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. 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!
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 and continues as an active, vibrant group.