The Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild (SPQG) meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meetings are held from 7:00-9:00 PM at the John M. Porter Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, Virginia. We come together on a regular basis to encourage others, share in our knowledge of quilting, and learn new skills in a fun atmosphere.
Programs and classes are offered throughout the year either through the guild or one of the local quilt shops in the area.
Business meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. Regular business is conducted, show & tell is held, and the meetings end with social time and finger food. As a member, you have the opportunity to become involved in the decisions and activities of the guild. There are numerous activities, such as group sewing events, raffles, fabric swaps, and other exchanges. Members are encouraged to share their projects with the guild during Show & Tell.
Program Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month. Programs consist of speakers, demonstrations, classes, trunk shows, or occasionally quilt-related games. Answers to your quilting-related questions are readily available.
Interested in Joining Our Guild?
If you are interested in joining or learning more about our guild, please plan to attend one of our meetings. Your first stop should be the Membership table, which is located near the door. Our Membership Chairperson and Welcome Committee will gladly pair you with a “Quilting Buddy” who will explain our programs and answer your questions.
A Bit of History
ONCE UPON A TIME Stafford had a quilt shop (that is no longer around) and the shop owner, Eila Gardner, invited a group of her customers to attend a meeting to discuss forming a quilt guild. Over thirty women attended that meeting at the John Musante Porter Library in March 1993. The ladies agreed that a quilt guild was a good idea and in May of that year the name Stafford Piecemakers' Quilt Guild was chosen. Over the next decade the guild grew in both membership and programs. As this website is launched, there are over 100 members and a wide variety of programs.
Porter Library was a newly opened facility at the time of that first meeting. As a gesture of appreciation for allowing the guild to meet there, the guild members agreed to design and execute a quilt to be hung in the library. The library administration requested that the quilt be made in colors similar to those used throughout the facility and that there be a literary theme. Several guild members, including Cindy Simms and Judy Graham, designed a quilt. Other members pitched in to complete the blocks, assemble the top and quilt it. The completed quilt was presented to the Porter Library in January 1996. It has hung behind the circulation desk since that time.
That first collaborative effort is indicative of the cooperation and community spirit that characterizes the Stafford Piecemakers' Quilt Guild. These characteristics are also evident in the many quilts that have been assembled and distributed to various charities throughout the community. In this guild these are known as STAR (Stafford Thimbles Are Responding) quilts. The recipients have ranged from a shelter for women and children, a local teenager who was paralyzed in a tragic accident, families who have lost everything through fire, and many others.
The Stafford Piecemakers are also known as a guild that likes to have fun, LOTS of FUN. The guild’s annual Quilt In is renowned among guilds and teachers in the region. The first Quilt In was held in the meeting room of a local motel in February 1995. Since 1997 this event has been held in various locations in the Stafford/ Fredericksburg area. There are prizes, contests, many classes, lots of food, and a mystery quilt. Family members know that only major surgery or acts of God are sufficient to prevent attendance at the Quilt In!
A bus trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania has become another annual, not-to-be-missed event. The first trip occurred in the fall of 1999. All of those who go on these trips feel personally responsible for maintaining the vitality of the economy of Lancaster. So far there has always been room for all the purchases in the storage areas under the bus but that could change.
The projects begun and techniques learned at guild meetings and the Quilt In are well represented in the guild’s annual quilt show. The first show was held in November of 1996. The event has grown from a single day to four days. Members from other guilds in the region make a point of visiting the show because of the variety and quality of the quilts displayed.
The members of Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild look forward to new friendships, more fun, larger stashes of fabric and, best of all, more magnificent quilts!