On September 23, 1985, Barbara Logullo and Kathy Ward contacted many Palm Beach County quilt-makers about forming a county-wide quilt guild. They hosted a meeting with twenty-four representatives of ten quilting bees on Monday, October 28, 1985, at the Palm Beach Gardens Community Center. The first order of business was to adopt by-laws and then each group shared their work with the others, the Guild’s first “show and tell.” A representatives’ meeting held on November 8, 1985, to form a nominating committee who would propose the first slate of officers. The Palm Beach County Quilters’ Guild was about to become a reality.
By January, 1986, now with 38 in attendance and a $200 treasury, the nominating committee offered a slate of officers for elections in April, 1986. In October 1987, the Guild held its first quilt “Quilt Harvest” show at Howard Park, followed by the second in 1988 and the third in 1989.
By 1988, the group began to hold monthly meetings at the Flagler Museum. In the spring of 1996, the Guild moved to the West palm Beach Garden Club. In 1997, the first “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” show was held at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
After more than a quarter of a century, our not-for-profit Palm Beach County Quilters’ Guild, Inc. continues to promote knowledge of and interest in quilt making through charitable projects and educational workshops for our members. The Palm Beach County Quilters’ Guild, Inc. meets monthly and offers our members programs, quilt-related trips, educational workshops on traditional and new techniques, fellowship, and an excellent library of quilting books and videos. We continue to offer exciting quilt shows, donate over 200 quilts a year to local charities (including Habitat for Humanity, Project Linus, the Veterans’ Hospital, and others) and we continue our long-standing educational demonstrations at the South Florida Fair. We would love for you to join with us in these activities.