Founded in 1988, the Stringtown Quilters Guild began with 27 charter members and met at the Florence Christian Church. Naming the Guild for the original title for Florence, the group’s purpose was to exchange ideas and to share interests in quilts and quilting while offering instruction and education in quilt making. All levels of quilters were welcomed.
Although the Guild has changed homes several times, they continue with their vision by offering a wide variety of programs and quilting opportunities. They have hosted local, national, and international quilters, authors, and teachers, many of whom have held workshops to enrich and inspire the members. Challenges and projects allow for fun and learning experiences. The first Christmas Block Challenge, started in 1991, is a favorite as well as Mystery Quilts, Round Robins, and others. In 1998 members created a quilt for the Boone County Bicentennial which currently hangs in the Administration Building in Burlington. They even published a cook book in 2014. The first quilting retreat was in 1999 and the continued getaways are eagerly looked forward to!
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the Guild is the opportunity to participate in the Community Projects which were begun in 1995 when quilts were made and donated to the Diosecan Catholic Children’s Home in Ft. Mitchell. Each year one or more worthy groups are chosen and the members contribute their skills and time to create quilts, totes, pillowcases and pillows, and other items. Some highlights include quilts for the Boone County Police cruisers, Women’s Crisis Center, St. Elizabeth NICU, CareNet Services, Salvation Army dolls, Ronald McDonald House, and Brighton Women’s Recovery Center as well as others. Click here to see more about our charitable work.
What We Do
Monthly Programs and Special events
Every month we fill our meeting with quilting demonstrations and/or guest speakers. In addition, we also schedule special events that occur outside of our regular meetings. To view our current list of programs and special events, check out our calendar!
At each meeting, members are encouraged to participate in our Show & Tell. Members are able to show off a project they are working on or have finished. Members also show projects submitted to shows that judge their works. Many members are award winning quilters with many accolades to their credit. So join us each month for Show & Tell and see the wonderful projects members are making!
Every month we have opportunities to get away from our daily lives and spend time doing what we love! QUILTING!! (Or whatever your passion… crocheting, knitting, applique, etc.) An ironing and cutting station will be available, so just bring your project and other supplies. Many people bring their sewing machine, but some just bring hand-work.
In general we have one Weekday Sit-&-Sew and one Saturday Sit-&-Sew each month at one of the Boone County Public Libraries. ANYONE is welcome to join us for a day of fellowship and fun. Check the calendar for dates, times, & locations.
Quilters Day Out
In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt making in Kentucky. In 1991, National Quilting Association officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.
The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quilt-makers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, “Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating. In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate. They were welcomed with open arms. As our feelings of a community network has evolved to include a world community, it is only appropriate that quilters and quilt lovers everywhere united to give recognition to the special art form.”
Mark your calendar for March 16, 2024 at First Church of Christ in Burlington, Kentucky for a day of quilt displays, demonstrations, vendors, and MORE!!! Click here for more information.
Block Challenge - Kicking off every September, Board Members select a group of fabrics from which interested members create 12 1/2" blocks. Fabric packets including four coordinating fat quarters and a half-yard of background fabric are sold for a nominal charge. At the December Christmas party, blocks are submitted in one of four categories: traditional pieced, paper pieced, applique, and first timers. The guild votes for the winner in each category --- winners then choose a number of blocks (determined by the number submitted) from which they can create an entire quilt!
2022 Block Challenge Winners
Cindy Gamble - Paper Pieced
Joann Cecil - Traditional Pieced
Martha Ferguson - Applique
Tammy Love - First Time
Mystery Quilt - Beginning in August 2022 and ending in July 2023, SQG Members are participating in a Mystery Quilt Project! Monthly clues are published in the guild newsletter and in the Members ONLY Facebook Group. Join the guild TODAY to be a part of the fun!