Aspire to Inspire

Sugar Creek Quilters Guild puts creativity on display

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The Mary Bishop Memorial Gallery at the Crawfordsville District Public Library would like to welcome the public to view the Annual Exhibit of Sugar Creek Quilters’ Guild.

Their impressive textiles will be on display now through the end of April during CDPL’s hours of operation. A limited amount of quilted works will be for sale during the exhibition through the circulation department.

On Sept. 14, 1992, the first assemblage of the Sugar Creek Quilters’ Guild met at the Old Jail Museum where an exhibit of Log Cabin Quilts was being held. Organizers Katie Mitchell and Anita Hardwick had no idea that 30 quilters would fill the room and be excited about joining together for the joy of quilting. They decided their purpose was to encourage the enjoyment of sewing and strengthen the bond between quilters. The Guild has shared its work with the community since the group was created and they have exhibited their quilts at CDPL almost every year since 1995.

The Guild’s activities started with a workshop making baby quilts for newborns at the Well Baby Clinic. They have made quilts for the Family Crisis Center, Marie Canine Cancer Center, Well Baby Clinic, and Military Veterans. The Sugar Creek Quilters Guild has held educational activities for both adults and fourth graders during Pioneer Days. They give their support to the 4-H Youth organization by sponsoring awards for the sewing category. The Guild also hosted the State Quilt Guild with the help of merchants who displayed quilts in their windows and venues that provided exhibit spaces. Each year in November, the guild members bring creations to be sold at the Holiday Bazaar to raise money for these community projects and programs.

The Sugar Creek Quilters’ Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month. Programs and show and tell featuring their members are major focal points of these meetings. Field trips and retreats also play an important role for the Guild’s members. They have held basting meetings and afternoon bees. Challenges have been offered, fabrics have been shared, and the block of the month has been available for members to enjoy and grow. They are continually accepting new members, professional and amateur, advanced and beginners, all are welcome.

“We aspire to inspire,” Janet Fields said. “Now, as we begin our 31st year, we have learned various techniques and formed many friendships. Everyone is welcome no matter your skill level.”

Visit the Sugar Creek Quilters’ page on Facebook to learn more about their organization. For more information about CDPL’s hours of operation, visit

If you are an artist or a member of an artists’ group and are interested in displaying your work at the Mary Bishop Memorial Gallery in 2024, contact gallery coordinator Toni Ridgway-Woodall at 765-362-2242.