Meet the guild
Miami County Quilters’ Guild was established in 1979 and has approximately 170 members.
MCQG meets the first Thursday of the month at the Paola Community Center, located at 905 E. Wea Street, Paola, KS. Meeting time is 10 am and repeats at 7pm, except July and December which are evening only meetings, starting at 6pm with dinner.
MCQG has a twofold focus (besides having fun quilting!). We promote the art of quilting. MCQG offers 21 hrs of Beginner Classes on Saturday mornings starting every January, for all interested members. Also, MCQG holds an annual Kids’ Camp in early summer, offering a child-friendly project. This project teachs basic sewing skills, including using the sewing machine. MCQG also works with Miami County middle and high school Family and Consumer Science classes and youth groups with presentations on quilt making and quilt history. These activities are in addition to MCQG monthly quilt programs and workshops for members.
The second focus of the Miami County Quilters’ Guild calls for using our quilting skills to assist our Miami County communities. Starting in 2013, MCQG has made Quilts of Appreciation for all war-time military Veterans residing in Miami County. Approximately 600 quilts have been presented to our Vets. Any Miami County family experiencing a fire, flood, tornado or other natural disaster receives a quilt from the Guild. Donations are collected monthly for the 3 County food pantries and Project Uplift, which donates to the homeless. Quilts are also provided for Miami County Cancer Foundation clients.
Other activities on the MCQG calendar include a Challenge, which members view in July; monthly Block of the Month raffles; an Opportunity Quilt raffle; a Fall “Garage Sale”; Spring and Fall retreats. The Annual Drag N’Brag Show occurs the last full weekend of September, with most Guild members participating, showing quilts, providing items for the Silent Auction or the Boutique, Demonstrations, or volunteer positions. Members involvement in Opportunity Quilt Raffle ticket sales or Silent Auction/Boutique item sales can earn their next year’s membership dues.