New Member Information

Welcome to the Hill Country Quilt Guild! 

As a new member your talent and energy will contribute to our success

and you will find an opportunity to expand your knowledge and skill

in the art of quilting.

Below is a potpourri of information explaining some of the details of guild life.

Guild Objective

As a non-profit 501(C)(3), the guild supports and participates in those activities which encourage appreciation of  fine quilts and quilt making.

Bees

When a new member joins the guild, the best way to get know one another is to join a bee.  Bees are a smaller group which allows closer contact with a few people at a time.  The Bee Keeper has a list of bees with openings for new members if you are interested in joining a bee.  New bees are being formed on a continual basis when an interest is shown.

Retreats

A quilting retreat is an opportunity for quilters to get away from daily obligations and focus on the joys of quilting.  The guild provides two retreats.  The first is an overnight retreat at a local hotel providing days of sewing and conversation.  The second is a two day local retreat (day camp) at the Hill Country Arts Foundation (The Point).  Bees also schedule member retreats.

Guild Meeting Check In

As you enter the guild meeting area, you can check-in  by checking your name on the member roll available at the Membership Table.  The Membership Chair will be there to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

Name Tags

When attending a guild meeting, wear your name tag.  Make one of any design.  You will find seeing the other members’ name tags fun and they do facilitate conversation.  If you forget your name tag, a 25 cent write-on name tag in available at the Membership Table.

Holiday Luncheon Meetings

A potluck holiday luncheon is held at the November Guild meeting following the business meeting and Bring-and-Brag.  During this meeting, traditionally, donation quilts and quilted stocking are collected for distribution to various local agencies in need.  It is the last guild meeting of every year as there is no guild meeting held in December.

Block of the Month

Each month the Block of the Month chairperson(s) prepares the fabric and patterns for members to sew into blocks.  Any member who wishes to participate may sign-up by paying $1 and signing their name to take a block home.  The block is sewn together according to the instructions and returned at the next meeting.  Each person who returns a block is eligible for the drawing to win all of the returned blocks. Winners must wait one year before eligible to win BOM again.

Bring-and-Brag

Quilters are always interested in what other people have finished.  We love to see your work and know how much work went into, so it don’t be shy about bringing your latest project to show it off.  Prior to showing your quilt an information sheet is filled out for the newsletter and historian.  Quilts do not need to be completely finished, but the quilt top does.

Budget

The three major sources of income for our guild are the biennial quilt show, a biennial quilt raffle and membership dues.  The funds are used to cover all operating expenses and to pay speakers who present monthly programs.  A monthly financial statement is published in the guild newsletter for more details.

Biennial Quilt Show

We have a quilt show during Memorial Day weekend in odd numbered years.  This is our primary fundraiser to help bring in nationally known quilt experts as well as local artists for guild programs.  Funds are raised through a quilt raffle at the show as well as a boutique that sells items made and donated by our guild members.  Quilt entries may only be submitted by guild members.  You can apply for membership here. See the Join Us tab on this website.

Refreshments

In their birthday month members bring a dessert to share.  Refreshments are served during the break between the business meeting and the scheduled program of the guild meeting.  Guests and new guild members receive “head of the line” privileges.  A monthly reminder is sent out in each newsletter.  You are encouraged to feed the coffee “kitty” to help offset the cost of supplies.

Birthday Surprise

If it is your birthday month, you will automatically be placed in a drawing for one of two gift certificates that are donated each month by two area quilt stores.

Library

We have an extensive collection of books and magazines which guild members may check out for a period of one month.  Library acquisitions are made through member donations and memorial book purchases.

KACC Calendar

The guild is a member of the Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center (KACC) located at 228 Earl Garrett Street in downtown Kerrville.  KACC is an art center dedicated to promoting the local artist community through exhibits, education and programs.  he guild provides docents for the center each Tuesday of the month from 1 pm to 4 pm.  A calendar is passed during the guild meeting for volunteer signup.

Special Projects

As part of the guild’s community service, bees and individual members make donation quilts that are given to non-profit organizations providing services to all age groups living in the Hill Country.  The completed quilt is brought to the Special Projects chair at a guild meeting.  The Special Projects chair is responsible for distributing the quilt at the discretion of the quilt maker and maintains records of the gifts.  Our members have made quilts for organizations such as:  The Ronald McDonald House in San Antonio, and Any Baby Can, The Crisis Counsel Center,  The Veteran’s Hospital, Hill Country Youth Ranch and K’Star, all in Kerrville.

Giver Bee

The Giver Bee is a group of quilters dedicated to creating donation quilts to support the guild’s community service mission.  Members donate fabric, batting and unfinished quilts and the bee makes beautiful quilts for someone to cherish.