Each month, a group of quilters get together to work on service projects, participate in workshops, swap quarters, hold demonstrations and attend conferences.
The purpose of the Foothills Quilters Guild is to preserve and promote the art of quilting and to provide opportunities for learning and sharing ideas.
They also do good in the community.
Last month the guild received a grant from Dover to support the making of quilts for local charities.
The $2,500 grant from the Dover Foundation was presented to members in August and will help fund projects that will benefit children in foster care, hospice and oncology patients and children at the Children’s Hospital of Levine.
The Foothills Quilters Guild was started in 1986 by a group of about 20 women who wanted to come together to share their love of quilting. The guild has grown over the years and today many members live in neighboring North and South Carolina counties.
Currently, the Foothills Quilters Guild has 40 members.
“What we do is we make quilts, and we deliver them to Hospice and oncology there in Cleveland County, like quilts for oncology, and then larger quilts for Hospice because they go on the bed,” said guild member Linda McNeary.
She said last year they delivered about 400 pillowcases to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
“We also have guest speakers who teach new skills to the guild,” McNeary said. “We have workshops and speakers come to show off their quilts at the guild.”
A member for 13 years, she says they are looking for new members. COVID has had an effect on the guild with some members passing away and others ceasing to participate.
“We have to grow again,” McNeary said. “We only have 40 members left, and we really need more than that. »
She said members hail from Rutherfordton, Cherryville, Shelby, Kings Mountain and Gaffney, SC.
“I love being able to create something that you can’t buy,” she said. “Something that is part of me. I’ve been sewing since I was about 10 so I’ve done all kinds of things. I did all kinds of sewing, and that was just a different avenue.
McNeary enjoys making quilts for others in need.
“I love how we create things to make life easier for some people who don’t have the comforts that we have,” she said.
Ginny Huntley, a retired teacher, said she joined the Foothills Quilters Guild in 2000 and enjoyed making quilts for Hospice and other patients.
She said a lot of time and money goes into the quilts, and each one is made of premium fabric.
“It’s kind of addicting,” Huntley said. “If you like fabric, like a challenge and know a little about sewing machines, it’s great fun.”
Huntley said she started sewing her clothes when she was young because she was taller than most girls.
“And I grew up with grandparents and both of my grandmothers quilted,” she said. “I liked the fabric and the geometry. You take geometry and fabric and create quilts.
Huntley loves the challenge of creating new quilts, especially with digitally printed fabric.
“If you ever go to these national quilt shows, you’ll see quilts made like a portrait of animals, people and landscapes, you’d think it’s a painting.”
Anyone interested in joining the Foothills Quilters Guild can attend one of the meetings held at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension at 300 N. Lafayette St. in Shelby on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
“Everyone is welcome,” McNeary said. “Once you come join at that time. Or come several times and join us. There is a nominal fee to join.
The guild is holding a quilt show in October, which will be held at the Cleveland County Arts Council and will feature quilts created by members.
For more information, visit foothillsquiltersguild.com.