Begun in 1999 by local quilters, the purpose of the guild is to foster the art of quilting, to encourage a high standard of design and technique in all of its various forms, and to stimulate an interest in these goals within the community. The Guild affiliated with the NC Cooperative Extension in 2002 as partners in order to reach more people in Lee, Harnett, Chatham and Moore counties in North Carolina. Members of the Guild are also members of Lee County Extension and Community Association.
As a non-profit organization community service is a large part of our undertakings. We provide worthy organizations with quilts and pillowcases. Wounded soldiers are the recipients of Quilts of Valor. This past year we made a raffle quilt that raised over $1500 for a local medical clinic for the uninsured. Our members assist in 4-H Summer Quilt, Knitting and Craft Camps. After Hurricane Sandy one of our members, Irene Smith, organized donations from our members to send to quilt guilds affected by the storm. Ten sewing machines, fifteen tool kits, fabric, and cutting boards were sent.
On the first Saturday of the month we meet for a Sew Day with a break for a guild meeting at noon and then have another Sew Day on the third Saturday. A program is presented each month so members can learn a new technique or project. We present a quilt show every odd numbered year in October.
Our show this year is titled “A Harvest of Quilts” and will be presented on October 18 - 19, 2013 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford, NC. To find out more about us and the show visit our website at www.heartsandhandsnc.org.
Featured at this years’ show will be our new “Quiltmobile”. This is a unique car cover made of orphan quilt blocks donated by our members. They were sewn together in units and one of our members, Ruth WilliamsHunt, quilted them on her longarm machine. Another of our members, Barbara Massengill, had the hardest job of all! She made a pattern of the whole car, cut out the pieces, fitted them together and cut holes for the lights, grill, etc. A sign was made for the door by Gladys Noel and attached with Velcro. The sign can be changed for future shows and to use in parades or other displays. The car has a unique driver and passenger , Lucy and Ethel. They are on their way to visit the “Harvest of Quilts” show. Hope to see some NQA members from other guilds there too.