AQS Guild Buzz with Bonnie


Don’t miss a single episode of AQS Guild Buzz with AQS Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning. Each episode Bonnie visits with a different guild discussing their projects and how they’ve been quilting on together through these trying times. Connect with quilters around the country.


Episode #1: Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Mary Ellen Straughn from the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis. Discover what their members are doing to come together as a group to benefit their community during the pandemic.

Episode #2: Annie’s Star Quilt Guild

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Beth Carlson from Annie’s Star Quilt Guild in Chico, California. Beth’s guild has been busy supporting their local community.

Episode #3: Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Mary Loker of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild from Springfield, Missouri. The guild formed in 1981 with a few women interested in quilting; today the guild has nearly 300 members. The guild has leased a building that is available 24/7 to hold guild meetings and 10 small groups plus outreach program meetings. 530 quilts were donated to community groups; 350 baby quilts were donated last year.

Episode #4: Homespun Quilters’ Guild

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Karen Curlee from the Homespun Quilters’ Guild of Waco, Texas. Karen shares many of the projects that the guild stitches for the church where they meet, shawl for cancer patients, walker bags for nursing homes, Quilts of Valor, pillowcases for Family Abuse center, and stuffed toys for the fire and police departments. See the new Membership Box; to be eligible to win the members need to provide information for the newsletter.

Episode #5: Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Karen Wignall from the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild in Des Moines, Iowa. Starting in 1983 with 60 members, today the guild has 400+ members. During these times when the guild cannot meet, the guild started a private guild Facebook page where they can share the quilts they are working on now. At the Iowa State Fair, the guild hosts a Sew-In where anyone can sew on a strippy quilt – 600 quilts were made last year that are donated to 14 different organizations. The guild has made thousands of masks – 6400 for Broadlawn Hospital, plus 7500 of several varieties of masks for other organizations. The 40 small groups have been meeting online, in parking lots, and even sharing materials on porches.

Episode #6: Quilting Guild of the Villages

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Theresa Ierardi from the Quilting Guild of the Villages in Florida. Starting in 1993, a group of quilters got together to start a quilting club. The group grew and in 2003 they formed the Quilting Guild of the Villages. Today, the guild has 24 chapters with 1129 guild members. The guild has made 56,849 facemasks since March 17. During these times when the guild cannot meet, the guild has been keeping in contact through email, zoom meetings, and picnic areas where they can social distance.

Episode #7: Empire Quilts

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Janice Ewing from the Empire Quilts in New York. Founded in 1982 by a small group of quilters, today the Guild has 250 members. The Guild has a parade of the charity quilts that are turned in at each meeting so everyone gets to see the quilts made by the guild members. Learn the variety of places the guild gets fabric to make their charity quilts: donations of shirting, Liberty of London fabric, decorator fabrics which are used for stockings or draw-string bags that are filled at Christmas time, Project Linus fabric, as well as fabric from the members’ stashes.

Episode #8: New Washington Community Quilters

This episode, Bonnie is joined by Irene Springer from the New Washington Community Quilters in Ohio. This guild is small but mighty. They make a lot of quilts for local charities each year. A true inspiration to all of us.

Episode #9: Gulf States Quilting Association

Bonnie Browning visits with Lori Steib, President of the Gulf States Quilting Association that includes members from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. AQS Guild Buzz with Bonnie is sponsored by Handi Quilter.

Episode #10: Conway Quilters

Bonnie Browning visits with Kathleen Armel, Conway, SC. Learn about all of the charitable activities of this busy quilt guild, which formed in 2013 with 9 quilters; today there are nearly 80 members. The guild makes quiltlets for the nursery at the hospital, animal beds for the local animal shelter, pillows and quilts for breast cancer patients, Quilts of Valor, thousands of face masks…and so much more. See how the Conway Quilters are coping with working together during these times of COVID-19.

Episode #11: West Michigan Quilters’ Guild

Bonnie Browning visits with Nancy Roelfsema, Grand Rapids, MI. Learn about The Ties That Bind project that his guild has donated to for 42 years that assists families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Other projects of this active 350 member guild are: quilts for the NICU, Hospice pillows, and Santa Claus Girls. Board meetings on Zoom and outdoor picnics in the park are how the guild has gotten together over the summer months.

Episode #12: Common Threads Quilters

Bonnie Browning talks with Andrea Blaisdell, President, and Marian Seasholtz, Sunshine Quilts Chairman about the Guild’s activities. The Common Threads Quilters make Sunshine Quilts for different groups in their community, nursing homes, home health agency, and fire victims. Their twice a year potlucks resulted in a Guild Cookbook as a fundraiser. During these times, the Guild has met at the fairgrounds so they could social distance, had Zoom meetings to visit with one another, and continued their Block of the Month and their newsletters to keep in touch.

Episode #13: Sinnissippi Quilters Inc.

Bonnie Browning talks with Bonnie Hodina, President, and Sylvia Vaughn, Vice President, about the Guild’s activities. The Sinnissippi Quilters make quilts for different groups in their community – neonatal and cancer quilts for their local hospital, and pillowcases for groups in their community. Local groups can request a quilt to raffle by submitting a request at least nine months before it is needed. This Rockford guild has chartered a private plane to take quilters to the BIG AQS Show in Paducah. During these times when the guild cannot hold their regular meetings, the Guild has had Show & Tell in the parking lot with their lawn chairs and social distancing.

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