Groups

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 katerasmussen505@yahoo.com.

 

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)…….

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.

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 ­­­EMTReaper239@att.net.

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.

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 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.

Operation Squad Car at Community Quilts

Operation Squad Car is the ‘brain child’ of Connie Bradford. During one of her meditation sessions on the sidewalk in front of the guild, Connie encountered a Springfield police officer. She had an idea. If there was a small quilt in the police car, a child in stressful situations could be comforted. The policeman was very receptive to the idea. Now Community Quilts has launched Operation Squad Car.

If you would like to help with this project, it would be greatly appreciated. There are approximately 60 Springfield police cars so that is a lot of quilts! We are looking for small quilts suitable for children. You can make your favorite quilt pattern. Flannel scraps made into a rag quilt or a whole cloth kid print would work too. Or if you are out of ideas, this quilt can be made in a couple of hours. It is cut WOF and sewed in strips. Here is the pattern Favorite Donation Quilt thanks to MaryQuilts.com.

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A New Group for Using Scraps

After Bonnie Hunter’s program at OPQG, Pat Capps started thinking about scraps. (We all have some or  even mountains of them.) She organized a new group, Sew Scrappy, within the guild. The first meeting for Sew Srappy was held on December 19. The group has set up Saturdays to meet so that “worker bees” can attend. As you can see, there were many interested! You can still join the group, contact Pat Capps, quiltsandthings@yahoo.com, for more information.

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A Day at Community Quilts

The Community Quilt group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the guild. Have you ever wondered what goes on during those Community Quilt days? Have you ever wondered if you would like to join the group but not sure what you could do? Here are some of the “jobs” that you can pick from:

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You can join these ladies and bind quilts   …..OR…..

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You can bring your sewing machine and sew    ….OR….

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You can do some cutting of kits    ….OR…..

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You can do some longarm quilting     ….OR….

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You can do some organizing (it’s a never ending job)    ….OR….

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You may just want some socializing. It’s up to you to decide and you are welcome anytime!