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WILKES COUNTY QUILTERS

Serving beautiful Wilkes County, North Carolina
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Mission Statement

Wilkes County Quilters was founded in 1998 for the love of quilt-making and the fellowship of quilters. Our main purpose as a non-profit organization is to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting. The work of the Guild, as stated in our by-laws, is designed to benefit and educate all persons interested in preserving, continuing and advancing this art. 

About Us . . . .
 
In February 1998, avid quilter Rowena Peters urged local quilters to form a guild to promote quilting and enjoy sharing their love of quilting with others.  There were 28 people present at the first meeting. 
 
Mary Anne Caplinger agreed to be the first president and helped organize the group, Bylaws and policies were created to benefit the group as a whole. 
 
We had fabric swaps, block of the month projects, and show and tell at each meeting as well as a program about some aspect of quilting.  At this time, we met during the day only. 
 
In 1999, Mary Anne had to step down and asked Joan Scorof to finish out her term as president.  Joan agreed and was reelected to a full term in 2000.  We had 16 members.  Since our organization began:
 

The group made a quilt for Hospice to use as a fund raiser and raised $3200 for their organization.  Additionally, the guild made a 50 State/flower/bird quilt that was appliqued and hand quilted as a fundraiser for our guild.

 

Our goal of community service was begun with quilts for Wilkes Literacy and two quilts for Rainbow Center.  We had a quilt exhibit for 6 weeks in Wilkesboro and showcased quilts from our group, the Alleghany Quilt Guild, and the Senior Center Quilters.  
 
The guild began making and donating baby quilts to local groups such as Pregnancy Crisis Center, DSS, Wilkes Regional Hospital and larger quilts for Ebenezer Christian Children's home.  Baby quilts were also donated to the police departments in both the Wilkesboros. We also made and donated 150 walker bags to be distributed to local nursing homes. 
 

Julie Willis, our third president, spearheaded making quilts to send to Afghanistan. Twenty four of these were made and tied from polyester fabrics. 
 
The guild has made t-shirt quilts for Special Olympics for four successive years for their organization to use as a fundraiser, doing very well with that endeavor!
 
We had our first quilt show in the fall of 2000 at Benton Hall in North Wilkesboro with a special exhibit of quilts made by Georgia Bonesteel.  The following year the quilt show was also at Benton Hall with a special exhibit from Keepsake Quilting.  Then we moved the show to Wilkesboro Civic Center for the next two years.  Attendance was improving along with our skills prompting our first guild challenge.
 
Janice Earp was our 4th president and we had Linda Fiedler come in for a workshop to teach us about machine quilting.  Our quilt show was then held at First Baptist Church in N. Wilkesboro.  We also composed a cookbook from recipes submitted by guild members and called it Feeding The Flock. 
 
Our community service projects began to increase. A member of our guild, Betty Brame, began teaching quilting classes at WCC and our membership grew from those attending classes. 
 
Susan Leidy was our 5th president and we had evening meetings as well as day meetings.  We continued with the fabric swap, tote bag swap, sewing machine cover swap, Christmas stocking swap, and last year, an apron swap.  We made and donated a quilt to Friends of Rendezvous Mountain. 
 
To celebrate our 10th anniversary as a guild in 2008, we completed a barn quilt project to install 10 "barn quilts" on barns in Wilkes County. 
 
In partnership with Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes, and Wilkes County Schools, members of the guild did a program on quilting to the art students at North Wilkes High School.  The students painted their rendition of a quilt square on poster board and 10 finalists were selected.  Two barn owners then chose the blocks to be used for their barns and the CAC paid for the 8 x 8 ft blocks to be printed for those barns.  The third quilt made from a painting was chosen by one of the guild's barn owners and the other 9 of our barn quilts were photographed actual quilt/squares. 
 
We have a picnic each year in June and a Christmas party each December.  Our membership has grown to over 70 members and we keep getting better and more involved.  We've donated a quilt to Habitat for Humanity homeowners at the dedication of their home for the last 3 years. 
 
During the guild's existence, we've demonstrated quilting and needlearts at Festival In The Gardens, Heritage Festival, and Whipporwill Academy as well as in local elementary schools for heritage day.  Members of the guild currently meet each Tuesday (except for the 4th Tuesday) at Wilkes Heritage Museum and act as a living exhibit of  the heritage craft of quilting.  We've had quilt exhibits at Town Hall in Wilkesboro on two different occasions and one in the North Wilkesboro town hall.  A quilt display remains ongoing at the Wilkes County Library made by members of our guild.
 
                                                                                --- Provided by Jo Scorof