logoThe Valley Quilters' Guild, Inc. was formed in 1985 to promote quilting in the Matanuska Valley. We currently have a membership of over 200.

Our main objectives are service to our community and the education of quilters. We serve the community by donating quilts to organizations and groups that approach us with their needs. Our members also let us know of needs in the community. We also give quilts to the victims of fires, child abuse, and State Troopers for comforting of domestic violence.

Sign up for a committee and continue or increase your involvement in the guild.

Valley Quilters Guild General Membership meetings are held at the Palmer Railroad Depot on the FIRST THURSDAY of EVERY MONTH @ 7 PM with social hour begining at 6:30, unless otherwise noted. Most meetings last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hrs, depending on the program and how many show and tell projects are shown! Each meeting includes a fat quarter and Block of the Month drawings for paid members only.


AccuQuilt Contest - Help VQG win and win something yourself!
Here's is the information on the AccuQuilt Win the Dream Quilt Block Design Contest:

Julie Wilcox entered a block called Tribute in honor of her father who was in the Navy for 23 years and currently has dementia. Julie and Jessica plan to design and make a quilt for him with this block no matter how this contest turns out.

In addition, if Tribute wins, Quilts of Valor and the Valley Quilters Guild will win prizes as well.

If Tribute wins 1st place, Quilts of Valor will be given a donation of $1,500 and the Valley Quilters Guild will win an AccuQuilt Studio Bread and Butter Starter Set which includes a Studio fabric die cutting machine and 10 dies which can be seen here: http://www.accuquilt.com/studio-bread-butter-starter-set.html

If Tribute wins 2nd place, Quilts of Valor will be given a donation of $1,000 and the Valley Quilters Guild will win an AccuQuilt Studio Best Sellers Starter Set which includes a Studio fabric die cutting machine and 9 dies which can be seen here: http://www.accuquilt.com/studio-best-sellers-starter-set.html

If Tribute wins 3nd place, Quilts of Valor will be given a donation of $500 and the Valley Quilters Guild will win an AccuQuilt Studio fabric die cutting machine and a 2 1/2" Strip Cutter Die which is a very useful and versatile die. Which is great for cutting strips, borders, binding, batting, squares, diamonds, etc.

And last, you can win too! Voting is open from May 1st through May 27th and you can vote once per day. With every vote, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a daily prize worth up to $700. This is a popularity contest so vote as much as you can! Everyone, including family, friends, etc. can vote so please spread the word!

To vote for Tribute:
1. Go to http://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest#!/about
2. Click on "Log in" in the upper right corner of the screen.
3. Click on the "Register" text link in the center of the screen. The contest uses a separate account from any AccuQuilt accounts you might have setup. You can use your Facebook account to register or register an email address.
4. If using your email address, fill in your name, email address, and a password and click the "Register" button.
5. A verification email with Subject "Activation Message" will be sent to your email address. When it arrives, click the link to verify your email. You need to verify your email before voting! The emails usually arrive quickly so check your Spam folder if you don't see it.
6. After verifying your email, click the "Return to the contest home page" button.
7. The Contest Home Page will load, Click on the green "Vote Now" button and use the search tool in the top right (looks like a magnifying glass) to search for "Julie Wilcox". Or use this link to jump right to Tribute's page: http://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest#!/entry/6646105
8. Click on the "Vote for this Block" button right under the image of the block. A "Thanks for voting!" window will pop up and your done!
9. Come back every day to vote again! Voting for each day ends around 9pm AKST since AccuQuilt is located in Omaha, NE.

We can do this everyone! Let's win that Studio for the Guild and the donation for Quilts of Valor! And good luck to each of you!

If you have an questions or trouble, just let me know. The contest site sometimes needs a refresh if things don't load quite right. They are using a new contest system this year which is working pretty good but has its moments.

One last thing, if you want to see where Tribute is in the rankings:
1. Click on Entries in the top green bar
2. Then use the drop down on the top right to select Top Rated.
3. Select pages at the bottom if you don't see Tribute. Last I looked we were on page 3.

Thank You!
Brown Bag Challenge
Fair Quilt Exhibit
Fair Quilt Exhibit
This year’s fair theme is "Good Times". The fair dates are August 21 - September 1.

Take in dates in Palmer are August 8, 12 - 8 pm and August 9, 10 - 6 pm. Volunteers are needed for these dates, 4 hour shifts. Volunteers are also needed for the demo area located in the Irwin Building, Quilt Department. Sign-up sheets will be available at the guild meeting for all volunteer positions.

Lastly, if there is anyone interested in doing the second shift quilt show in the Irwin Building during the weekdays and weekends, please let me know.

Thank you.
Sharon Berna, Alaska State Fair Quilt Superintendent
Sew for the Fair Booth
To all you Nimble Sewers: Get your machines warmed up to Sew For Fair! We will have a variety of kits and quilt ideas available for check out starting at the April 3rd membership meeting.

Our annual Sew for Fair event will be Saturday, April 12, during Open Sew, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm. Come by to pick up kits to sew that day, or bring back later. We'll also have ideas for other projects you can do independently, and you are welcome to look through guild fabric for that use.

There will be snacks to keep up your energy as you crank out those projects. A good time will be had by all. Please join us!
2014 Visiting Teachers - Sign up for a class.
Visiting Teachers
$40 members/$80 non-members

May 10 - Lisa Moore - Tips and Techniques Class
Registration begins in February

August 8 or August 9 - Connie Sue Haidle – Applique Class,
Registration begins in May
Register now for Aug 7 or 9 Connie Sue Haidle Applique Class
Connie Sue Haidle Applique Class


August 7 or 9 – Connie Sue Haidle – Applique Class Registration deadline is July 3, 2014 for the Thursday class and August 7, 2014 for the Saturday class.

