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.
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.
Escape from your daily lives for four 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 (the first day is only dinner and the last day is only a continental breakfast down stairs), bring breakfast items and snacks as desired. 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.
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 AKA Boston Commons Paired – 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
As a special surprise, we have The Singing Quilter, Cathy Miller and her husband, John, coming to visit in 2016!
In addition to the classes, Cathy and John will be putting on a 1 hour show for our July 7th guild meeting. They'll be singing, sharing stories, and doing a trunk show!
2016 is the last year they are touring so we are really lucky to have them come visit!
The Education Committee hopes that many Valley Quilters will decide to participate in the Roosting Robin Challenge for 2016. The ending product will be a quilt just for you. This finished quilt may even qualify you for the President’s challenge of a “special quilt” or for the Service Challenge for 2016.
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. For those who have never heard of Round Robin or Roosting Robin, this is a challenge to use some sort of center medallion, maybe an orphan block or a very special piece of fabric; and build your quilt one round at a time around this special center piece. So, get ready to join the FUN
Select a center medallion for your quilt
Date: Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2015
Theme: May the 4s Be With You!
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.