Who We Are
We are happy to have you visit and hope that you will stay a while and get to know more about us.
ECQG is made up of more than 250 quilters who share their love of quilts – traditional and contemporary, pieced and applique, large and small. Our roots are in East Cobb County, but our members live around the Atlanta metro area and beyond.
We provide speakers and workshops to inspire our creativity and improve our technical skills, and we present Georgia Celebrates Quilts®, the largest judged and juried quilt show in the state. Our next show is June 2019. Bee groups, monthly meetings and community service projects all provide the opportunity to develop friendships, to enjoy fellowship, and to contribute to our community.
Our History and Purpose
East Cobb Quilters’ Guild was formed in 1982 by a group of thirty quilters in Marietta, Georgia whose vision was to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting. Since that time, the Guild has grown to nearly 300 members, fostered the development of many nationally- and internationally-known quilt artists and businesses, produced the state’s largest judged and juried quilt show, Georgia Celebrates Quilts®, and enriched the lives of the thousands of quilters who have enjoyed the inspiration, knowledge and friendship that Guild membership provides. From the start, the Guild has relied on the volunteer time of dedicated members. Many important tasks are needed to keep things running smoothly – membership records, newsletters, programs and speakers, and more. Leading the way have been our Presidents. We would not be who we are today without their dedication, vision, and hard work! Click here to see a list of these leaders.
The Guild’s purpose is to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting and to foster community good will. To advance quilting, the Guild will sponsor lectures, workshops and exhibits that benefit and educate members and the community about quilting. The Guild will encourage a high standard of design and technique in all forms of quilting, providing opportunities for members to enhance their own quilting skills. To promote community good will, as a nonprofit corporation, the Guild will carry out community service projects and contribute to nonprofit organizations that serve our community. The Guild seeks to encourage friendships and fellowship within the Guild and to build meaningful relationships with those serving the community outside the Guild.
Become a Member
New members may join at any time during the year. Just stop by the membership table at the Guild meeting, mail in the Membership Form, or register online by clicking the button below. Annual dues are $30 per year, and are reduced to $15 starting June 1. The membership year runs from January through December. For inclusion in the printed membership directory and to ensure continuous membership, please submit dues and the completed form by the January Guild meeting.
Please click the blue button below to use the Online Form, and pay via PayPal or credit card. You do not need a PayPal account to use the online form. Please complete the entire form, even if you are a returning member.
If you wish to submit your membership manually, click the red button to open the pdf form. Print out the form, fill it out, and mail or turn it in at one of our meetings.
Membership has its privileges! Guild members enjoy:
- Eleven monthly meetings each year at no charge (visitors pay a small fee)
- Monthly newsletter
- Email updates
- Access to the Guild Libraries
- Member directory
- Discounts for workshops presented by nationally-known quilters
- Access to Bee Groups
- Waiver for fees for entering quilts in Georgia Celebrates Quilts, the biennial Guild show
- Fun, friendship and lots of inspiration!
Membership also has its expectations. We are run by volunteers, and we invite you to jump in and volunteer with us. Lots of opportunities are available.
For more information, please contact our Membership Chairperson, Carolyn.
The Day and Evening meetings each have an extensive library of quilting publications. Each month we will display books related to upcoming programs and any newly acquired books. These may be borrowed for $.25 per month. You can request a particular book by contacting one of us. Also, contact us with any recommendations for purchasing new books.
Here are the latest inventory lists of books, as of October 2017.
For more information or to make suggestions for Library purchases, contact Devon and Sally.
The Evening Meeting group also maintains a Library of quilting books which follow the same rules as noted above for the main meetings.
The Golden Scissors and Golden Thimble charms are honors awarded to recognize members who complete a large quilt. Assembly and quilting must be done entirely by the member. Many members stitch their Golden Scissors and Thimble charms to their name badge and wear them proudly!
Once you’ve signed up with the Golden Scissors Committee Chairperson, you’ll be all set to show your quilt to the meeting. Volunteers will hold your quilt while you take a few minutes to talk about it. The photographer will snap your photo with the quilt for the website and newsletter.
- The quilt must be completed within one year of the date the Scissors and/or Thimble are awarded.
- The quilt must be made by the member, except Block-of-the-Month, friendship, and whole cloth quilts. “Cheater” cloth quilts are not accepted.
- All quilting must be done by the member.
- Minimum size is 280 inches in perimeter.
- The quilt must be presented to the Golden Scissors Committee Chairperson before the meeting is called to order. The quilt will be measured and the criteria recorded. The Golden Scissors will be presented to the maker, who may display the quilt during the Golden Scissors portion of the meeting.
- A quilt that qualifies for the Golden Scissors award AND is entirely hand-quilted by the member also qualifies for a Golden Thimble award charm.
Show N Tell
Show and Tell might be the most popular part of the Guild meeting! Members display their finished quilts and have a few minutes to tell the Guild about their work. We want to see all your quilts! Large and small, complicated and quick – taken together they create a quilt show at every meeting.
Sign up before the meeting with the Show and Tell Committee, so your name and your quilt’s name will be recorded for the newsletter. Volunteers will hold your quilt while you talk, and then our photographer will snap your photo with your quilt for the website.
Click here to see some of our latest Show N Tell items!
The East Cobb Quilters’ Guild, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation operated for the benefit of our members and the community. The Guild is a 501c4 tax-exempt organization, and we operate under Articles of Incorporation filed with the State of Georgia and ByLaws adopted by the membership and updated regularly. The Guild is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting each December, and operated by the Executive Committee, which includes the Board and Committee Chairs appointed by the President.
The Board of Directors is composed of:
- 1st Vice President (the President-elect)
- 2nd Vice President (Programs)
- 3rd Vice President (Membership)
- Quilt Show Chairperson
The Executive Committee is composed of the Board of Directors, immediate Past President, and these Committee Chairpersons:
- Bee Groups
- Community Service
- Door Prizes
- Evening Group Liaison
- Golden Scissors
- Newsletter Editor
- Show and Tell
Click ECQG Bylaws Dec 2016 to read the Bylaws in full.
First VP (President-elect)
2nd VP (Programs)
3rd VP (Membership)
Quilt Show Chair