Guild History / Info

Guild History / Info

Info

The Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild meets on the Thursday before the third Friday of every month from 10:00 am to noon for our program/business meeting. We will meet at a new location for 2022, the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens theater. Location, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX, 76107. To accommodate our members who do not wish to join us in person, we will also be Zooming our meetings. Guests are always welcome! Our mailing address is PO Box 471820, Fort Worth, TX 76147-1408. Have questions, email info@tvqg.org, and we will get back to you!

History

Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild began as an idea hatched in the back room of a shop called The Quilt Box.  It was officially started in January of 1982 by a small group of women seated around long tables at the R.D. Evans Recreation Center. From those humble beginnings came a Guild that has grown to include hundreds of men and women.

Within a year, the members decided to display their work for the public and a small quilt show was mounted on tables at the Junior Achievement Building. That small display grew into an annual show, with hundreds of judged quilts, vendors, demonstrations, a mini quilt auction, and prizes. In 2017, Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild  joined  with five other local quilt Guilds and the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo to form the North Texas Quilt Festival. That combined annual quilt show has been a continued success, and outlet for everyone’s quilting enjoyment!

By 1989, the membership was outgrowing not only their space but their focus. The women no longer met to work on their projects. Now they wanted to learn from nationally known teachers, increase their skills and teach others.The move to the Central Christian Church in June of 1984, offered room to grow and expand. During the next sixteen years, the Guild added Community Outreach Projects, an annual Donation Quilt, a Scholarship Program, and monthly workshops and speakers.

Our guild survived Covid in 2020 by holding our meetings virtually over Zoom. In early 2021, following CDC guidelines, we started meeting in person at a new location, CERA. Unfortunately CERA could not accommodate us for 2022, and the search was on for a new meeting place. We settled on the audotorium at The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens to hold our monthly meetings, while staying at CERA for our workshops.

Through all we remain committed to our various Community Outreach Programs including Brotherhood For The Fallen, which provides a handmade quilt for the family of law enforcement officers killed in action in the state of Texas, COPS4KIDS, ROLL CALL, JPS Hospital and Meals on Wheels.

The concept of the Guild by the founding members: Alvera Armstrong, Helen Bliss, Christine Carson, Sheila Mitchell, Janet Mulins, Betty Nuss, June Osborne, Pauline Rampy, Marci Ryan, Barbara Rothacker, Mildred Switzer and Laura Jean Wilkendorf, has far exceeded their dream. Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild continues to manifest it’s original charter – to stimulate an interest in quilting, advance the art of making quilts and to be a gathering place for all people interested in the art of quilting.