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.


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
Quilt Camp - May 1-4, 2014
Quilt Camp
Come to camp May 1-4, 2014. The sign-up sheet will be at the next meeting and you can send a email to me if you want to come. The theme is "The Beach, the cost is $185 plus being a current member of the guild. Hope to see you at camp.
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 18 quilts in March. 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

April BOM: Spinning Flower
12" finished,
12 1/2" unfinished


Fabric A - Lime Green
Fabric B - Yellow
Fabric C - Dark Blue
Fabric D - Purple
Fabric E - Pink

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


April 3 Membership Meeting 7pm, Program: Ruth Simpson presenting sun dyeing
Arpil 10 board Meeting 6:30pm (time change), MTA meeting room
April 12

Open Sew 10am - midnight, Palmer Depot. Sew for Fair Booth 10:30am-4:30pm, and Art Walk ("Sew Thankful" theme)

May 1-4 Quilt Camp
May 1 Membership Meeting 7pm, Program: Diana Bradley speaking about preparing quilts for judging
May 3 Open Sew 10am-midnight, Palmer Depot (note date change)
May 8 Board Meeting, 6:30pm, MTA meeting room
May 10 Open Sew, Tips and Techniques Class, Lisa Moore instructor
June 7 Open Sew, Sew for Service
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
Oct. 11 Quilting 103 - ruth Sielaff, Instructor
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.)

April 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