AQS Guild Buzz with Bonnie

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Don’t miss AQS Guild Buzz with Bonnie when it returns this fall.

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