Our activities and projects are designed to keep us informed, educated, and inspired. We want our meetings to be occasions when we can see and admire the work of other quilters, whether national “celebrity” teachers or our own members. The out-of-town teachers we invite to our guild challenge our creative skills, as do the teachers we study with at national quilting events. Our talented local quilters provide mini-workshops and other teaching opportunities at our meetings, in addition to the classes taught at area shops and community centers. Guild members work on many projects, both philanthropic and personal.
During February 2022, guild members brought quilts to several branches of the Leon County Public Library. They showed the quilts to children in story hour who were hearing the book Show Way about quilts guiding slaves to freedom.
The Lake Jackson branch of the library set up a station (see photo) for patrons to try their hands at making paper quilt blocks. We’ll be inviting them to the Guild before you know it!
Since Quilters Unlimited’s membership is too large to chat with everyone at a Guild meeting, these groups provide an opportunity for quilters to become better acquainted and to share knowledge and skills in an informal setting. Members can contact our Sit-n-Stitch coordinator for more information on how to join one. Sit-n-Stitch groups meet on various days of the week and with different frequency. Most meet in a member’s home and work on individual projects, while some meet at a specific location and work on a service project, e.g., quilts for Big Bend Hospice. Another group makes quilts for the children residing at the Tallahassee Coalition for the Homeless, using fabrics brought to the Guild Meetings by the Sew For Hope.
Block of the Month
Each meeting our membership is invited to create a pre-selected block for that month. If they bring the block to the meeting, they qualify for a door prize. You can make your block in colors of your choice and take it home to be part of one of your own quilts. OR . . . You can make your block in red, white, and blue and leave it with the Block of the Month Coordinator. It will become part of a Quilt of Valor or part of a lap quilt for a Veteran. View the Block of the Month page.
We continue to contribute approximately 200 baby quilts per year to the Newborn Intensive Care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. These quilts fit the small incubators and are used for several purposes. See the current sizes and directions for these quilts on the QU Philanthropy page.
Quilts for Critters
Some of our members make “Kitty Quilts” for the cat cages at the Animal Shelter. View more Kitty Quilt Information.
Each year, the Guild offers a challenge whereby Guild-Members can formally demonstrate their creativity, technical accuracy, and ability to get across the message of the theme in accordance with certain rules. Detailed information about Challenge Quilts
Each year, the Guild creates a quilt that will be raffled off to raise money to support Guild activities. View more Opportunity Quilt information and pictures.
Show Trips and Shop Hops offer opportunities to expand our quilting horizons, to form and cement friendships, and to increase our fabric stash. QU has a bus going to the Quiltfest in Jacksonville, Florida, in September.
The Guild tries to host two-to-three workshops a year that are taught by well-known Quilting instructors. View information on planned workshops.
Quilts of Valor
Many of the members make quilts for wounded soldiers through the Quilts of Valor program. These are typically shown to the whole Guild in July, before sending off to the QOV program.
QU members respond to philanthropic community needs in many ways. Every day individual members quietly stitch love and compassion into quilts that a recipient will embrace with thanks and hope.
Domestic Violence Awareness Quilt has been made for the Department of Corrections (DOC) by one of our Sit-n-Stitch groups.
We have provided quilts to Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition. These are signature quilts made for grieving families that have lost an infant, or had a pregnancy loss, and the families sign squares in their honor. The quilts are on display in various segments of the community, and at the Healthy Start Coalition office, and at their annual “Walk to Remember”.
We have given to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital emergency room tote bags for victims of violence.