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Get To Know The Valley Of The Mist Quilt Guild

Does your quilt guild have their quilt show outdoors?

That’s what the Valley of the Mist Quilt Guild has been doing for 19 years!! Their display quilts are exhibited on rustic buildings throughout Old Town Temecula, California for a two week “Quilt Walk.” After, the The Quilt Show culminates with a featured quilter, vendors, and two live quilt auctions.

This year’s opportunity quilt, “Sweet Treats,” which was on display at Road 2017, will also be awarded to a lucky winner at their quilt show.

Picture by Brian Roberts Photography

Formed in  September,1990, Valley of the Mist Quilt Guild is located in the Temecula Valley and promotes the knowledge and appreciation for all aspects of quilting and fiber arts.  The guild has a strong philanthropy heritage, sewing quilts, pillowcases, Christmas stockings, and baby blankets to donate to their community. This past year, they have also collected donations each month to put together kits that will be donated to veterans at nearby March Air Force Base.

A fun guild activity that they started this year was “The Charming Strip Exchange.”  Guild members brought strips they had cut from three different fabrics that followed a particular theme and exchange them with each other.

For more information about their quilt show or the guild, please visit their website.

Getting To Know The South Bay Quilters Guild

The South Bay Quilters Guild is very active in the Southern California area. Founded in 1979, their goal is to “further quilting excellence in the South Santa Monica Bay area of Southern California through educational meetings, travel, and friendship, and, at least once each year, to promote quilting in a philanthropic endeavor.” Based out of Torrance, California, with over 125 members, they meet the third Tuesday of the month.  

At Road to California 2017, the guild had on display their opportunity quilt that they gave away at their 2017 Quilt Show, “World of Color.”

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

In 2013, the South Bay Quilters provided the quilts for the atrium of the Ontario Convention Center during Road to California.

Active in the community, the South Bay Quilters Association participates with many philanthropy projects. They have donated over 1,000 lap quilts to local nursing homes and hospitals. The guild began a “Read Me A Quilt” program with CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocates. This group provides volunteers who advocate for children in foster care. The guild became aware of CASA from one of its members. For over 10 years, the guild has been providing quilts and books to toddlers through teenagers in the foster care system.

The South Bay Quilters Association is also active in the Wounded Warrior Project. One of their members had connections with field hospitals in Afghanistan which led to the guild’s participation. Their donated quilts are made to fit the size of a gurney and are mailed directly to the field hospitals. The quilts are given to soldiers and remain with the recipients throughout their hospital stay and their journeys home. The guild has been involved with this worthwhile endeavor for 10 years.

Past Presidents of the guild include Pam Overton and Lynn Crawford, founders of The Traveling Quilters. Lynn and Pam lead the bus trips that are offered during Road to California. At Road 2018, their trips will be going to “Robert Kaufman, the Farmer’s Market and then some!” on Wednesday, January 17th, and on Monday, January 22nd, they will take guests to Hoffman International and more in Orange County, California.

The guild is already preparing for its next quilt show to be held February 17-18, 2018 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center where they will have over 150 quilts on display and featured quilter, Sue Glass, an extraordinary applique quilt artist.

 

Meet The Simi Valley Quilt Guild

The Simi Valley Quilt Guild was started over 30 years ago. With approximately 150 members, they meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

The guild’s main philanthropy group is called, “Quilts in Force.” It is always ‘in-force’ sewing for others. Originally, the group made quilts for the Simi Valley Police Department to use in incidents where children were involved.  The goal now is to provide warmth and comfort to anyone in need whether it be from illness, fire, lack of resources, loss of a loved one, or other cause.

On their website, they post a poem dedicated to their members who have passed away but who are not forgotten:

Our family is like a patchwork quilt,
With kindness gently sewn.
Each piece is an original
With beauty all its own.
With threads of warmth and happiness,
It’s lightly stitched together,
To last in love throughout the years,
Our Family is forever.

(author unknown)

Walking in the atrium on Friday of Road 2017, no one could miss Simi Valley Quilt Guild’s Opportunity Quilt on display. Member Beth Bastian said they “wanted something bright” and that was certainly what they created.

All members in the guild had a chance to work on the quilt, receiving packets to work on various blocks. When completed, it was sent to a non-member gentleman to quilt. The drawing for the quilt was held at their regular meeting on February 8th. Proceeds benefited Pets for Vets and the Samaritan Center of Simi Valley, a homeless support center.

Road to California appreciates their partnership in supporting local quilt guilds like the Simi Valley Quilt Guild.

Meet The Inland Empire Quilters Guild

Every year, Road to California owner Carolyn Reese invites a Southern California quilt guild to provide the quilts that hang in the atrium of the Ontario Convention Center.  This special exhibit is a great way to welcome Road’s guests and set the tone for the show. For 2017, this honor went to the Inland Empire Quilters Guild.

Picture by Brian Roberts Photography

Founded in 1981 and located in Corona, California, the Inland Empire Quilters Guild has 120 members. They said it was “a huge surprise and honor to be chosen. The whole guild was excited.” Each member could enter up to four, large quilts for the exhibit. A guild committee chose the 35 quilts that ultimately hung in the atrium, representing work from all levels of quilting.

Picture by Brian Roberts Photography

Vice-President Susan Helliar was honored to have her quilt chosen. She made her own template and free-motioned quilted her entry using a Gammill Machine.  

Each year, The Inland Valley Quilters Guild makes over 100 quilts for foster children that attend the Royal Kids Camp held at Crossroads Community Church every summer. Every member is required to make at least one quilt which the guild says “is both a requirement and a blessing to be able to provide quilts to Royal Kids Camp.

The guild’s bi-annual Country Fair Quilt Show will be held May 5-6, 2017. Over 200 quilts made by guild members will be on display along with Vendors, Challenge Quilts, a Craft Boutique, Second Hand Treasurers, Door Prizes, a Special Exhibit, and Quilts for Sale. In addition, there will be a drawing for their opportunity quilt on Saturday afternoon. The guild displayed their quilt during Road 2017.  It is all hand appliqued by five guild members. Susan Helliar did the original longarm quilting for this quilt  

Road appreciated the wonderful atmosphere provided by the Inland Valley Quilters Guild. Which guild will be up next for Road 2018?