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
UFO Challenge - New in 2021, members were challenged to complete up to FOUR "UFO"s (UnFinished Objects) over the next year. The "cost" to participate is $1 per item. Items were numbered from 1-4. . .in August, we drew a random number to determine which item should be completed by the November meeting --- project #2!! In November, we'll share our completed UFO OR submit our $1 "fine" for projects not completed, then draw a number to determine which project should be completed next. Each round takes THREE months --- the only competition is TIME! But wait, there's more! For each UFO completed by the deadline, the quilter's name is entered into a drawing for the GRAND PRIZE --- all of the entry fees and fines collected!
UFO Challenge - Round 1 (November 2021)
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!
2021 Block Challenge Winners
Cindy Gamble - Paper Pieced
Linda Whittenburg - Applique/Pieced
Joann Cecil - Applique/Pieced
Robin Bisig - First Timer