Prairie Quilt Guild of Wichita, KS, founded in June 1982, is a very active organization of women and men interested in all things quilting. Membership often exceeds 600, making PQG one of the largest guilds in the United States. About 60 percent of the members come from Wichita and the remainder from over 50 towns throughout south-central Kansas.
Among PQG members are many nationally known quilters, designers, speakers, writers, and long-arm quilters who have been featured in magazines, books, and who have won regional and national prizes at quilt shows, including the, nationally acclaimed, Houston and Paducah shows.
Monthly meetings are held each month with the option to attend either an afternoon meeting or an evening meeting. Meetings feature a “show and share” segment, and a program featuring regional and national quilter teacher/lecturers. The meeting speakers often teach all day workshops during their stay in Wichita at greatly reduced rates for PQG members.
Additionally there are numerous opportunities to join in humanitarian efforts sewing quilts for those in need such as: Project Linus, Quilts or Valor, Wichita Children’s Home, International Relief Organization, Center of Hope, The Lord’s Diner, Family Promise of Wichita, as well as areas throughout the Midwest Region in need because of natural disasters.
PQG members receive support to expand their quilting skills through:
- workshops taught by national and local quilt instructors
- a well-stocked library of books, magazines, and media
- block-of-the-month projects
- quilt challenges
- two six-day retreats each year
- quilt room tours of local members
- help finding small groups, or “bees,” to join, or ideas for organizing new ones.
The Prairie Quilt Guild has a keen interest in quilt education. Quilt Camps are conducted for members to teach sewing and quilting to children and adults. Educational grants are available to schools and other groups and organizations wanting to learn about quilting or to continue quilting projects. Ages of participants in these grants range from elementary school to senior citizens. Funds raised through the Miniature Quilt Auction at the Guild’s premier event, the Common Threads Regional Quilt Show held in even-numbered years help pay for our monthly teacher/lecturer.