HISTORY OF MILLENNIUM QUILTERS and OUR QUILT SHOW
Our guild was established in 2000, hence the name Millennium Quilters. We started with about 15 members and quickly grew to our current 40+ members. Our members include people of all ages and abilities. We have members who like to appliqué and those who think piecing is the only way to go.
Each year we choose charity projects to work on. Some of our projects have been quilts for Ronald McDonald House, CASA, Maplewood Senior Living Community, Let the Journey Begin, and homebound senior citizens. We have also made cancer caps and cancer pillows for the local hospital and neck pillows for soldiers traveling overseas. On National Quilt Day in March each year, we make a quilt for the first baby born that day. We have made raffle quilts for Fort New Salem and for the Ford Funeral Home and Johnson Elementary School Relay for Life Teams.
Another yearly project is a raffle quilt for the annual quilt show. Many members get involved in the planning, piecing, and quilting of the project. We are very proud of the quilts we have created. Part of the money from the raffles goes toward our charity projects.
Our monthly programs are as varied as our members. Programs are presented by professional quilters in our area, local shop owners, visiting professionals, and as well as some of our many talented members.
We meet at 6:30 pm on the fourth Monday of every month at Maplewood Senior Living Community in Bridgeport, WV. We have a lovely meeting room there and are often joined by some of the residents who have shared their quilted treasures with us.
New members are always welcome. In addition to programs with nationally known teachers, reduced rates for workshops, small group activities and monthly newsletters, being a member of Millennium Quilters affords members the opportunity to develop friendships with other quilters.
The “Millennium Quilters’ Quilt Show” began in 2005 and was held annually in conjunction with the Bridgeport Benedum Festival in July to promote the art of quilting, to showcase the talents of area quilters, and to expand public awareness. 2011 year was an exception. We were unable to secure a site for the show and had to cancel it.
After the first show at the Benedum Civic Center the show was moved to Bridgeport High School which was in the midst of other Benedum Festival activities. Last year the guild decided to hold the show independently and moved to the Bridgeport Conference Center at Charles Pointe. It was such a success that the guild is again sponsoring the show at the Bridgeport Conference Center this year, August 2 and 3. For more information, please visit our website, millenniumquilters.net.
The show has had more than 75 quilt entries each year and has grown to over 125 quilts the last few years. It is judged by a National Quilting Association certified judge with ribbons being awarded. Two years ago our show featured quilts recognized at the state quilt show. Attendance doubled the second year and grew to over 500 last year.
A display of antique quilts was featured in 2006 along with the Hoffman Challenge Display. The Hoffman Challenge was a highlight of the show the first few years. Last year members were challenged to make a quilted house to be part of a village which was displayed at the show. We hope to add to the Millennium Village this year.
Each year area vendors display quilting fabric and notions for the shopping pleasure of our guests. The guild also hosted the state guild meeting during the show in 2007 which brought in teachers from the nationally known Jinny Beyer Studio. The next year Karen Montgomery, quilt shop owner and fabric designer, taught the classes.
Not only was the Millennium Village added last year, but a One Stop Shop Hop and a Little Quilts Silent Auction became a part of the show. The quilt for the One Stop Shop Hop is designed, pieced, and quilted by guild members. Vendors distribute the block patterns and the finishing design is sold by the guild. Every member is encouraged to construct a little quilt for the show. This year we are having a Christmas in July theme for both of these show elements.
We cordially invite you to visit and participate in our quilt show this year. Again, for more information visit millenniumquilters.net.