The Valley Quilters Guild, Inc. was formed in 1985 to promote quilting in the Matanuska Valley. We currently have a membership of over 200.
Our main objectives are service to our community and the education of quilters. We serve the community by donating quilts to organizations and groups that approach us with their needs. Our members also let us know of needs in the community.
Valley Quilters Guild General Membership meetings are held at the Palmer Railroad Depot on the FIRST THURSDAY of EVERY MONTH with social hour begining at 6:30 pm, meeting at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted. Most meetings last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hrs, depending on the program and how many show and tell projects are shown! Each meeting includes a fat quarter and Block of the Month drawings for paid members only.
Imagine standing in the ashes of what was once your home. Everything is gone; all you can do is start over. Devastated is the only word that comes to mind.
The members of the Valley Quilters Guild, Inc. open their hearts to people experiencing tragic life events and so can you. For thirty years the guild’s main objectives have been service to the community and the education of quilters and the public. In 2015 alone, over 178 quilts have been donated to individuals, organizations and groups. Thirty-nine of those quilts went to victims of the Sockeye Fire. Many more quilts will be donated over the holiday season.
Quilts are given to victims of domestic violence, fire victims, foster children, families without homes, local law enforcement, animal shelters and Quilts of Valor. We also donate quilts for charity fund raising events such as CASA, The American Cancer Society, Mat-Su Senior Services, Alaska Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and many more.
Some people think that a quilt is just a blanket, but it is so much more. Many bits and pieces of fabric and countless hours go into the making of these quilts. We lovingly make and give the quilts as a way for us to wrap our arms around these devastated people, give them a hug and let them know we care.
You can be part of our mission and help provide a quilt for these people in need; let them know you care. I am writing today to ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the work of the Valley Quilters Guild, Inc. No donation is too small, any amount will be greatly appreciated and go a long way to purchasing supplies for quilts.
If you have questions please email.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Once again the Guild has sponsored Judges’ Choice Winners at the Alaska State Fair. We are happy to give each recipient a $50 check. The winners this year are Marge Seidler, Ann Rittal, Bonnie Rivera, Jessica Noble, and our own Guild member Nancy Durand. Congratulations to them all.
The Service Committee organizes the making of quilts from VQG supplies, commonly referred to as “Service Quilts”. Some quilts are started from scratch and some are completed from donations of partially completed quilts. The Service Committee also manages the donation of completed quilts, and other items, to the Valley community. Some organizations that have an on-going need receive donations monthly, quarterly, or annually, and some receive donations on an as-needed or as-available basis. The Guild also supports various organizations by supplying quilts for their major fund-raising events.
The Guild has a great stash of fabric, most of which has been accumulated as donations through the years. Fabric is available to members for selection to make Service Quilts and Fair Projects. This fabric can be used to try a pattern of any quilt size to do a quilt top for donation to Service Projects or Fair Projects.
Fabric is also available for selection for the making of Birthday Quilts. What you may ask, are Birthday Quilts? In the early days of the Guild a guideline was established that encouraged ALL members to donate a quilt, of any size, annually to Service. As a remembrance for when to make the donation, birthdays were voted as the date [although the donation can really be made any time during the year]. The practice was established to try to bring in more finished quilts that could be gifted to those in need.
The 2016 Service Challenge
The Service Committee is issuing a challenge to ALL MEMBERS for 2016 to make and donate a completed quilt to Service for your birthday. At the December 2016 General Membership Meeting, a drawing will be held for the Grand Prize of a $50 gift card to your favourite quilt store (must be an Alaska based store). All members who have donated a birthday quilt to Service will be eligible. The quilt must be at least “baby” size (40” x 50”), or larger. You may select fabric from the Guild stash. You may use Guild batting and backing, but you are responsible for having it quilted. The quilt may be any style and any theme. Contact Patty Livingston or Charlotte Honner to select fabric.
All classes begin at 10:00 am. Please be at the depot in plenty of time to get your area arranged. Remember to silence your cell phone and take all calls away from the class area. All class participants are asked to clean their work-space and put away the tables and chairs they used. Thank you for your assistance.
Class registration ($20 member/$60 non-member) is available at the Education Table and on the guild website. Registration fees will be refunded only if the class is cancelled.
Visit the guild website for any information on the offered classes. Descriptions, supply lists, and photos of the projects will be available on the website as soon as they are received.
March 12 - Fraternal Twins – Instructor: Linda Kau (Back due to popular demand)
May 7 – Small “GIfty” Projects – Instructor(s) to be announced - Projects to be announced
July 7 – Mock Mola – Cathy Miller (The Singing Quilter)
July 9 – Notan – Cathy Miller (The Singing Quilter)
September 10 – To Be Announced
Have you watched other people enjoying a “Round Robin” and wished you could be part of the fun, but just were not confident enough to join? Here is your chance (and mine) to be part of the fun.
The Education Committee is sponsoring a “Roosting Robin” beginning with the first meeting of 2016. All information and steps will be available monthly on line and at the guild meetings.
What, you ask is a “Roosting Robin”? Well, a roosting robin is just what the title suggests, it is a “Round Robin” but the quilt NEVER leaves your home, it “ROOSTS” with you. Instead of your quilt traveling from person to person, each one adding to your center, your quilt “roosts” at your house and you have all of the fun. Each participant follows the same sets of rules (given monthly) but has the freedom of creativity and none of the worries usually associated with a round robin. So, get ready to join the FUN. Look through your stash and select some of your favorite fabrics to get you started. Remember, the first step will be available at the January meeting.