The History of Stockton / Tuleburg Quilt Guild
A woman by the name of Billie Perry was the founder
of The Tuleburg Quilt Guild. On May 14, 1987 Billie
with twenty-seven local women met for the first time
and decided to form the Tuleburg Quilt Guild to share
their love of quilting. A day group was formed and a
charter was prepared.
The mission of the Quilt Guild as stated in the by-laws are:
1. Contribute to the growth of knowledge of quilting, needle
arts, textiles, patterns, and history
2. Provide educational meetings, time for quilting, fun and fellowship
3. Sponsor and support quilting activities.
The first officers were:
President: Billie Perry Vice President: Sandie Huffstutler
Secretary: Gloria Rice Treasurer: Patty Rodinsky
Historian: Doris Geary
Fran Nielsen and Jackie Winterhalder are two of the original twenty-eight members. Fran and Jackie have had uninterrupted membership and over the years held various offices.
The Guild’s first quilt show was a sidewalk sale in the Lincoln Shopping Center. It raised $541.88 of which $358.00 was from ticket sales on the Opportunity Quilt. The members wore the designed fabric name badges and some even had their decorated and distinctive muslin aprons finished to wear at the show.
Over the years meeting places have changed, and there have been organizational adjustments and increased membership. At this writing there are 125 members. While camaraderie and growth in the skills and knowledge remain a high priority, community involvement and philanthropy are of equal concern.
On-going philanthropic projects involving large and small quilts are continually donated to the needy through the Red Cross of Stockton, Family and Youth Services, Adopt a Pet Center, Family Ties, Victim Witness of San Joaquin County, Kids ‘n’ Cancer (Camp Agape) and Hospice House. Our Guild has donated 1,056 quilts to Hospice House to date.
On an annual basis there is a fun pot luck picnic/baby shower for Family Ties, and Guild retreat where members get a chance to learn new skills and share ideas. In December we have our Christmas Lunch and every two years we have our Quilt Show.
We have participated in the San Joaquin County Fair with beautiful entries, members demonstrating for interested on – lookers, plus a gift certificate award for the outstanding youth quilt or related art project.
Our Quilt Guide is a member of the Northern California Quilt Council (NCQC) and a representative from our guild regularly attends meetings and reports back to or members of upcoming programs and latest concerns and interests. Many of our memebers have formed mini – groups for various special interests such as applique, round robin, mystery quilts and philanthropy. Our programs also include special workshops and invite noted quilters as speakers and workshop instructors.
In addition we have a monthly newsletter that is distributed to guild members keeping everyone up to date on upcoming events, meeting minutes, message from our President, Treasure's report and other items of interest.
Our Quilt Guild continues to be day time guild with monthly general meetings on the second Wednesday of the month and workshops on the fourth Wednesday. One of the members’ favorite part of the general meeting is Show and Tell where we can share our projects or just see all of the amazing projects of others.
We encourage members to spread the word and share their skills of this amazing art form with others. We look forward to continued growth and friendship of this amazing group of Quilters.
In 2016 the Guild elected to change its online name to make it easier for people to locate the Guild, to know that we are located in Stockton, CA and to especially help people using Internet search engines to locate us. Our website is "www.StocktonQuilters.org."
P.O. Box 691527, Stockton, CA 95207 • 209-931-2322 • StocktonQuilters@gmail.com
We meet at the Stockton Elks Lodge, 8900 Thornton Rd., Stockton, CA [FREE parking]
Stockton/Tuleburg Quilt Guild