FWQG ACTIVITIES – GET INVOLVED!
Annual Quilt Show
The FWQG annual Quilt Show is held in late summer each year. We encourage you to enter your quilts to help make this a successful event.
The guild sponsors one or two retreats annually. This is a time of great fun, fellowship, and inspiration among your sister quilters. These are usually three or four day affairs, and are a great way to get better acquainted with other guild members.
Hands-on workshops are offered several times per year, usually in conjunction with a guest speaker. The workshops are held on the Wednesday following the guild meeting.
The FWQG provides a variety of instructors/lecturers with trunk shows for general meetings. Program speakers include nationally known authors/quilters as well as local professionals. The guild raises money for programs in three ways: through membership dues, quilt show ticket sales, and raffle quilt ticket sales.
Community Charity Projects
Quilters are generous people, and we give back to our community in a variety of ways:
- NICU Lovies for Harris Downtown – These tiny comfort blankets (12-15 inches square) are in great demand. They are easy to make, and very much appreciated.
- Benevolent Center – West Freeway Church of Christ (where FWQG meets) maintains a food and clothing pantry to help individuals and families. The needs change seasonally; a list is published in the guild’s monthly newsletter and a table is set up at each meeting to receive donated items.
- JPS NICU Quilts – These 36-inch-square quilts are placed over a child’s incubator while the child remains in the NICU, then goes home with the family to continue to offer comfort and warmth to the baby.
Each year a volunteer/committee makes a quilt to be raffled off at the quilt show in August. The guild pays for the fabric, and members of the committee volunteer their time to construct and quilt the quilt. Every member is encouraged to sell tickets for the raffle quilt; this is one of our main fundraisers.
Quilt Buddies is a secret pal program that cycles twice a year—in February and August. It is entirely voluntary. If you wish to participate, sign up with the Quilt Buddy Coordinator and fill out an information sheet. You will be matched with a secret quilt buddy. Bring a small wrapped gift to each meeting. The coordinator will deliver the gift to your quilt buddy and bring you a gift from your own secret quilt buddy. In January and July, quilt buddies are revealed. This is a great way to get to know other members of the guild.
When a member experiences a serious illness or a death in the family, the guild presents a “hugs” quilt to remind the member of our loving thoughts and prayers. Members help to make blocks for these quilts and to assemble the donated blocks. More information about the blocks is available every month in the newsletter.
Bev Ramsey Scholarship Fund
This educational fund was set up in memory of one of FWQG’s charter members, Bev Ramsey. Donations are used to help members (who otherwise would not be financially able) attend a retreat or workshop.
Each year the challenge block coordinator chooses a theme usually coordinated with the Quilt Show theme), and block size for the challenge block contest. When all the blocks are turned in at a designated meeting, members vote on their favorites. The challenge blocks are often exhibited at the Quilt Show.
Installation of new officers for the coming year is held at the September meeting, preceded by a potluck dinner. The December meeting is also a potluck dinner preceding a Christmas party with games and a brown-bag auction. Members participate in the auction of donated quilting supplies by bringing supplies for our host church’s family ministry.
The key to the success of any organization is VOLUNTEERING! The people who volunteer frequently become well acquainted with other members of the guild. If you want to be an active member, speak up and join in. There are lots of opportunities—big jobs and little jobs—but all are equally important in getting the job done successfully. And … great friendships are formed!