Our History

Preparatory meetings for the purpose of forming a quilt guild were held at The Quiltery, Nazareth, PA, from February 3, 1983 to June 7, 1983.  Organizers of the guild were: Mary Ann Dutkin, E. Lorraine Miller, Mary Beth Gower, Pam Probasco, Beverly Repsher and Sheri Purdy.  
These were followed by a meeting of a group of 93 interested women at the Easton National Bank & Trust, 25th & Northampton St., Easton, PA on Tuesday, June 14, 1983 for the purpose of forming the actual guild. The guild’s first organized meeting was held at the Leader 11 Nursing & Rehab Center (now Manor Care) of Bethlehem, PA, on Tuesday, November 7, 1983.
Since that time the guild has made quilts for the Heart Fund at the Leader Home, Ronald McDonald House in Wisconsin and Hershey, the Kurtz Training Center, Camelot for Children Inc., the Children's Home of Easton, Easton, PA, children with AIDS in the Lehigh Valley Hospitals, quilts for the Marines’ Toys for Tots Program and for Pathways.  We gave 11 quilts to St. Lukes Hospital & The Visiting Nurse Assoc. for a new Hospice Center opening in Fountain Hill, quilts for victims of Hurricane Katrina, The Children's Hospital of Lehigh Valley Hospital, and 140 quilts to Puerto Rico after the devastating 2017 flood there.  Raffle quilts have been made for the Weller Center in Easton, PA, the Bethlehem School District's Day Care Art Show, and the 2005 Blueberry Festival at Walnutport.  Monetary donations have been made to the Miracle League for their Field of Dreams project, Angel 34 for their Derek's Camp Flip Flop, The Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Meals on Wheels of Northampton County, and March of Dimes.
Community projects done over the years have included stuffed bears, cats, oncology quilts, pillow cases, mastectomy bags and preemie quilts given to local police departments and hospitals.
We have had 14 quilt shows to display our quilts and raise funds both for our guild functions and to donate to charities.  Through the years we have not only made quilts for others, but we have also donated and/or helped raise over $25,000 for various organizations.  The Colonial Quilters Guild is now in its 36th year.

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