The Oakland County Quilt Guild began in the fall of 1989 with 75 charter members. The founding President, Janet Johnson, was assisted by Joyce Crabtree, Marcia Hamilton, and Cathy McIntee in establishing early policies and procedures for the Guild.
The Oakland County Quilt Guild has a wonderful reputation in the area for its service, charity and education to the community, its willingness to share, its spirit, and the many friendships it has fostered. The members of Oakland County Quilt Guild, past and present, continue to promote the art of quilt making at local, state, and national levels.
Membership in this Guild is open to any person who has an interest in quilting. Membership shall be non-discriminatory and shall not be based on race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Membership will be closed at 200 members or location capacity. Yearly dues are $35.00 and are payable no later than the Annual Meeting for the next membership year (June meeting).
Guest fees for open meetings are $10.00 per meeting. Guests are welcome to attend all regular meetings except the December and June meetings. Because of the 200 member cap, there can be a waiting list. If you are interested in joining the Guild contact the Membership Chairperson at the next meeting you attend, or use our Contact form, and select “membership.”
Guild meetings are held at the First Congregational Church, 1315 N. Pine St., Rochester, Michigan. The meetings are held the first Thursday of months September through June and begin at 7:00PM. Guests are welcome at the monthly meetings for a $10.00 guest fee.
The December and June meetings are the exceptions; they are for members only. The Guild plans programs, workshops, and other activities for all skill levels and interests.
Quilting for Charities
Each year our guild members make quilts, from crib to full size, for donations to local charities. Recent recipients include:
- Tiny Miracles
- Gilda’s House
- Crittenton Hospital
- the Food Pantry
- Neighborhood House
Members gather on one or two Saturdays per year to work on these quilts together. This is a fun day and a great way to meet members of the guild. Individual members and sit-and-stitch groups also donate charity quilts. Charity quilts are an important way of giving to the community. Additional items, such as personal products, canned goods, and children’s clothing, are periodically given to area charitable organizations for distribution.
This program introduces quilting to elementary aged children through literature. The collection consists of 36 different storybooks related to quilting, along with 66 small quilts, made by members of the Oakland County Quilt Guild, depicting the quilts with in the books. The stories range from folk tales to modern times and cover a wide variey of topics.
The collection is available to schools, media centers, public libraries, museums, scout programs and any other interested groups on a loaner basis. This set of quilts has been utilized in the fourth grade for the math unit of geometric shapes and quilt blocks, a one-room school program for third graders, and a historical group’s presentation on the Underground Railroad.
To inquire about this program for your group, please contact the Oakland County Quilt Guild’s Community Education chairperson by selecting Storybook Quilt from the category list on our contact form.