A Bit of History About Our Guild...
Cottonwood Quilters formed March 24, 1980
From a basement classroom to the reception hall of St. John's Church, the Cottonwood Quilters have made great strides.
The Bicentennial's "return to the basics" played an important role in the formation of our group (a gathering together of persons with similar interests). As more and more interest was shown in learning to quilt, regular classes were started in my basement. Paulette and I "found" each other through our same appreciation of quilts and quiltmaking and she was soon teaching, also, under our co-op name of "House on the Hill Quilters". We often lamented that there were such fantastic people in the different classes who would never meet each other, and the idea was sparked for a nonteaching group.
Thirty-four quilters attended the first "get-together" and thirty became charter members. We met in our basement classroom for two years on the 3rd Monday of each month. It was understood to "Come early, bring your own chair or plan to sit on the floor".
At that first meeting, the Cottonwood Quilters of Nebraska name was chosen and the aims of the group were accepted:
• To promote the appreciation and knowledge of fine quilts.
• To sponsor and support quilting activities.
• To encourage quilt making and collecting.
• To contribute to the growth and knowledge of techniques, textiles, patterns, history, and quiltmakers by providing educational meetings, travel and fellowship.
At the April meeting a logo was chosen, the first raffle quilt was planned, small social quilting groups were formed and By-Laws were submitted...COTTONWOOD QUILTERS was on its way!
If we never stray from the original purpose of our organization, it will always be a "warm and friendly" haven for those of us who share the love of a "warm and friendly" quilt.
A Bit of History – Addendum June 2005
The year 2005 brought a number of changes to Cottonwood Quilters. One of the original founders presented a suggestion to add a “Day Time” meeting to our Guild in the spring of 2004. A “trial” to test the feasibility of such a group was begun in January, 2005. The interest has been significant and has created a very positive addition to our already great quilt guild. At the same time, the Steering Committee felt that to support this initiative, it was time to find a facility that ould allow for growth and accommodate the Guild’s growing needs. Bethany Lutheran Church was selected as the new meeting place.
A new location was secured as of November 2013 at Indian Creek Clubhouse located in Elkhorn. Evening and Morning meetings are now held at this location.