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March: Sharon Malachowski
A brief 3,000 year history of quilting. The popular image of the quilt is of the modern, patchwork and American quilt. Quilting has a long history evolving from Ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages to the present. It is impossible to get to the very beginning, as textiles are fragile things compared to stonework and pottery. But we do know of some fascinating examples of early patchwork. See some historic “firsts” and rare examples of patchwork and quilting from Museum collections around the globe.
Did you know?
*Homespun was as much a political statement in Colonial America as it was a necessity.
*Abstract squiggly meandering isn’t a modern quilting design. “Vermicelli” quilting was very popular in the 1700’s and done by hand.
*A controversy over one American quilt started a protest march on the Smithsonian and birthed the first “National Quilting Day”.
Welcome to the Amador Valley Quilters website. If you are interested in joining a group of dedicated quilters, then you have found the right group to join. We are a very active group of over 400 members who appreciate, create, exhibit, and give away a wide variety of quilts. There’s something for everyone in this guild, whether you want to piece, embroider, applique, create wearable art, do stitchery or threadplay, knitting or any other kind of needlework, or just want to be a Professional Appreciator.
So, take a few minutes and check out the website. Look in the Gallery to see some of the variety of quilts and garments we make; check out the Events calendar, our Outreach programs, our Programs and Workshops, then drop into one of our Second Saturday General Meetings at the Pleasanton Middle School on Case Avenue. Our meetings start at 1:30 p.m., but come early so you can check out the tables where members can take some books out of the Library, sign up for a workshop, and maybe pick up a community quilt or a Block of the Month to work on. At 1:30 there is a short business meeting, followed by a program from a local or national speaker, followed by a time for sharing the new works of our members, unless it’s time for the silent auction or the Holiday Gathering.
We sponsor Budding Beginners at the yearly Alden Lane “Quilting in the Garden” quilt show, offer “Quilting Then and Now” events at the Alviso Adobe Museum, and offer travel opportunities to various quilt shows and shops in the area. We also give away 900+ quilts each year to a multitude of needy organizations, have a lemonade social in the summer, a silent auction in the spring, hold our own quilt show in odd-numbered years and a Guild Retreat in even-numbered years.
We welcome participation in our Guild from all of our members, long-time or brand-new, and hope you will come for a visit and stay to become an active member of our Guild!
Linda S. Schmidt
Amador Valley Quilters, Inc. is a charitable organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.