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 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!
Do you enjoy creating dolls? Or would you like to learn how to create them? If so, you are invited to join the High-Country Doll Makers Club, which meets the first Saturday of the month. They mainly work in cloth and mixed media and celebrate the doll as art. For more information, contact Irene, Peg or Lynda Harris.
For our 2014 annual Christmas project we created pillow cases for Ashe County veterans living in local nursing homes. We filled them with goodies and delivered them throughout the county. To create your own 10 minute pillow case here is an easy tutorial.
Each December we donate charity quilts to the Ashe Senior Center to be given out to needy seniors in our area. This year the Ashe Senior Center director, Glenda, gladly accepted our donations.
And the winner for the 2014 fundraiser quilt, "Barn Quilts of Ashe County" is...
JoAnne Lutz from Boiling Springs, NC
October 9th: Members attend a memorial service for charter member Jane Howell. Jane has been a member of the quilt guild since its beginning in 2002. She taught many classes, inspired many quilters and had a wonderful sense of humor. An Autumn Belle Azalea was planted in her memory on the grounds of the Ashe Senior Center.
August 16: The ACPQG participated in the Festival of Tables fundraiser for the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic. A big thank you to Joyce Cain and Catherine Finch for the wonderful job they did decorating the table.
On August 14th the quilt guild presented this maple leaf quilt to Habitat for Humanity. Bill will be giving it to a family to go along with their new home. Guild members made the quilt squares and Sarah Bledsoe won them at a drawing during one of our monthly meetings. She sewed them together, and Peg Hoffstetter and Lynda Harris helped to finish it.
Guild member, Alice Potter's quilt, Lady in Red, has been selected to be in the International Quilt Festival held in Houston October 30th - November 2nd. Quilts, Inc. produces three consumer show and two trade shows each year that set the standard for both the art and the business of quilting. Congratulations Alice for this wonderful honor.
On Tuesday, March 11th, the guild presented the New River State Park with the bird wall hanging that was made in appreciation of their support of the guild.
To see some of the recent activities we have been involved in, click here.