Fat Quarter. What is that you ask?
If you are interested in finding out, or you already know, then the Algonquin Quilters’ Guild is the group for you.
The group was established in 1990 and currently has 35 dedicated members who meet each month.
“This is a special group of ladies,” wrote member Marianne Kaus in an e-mail. “(They are) extremely welcoming and eager to share all their knowledge with fellow quilters. After only a few months as a member, I truly feel a part of this generous group.”
At the meetings, members participate in a variety of different activities including show and tell, which is a fun part for Kaus.
“Members who have completed a quilt or any sewing project, proudly show it off to the guild members who will heap praise and compliments on the presenter,” she said. “(It’s) a very positive experience for a new quilter.”
Also at every meeting is a fat quarter raffle. Members bring in fat quarters of fabric in that month’s theme or set of colors to be raffled off, and then leave with a different handful of fat quarters.
July’s theme is picnics, bugs or food.
On many occasions, a speaker attends meetings to teach new or more difficult techniques to guild members. Treats are also passed out for everyone to enjoy.
“Sewing and quilting is enhanced by sharing and learning from other quilters,” Kaus said. “Say the word, ‘quilting’ and someone will say ‘I quilt’, or ‘I always wanted to learn to quilt.’ Then and there the friendship is established, and a bond is formed.”
All year long, the group creates baby quilts to donate to newborn babies at Sherman Hospital and Provena St. Joseph Hospital. Members are required to donate at least one 36-inch by 36-inch baby quilt every year.
If you are interested in joining the group, you can attend one free meeting as a visitor. New members are welcomed at any time. Membership dues are $20 per year.
“I know there are other folks in the area who would enjoy the camaraderie and increasing their knowledge in the art of quilting,” Kaus said.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month (except in November and December) at The Congregational Church of Algonquin.