Our History

By Elaine LaPierre, founder

 

The Lake Area Quilters first meeting was held in February of 1995 at the Clear Lake Recreation Department. I had been quilting for 4 years and was teaching quilt classes at Ben Franklin. I sent information to the women who had taken classes and the guild was formed. We met the first Thursday of each month for approximately 18 months until the group outgrew the Recreation Department. We requested use of the Community Room at Clear Lake City Hall and continued to meet there until moving to a new location. The guild has grown over the years from 10 members to as many as 100+. In February of 1996, we made and donated a wall hanging quilt (a sport sampler) to the Recreation Department. A year later, we made and donated a wall quilt depicting a sailboat theme (Harbor Lights) to be hung in The Community Room to show our appreciation to the city for the free use of the facility.

In the summer of 1996 the guild raffled a beautiful hand quilted Dahlia quilt made by an Old Order Amish family with all proceeds donated to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The family had used their free medical services for one of their children who had been born with clubfeet and wanted to do something to show their gratitude.

Over the years we have had a variety of classes, demonstrations, and programs at our meetings. We have scheduled Friday evening sewing and Saturday sewing at the Church of Christ, providing us with uninterrupted sewing, fellowship and good food. We have donated decorated trees and Christmas stockings to the Festival of Trees at Opportunity Village for three years. The guild has made quilts for the Linus Project to be used for ill, hospitalized children.

In 1998 and 1999, The Lake Area Quilters presented a quilt show, “Harvest of Tradition”, in the fall in conjunction with a luncheon at the Opportunity Village. In the spring of 2000 a bus trip to the Quilt Show in Kalona was planned along with dinner in a Mennonite home.

Each year, the Guild grows in numbers and becomes more sophisticated in it’s organization, programs and activities because of the dedication and hard work of many wonderful women. The membership is comprised of women from a variety of ages, backgrounds and talents all coming together to share their love of quilting.