Local quilting club celebrates community, caring
- Written by By Geoffrey Geiger
More than 30 years of fond memories and friendships have been forged through the Kingwood Area Quilt Guild. Sandra Grogan, former publicity chair for the organization, said that she enjoys the community and the spirit and the knowledge she has gained from joining the group. The Kingwood Area Quilt Guild was founded in 1977 by a small troop of eight quilting students and friends to provide artistic support of quilting in the growing Kingwood community. Since the last 70's the membership levels have risen to approximately 200, with varying levels of experience. Some members are even recognized and award winners, Grogan explained. She describes herself as 'self taught,' but has enjoyed the incredible wealth of technique and style the group and various quilting venues provide. "I always find new things of interest as quilt shows," she said, expressing her recent interest in Civil War reproduction quilts. The guild is active in community service, and several local entities have received quilt donations. The Kingwood Library is just one of the local organizations to have possession of a guild-made quilt. First constructed in 1978, through delegated patchwork and designed by Merijane Vladkya, the essence of the quilt was to showcase the natural elements and beauty of Kingwood. The original quilt was the first guild-wide effort and several other organization quilts have since been put together, including a new quilt for the recent opening of the new Kingwood Library. Other recent projects include wall hangings for patients at M.D. Anderson in Houston and a community outreach program called Kwilt4Kids which allows members and guests to design and construct quilts for charity. The group has donated more than 200 quilts to national and local organizations like HAAM, The Red Cross, and to veterans care facilities since the early 2000’s. In 2006 some quilters designed a special anniversary logo quilt to commemorate the many years and many quilts. In addition to their charitable contributions, the group has sponsored a scholarship program through Houston Community College for students interested in clothing or textile study in the past. In May 2010, they awarded $500 to both Meagan Silva and Kaeyle Gabrielle Wyatt of New Caney High School. A new scholarship focus will be implemented for the following school year. There are archives of quilt photos during various ‘show-and-tell’ sessions; some ranging from simple or The guild site offers a multitude of links to guild information on membership, basic guild history and numerous special projects of the members. Meetings are generally every first Thursday night of the month at 7 p.m. at Good Shepard Episcopal Church. The most recent meeting on Jan. 6 included workshop guest speaker and artistic quilter, Katie Pasquini. She has more than 30 years of experience producing contemporary art-inspired quilts and stitch paintings. For more information on the Kingwood Area Quilt Guild, visit www.kingwoodareaquiltguild.com. Photo: Anniversary logo quilt designed by members of Kingwood Area Quilt Guild.