Our Squad Car Quilt Project Got Famous!

Community Quilts co-chairman, Connie Bradford, contacted the Springfield Police Department to see if a squad car could stop by the OPQG building for some pictures. The SPD publicity person thought it was news worthy and contacted the local TV stations. They arrived to interview and make news clips….our Squad Car Quilts Project got famous! Because of the TV publicity, Community Quilts received donations of fabric and finished quilts to further their efforts.


Modern Quilters Gave the August Program

Who knew there is traditional modern, improvisational modern, and minimalistic modern? Jillian Grant, chairman of the OPQG Modern Group, and her helpers from the group, gave explanations during the August meeting.  Their program and trunk show of creations was outstanding. Here is a sample of their modern quilts………

. Here are some of those quilts……

Quilts of Valor Were Again Given at OPQG

Due to the overwhelming demand, the Patriotic Piecemakers of OPQG added a third presentation to 2016. Seventeen veterans were awarded a Quilt of Valor. We had a wonderful audience of family and friends. (And look below for special presentations.)

A Quilt of Valor was awarded to the parents of a veteran who lost his battle with PTSD.

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The final presentation was TO the Patriotic Piecmakers. The Women’s American Legion collected fabric and batting for future QOV quilts and donated it all along with a plaque for the event.

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WOW…who knew Go-Cutters are so popular?


gocutterMembers had a great time learning about the go-cutter and its potential at the quarterly meeting in July.  It was wonderful to be able to greet a number of new members making the group more than 26 people strong.  When this entertaining group of women come together, the creativity flows. The next meeting will be in October. Contact Marilynn Bilyeu,, for more information.



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GO! Cutters

Igocutterf you have a GO! Cutter, this group is for you. Swap dies, cut to your heart’s content, share ideas, and ‘show and tell’ at meetings held quarterly at OPQG. The 2016 meeting dates are at 9:30 am on Wednesday, July 13, and Wednesday, October 12.

Requirements to join……

  • You must own your own Accuquilt GO! Cutter. Any model is OK.
  • You must be willing to share your cutting dies with others within the group.
  • Recommended – you have your own cutting mats in various sizes to take advantage of sharing dies.
  • If you damage a cutting die owned by someone else, you will be expected to replace it or make restitution to the owner.

All GO! Cutters remain with the owners unless prior arrangements have been made with another group member exclusively. The group does not make precuts for sale. Sales are made at individual’s sole discretion and are the responsibility of that person.

Contact Marilynn Bilyeu,, for more information

Patriotic Piecemakers

We are the Patriotic Piecemakers of the OPQG. We strive to remember our military combat veterans with a Quilt of Valor. Officially, we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10 am until 4 pm, but you don’t need to attend meetings to be part of our group.  You can sew blocks and/or quilts for a deserving veteran and drop them off at the guild. Contact Connie Bradford for more information at 827-0866 or ­­­

Patriotic Piecemakers presents quilts twice a year, in June and November. While all patriotic quilts made by OPQG members are donated, the Quilts of Valor donation quilts must meet certain quidelines for presentation to combat veterans. These guidelines come from both the QOV national organization and OPQG Patriotic Piecemakers committee:

  • The quilt top should be 62 x 72 inches or slightly larger. A uniform size is desirable for the quilt presentation ceremonies.
  • Only cotton fabric, thread, and batting may be used for quilts. Exposure to chemical agents while in service causes some veterans extreme sensitivity to polyester and other synthetics.
  • Piecing a quilt that resembles or replicates the American flag is NOT permitted. Fabrics having American flags printed on them are permitted.
  • Wash and dry the completed quilt with unscented laundry products to eliminate odors and allergens.
  • Labels for Quilts of Valor will be provided for quilts. Please do not apply a label.
  • Do not include political or religious themed fabrics or motifs.


 Let us keep up the hard work to provide our veterans with a quilt to say “Thank You” for all they give and do so unselfishly.

Community Quilts

Community Quilts work days are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9 am until 3 pm at the OPQG facility, 2738 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO.

We invite everyone to join in for all or part of the day.

The Community Quilts Group is comprised of friendly, energetic and generous members who graciously give their time and talents to provide quilts for those in need in our community.


You can help….

If you are unable to join us there are lots of ways to help provide comfort to people in need….

  • Make a Block of the Month – these blocks are used to make quilts.  Anyone can make the blocks that are used in the quilts via the Block of the Month activity. (See the BOM under Community Quilts.)
  • Take home a kit and stitch up a quilt top……
  • Take home a quilt to bind……
  • Take a quilt top to quilt (batting and backing included)…….

Turning Points

This applique group was formed for anyone interested in learning applique. We invite those beginning or experienced in applique to join us. Members are at all different skill levels, from beginners to advanced. The meetings are focused on teaching various techniques and applying them by practice.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (unless notified otherwise) at 9:30 AM at 2738 S. Campbell in the Village Shopping Center.

If you need more information or have questions, please contact Kate Hunsicker at


Quilt Odyssey

This is a group for OPQG members interested in taking a journey into Art Quilts.

On the 3rd Saturday of each month members explore unusual fibers, new art products, and create original art quilts. This group is encouraged to test the waters and spread their wings with new projects.

Join us at the guild on South Campbell on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Information on meeting topics, supplies and speakers are sent via e-mail.