Tell’ projects. The guild also has monthly workshops for charity projects of Christmas stockings and quilts, learning new techniques and completing Quilts of Valor for military veterans. The members also combine their talents to work on the “Opportunity Quilt(s)”. Tickets are available to win the quilt and the money is put towards supplies for the next quilt.
The guild sponsors a quilt retreat every other year, usually in February, for a whole weekend of sewing fun. A national teacher is obtained and is supplemented with local teachers to round out the curriculum. The retreat is open to the public; registration materials and information are found on the guild’s website. In the alternate years a Quilt Show is organized and many talented quilters are recognized for their talent and their beautiful quilts. The show is a great crowd pleaser, drawing locals and tourists.