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.
Volunteers are needed for quilt exhibit take-in:
August 14, noon – 8:00pm (2- four hour shifts)
August 15, 10:00 – 6:00 pm (2- four hour shifts)
1 fair entry ticket per 4 hour shift
Demo in the Quilt Exhibit Area: August 27 – Sept 7
1 fair entry ticket per 4 hour shift plus a parking pass (park either behind Irwin or Hoskins buildings)
There will be signup sheets at the July and August meetings to sign up to work in the Fair Booth. You can also email Sharon Horwath to sign up. We need 4 people every day for the 12 days of the fair. There are still a lot of kits to sign out for fair projects as well.
Any member who wishes to participate will be given a fat quarter of batik fabric (Everyone gets the fat quarter from the same bolt of fabric.). Your fat quarter may be obtained by visiting the Education Table through September 2015.
Join the fun. Learn a new skill or add to your quilting knowledge. Following are the classes offered for 2015. More classes will be added as the information becomes available.
Class registration is $20.00 for guild members and $60.00 for non-guild members. You may sign up at the Education Table during Membership meetings and/or on the guild's website. Registration fees will be refunded only if the class is cancelled.
All classes begin at 10:00 am. Please be at the depot in plenty of time to get your area arranged. Remeber to silence your cell phone and take all calls away from the area.
Click on the names of the classes that are blue to see more information.
February 14 Coloring Your Quilt - Instructor: Mary Thompson - Class is Full
March 14 Half Log Cabin - Instructior: Gloria Snodgrass
April 11 Sew for Fair
May 9 Tips and Techniques - Instructor: Patty Mason 10:00 am (All supplies provided, bring standard sewing tools, thread, sewing machine)
June 6 Sew for Service
July 11 Stepping Stones (Judy Niemeyer Classic) - Instructor: Sharon Swieter (Class will be held at Just Sew)
August 8 Two Technique Classes, Sashiko (morning) Broiderie Perse (afternoon) - Instructor: Bonna Downs
September 12 Fraternal Twins - Instructor: Linda Kau
October 10 Two Technique Classes, Quilt Panel Work and Crow Footing - Instructor: Judy Morrison
November 14 One Block Wonder - Instructor: Ree Moffitt
December To be announced
The 6-step Guild Mystery will begin January 8, 2015 and is intended for Guild members only. You must have your quilt completed (pieced, quilted, and bound) by the October 2015 meeting. This year all of the mystery steps will be posted on the Guild website (www.valleyquiltersguild.com or www.valleyquiltersguild.org.) and will be available, one step at a time, on the scheduled meeting day of each month, January through June. If you have trouble accessing the steps, please see one of the committee members or visit the Education Table for assistance.
Once again, we are being asked not to share any photos on any electronic device – no emails, no Twitter, no Facebook, etc. The designer uses this pattern as a mystery for other guilds and shops. Please abide by her request. Thank you!
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), 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.
We also provide ironing boards, cutting tables and mats.
October 2015 Retreat
Sign-up: Now thru the October membership meeting or until all of the 32 spots are taken. Sign-up at the monthly meetings after paying the deposit or the whole retreat fee. You can pay your deposit or fee in person by check made out to "Valley Quilters Guild" or cash at the monthly meetings or mail a check. Make sure to fill out an Application (Coming Soon) so we have your contact information and preferences.
Guild Members Cost: $75.00 deposit to hold your spot. Total: $195.00 for the retreat
Non-Member Cost: $225.00
Theme: Sew, Sew on the Range
When: (arrive) 11am Thursday, October 15th thru 2pm (pack up) Sunday, October 18th
Where: Camp Maranatha
Mile 1.5 Horseshoe Lake Rd
Big Lake, AK 99652
Questions: Contact the Retreat Committee