In the Beginning...
In 1989, a group of nine women interested in quilting began meeting every Tuesday afternoon. Seven women from the group then took quilting lessons in Williston. After attending a meeting of the Green Mountain Quilt Guild in South Royalton, the group decided to join the state guild. The group selected Common Threads as the name of the new quilt "guild." Over the years others joined and left, but by 1996, only four regular members remained.
In December 1996, those remaining members met with some interested people at Copley Hospital and decided to switch the meeting to the evening so people working during the day could also attend. The guild chose every other Thursday night for future meetings. With this change, many new members joined the guild. As the size of the guild grew, a more structured organization was necessary. The guild elected officers and formed a program committee. Eventually the guild changed the meetings to only one night a month and instituted dues to fund guild projects. They continued to be involved with the state guild as well.
The Group Today ...
The guild now has 83 members who share a love of quilting and service to the community. The guild’s business meetings are friendly, productive, and informative. The meetings often include a quilt-related demonstration or workshop where members learn new quilting or crafting techniques. Usually twice a year, guild members enjoy potluck socials. The group brings nationally known instructors to our area for workshops. Many members also travel together to conferences, retreats, shops, and meetings.
Besides the monthly program, the guild has undertaken a variety of service projects. Each year guild members make many quilts for people who could use a little warmth, comfort, and beauty as well as making monetary donations to local charitable organizations. The beneficiaries change as the needs of the community change, including everyone from infants to the elderly, as well as camps, hospitals and more.
The Guild’s Quilt Show...
For four years, the guild sponsored a small quilt show at the Noyes House in Morrisville to help draw visitors to the museum. As the show and the guild grew, the group established a tradition of a large biannual show held at one of the local schools in the odd-numbered years. The group spends many hours creating a raffle quilt for this event, as well as making boutique items and silent auction donations, all with the goal of promoting the art of quilt making.
Please Join Us ...
The Common Threads Quilt Guild meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Sterling View Community Center in Hyde Park. New members are always welcome to attend, whatever their skill level or experience. Dues are just $15 a year and include a monthly newsletter with a block of the month pattern. So come and join in the fun!