Guild Activities

There are many ways to get involved.

40th Anniversary Quilt

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2018 Marks the West Michigan Quilters’ Guild 40th year serving our community. Our bylaws state the purpose of our organization is, “… to preserve the tradition culture and history of quilting through education and communication, to promote the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of quilting and to encourage the sharing and appreciation of each others’ work.”

We’d like to celebrate this milestone with a memorable quilt. Here you will find instructions to make a very special 40th Anniversary Quilt Block. Have fun!

Ultimate Guild Challenge

Detailed information about the current AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge can be found here. You will also find ongoing details about the challenge in the bi-monthly newsletter in the Guild News section.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

WMQG Quilt Retreat

The October 2017 Retreat was hit, so, we’re doing it again!

September 20-23, 2018

Check back here often as more details become available. Until then, you can click the button below to contact the committee with any questions or comments you might have.

Neonatal Quilt Project

Cindy & Janet with baby quilts.

Guild members make and donate baby quilts to the Neonatal Unit at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. These quilts may be made individually or by groups. The crib-sized quilts are collected at each March meeting and then given to the Neonatal Unit for distribution throughout the year to at-risk newborns.

We cut kits for neonatal quilts, and have them available at each meeting. You can help cut kits at Queen Bee Quilt Shoppe on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Santa Claus Girls

Dolls & Quilts ready for distribution.

The Santa Claus Girls organization brings Santa Claus to children 12 years of age and under, living within the limits of Kent County, who otherwise might not know the joys of Christmas.

At the November meeting, members bring a new doll with a specially made doll quilt to the meeting.  The dolls and their quilts are displayed for everyone’s pleasure and then donated to Santa Claus Girls for distribution.

Hospice Project

Just one example of a Hospice Pillow Cover.
Just one example of a Hospice Pillow Cover.

Members make homemade pillow covers throughout the year which Hospice offers to each person as they are admitted to Hospice care. Hospice provides the pillow form.

Use up those orphan blocks, scraps, panels or design your own. If you do not have labels please contact the committee chair and she will mail them to you. Do not let not having labels stop you as the hospice volunteers will put them on. If you have labels please sign your first name to the label. Happy sewing everyone!

Quilts on the Grand

The 2018 show proceeds will be directed to support The Tie that Binds, West Michigan Quilters’ Guild, and a second charity.  A Tie that Binds is a guild supported charity which aides families in need with babies in the Spectrum Neonatal Unit.  In addition to making over 1000 quilts for the babies, the financial support helps social workers meet some unexpected needs for families.

We are proud of our guild members who take part in these organizations and are happy that we will be able to contribute financially with a portion of the proceeds from the show.  A Tie That Binds will receive 1/2 (50%) of the show proceeds.  About 17% will go to the second charity, and the remaining 2/3 goes to the West Michigan Quilt Guild (a 501c3 organization getting about 33%) .

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Small Group Quilting/Bees

When you come to the West Michigan Quilters’ Guild, you see we are one big group.  Our average attendance is over 200 at our meetings.  A great way to make the group seem smaller is to join a quilting bee. This a small group that may be based on members having a similar location, interest, or time that they are available.

Please check out our current list of Bees. These are Bees our Beekeeper has been made aware of. The West Michigan Quilters’ Guild isn’t the official organizer of these – just the messenger to let you know what is available!

Block Party

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Anyone may participate by making one or more blocks — the more blocks you make, the better your chance of winning a “set” of the blocks.  When you turn them in to the “Block Party” table at the Guild meeting, you should have your name on each block twice.  One of the names is removed and put into a basket for the drawing, and one is left on the block so that the person who wins the blocks will know who made them.

After the meeting begins, the blocks are counted and divided into sets and names are drawn so that we may award the sets to the winner(s).  The winners’ names are announced right after the break during the meeting.

Library

We have over 1000 books to choose from. Books are available for free loan to members only.

Members may check out up to 5 books and keep them until the next meeting (two months). There is a $1.00 fine per book, per meeting missed. Or maybe you would like to work off your fine by helping with the library. Please feel free to contact the librarian if you have a suggestion for a book you would like to see added to the library or would like to see a current list of what is available.

Don’t forget…  The magazines on the table are FREE! Please take home as many as you would like!

Volunteer Opportunities:  We are looking for library volunteers for every meeting. It’s a great way to get your hands on the new books before they go back out on the table. No previous experience is needed!

AQS Quilt Week

August 22-25, 2018

The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For more than 30 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice through a broad suite of products: magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online networks, patterns, fabric, and catalogs.

At AQS, we believe that with inspiration and advice, creative individuals can take quilting projects beyond anything they have previously imagined. That is why inspiration is central to everything we do. The leading authors in quilting choose to publish with AQS, the best in quilt artistry display their work at AQS events, and the newest quilters learn from the knowledge and inspiration of AQS members.