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 300 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 will be in 2024. 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
- Become a Member
- Our Meetings
- Our Library
- Golden Scissors / Golden Thimbles
- Show N Tell
- Bylaws and Policies
East Cobb Quilters’ Guild was formed in 1982 by a group of thirty-three 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!
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.
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 $35 per year, and are reduced to $20 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 with your debit/credit card. Please complete the entire form, even if you are a returning member. Note: this form is not intended for printing, as it will be about 6 pages long. If you wish to fill out a printed form, please click the RED button to open a printable form. Print out the form, fill it out, and mail it to the address on the form, 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, Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are fortunate that the Guild supports two meetings each month, both Daytime and Evening to provide options for a variety of time schedules.
Meetings are held in all months except November. The December meetings are early in the month, and are a combination Holiday Party and Annual Meeting to vote on guild business, such as the election of new officers for the following year.
Where are the meetings held?
- Both the Day and Evening meetings, when we gather in person, are held in LaSalette Hall at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia. Please park in the lower parking lot.
- Check the calendar to confirm the locations for both meetings, as sometimes the meetings are held virtually or elsewhere due to schedule conflicts.
When are the meetings?
- The Day meeting is usually the last Friday of each month, from 10:00 am to Noon. Doors open at 9:30 am and the lecture portion begins at 11:00 am.
- The Evening meeting is the Thursday evening prior to the Day meeting, from 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm.
- Check the calendar for the dates for both meetings.
What happens at a meeting?
Members and guests are invited to arrive early to check in and visit with friends old and new.
At the Day meetings, a short business meeting and Show & Tell come first, followed by a break, and then the program is presented. We love visitors! The Hospitality Table is just for visitors, so we can greet you and get you oriented. There is a $10.00 non-member guest fee, which applies to both in person or virtual meetings.
Many Evening meeting attendees work during the day, so this meeting enables them to fully participate in the Guild. The Meet & Greet with our guest speaker, or the program come first, followed by a short break, and then the business meeting and Show & Tell are presented. Evening meeting agendas and programs do vary. Often, the Guild’s national speakers drop by for a Meet and Greet, or other activities are scheduled.
Cancellations – If Cobb County schools are closed due to weather conditions, the Guild will not meet. Members will also be contacted via email, if possible.
The guild has an extensive library of quilting publications, which is available to members at both the Day and Evening meetings. 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.
We have added a new interactive listing of the books in the library.
Using our Library system: Books in our library can be searched by entering a title or a author in the Search box. Books can also be accessed by selecting a category by clicking on the category name under the search box to see all the books in the category in our Library. Each book in the library will be displayed with its cover and will indicate if it is available to be checked out. To get more information about the book click on the book title.
To request a book, click on the Place Hold button. You will be asked to log into the library. Enter your email address that you used to join ECQG in the Patron ID box (no password is needed). Press Confirm Request or cancel. A confirmation email will be sent to you and a request for the book will be sent to our Librarian.
For more information or to make suggestions for Library purchases, Contact Merle.
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 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.
Volunteers will hold your quilt while you talk, and then our photographer will snap your photo with your quilt for the website, and we ask that you then sign the log so we can properly include your name, the quilt name and photo in the newsletter.
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:
- AV Support
- Bee Groups
- Community Service
- Door Prizes
- Evening Group Liaison
- Golden Scissors
- Newsletter Editor
- Show and Tell
- Special Exhibits