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!
And the winner of the 2016 Fundraiser Quilt, "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" is Debbie. She bought the winning ticket at the Splash of Color Quilt and Fiber Art Show in Concord in October. Congratulations Debbie and we hope you enjoy your beautiful quilt.
Guild members created 29 fidget quilts that were donated to Forest Ridge Assisted Living. Brittany Winebarger, activities director, accepted our donations at our December meeting.
Glenda Luther, director of the Ashe Senior Center, was at our December meeting to accept our annual monatary donation. Margie also presented her with a pile of quilts that will be given to local seniors in need.
A sneak peek at our 2017 Fundraiser Quilt. It is not completely finished, as of 12/15/16.
Sheila Blevins was at our November Guild Meeting to tell us about her new quilt shop Stitches Quilting Fabric and Supplies. It is located at
909 S. Jefferson Ave in Jefferson. She carries fabric, threads and offers classes.
Wendy and Laura selling tickets at Mt. Jefferson State Park on October 15th. The park was celebrating its 60th Anniversary and the 100th Anniversary of the N.C. State Parks.
October 8th: Here we are at the Church of the Frescoes festival in Glendale Springs.
Quilt Hanging Viewer Choice Winners
"My Fantasy Homestead" by Claudette Jacobs
"Bethlehem Star" by Janet Ward
"Just Peachy" Sampler by Faye Martin
2016 Challenge Quilt Winners
This year's challenge was to create an 18 inch quilt using only three colors-black, white and one other of the quilter's choice. Click here to see all of the entries. They will be displayed at the Ashe County Library during the month of October.
First Place: Janet Ward
Second Place: Susan Miller
Third Place: Lynda Harris
Our guild library is now housed at the Ashe County Library. Here is our newest addition, donated by Peg Hofstetter.
The guild presented this "Quilt of Valor" to Thomas W. Ring, father of guild member Catherine Finch. Mr. Ring proudly served during WWII.
Quilt Day at the Ashe County Farmer's Market
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.
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
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