The York Quilters’ Guild welcomes new members. Annual dues are $30 if paid by January, and $35 if paid later and renewable each year in December. Dues for new members joining after July 1 are $15. A $5 guest fee is charged for special speakers to be advertised in advance.
A typical Guild meeting starts with a short business program that includes announcements of events and projects of interest to quilters, followed by a raffle of fabric or a quilting book that raises funds for program expense. Next comes the ever-popular, Show & Tell, where members display their finished quilts or quilted projects and then the featured program of the month, which may be a guest speaker, a demonstration or a service project.
An annual quilting challenge is open to members on a voluntary basis. The project, usually a small quilt, must conform to a specific set of rules and will compete with those of fellow members. An eagerly anticipated and fun event!
If you would like more information about membership, please email us. A membership form can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kHnlKeFY61PX3u-HDDtxhSl1ynO9Pt5-MFs3mBB-Www/edit?usp=sharing
The seeds for the York Quilters’ Guild were sown when Carol Blevins lamented to a few of her students that she seldom got to see projects begun in her classes as finished quilts. Someone suggested waiting a few months and then getting together for a show-and-tell session.
A few weeks later, in June 1985, eight quilters met to plan a show-and-tell meeting and to see if there was any interest in forming a quilters’ guild in the York area.
Newspaper articles and posters placed in supermarkets and fabric shops produced nearly 75 quilters with armloads of quilts to share on a Sunday afternoon. There certainly was interest! Another meeting was planned for the third Thursday in October.
From eight members — Carol Blevins, Deanna Evans, Mary Ellen Galloway, Helen Gockley, Marti Leader, Mickey Manifold, Cindy Martin and Sheila Arnold — the York Quilters’ Guild has grown to a membership of more than 140 quilt lovers.