Lick Skillet Quilt Guild
How we began......
In the summer of 2008, a group of women, led by Carolyn Davis and Shannon Howard, met to discuss their interest in forming a quilt guild in Oxford, Alabama. They decided there were enough quilters interested to set up a meeting which was held in November 2008. The attendance at that meeting and the number of quilters in the area gave a good indication that a guild could be formed and potentially be successful. The group thought that it would be in their best interest to promote the idea in the area and have another meeting in December. The women worked to advertise the meeting by placing flyers in some of the local businesses and the city library inviting local quilters to attend. The decision was made to form the Lick Skillet Quilt Guild and the first official meeting was held at the Friendship Community Center in Oxford in January of 2009 with 26 potential members attending. The guild was formed and by-laws and a constitution were written and adopted and the members who joined became charter members. The guild was formed as a non-profit organization.
Our objectives, as set forth in the bylaws, is to promote an appreciation of the art of quilting, share knowledge about quilts and quilting, and, to perform community service projects in the local communities. Our additional goals of sharing in quilting skills, past history of quilting, and learning new techniques, are reached through workshop opportunities as well as outside speakers.
Where we've been......
The Lick Skillet Quilt Guild has been totally committed for over a decade to supporting community service throughout Calhoun County and surrounding areas. The members have dedicated their time, talent and everything necessary to reach and often succeed in our project goals each year. These community service projects have included fidget quilts for both alzheimer patients and autistic students in the area, numerous food drives to help support direct relief assistance to All Saints Interfaith Center of Concern in Anniston, Meals-On-Wheels placemats, lap quilts for residents of multiple nursing homes, chemo caps and wraps for cancer patients, purchased a refrigerator for the Oxford Senior Center, Christmas Stocking Program, small quilts for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care and many other projects. The guild also participated in a Quilts of Valor quilt project to place quilts on all beds prior to the opening of a new Veteran’s Administration home in Pell City, Alabama.
Additionally, the guild has made 10 opportunity quilts and sold chances with the proceeds used to purchase material for community service projects for each upcoming year and monetary donations to local charities.
Where we are headed......
Today membership continues to grow as well as an increased focus on quilting. The ideas and dedication of the members, along with their excitement in helping others, is evident as the mission of the guild is always a priority. The appreciation of the art of quilting, along with the interest in sharing the talent with people outside the guild, is exhibited in the member's dedication of the quilt shows hosted by the guild every other even year. As we continue to grow, we would love to have you join us and become a part of our guild family!