How large is the Guild and when was it founded?
The Southwest Florida Quilter's Guild was founded in 1993 and today counts about 185 members from at least five Southwest Florida counties.
Where and when does the Guild meet?
We meet at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center at 2000 North Recreation Park Way,North Fort Myers. The building is on the back right hand side of the North Fort Myers library. The Guild's monthly meeting is the third Tuesday each month at 6:30.
What happens at a monthly meeting?
The meeting room doors open at 6:00PM for social time when Community Service projects are turned in, Blocks of the month are turned in, and members can browse the Library.
The business meeting is called to order at about 6:30 PM, when Committee reports are given and announcements are made. Door prize winners are drawn by the Membership Committee during the business meeting.
Following the business meeting The Program is usually held after the Business meeting is adjourned. The Program, always exciting, may be a guest speaker, an evening of technique demonstrations, or even an evening of shopping courtesy of a local shop."Show and Tell" is held, giving members the opportunity to "Strut their stuff" to the "Ooooh's" and "Aaaah's" of the audience.
How much does it cost to join and what are the benefits?
Guests are welcome to attend a meeting for a $5.00 non-member. Annual dues are $30.00. A badge with your name and guild pin is $11.50.
A wonderful array of activities are open to Members.
Guild members receive the monthly Newsletter and are entitled to first choice of classes.
Many area quilt-related businesses offer discounts to Guild members.
Members may enter their pieces into our biennial Quilt Show without an entry fee.
Other opportunities for participation include ongoing activities such as Block of the Month.
The Guild maintains a library of several hundred quilt books that are available for loan on a monthly basis. A monthly Fun Day, held on the second Saturday each month from 10:00AM till 4:00PM offers an opportunity for fellowship in an informal setting (see the calendar page for additional information).
What Community Service projects are available?
The SWFQG is very proud of our Community Service program and its many accomplishments. In 2013 alone, our guild donated more than 350 quilts and blankets to a wide variety of organizations in our community.
A lot of love is stitched into every quilt we send into our community. Our donated quilts have snuggled newborn babies, cuddled Head Start preschoolers, comforted hospital-bound children, brought joy to veterans, and warmed laps of countless cancer and hospice clients. There is a home for every donated quilt or blanket.
When a need is made know to us, our quilters invariably come through with flying colors. Stop by the Community Service table at every meeting to learn more or pick up a kit to make your donation