Quilters Have It Covered

Sugar Creek Guild has work on display at CDPL gallery

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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 unique textiles will be on display now through the end of April during regular CDPL hours. A limited amount of quilted works will be for sale during the exhibition through the circulation department.

There are more than 35 quilts and wall hangings of various sizes and shapes. The techniques displayed include machine-sewn, hand-sewn  and machine embroidered. Some of the items are quilted by hand, some by machine, and some on a long-arm sewing machine. Themes include patriotic, samplers, holidays, seasonal and animals.

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 Shelter, Marie Canine Cancer Center, Well Baby Clinic and military veterans. The Guild has conducted 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, members bring creations to be sold at the Holiday Bazaar to raise money for these community projects and programs.

The Sugar Creek Quilt Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the CDPL. Programs and show and tell featuring their members are major focal points of these meetings. Challenges have been offered for members to complete, 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, advanced and beginners, all are welcome.

Follow the group on Facebook under Sugar Creek Quilters.

For more information about CDPL’s hours of operation, visit online at http://www.cdpl.lib.in.us/. 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 2025, contact Toni the gallery coordinator at 765-362-2242.