"The purpose of the Guild shall be to stimulate an interest in quilts, to promote and advance the art of quilt making, and to conduct educational programs and provide services in the design and techniques of quilt making."
Listed below are some of the ways PQG promotes the art of quilt making in the community.
PQG members make and distribute quilts to designated community charity organizations. Members of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
The Education Committee is an outreach program to enhance knowledge of quilting in the community. Programs may include presentations to school children, working with senior citizens, or other community groups to foster the love of quilting. PQG now offers beginning quilting classes in conjunction with Escambia County Libraries.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is held each year in Downtown Pensacola’s Historic Seville Square. PQG often participates in this local event held the first full weekend in November. The PQG booth may exhibit some of the award winning quilts from a recent PQG Quilt Show, have quilted items for sale by members, or provide demonstrations of quilting techniques.
PQG sponsors a judged quilt show which is open to the public showcasing quilts made by current PQG members. The Quilt Show is a biennial event held in odd numbered years (i.e. 2023, 2025). Judging is provided by a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ). Ribbons are awarded in a variety of categories including - Best of Show, Viewer's Choice, Judge's Choice and the Meticulous Workmanship Award.
The Opportunity Quilt is designed, sewn and quilted by PQG members. Tickets are sold to the public for an "opportunity" to win the quilt through a raffle drawing at the conclusion of the Quilt Show. Tickets may be purchased from any PQG member. The Quilt can be seen throughout the community during the months preceding the quilt show.
On November 10, 2022 PQG held its first Mini Quilt Auction. The auction was open to the public to bid on and win any of the 75-plus pieces of original artwork made by our members. This quilt auction was a fund-raiser for our guild and Sleep in Heavenly Peace, the chosen non-profit agency recipient. The Guild plans to host the 2nd quilt auction in the fall of 2024.