Block of the Month
This fun program started in January of 2019 and will go for 6 months time. Each month a drawing and door prize will be given at the Guild Meeting for those who have completed their blocks that month. After the summer break, you will have time to assemble your quilt top and add sashings and borders. In the Fall we'll show our tops at a Guild meeting.
The Guild members work with charities and groups to help others outside our area. We have supported Sew Much Hope, Hobbs Charity and other giving programs. Our Philanthropy group, noted below, also is a large charity work. Members are able to participate and support charity functions in many ways.
Friendship Groups are groups of Quilters from our Guild who get together monthly to socialize and/or work on projects. Groups are usually 6 to 10 quilters. The Group decides when to meet and what they want to work on when together. Some groups just do show-n-tell and share what they have learned. The members of these groups become good friends and often expand their activities beyond just quilting.
The goal of Philanthropy is to make a quilt that brings comfort to people in need. This includes young children, adults that are grieving, ill, abused, had homes destroyed, orphans, and veterans. Organizations that have received quilts include the Dove Center, Youth Crisis Center, Dixie Regional Medical Center, Veterans Home, Orphanages, Police and Fire Departments and many others.
Members help by working on kits that can be picked up at a Guild Meeting. These quilts vary in size and range in skill level from beginner to advanced. There are also quilts that need to be machine quilted. All materials are donated to the Guild and all labor is donated to make the quilts. Once they are completed, the quilts are donated to a variety of sources that help to bring comfort to many, from young to old, to provide the comfort needed in difficult times.
This is a great way to learn traditional and new quilting techniques from others while providing those in need a quilt for their comfort.
Quilt Show - Gems of the Desert
The Dixie Quilt Guild sponsors the Gems of The Desert Quilt Show every other year, the last one being held in March of 2019 with the next one scheduled to be held in March of 2021. This even is held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah and is a great way to showcase the beautiful quilts made by our members and in the community. At the show in 2019 we had 1575 attendees over the 2 day event. A lot of fun is had by quilters, vendors, and attendees. We look forward to this event, as it will often take several years to get a quilt ready to show it off.
Ruth McIntire Memorial Lending Library
One of the founding members of the Guild, Ruth McIntire donated many of her books and patterns so members of the Guild would have access to them. After her passing, we received many more donations. We are happy to honor Ruth and share her love of quilting. As a member, you can select a book or pattern to use for 1 month, picking it up at a Guild meeting and then returning it at the next meeting.
Sew Simple Retreat
Each year the Guild heads off to Springdale, Utah for a fun retreat. We lodge in a hotel and have a great time quilting together. This retreat is a great way to get in some bulk quilting time and have fun with Guild Members. The Retreat is usually held in February of each year. Information on the Retreat is announced in the Fall during Guild Meetings and is also published in the Newsletter.
Show & Tell
A part of each Guild Meeting is a Show and Tell where members can bring a quilt or project they have worked on to show-off to others in the Guild. It is amazing to see the beautiful quilts, wall hangings, bags, and other items that are created by members of the Guild.
Workshops are available to all Guild Members with a nominal cost for the class due at time of registration which covers the cost of kits and supplies. Some months the workshops are geared towards beginning quilters and some are for the more advanced quilter. All Guild Members are welcome regardless. The workshop is intended to be a fun social gathering and a chance to learn from each other. The workshops are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month at the St. George Senior Center, although location may vary. Once a member signs up, a supply list will be sent to by email. A great day of lealrn and fun with friends.