The York Quilters’ Guild welcomes new members. Annual dues are $25, payable upon joining the guild and renewable each year in October. 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!
A library of quilting books, magazines, and patterns is available to all guild members. Materials can be borrowed on a monthly basis, and new publications are being added all the time. Unfortunately, the library will close down in March, 2014. Books will be offered to members at the April and May meetings following, and the remainder will be for sale at the 2014 Celebration of Quilts in the Boutique.
If you would like more information about membership, please email us. You can download a Membership Renewal Form but remember it must be sent back via regular mail or given to the Membership Chair at the meeting.
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.