Who Are We?

Our guild was founded in 1999 and our members include beginners through experts, with interests from art quilts to traditional quilts in an array of materials.  Our purpose is to share a love of quilts and quilt making. We also sponsor seminars, exhibitions, workshops, and community service projects.

Thanks to Olga Schrichte of Frederick, MD, for the image of "The Spires of Frederick," above, which she designed and created in August 2015.

We meet on the first Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, 40 S Carroll St, Frederick, MD

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Next meeting: June 7

Speaker:  Gil House

You won't want to miss this meeting!  We are honored to have our president's husband, Gil House, as our feataured speaker.  What better way to introduce Gil and his presentaion than using Gil's own words.  So here is how Gil describes his passion for converting old, electric sewing machines into hand cranked ones:  

"A few years ago, Joan and I were invited to a Haiti Dinner and Gala by friends who were on a church Haiti committee.  At the dinner there was a silent auction and in this auction was a broken hand crank sewing machine that our friends had brought back from Haiti.  Joan became the winner of a rusty unrepairable machine. Our friends asked if we could find some hand crank machines that could be used in Haiti because the electric service was unreliable.  Most of the hand cranked sewing machines on eBay were either toy machines or very pricey ones.  She did find some reproduction hand cranks that were low cost and could be fitted to full sized machines.  We bought one and proceeded to convert an old machine that we had.  It worked and was given to the Haiti committee for their next mission trip.  It was used there until a hurricane.  The machine became part of the rubble.

About the same time, I found a Singer Spartan machine at an auction.  This machine is smaller than a full-size machine but bigger than a featherweight.  Because of the differences it started my journey on converting this style of machine to hand crank operation by removing the electrification and adapting the crank to the machine.  After a few trials I think I've come up with a few options to make these old machines see a new life for the people where there is no electricity.

Joan and I have demonstrated these machines at festivals and let young children make a small sewing project. Currently we are doing a fabric bookmark that the child can take home.  They are a big hit with the kids and even with adults who are foreign to sewing machines.  These machines are not as intimidating as an electric machine and the children get to see and have full control of each stitch.

At the June meeting I will have a number of converted machines in a hands-on display.  As part of the talk and demonstration I'm going to attempt to convert a machine and give new life to that old hunk of iron.

Joan’s note:
Before he retired, Gil was an electronics engineer at Comsat Labs in Clarksburg. Since then he has been filling his time with volunteering and researching, mostly historic places and things.

Please join us at the Delaplaine for our June meeting.

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center

40 S. Carroll

Frederick, MD

Social Time:  6:00  ~  Meeting begins at 7:00

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