You'll find Classes & Skill Builder and Community Involvement information on this page. Classes & Skill Builder information is in the first section followed by the Community Involvement further down the page. So scroll and consider joining the Guild to be a part of all the exciting things offered by the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild (MVQG).
The MVQG offers classes and program lectures featuring regional and national speakers. The classes are offered on either the days before or days after the Tuesday regular Guild meeting day.
The cost of an all day class is $35 for members. If the class is not full, it will be open to non-members for $40. Signup sheets are available at the regular Guild meetings. Class signups begin three months prior to the class. A class alternate list is kept if the class if full.
Payment for each class is due when you sign up. Checks are held until the class takes place. Please bring cash or a check with you to all the guild meetings so if you want to sign up for a class you have what you need to hold your place. (Policy updated 10-10-2017)
Please contact the Program Chair, Laura Strickland, for more information on classes and check out the MVQG Blog for updates about Programs & Classes. If you are not yet a member of the Guild but are interested in attending a class, you may send an email to email@example.com and we generally reply within 48 hours.
The MVQG also offers Skill Builder Workshops taught by Guild members. Quilters can learn new skills like free-motion quilting, paper piecing or even how to make a quilted postcard.
The cost of an all-day workshop is $15. Half-day workshops are $10. If the workshop is not full, it will be open to non-members for $20 (full day) or $15 (half day).
Signup sheets are available at the regular Guild meetings. Skill Builder Workshop signups begin three months prior to the workshop. A workshop alternate list is kept if the workshop is full.
Payment for each workshop is due when you sign up. Checks are held until the workshop takes place. Please bring cash or a check with you to all the guild meetings so if you want to sign up for a workshop you have what you need to hold your place. (Policy updated 11-17-2014)
Please contact Sally Stewart for more information on Skill Builder Workshops or check out our latest newsletter. Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be forwarded to the Chairperson(s) and are generally replied to within 48 hours.
You’ve come to the right place if would like to learn to quilt or better your existing skills. The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild is home to more than 300 quilters of varying skill levels, so you’ll fit right in whether you’re a newbie or if you’ve won a few blue ribbons.
The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild offers classes and program lectures featuring regional and national speakers. The Guild also offers Skill Builder Workshops taught by members where quilters can learn new skills like free-motion quilting, paper piecing or even how to make an apron.
Beginners are also welcome to attend Charity Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Deere-Wiman Carriage House 817 11th Ave., Moline, IL. Email inquiries to email@example.com as we are happy to teach any new quilters who volunteer to make quilts for our charitable projects.
The MVQG is operated entirely by volunteers. The Guild sponsors and participates in many projects that benefit the Quad City community. Members generously donate their time, talent and materials for the following groups. Scroll down to read details of each group.
The MVQG current membership consists of 200+ women and men. In fiscal year 2019/2020, our members volunteered approximately 7400 hours of their time to the Guild and its programs. Fiscal year 2020/2021 totals was 3722 hours, which were lower due to pandemic restrictions, resulting in fewer meetings (where charity work occurs, e.g. cutting, piecing, delivering, etc.) and the 2020 Great River Quilt Show being cancelled. As an example, it took more than 4000 hours to organize and present the 2018 Great River Quilt Show. Wow!
Scroll down to read details about our involvement in the community and click the file below for a printable one page reference guide for Community Involvement (Projects).
The Charity Quilts group meets monthly to cut, sew, bind and tie lap quilts, baby quilts, and bed quilts for local organizations. Many of Guild members work for this group at home, preparing tops, sewing on binding, and tying or quilting the quilt. During 2021 over 200 quilts were donated! Below are some examples of organizations who have received quilts over the years.
Beacon of Hope
De La Cerda House
Havens of Hope
Humility Homes & Services
St. Anthony’s Care Center
In Touch Adult Day Care
Various Fire Victims
Baby Quilt: 39” x 40” Adult Day Care: 40” x 54”
Twin (the most common size given away): 63” x 87”
Double: 80” x 95” Lap quilt: 50″ x 60″
If you'd like to assist with making projects for Charity, email the Guild at firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded to Charity Groups Chairperson(s), Vicki H. and/or Sue K..
The Doll Quilt group meets monthly to cut and sew doll quilts. The doll quilts are donated to Head Start classes in December in the Quad Cities (both Illinois and Iowa). Guild members also work for this group at home or in sit and sew groups.
In 2021, the group made and donated more than 800 doll quilts! This includes Iowa and Illinois Head Start programs, the Blackhawk Special Ed Center, Moline and some other title programs in Iowa.
Doll Quilt: 24” x 24” approximately (square or rectangle)
The Doll Quilt group gladly accepts donations of batting (large scrap ok) and good quality bright kid friendly fabric.
Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at the Deere Wiman Carriage House. Contact: Margaret P. If you have doll quilts to donate or want to help make them, email the Guild at email@example.com and the Webmaster will forward it to the Chairperson(s).
This group provides 1 or 2 quilts for each Habitat for Humanity house. If you have a quilt for piecing, binding, or quilting, please email the Guild at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Webmaster will forward it to the Chairperson(s), Jo Ann P.
Volunteers are needed to quilt and bind quilt(s). If you are interested in piecing quilts, fabric will be provided. We appreciate your time is valuable and any help is much appreciated. There is no time frame to complete most of this work as I have a couple of quilts completed. Please let me know if you can help in any way. Thank you in advance.
The Quilts of Valor project is sponsored by The Quilts of Valor Foundation. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
This quilting group meets monthly to create quilts for veterans in the Quad City Area. Many of our members participate in this project at the QofV monthly meeting, as well as sewing or quilting at home. Members with long-arm machines donate the quilting. Non-members of the MVQG are invited to attend and participate in this project.
In 2021, the Quilts of Valor group awarded 262 quilts with more than 2,000 volunteer hours donated! In total so far our QoV has awarded 1895 quilts.
Here are more fun facts:
Pillowcases: Standard size
Quilts of Valor (please see http://www.qovf.org for further instructions)
60” x 72” (minimum 55” x 65”, and maximum 72” x 90”)
Quilts of Valor meets on the first Wednesday following the regular Guild Meeting at the First Baptist Church of Moline, 1901 29th St, Moline, IL 61265. Contact Terry Austin for more information.
It has become a tradition at the MVQG's Great River Quilt Show to have a live auction of quilts. Quilts to be auctioned range in size from bed size to wall sized. There are also table runners and table toppers, as well as quilted purses, Christmas tree skirts, and other small items. All items have been made specifically for the auction and donated by MVQG members.
Proceeds from past auctions went to:
Winnie’s Place – A Women’s Shelter in Moline, IL- $1500
Quad City Quilts of Valor- $1128
MVQG Quillows– Sewn for patients at The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City- $400
Each year the MVQG chooses a local group to receive donations from our members. In the past we have supported food banks with donations of canned goods and packaged foods, collected winter coats for a clothing drive, and collected toiletries for a women’s shelter.