The Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild (HOQG) offers a variety of activities for our guild members. Feel free to contact the committee chairperson about any of the activities for more information.

Monthly Board Meetings

The monthly board meetings are where the guild’s leadership meets to discuss and complete guild business. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church located at 1000 Granville Road, Newark, OH 43055. All guild members are welcome to attend board meetings. president@heartofohioquilters.com

Monthly Membership Meeting

Membership meetings usually consist of announcements, guild business discussions, welcoming of new members, show and tell, and a quilting-related program led by a speaker. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (except for November, the guild meets the second Tuesday) at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Heath, which is located at 57 Dorsey Mill Road – Heath, OH 43056. membership@heartofohioquilters.com

Banquet

Each year on or about National Quilting Day, the third Saturday of March, HOQG celebrates National Quilting Day by having a banquet that includes a meal and a speaker presentation. banquet@heartofohioquilters.com

Programs

After the guild’s business meeting, there is a program each month. Programs are invited speakers who share their experiences and knowledge of quilting and quilting related topics. programs@heartofohioquilters.com

Retreats

Currently, HOQG invites members to participate in any of three retreats. The winter retreat is held in February each year. The spring “No Frills” retreat is held in May and the “Quilt Till You Wilt,” summer retreat is held in July. The retreats offer members several days for fellowship, sharing, and quilting with friends. For more information: Winter RetreatSpring Retreat, Summer Retreat.

Road Trips

It’s always fun to see what else is going on in the world of quilting! Road trips are organized travel opportunities for guild members to visit fabric shops, quilt shows, shop hops or attend lectures, trunk shows, and the like. vp@heartofohioquilters.com

Workshops

Quilt instructors are scheduled several times throughout the year to present half or whole day specialized workshops. The workshop instruction concentrates on a certain pattern, design or technique. These teachers are generally those that have presented at the guild meetings. programs@heartofohioquilters.com

Challenge

For one of its yearly activities, HOQG has a membership quilting challenge. The chairperson decides the challenge: Quilt block(s), technique, color, fabric, theme, etc. The committee chair sets the rules early in the year to allow members several months to complete their individual projects. The finished challenge quilts are then displayed at a monthly program (or at the biennial HOQG sponsored quilt show) and members can vote for their favorites. It is interesting to see the different interpretations of the rules. All members are encouraged to participate and winners are presented a prize for their hard work.  challenge@heartofohioquilters.com

Service Projects

HOQG members decided to reach out to people who were experiencing a life-altering situation with a lap or throw quilt. While healing takes place, quilts often provide comfort and warmth. We could not do this without the support of our caring guild members. Our service project groups are:

Community Cares Quilts communitycares@heartofohioquilters.com,
Hugs from the Heart hugs@heartofohioquilters.com,
Quilts for Kids quiltsforkids@heartofohioquilters.com,
Quilts of Valor (QOV) quiltsofvalor@heartofohioquilters.com.

We have also donated quilts to other organizations that our members have shown interest in such as: Fostering Further, My Very Own Blanket, Licking Memorial Hospital, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital among others.

Friendship Groups

Small groups of quilters who like to meet outside of guild meetings for quilt-related activities are known as friendships groups. Friendship groups are a great way to make new friends, share ideas, and learn new techniques. Friendship groups are often formed around a common interest or geographical location. They can either be “open” and anyone can join, or “closed” with members added as meeting space allows. Guild members please see Members section for more information about specific friendship groups. friendship@heartofohioquilters.com

Goodwill Angel

Members inform the Goodwill Angel about any illness, life-changing events, deaths, etc. of any other members. The Goodwill Angel sends cards to those members or family members to express concern, condolences, or another message. goodwill@heartofohioquilters.com

Newsletter

The Thread Connection is published monthly. Newsletters are emailed electronically to all members. Deadlines for submissions are the first Friday of the month and can be submitted to newsletter@heartofohioquilters.com.

Quilt Fabric and Notion Sale

This public event, held once a year, is a great opportunity to buy quality fabric, notions and quilting supplies. Sale items are donated by HOQG members, and proceeds are used to fund guild activities throughout the year.
sale@heartofohioquilters.com

Quilt Show

In 2019 HOQG will be holding its biennial Quilt Show, “Make New Quilts but Keep the Old”. Guild members share their works of art for this public show. The guild membership votes for and highlights the work of a Featured Artist. Our Featured Artist for this year is Carol Arbaugh. artist@heartofohioquilters.com

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