Welcome to the Capital Quilters Guild of Concord, NH. The following information will let you know a little about the guild. We hope you enjoy being a member and make many new friends. CQG is open to anyone who has an interest in quilting or who admires the beautiful quilts made by others.
HISTORY: A group of quilters met in one of the Founding Mother's living room and discussed the need for a guild in the Concord area. Many were members of other guilds but wished to promote the craft locally. Over the next few months, this group met several times to establish by-laws, officers, meeting time, place, and program. The Capital Quilters Guild opened to everyone in September, 1995, and, at the end of the year, there were 152 members.
MEETINGS: Our meetings are usually held the second Friday of the month at Havenwood, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord. Doors open at 6:30 pm for social time and the meeting begins at 7:00. Following the business meeting, there is a program that often features a speaker, demonstration, or project related to quilting. Refreshments (which are brought in by members) and members' show & tell about their finished quilting projects (sometimes the most informative and inspirational part of the meeting) complete the evening.
RAFFLES: A raffle of several items is part of every meeting. Tickets are on sale for the displayed items and the drawing is held at the end of the meeting. In addition, membership offers one or two door prizes with tickets given out when you sign the attendance roster as you come in. If you remember to wear your name tag, you get an extra ticket toward the door prize(s)
COMMUNITY QUILTS and PLACEMATS: As individual members, we make quilts which we donate to various organizations for people in need. We also make placemats that are donated to Meals-on-Wheels.
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: Each year, our Program Committee comes up with activities in which members can choose to participate. Examples include block-of-the-month, in which the pattern for a quilt block is provided each month so that by the end of the year, you have squares to make a quilt, and challenge quilts, in which you use specified fabrics/colors and follow specified rules to make a quilt. The fun of both of these examples is seeing how different, creative, (and beautiful) the quilts produced turn out.
WORKSHOPS: Workshops are held on the Saturday following the Friday night meeting. Most are from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Havenwood. Often they are presented by the speaker featured the night before. Information about the class is available several months before and sign-up (and payment) is at the Friday night meeting one month prior to the class. These workshops are a great way to get acquainted with other CQG members in addition to learning a new quilting technique!
GET-AWAY WEEKEND: In the spring of 2013, a get-away weekend was a huge success. Another one is planned for the first weekend in May, 2014. This is another way to enjoy new friendships as well as quilting!
QUILT SHOW: We put on a quilt show every other year (ending in an odd number). It requires that members participate not only in submitting their quilts to the show but also in undertaking the planning, preparation, staffing, and follow-up of the show. The 2013 show was very successful and planning for the 2015 show is already underway.
OFFICERS & BOARD: Officers and board members' positions are filled in June in order to gear up for September. Let the President of CQG know if you would like to be on the guild board.
NEWSLETTER: The guild newsletter, Needle Notes, is the guild's primary communication tool. Rely on it to inform you about meeting topics and special events. Receiving it by email is encouraged as it is more colorful and delivered more quickly!