Flying Needles Quilt Guild, Inc.
Niceville Church of Christ
801 E. John Sims Pkwy
Niceville, Florida 32578
2nd Thursday -Social & Business
Time: 9:30am --12:00
The purpose of this organization is to preserve and continue the traditions, culture, and history of quilting. We are dedicated to serve the general public by donations to other community service organizations. We strive to be a source of information and inspiration in quilting and related arts through the education of its members and the public in general by means of exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. The members of our guild encourage the heritage of quilt making and quilt collecting. We are a gathering for people who love and share the interest of quilting.
President: LaLani James
1st V.President: Betty Davis
2nd V. President: Grace Grimsley
Secretary: Marilyn Cannon
Treasurer: Jean Lewis
Our guild meets on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at the Niceville Church of Christ. The church is located on Highway 20 across from the Niceville High School.
On the first Thursday we have a sit & sew where you bring your own projects to work on or maybe need help with. Someone is always willing to give his or her advice. During the general business meeting on the 2nd Thursday, our social time starts at 9:30 am. Then at 10:00, the meeting starts by saying the Pledge and a prayer. We have a short program usually consisting of some type of learning technique. We also have door prizes, Show-n-Tell just to name a few. May and December are the 2 months we get together and fellowship while enjoying some of the best food this side of the Mississippi.
On the 4th Thursday, January through October, we have workshops. Some of them are for charity. We make Christmas stockings, lap quilts, wheelchair lap quilts, drawstring bags and zippered bags, just to name a few. Some of the workshops are classes that members have requested or that the workshop coordinator feels would be interesting. You bring your lunch, sewing machine and all your supplies. You might need to buy your pattern or kit but sometimes the teacher will provide these items for you. We also have workshops set aside for The Quilts of Valor Program. These are usually on the 5th Thursday. We are a military community and the guild loves participating in this program. We make as many quilts as we can during year for this very worthy cause. NO matter what we are doing, the workshops are always fun. We also collect non-perishable foods for Sharing and Caring for the Niceville and Crestview areas. The community needs all we can do.
The guild has its own library with many different types of books to choose from. You can check out as many books as you like and keep them for as long as you need to. We just ask you take care of the books and remember where you got them.
Every other year we design and make an opportunity quilt, which we then sell tickets for. The drawing is held the 2nd Thursday in December. This also helps to fund the guild as we are a 501-3C (non-profit) organization.
The end of February and the first of March is the best time of all. That is when we have our annual quilt retreat. It is a 2 day fun filled retreat with classes from a nationally known teacher as well as some of our very own talented local ladies. Quilt Shops around the area bring in their fabrics, threads, books, and anything else they think you might need or want to complete your class project.
There is a small annual fee of $25.00 per person or $35.00 for family members living in the same home to join our guild. When you join you will receive a membership book, a newsletter every month, either by e-mail or regular mail, and a folder with all the rules and the By-Laws of the guild.
But the most important thing you will receive from this group is a friendship that will last a lifetime. So, with all said, enjoy our website and if you are in the neighborhood stop by and visit. Who knows you might like us and want to join the Flying Needles!]
Flying Needles Quilt Guild, Inc. @ 2015