American Quilter’s Society is committed to doing everything we can to keep the quilting community together during these difficult times.
This fall our live programs will be returning. Check back here regularly to see what’s coming!
Together, we will get through this. Together, we will make the quilting community stronger than ever.
Don’t miss our Quilt Star Facebook Live Program hosted by AQS Director of Education, Liz Hammonds:
Watch for these new episodes…
October 20 – Cindy Needham
October 27 – Cindy Seitz-Krug
November 3 – Katie Pasquini Masopust
November 10 – Linda Hahn
Check out past episodes…
Karen Kay Buckley
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.
This week Bonnie Browning, AQS Executive Show Director, 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. AQS Guild Buzz with Bonnie is sponsored by Janome America.
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.
Host Bonnie Browning welcomes Theresa Ierardi from the Quilting Guild of the Villages. 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.
Host Bonnie Browning welcomes Karen Wignall, President of the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild.
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.
Bonnie Browning welcome Karen Curlee from the Homespun Quilters’ Guild of Waco, Texas to today’s show. 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.
Bonnie Browning welcomes Mary Loker from the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, to today’s show. 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.
Join Bonnie Browning for this week’s AQS Guild Buzz with Bonnie, as she visits with Beth Carlson from Annie’s Star Quilt Guild in Chico, California. Beth’s guild has been busy supporting their local community.
Bonnie Browning, AQS Executive Show Director, starts her new “AQS Guild Buzz with Bonnie” series with 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.
Look for the Book Club return this fall!
Top Teacher Tips…
Show off your creations, connect with other quilters, and get inspired!
Join us in the AQS Project Parade Facebook Group. Share the fun and easy quilts you make!
Members get even more…
Find quilt along series like Forever & A Day, 30 Days of Birds and more.
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