Chino Valley Quilters logo quilt. Designed by Dawn Moser. Pieced and appliquéd by Joanne Granum and Diane Grayson. Quilted by Susan Gates-Harms. 2010
In 1998, a small group of friends in Chino Valley, Arizona, got together in the home of Portia Call, who had asked if they would like to form a quilting group. They shared a common love of quilting and a desire to share skills and learn new ones. They also shared friendship. Portia, Roberta Akin, Lois Uthus, Theda Shaw and Diane Holley formed the Chino Valley Quilters with the intent to preserve the art of quilting while enjoying learning and teaching.
This friendly group of five quickly outgrew Portia’s house. They welcomed new members Judy Newburg, Joan Moss, Marie Wise, Marilyn Jenkins, Sandy Behrle, Luretta Lyall, Lucille Hurley, and Carol Van Horn to the group. The Chino Valley Quilter's first "official" meeting place was at the Fire Station on Road 3 North.
In the fall of 1999, Lucille Hurley began teaching a quilt class through Yavapai College. That class brought a whole new wave of quilters that joined our group. Late in 1999, due to the increase in members, the meeting place was moved to the Chino Valley Senior Center. Growth continued and about 2002, the meeting place was again moved to a larger meeting room at the Hope Lutheran Church. Quilters have continued to join our group and that has necessitated our latest move to the much larger facility at the First Southern Baptist Church on Highway 89 W.
Today, the Chino Valley Quilters has grown to more than 70 active members. Even so, our intimate guild continues to enjoy the warm and friendly spirit that has always distinguished it. Roberta Aiken, one of the original founding members, as well as six of the early members listed above are still active in the group today. Thanks to the unselfish sharing, vision, and hard work of those early members, as well as the enthusiastic newer members, we are able to carry on our original mission.
It is important to Chino Valley Quilters not only to foster the art of quilting and friendship, but also to support the community. We work hard to help fill an ongoing need for our warm and lovely Comfort Quilts, pass along the love of quilting to young people, provide a little comfort to animals and support our local Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. We are proud to hold biennial quilt shows, teach the art of quilt making to others and preserve quilting’s long and continuing history.
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Chino Valley Quilters is a group of friends and neighbors enthusiastic about the art and craft of quilting.
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Chino Valley Quilters
P O Box 2544
Chino Valley AZ 86323
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