There are 20 spaces available for each class. Guild members get first chance. If there are spots left after the March meeting, we will open registration to non-members. Registration will continue until the August meeting. Patterns will be available on a first come, first served basis if you register after March 6. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have not picked up your class supply list, please remember to do that at your earliest convenience!!!!!
2014 Bucket List
Bucket List for 2014
It’s not too late to submit your 3” x 5” cards. List 4 UFOs and a description of each on your card. Turn your cards in at the Education Table. Each completed project entitles you to one chance in the bucket. A drawing will be held at the July meeting.Don’t procrastinate.

UFOs must be completed by the July meeting.
Special Notice about dues!
The dues are $40 the first year, and $35 for annual renewal. To become a lifetime member you must be 65 years old and have paid dues for 10 consecutive years. Please remember to pay your dues, if you have not done so. If you believe you are eligible for Life membership, you need to let the treasurer know. Once your 10 years of consecutive membership are verified and you’ve reached your 65th birthday, Judy will issue you a Life membership card and you will not have to pay dues. However, you may make a donation :)

Only those who have paid their dues, or are Life members, will receive the next newsletter.

If you want to attend camp or retreat you must have paid your dues.
Service Committee
At each meeting the Service Cart has various projects which can be taken home to be worked on [kits for quilt tops, borders to be sewn on, quilts to be quilted or tied, binding to be sewn on] and returned when done. Also, the Guild has a great stash of fabric which you can use to try a pattern of any quilt size, or to add to some fabric you have, to make a quilt top for donation to service. Please feel free to ask for help if you would like to select some fabric.

Fabric for Fair Projects is available for selection. Sew for Fair is the April Open Sew day. We have many smaller cuts of fabric and batting (left over from quilts) that can be used for table runners, potholders, mug rugs, coffee cozies, etc. Patty will be available Saturday during the day if anyone wants to select fabric and/or batting for a project. Service has also donated fabric and batting for various kits that will be available to Sew for Fair.

The committee distributed 10 quilts in May. Fabric for backing, as well as batting, is also available for all projects to be donated to Service. We have had many wonderful donations of fabric lately and have a good selection. *THANKS TO ALL members of the Guild for all your support of Service Projects. Our projects help support many other organizations in the Valley that provide for those in need.
Open Sew ~ 10AM - 12 Midnight the 2nd Saturday of the month
The guild offers one Saturday a month, usually the second Saturday for all members where we get together and work on projects, service projects and classes are offered.
Reserve a table at a guild meeting
If you wish to reserve a table for a meeting, please contact the Treasurer, Judy Foster, in advance to make arrangements. The cost is $10 per table per meeting; only 3 tables may be rented each month. No tables are rented in May, October, or December due to guild functions. You must contact the treasurer to reserve tables and must pay at the meeting or in advance.
Place an ad in the newsletter
If you’d like to place an ad in the newsletter: The prices are: $5.00 one line / $10.00 ¼ page /$15.00 ½ page / $20,00 full page. You need to pay the treasurer, Judy Foster, and then get your copy and proof of payment, to newsletter editor, Jillian Ling.
The Valley Quilter Guild awards a grant to an Alaska teacher to assist in teaching a curriculum unit on fiber arts. The amount of the grant can range from $75 to $300, depending on the amount needed as specified by the teacher applicant. The Guild may award more than one grant in a calendar year, but the total amount of all awarded grants will not exceed $300. Teachers interested in applying for this grant must meet the criteria.
Grant Application

2014 Block of the Month
Block of the month colors and patterns

June BOM: Shooting Star
12" finished,
12 1/2" unfinished


Fabric A - Light Blue
Fabric B - Jewel Tone Batiks

Fat Quarters
2014 Fat Quarter Colors and Size Info

Bring your fat quarters to the monthly meeting to win the pot!

Please remember that Fat Quarters measure 18” x 22”. (You may enter up to three pieces of fabric which measure 18”x 22”)

2014 Raffle Quilt
2014 Raffle Quilt


May 8 Board Meeting, 6:30pm, MTA meeting room
May 10 Open Sew, Tips and Techniques Class, Lisa Moore instructor
June 5 Membership meeting
June 7 Open Sew-Cancelled
July 12

Open Sew
Umbrella - Marcia Harlamert, Instructor;

Quilting 102 - Ruth Sielaff, Instructor;

Block of the Month Sew'n - August, September, Ocotber

Sundyeing and Printing - Ruth Simpson

Aug. 7 Applique Class - Connie Sue Haidle, Instructor
Aug. 9

Applique Class - Connie Sue Haidle, Instructor

Open Sew begins at 5pm

Oct. 2 Mystery Quilt Showing and Drawing
Oct. 11 Quilting 103 - ruth Sielaff, Instructor
Nov. 6 Brown Bag Challenge - projects exchanged
Dec. 4 Deadline for Education Chairman Challenge (Quilt top using 2014 Blocks of the Month - Your top must include at least 12 blocks. They may all be the same block or you can make a sampler. Use colors of your choice.)

June Newsletter 2014

See the Colony Christmas Quilts that were hung in Palmer.

Map to the Palmer Train Depot

Mailing address:
Valley Quilters Guild
PO Box 2582
Palmer, AK 99645


Information for newsletter -
Email Linda Rudolph