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: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, CQGuild Meetings have been cancelled until September 2020. Visit our website often for meeting updates. Our meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of the month at Grace Capital Church, 542 Pembroke St., Pembroke, NH 03275 on Route 3 South just past the Route 106 intersection. Grace's website is http://www.gccnh.com. 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.
PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS: The program committee books speakers for our Monthly Tuesday Meetings and Saturday Workshops. Be sure to follow the schedule of events as Workshops can be scheduled prior to or after the regular Tuesday meeting dates. Lots of wonderful quilters, trunk shows, and techniques to teach our members are booked throughout the year.
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. Proceed benefit the guild and other non-profit organizations.
COMMUNITY QUILTS, PILLOW CASES 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.
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. Our next show will be in 2021, details to come soon.
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. The secretary emails Needle Notes 7 to 10 days prior to the monthly meeting. Receiving it by email saves the guild on postage costs and is encouraged as it is more colorful and delivered more quickly!