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2017 Best of Show
Ferry County Fair
Sue Fletcher
Republic, WA

2017 Raffle/Donation Quilt

won by Mary Davis, Republic, WA

 

Welcome to the
Piece N' Pals Quilt Guild Web Site

Lutherhaven Retreat

Piece n' pals by-laws

Quilt show pictures

Ferry county fair 'best of show' quilts

 

About Us...

Piece N' Pals' monthly meetings

2nd Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Ferry County Fairgrounds Carousel Building

carousel building

History of the Piece n’ Pals Quilt Guild

The guild held its very first meeting in 1997 at the home of Nancy Morris for the purpose of forming a loose knit group of quilters interested in promoting the art form and pursuing self education through sharing of talents. There were eight women present and another eight expressed interest.  Nancy Morris and Jamie co-chaired the group that first year.  They met in member's homes and arranged teaching demos from within the group.

Early on, the guild, produced several quilts for community fundraising for non-profits. Recipients were the Merry-go-round restoration, 2 quilts, the library fund, the Republic Chamber of Commerce and the Curlew Fire Department. 

In 1998 the group held their first quilt show during Prospectors Days.  It boasted 25 quilts and was held outdoors in a Main street location and was the first of many to come. The group participated in a 4-H skills fair with a lecture on quilts and a participation demo. They began the first of many Saturday quilting bees.  We quickly outgrew meeting in homes and arranged to use the Golden Age Club for the monthly meetings. About this time we adopted the “Piece n’ Pals Quilt Guild” name.

By the year 2000 we had grown to twenty or twenty-five in membership and we began helping out the yearly county Fair each fall, helping to put the display booth together and manage the booth   We began working with a group of 4-H youngsters, teaching quilting and how to use sewing machines.  We demonstrated a Dresden Plate block in meeting and put together our first raffle quilt to benefit the club treasury. We started sponsoring Fair ribbons and offered the Creativity Award, a cash prize to be given each year.

By 2001 we had 31 paid members and occasionally had visits from the Grand Forks Club; our Golden Age Facility had become very crowded.  In 2002 the new Merry Go-Round Building opened in May and became our new meeting place.  It was also designated to be the quilting display for the Fair.  Under the leadership of Art Morris, some husbands helped to build quilt racks which are still in use today. Quilts became one of the largest exhibits at the Fair and in 2003 the exhibit won the State Superintendent's award.

About this time Kathy Harcourt completed the paperwork to make us a 501c3 educational nonprofit group. Leslie Tietsort and Debbie Beseman, who had served as President and Treasurer and guided us for many years lay down their duties and we began to hold regular elections.  By-laws were drawn up and adopted to govern the club in its use of funds, its officers and its mission.  We began to reach out with trips to quilt shops, quilt shows, retreats and even the Houston International Quilt Show.  Many members took advantage of classes wherever they could and brought home lots of show and tell and demonstrations to share.  We grew to over 40 members.

Since the beginning the club has had a newsletter.  The success of a club can often be found in its newsletter.  It is a hard job and was shared by many publishers over the years. In October of 2004 Rachel Siracuse took on the job and it began to take on a very professional look.  It contains minutes of meetings, biographies of members, quilt tips, shop and quilt show advertising, and a monthly bi-line.. It also features classes and retreats available to members throughout the area.  As Rachel’s experience and equipment has increased, our newsletter has become world class and the envy of other guilds in the area.  To save money it is now sent to members by email if they have that capacity. In the summer of 2008, Rachel set up this web site in order to better serve guild members and allow the public access to the many things that our guild participates in. 

With the success of our yearly quilt raffle and our lovely meeting space we have been able to bring in some world class quilting teachers to Republic. By subsidizing the teaching we have been able to have Maureen Noble, Judy Niemeyer and Sally Schneider to do 3 day seminars.  These teachers along with Emily Belak, an internationally renowned art quilter, have done public trunk shows.  The club emphasizes education and public awareness of the art of quilting.  We continue to grow as does our 4-H quilter's group. We presently have two full classes of kids. Our membership has ladies from Grand Forks, Coulee Dam, Deer Park, Tonasket and Chesaw as well as the Republic and Curlew area. Today we are a full fledged guild supporting quilting education in the area. 

written by Nancy Morris

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