ABOUT YAKIMA VALLEY QUILTERS' GUILDnon-profit 501c(3)
The purpose of this organization is to preserve and continue the
traditions, culture and history of quilting; to promote fellowship among
interested persons in all aspects of quilting; to contribute to the
knowledge of and to promote the appreciation of fine quilts; to
sponsor and support quilting activities through charity; to encourage
quilt making and collecting; and to contribute to the growth of
knowledge of quilting techniques, textiles, patterns and quilt
makers through educational meetings and travel.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO!
Our purpose is to foster the art of
quilt making through sharing and teaching,
sponsoring workshops, demonstrations and quilt shows.
The Yakima Valley Quilters' Guild was founded in 1983 with approximately 40 members. The group has grown to a present day count of 100 plus members. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of quilting and needle arts through education and community service.
Many hundreds of quilts have been made by the guild and directly donated to local charities such as the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter, Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital Neonatal Unit, Epic Crisis Center, NorthStar Lodge and Buddy Bags through Voices for Children.
Yakima Valley Quilters' Guild's first quilt exhibition was held in June 1984. This Exhibition provides Yakima Valley Quilters' Guild members a local opportunity to share their role within the community. The Guild continues to this day to present a two-day exhibition which displays Yakima Valley quilts made by area residents. The Guild takes this opportunity to educate the community concerning the steps in making a quilt, provides an opportunity to offer classes concerning a variety of topics such as piece quilting, hand embroidery, differing methods of sewing, and many, many, more topics. The Quilt Show also provides an opportunity to share with the Yakima community the networking role in which the Guild fills in Yakima.
One of our proudest moments is the donation of a $5000.00 cash certificate given as a biannual gift to Ohana Mammography Center. The donation amount varies from year to year, since it is dependent on raffle tickets sold by Guild members. Our 2019 donation amount reaches $5000.00. Members participate in a "Quilt Raffle Event" by donating a Guild Member handmade quilt and the selling of raffle tickets throughout the year. This donation of cash assists women that have a verified need for service not covered by insurance and is unable to meet the financial cost.
Raffle tickets sold by Guild members in the Yakima area have become an anticipated event for many individuals within the community. Some years additional funds have been offered from the Guild's "Quilters Boutique" which is also held at the Yakima Valley Quilters' Guild Biannual Quilt Show. Additional information about our wonderful Biannual Quilt Show will be posted in the near future on additional web pages. Please check them out!!!