Welcome to the Mohawk Valley Quilt Club, Inc. Our club was established in February 1979 for the purpose of encouraging education & participation in the making of quilts, the history of quilt making & other needle arts. We have a very active membership. Many of our club activities are listed with a brief explanation following each. If you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask any of our members for help finding the answer.
Block of the Month:
During the regular monthly meeting, members are introduced to a pattern for a quilt block. The members may opt to take the pattern home & then complete the block in time to return it for display at the following regular monthly meeting. Names of participants are entered into a drawing for all or a portion of the blocks returned that month. The winner or winners receive a set of the blocks to do with what they may.
A challenge is several smaller groups of quilters, working together on a single theme. Generally, a challenge is started early in the “quilt year” (September); so that completed pieces may be shown at the June dinner meeting. Some past challenge themes are: landscape quits, watercolor quilts, Amish, Christmas, & poem interpretations. The options are endless really, any ideas? See the Program Committee chairperson.
QCNYS stands for Quilters Consortium of New York State. This group is a compilation of representative from 30+ quilt clubs across New York State, including MVQC. This group meets four (4) times a year at various sites to facilitate communication between member guilds, & between the Consortium & national quilting organizations. QCNYS also sponsors weekend workshops (called mini-holidays), raffle quilts, speakers, & scholarships.
This is the “good deed for your community” project. In previous years, members have made quilts for many community organizations, including Hull House; Habitat for Humanity; Association for the Blind – Babies Project; Aids Baby quilts; Burned Churches in Southeast U.S., Habitant for Humanity & Ronald McDonald House to name just a few. We have also made, & stuffed with goodies, Christmas stockings for local nursing homes, churches & psychiatric centers as well as making lap robes for the patients at the Allen Calder wing at St. Luke’s Hospital. We also loaned our quilt frames to the Alzheimer’s Association for the silent quilt auction display. If you have an idea for a project that you would like the Club to support, contact the president or vice-president. You will head up the project, but we can assist you in getting started.
Hostess & Membership:
These two (2) committees ease your way into becoming a member of our Club. They welcome you at the door each month & work to entertain you with refreshments at break-time. Stop by to check out our table for news bulletins of quilt happenings & enjoy the plentiful & delicious refreshments too.
Have you ever gone to a “garage sale” for quilt related items? This is just one of the fun nights offered to members when they can bring in quilting, embroidery, & sewing related items to put into the pot for a garage sale. We have also sponsored Chinese auctions & Silent auctions with the same idea. Money generated by these evenings is responsible to fund the Club projects such as the Library, Outreach, the Quilt Show, & also the Club’s general operating expenses. It’s a great way to help the club grow.
The Club newsletter is published five (5) or six (6) times during the quilt year (September through June). Members are welcome to contribute articles, notices, & advertisements for publication. The newsletter contains our own club news, programs, helpful hunts, quilt show dates & much more. We encourage our members to support the advertisers in the newsletter since they make the publication possible.
This committee is responsible for planning & execution of the programs at the monthly meetings. Guest speakers, lectures, round-robing demonstrations, in-house speakers, trunk shows, & workshops are all scheduled through the efforts of this group of members. They do a wonderful job of keeping us educated, motivated, & entertained!
Every other year, in the odd numbered years, MVQC sponsors a “members-only” quilt show, usually on the last full weekend of September. All the pieces displayed are made by our members. The quilts, wall hangings, clothing, etc., are displayed over a 3-day period & the show is open to the public. Our current quilt show is being held at the Curling Club of Utica. Past shows have been held at SUNY Institute of Technology & at Utica College. Our show offers members the opportunity to enter their pieces in the “open” or “judged” categories. This is your show, so start quilting! Proceeds from the show are used to hire guest lecturers & to sponsor workshops throughout the year.
In the past, this event has been held in the even-numbered years. A member (or members) makes the quilt top, & then the whole membership is involved in quilting the piece. Proceeds from the sale of the raffle quilt go back into the Club treasury to pay bills & help run many of our programs & projects. This project is done sporadically, not every even numbered year.