In 2002, Jean Williamson, Judie Ashbaugh, and Aimee Miller thought it was time that Ashe County had a quilt guild. Agreeing that this would be a wonderful thing for quilters in our county, they put out the word that an organizing meeting was scheduled. From that beginning, many quilters gathered and began the hard work of getting the guild up and running. The first officers were: President Judie Ashbaugh, Vice-President Jean Williamson, Secretary Janet Trembly, and Treasurer Pat Ware. In the following meetings, a name was picked, by-laws established, and Carrie McNeill designed the logo. With much hard work and attention to detail, the charter members all contributed to making the guild what it is today; a place where people can come together to share their love of quilting.
The Guild meets the second Thursday of each month with a social time at 2:00 p.m. and business meeting at 2:15 p.m. at the Ashe County Senior Center. The Senior Center is located at 180 Chattyrob Lane in West Jefferson. The meetings consist of a social time, business, Show & Tell, and a program. There’s a Sew Day on the first Thursday of each month at the Senior Center at 12:30 to give members a chance to work together on charity quilts and other projects. During the winter months meetings are canceled if schools close due to bad weather. In that case they are rescheduled for the third Thursday of the month.
Benefits of membership include a monthly newsletter, membership directory, use of library, voting privileges, and participation in guild activities. We have educational programs & workshops, Sew Days, road trips, Secret Pals, a Quilt Fair, Challenge Quilts, Mystery Quilts & exchanges, Charity Quilts, and an Opportunity Quilt.
Our goals are to educate, to preserve the heritage of quilting, to inform and inspire, to perpetuate a high quality of excellence in quilting and related arts, and to be a gathering for people with a common interest. We hope that you will participate and share your love of quilting with us. Welcome to our guild's site!
Amy S. Winsor was here in July with her lecture "Oops! Now What?" Fixing Mistakes Creatively. Some people say there are no such things as mistakes, they are just “design opportunities”. In this lecture Amy showed examples of quilts which were going wrong, and how they were rescued. More photos can be found in our picture gallery.
The fundraiser quilt and guild members at the annual Christmas in July celebration.
These dolls were at The Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center during Forest Fantasy month. They were created by members of the doll club.
Woodland Dolls by Peg Hofstetter
Applewood Lady by Irene Bebber
Alvina by Irene Bebber
A big welcome to our new slate of officers:
Go to the Ashe County Library this month to see this patriotic quilt, "The Stretcher Quilt". It was created by Sue Bradshaw and quilted by Barbara Trapp.
The 2016 Fundraiser Quilt "The Bear Went Over the Mountain". We are currently selling raffle tickets for this beautiful quilt. You can see the quilt, and purchase tickets, during the monthly gallery crawls, The Fiddler's Convention, Quilt Day at the Farmer's Market, Christmas in July, Art on the Mountain and the Festival of the Frescoes.
Members of the guild donated patriotic lap quilts that were given to local veterans during the May 21st Marathon Jam. What’s a Marathon Jam? It is local acoustic musicians of all talents from beginner to professional joining together for a non-political music Jam to raise awareness and money for military families by supporting the Fisher House Foundation.
Our quilt guild library is now being housed at the Ashe County Library. This is our newest addition.
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