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.
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 Valley Quilters Guild of Palmer, Alaska, accepts applications for its annual grant monies between August 1 and September 30 each year. If you are an Alaska teacher, now is the time to look over the criteria and application so that you might be inspired to incorporate fiber arts into your plan for the spring semester of the current school year!
The Valley Quilters Guild awards a grant to an Alaska teacher to assist in teaching a curriculum unit on fiber arts. The amount of the grant can range from $75 to $300, depending on the amount needed as specified by the teacher applicant. The Guild may award more than one grant in a calendar year. Teachers interested in applying for this grant must meet the criteria.
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.
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. You may also pay the full Retreat amount, in the shop, on this website. 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: $235.00
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
We have several optional activities for those who want to participate. There is no pressure to do any of these! Participation is up to you!
Gift Exchange - If you are participating, the base price is no less than $15.00. You may go up in cost, as long as you are comfortable. The maximum number of gifts exchanged is three, and items should be quilt related. Add your name inside your package(s) so the recipient can thank you. Please do not put used items in your gift packages.
Raffle Baskets - We will have two (or possibly more) Raffle Baskets filled with lots of great quilting items. Tickets are $ .50 each, cash only.
Block Drawings - We will have two designs. There is no limit to the number of blocks you may enter, but different fabrics must be used for multiple entries of the same block. Blocks must be finished prior to the drawing.
Surprise Gifts - Some people bring small gifts for all retreat attendees which include handmade items like kleenex holders, pin cushions, bag tags, etc.; store bought items like fat quarters, socks, party gifts; or store bought or homemade food items. Sometimes these items fit the theme and sometimes they are just something fun! There is no base price for this activity. There is no pressure to bring surprise gifts. Participation is up to you!
And there will be DOOR PRIZES AND GAMES. Be prepared for lots of fun!