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.
Escape from your daily lives for four or five fun days at the Valley Quilters Guild Retreat. Scheduled twice a year at the secluded and picturesque Camp Maranatha, come enjoy all the quilting, talking, food and fun! Work at your own pace on whatever you want for however long you want. We have early risers and night owls. People who just relax and those who sew sew sew! Make a new friend and enjoy seeing all the beautiful quilts being created.
Rooms are double occupancy with private bathrooms in a two story building with two large sewing rooms. Lunch and dinner is provided at the nearby dining hall, bring breakfast items and snacks as desired. You will need to provide your own food for Thursday lunch and all Breakfasts. Please bring food items that do not need to be cooked, i.e., muffins, fruit, cold cereal etc. There is a microwave and a refrigerator available in the downstairs sewing room. We usually have some extras from the dining hall and goodies made by the members.
Class times vary so please check the class description and the times listed below. All classes begin promptly, so 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 is available at the Education Table and on the guild website. Registration fees vary so please check the class despcriptions and/or website shop. 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 11 - 10:00am - 4pm- Triangular Convergence, Ree Moffit, Location: St. Michael's Catholic Church
May 13 – 10:30am - 2:30pm- Half Log Cabin, Gloria Snodgrass, Location: Palmer Nazarene Church
August 11 & 12 – Times and Class to be announced, Joan Ford of Hummingbird Highway, Location: Palmer Depot
November 11 - 10:00am - 2:00pm - Free Motion Quilting, Jeannie Snodgrass, Location: Palmer Nazarene Church
Instructor: Ree Moffitt
When: March 11, 2017, 10:00am - 4pm
Where: St. Michael's Catholic Church
Class Supply List
#1 M-D Focal Print Fabric 1/2 yard or a 2/3 yard picture panel
#2 M-L Secondary fabric 1/2 yard splotchy style batik (but not a busy print) that complements the focal fabric. It may be similar in color but lighter in value so the Focal Print will dominate. This fabric should also be used for the quilt border, needs an additional 3/4 yard for border.
#3 D, M, L of an accent color from the focal print. (1) 3 1/2" x WOF Strip, each of D, M, L.
#4 D,M,L of a neutral that complements the focal print, such as brown-beige-cream or black-gray-white. (1) 3 1/2" x WOF Strip, each of D, M, L.
45* Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
Creative Grids 12 1/2" - 60* Triangle Ruler
Creative Grids 3 1/2" x 24 1/2" Rectangular Ruler
You may use a 6 1/2" x 24 1/2" if you don't have the 3 1/2" wide ruler,
A 16 1/2" square is also helpful for squaring up these oversized blocks
You will also need your own 24 x 36 Cutting Mat at your sewing station to work and cut on. I cannot stress this enough! You will each need your own mat, so the pieces once cut do not have to be moved, and no less than this size. An 18 x 24 is just too small for this project.
You will be given instructions to make the quilt at classtime, there is no pattern to purchase.
Sewing machine with a 1/4" foot, bobbin and thread, all in good working order.
Call or text me if you have further questions.
Sign up at the January, February, and March meetings by turning in a 3 x 5 note card listing 11 UFO’s you want to finish in this year. Please be very specific as to color, size, design and technique on the list as these should be projects already started and not something that is just in the planning phase.
At each monthly meeting, starting in February, bring completed projects from your list to the education table to be checked off your Bucket List.
There will be a drawing at each meeting for a $15 Gift Certificate. You will have 1 chance in the drawing for each completed project you turn in each month. You may turn in more than one project at any meeting.
There will be 11 drawings throughout the year. If there are no projects completed in any one month, that month’s prize will be presented in the next month. The final month to turn in projects is December 2017.
Instructor: Gloria Snodgrass
May 13, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$20 member/$60 non-member
In this fun class you'll be making half-log cabin blocks in an assembly-line method that can be assembled to create as many arrangements as you can with the traditional Log Cabin block. You'll be using 5 darks and 4 lights with each square - once you complete the first block, you'll complete another block with the addition of every dark strip you add. It's fun and addictive! I'll have my samples to give you ideas, including a heart quilt I made; however, in this class we'll be focusing on scrappy half-log cabin blocks. The nice thing about using scraps is that you can always add to your pile of blocks because you won't ever run out of fabric. You might want to bring a piece of flannel to use as a design wall so you can play with your blocks and come up with different designs.
If you bring extra 2" strips of fabric you can trade with your classmates. I'll have some extras also that you can feel free to use.
This is an Education Committee project. The piecing is easy and the blocks are large so it makes a good sized quilt with fewer blocks. It makes a beautiful Christmas quilt if you want to use Christmas fabrics, or a nice quilt for juveniles if you want to use a themed fabric as your main fabric (Superman, Disney, etc.). The possibilities are endless. A new step will be available on the first of each month. You are encouraged to finish your quilt to show at the October 2017 meeting. We would like to see as many finished projects as possible.
Date: Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30, 2017
Theme: A Girl's Best Friend
Location: St. Therese's Camp, 7180 Twin Lakes Drive, Wasilla
$185 for Valley Quilters Guild members
$185 plus guild dues for non-Valley Quilters Guild members
Deposit at time of registration is $75 – Balance due by March guild meeting
Following is a brief summary of camp. Upon final payment of costs, you will receive a complete packet with more detailed information, class options, and directions to camp.