How can I join the Naples Quilters Guild?
Attend a meeting. Our membership chairman will be there to help you join the Guild. Your paid membership entitles you to many benefits, including our monthly newsletter and the right to join the Internet mail list that allows us to keep in touch throughout the year, even when many of our members are summering up north. See the Contact Us page for information about how to sign up for these benefits. Our monthly meetings are held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 777 Mooring Line Drive in Naples.
You can read them right here on our website by clicking on the underlined links in the question above.
What are the Guild's charitable activities?
We sponsor many enjoyable activities that benefit our selected charities.
Members are strongly encouraged to participate in these projects.
Charity Quilts for Kids Project: Each member is encouraged to make and donate one quilt each year.
These quilts are donated to the Children's Advocacy Center in Collier County. The Children's Advocacy Center supports many organizations in the local area the handle children in crisis situations.
Many times children are uprooted from their normal life due to a domestic or violent situation and the quilts offer a feeling of comfort.
Raffle Quilt: Each year the Guild chooses a pattern for a quilt that will be raffled at the Annual Quilt Show.
Members make the blocks, put them together and take turns quilting until the quilt is finished.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Children's Advocacy Center.
Miniature Quilt Project: Each Guild member is encouraged to make a small quilt each year. Small Quilts are presented at our January meeting where members vote for their favorites. The minis are then donated to our Annual Auction.
A portion of the proceeds from this auction benefits Naples Bosom Buddies.
What other activities does the Guild sponsor?
In addition to our annual show and the quilts mentioned previously, we offer the following activities that members enjoy throughout the year.
Bees: Many of our members have formed small special interest groups, or "bees" that meet whenever their members decide. The guild will try to help you find or start a bee that meets your needs.
Challenge Quilts: Each year a challenge is held. The chair selects the theme, then the rules are published in the newsletter & on the Challenge page of the NQG website. The quilts are displayed at the February meeting and voted upon for the Quilters' Choice Award. The Challenge quilts are then collected to be displayed at the Annual Quilt Show where attendees may vote, as well.
Gathering Stitches: On the last Saturday of most months, we meet at FLASH EVENT CENTER 1575 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, for several hours of fun and fellowship. Member led workshops, instruction for new quilters, quilt basting using the big tables available there, and the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow quilters make this a popular activity.
Library: The guild owns an impressive collection of books related to quilting. Members may borrow books for a month at a time, saving money and increasing their knowledge of quilting at the same time.
Monthly Projects: Each year guild members may select from a variety of projects that they enjoy doing each month. These might include Block of the Month, Fabric Exchages, and Secret Pal. New ideas are always welcome!
Travel: Several field trips are scheduled yearly. Trips may be to great out-of-town shops, quilt shows or related events.
More...: Our guild sponsors other activities to help us educate our members and the public, contribute to the public good, and encourage the growth and understanding for quilting in a setting of fun and fellowship. We're especially happy when our members contribute new ideas. Please contact any officer with your suggestions.