Old Town Quilts was established December 1, 2000 in the heart of Historic Old Town Keller.
Community Women Quilting from the Heart
Old Town Quilts is a diverse group of women from the eastern end of the Island, who gather to provide a positive, encouraging and supportive atmosphere revolving around the ancient Art of Quilting.
After the business end of the quilting guild meeting is quickly dealt with, finished blocks, which will be assembled at an upcoming work bee into items to be given are admired.
There is also a swapping of fabric strips, patterns and designs make their way around the room. Next comes the Show and Tell segment, the part the quilters both seasoned and novice most enjoy. They view and discuss the many finished projects and works in progress.
They especially love the cherished works done by grannies long passed.
This is where one hears the “oohs” and “ahs” of appreciation from women who know the amount of work, love and patience that has gone into any given project. As the evening rolls on, a light lunch is served and offerings of advice and suggestions from the experiences and knowledge of the other members are asked for and freely given. Besides keeping busy making sure that family and friends feel warm and cozy, the Guild members work together to create wonderful quilts for other needs. Each year they pick a local charity to donate a beautiful quilt to because they know the need is there. The materials used are provided from the members’ own “stash” of supplies or through donations.
We are doctors, therapists, nurses, teachers, moms, full time artists and farmers. We have been meeting for twice a month for over 10 years and have seen enormous changes in our art and in our small quilt community. We have a yearly retreat on the Mendocino coast which has grown from 2-1/2 days to 4 days.
For the past three years we have focused on creating quilts for the Ultimate Guild Challenge at the AQS show in Nashville, Tennessee in late summer. Our projects from the retreat are, Show Your Attitude which won 2nd place in 2002, A Girl and Her Book which won 1st place in 2003, and Shall We Dance which won Best of Show in 2004.
Our group made quilts for the Ukiah performance of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, which were featured on the HBO documentary, Stop the Violence, and will be a special exhibit at Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara in October 2004. We have a summer retreat in the coastal mountains near Philo, where the emphasis is on food, swimming, food, wine, fun and sometimes small individual projects, like the vagina quilt project.
We share our quilts, our techniques, our fabric, our tools, and freely of ourselves. We come to the group for support and encouragement, for laughs and friendship, and for discriminating advice on everything from design and composition to recipes, and gardening tips.
140 Olive is just five blocks south of Keller Parkway (F.M. 1709) at Main (Hwy. 377).
Regular Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9am – 6 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Please visit the church of your choice or spend time with your family.
Due to the current economic crisis, we have modified the way we do business. We appreciate your patronage and are showing it by offering ALL our 45″ wide cotton fabric at $4.99 per yard. This is NOT a sale price, it is our way of thanking you. Drop in if you haven’t been in lately.