We Get Together
Meetings are monthly with an alternating day and evening schedule
to accomodate those who get out more easily in the daytime (10 a.m.-odd numbered
months, ex. Jan, March, May) and those who can come only at night (7 p.m.-even
numbered months, ex. Feb, April, June). We meet on the 3rd
Tuesday of every month. The exceptions are November and December; we combine
those two meetings into a holiday luncheon, usually in early December. Our
meetings are held at the Folk Art center unless otherwise noted.
It's easy and rewarding to become a Guild member. There are many levels of
involvement and many benefits to membership. The enthusiasm is contagious.
Shortly after joining, new members are contacted by a guild mentor as a welcome
and to answer questions. See MEMBERSHIP.
Members get together in small groups on a regular basis to quilt and
talk and eat and talk and quilt and eat! Presently the Guild sponsors many Quilting
Bees for members. We have a "Bee Keeper" who keeps track of
area bees and helps new members get into and start new bees. We want everyone
to have an opportunity to get together with other quilters in a small group.
See QUILTING BEES
Over the years, members of the Guild have organized trips to
different quilting-type places. More trips are being planned all the
AQG Board meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m.
There is a program at each meeting ranging from quilting clinics to
nationally-known speakers. Our guild has several members who regularly
are juried into and win national quilt shows, so we have plenty of
talent and opportunities to learn from the best! See MEETINGS.
AQG has a fabulous lending library of quilt books, videos, magazines, and
patterns. A member was overheard recently saying, "You know, I don't buy
nearly as many books as I used to because our library is so good!" See LENDING LIBRARY.
Supplementing our monthly programs are monthly day-long workshops
provided by our speakers. This is your opportunity to immerse yourself
in learning a new technique or just soaking up the creativity of
your teacher and the fellow students around you.... not to mention the fun!
Our guild is active in a number of projects around the community.
Members regularly make quilts for premature babies, children at the battered
women's shelter, and for distribution by the Sheriff's department to
children who are in need of comfort and warmth for whatever reason. In
addition, we provide fabric and notions to families in Nicaragua. We are
always looking for other ways to serve. See COMMUNITY QUILTS AND GUILD PROJECTS.
We sponsor the annual "Asheville Quilt Show." Quilters
all over the country enter quilts in this show where prize money is
awarded. But we make it a point to also feature local quilters' work.
We are, after all, a local guild! See QUILT SHOW.
Western North Carolina is packed with resources for quilters and we try to
share these with each other. There are plenty of shops, local professional
quilters, and just plain quilt-y things to do around here!
We Work Together
All things considered, we are a young Guild, always growing and changing to
meet the needs of quilters in our area. Most of us pitch in and contribute
to the operations of the Guild. There are always many ways to get
involved--and when we do, that's when the fun really begins! See you at