|Lake and Mountain
Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild
PO Box 22, Seneca, SC 29672
The initial meeting of the Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild that
would welcome all levels of quilters in our tri-county area was held in
April 1987. The original elected officers were President: Cheryl
Kurey, VP: Pat Brown, Secretary: Marge Edie, Treasurer: Debbie
Hudson, Program Chair: Laurel Horton, Newslettter: Wendy Stegall,
Hospitality: Jennifer Borg, Plublicity: Carol Grewe, Librarian: Linda
Harral, Telephone Committee: Mary Gustner and Ann Hall, and
Historian: Claudia Holcombe. Janice Cobb was responsible for
obtaining our tax expempt status. Sara Ballentine, Judy Grant,
Joan Jackson, Virgina Apostolik, Carol Ramsey and Lib Turner were
also involved in the formation of our wonderful guild.
One early Guild project was the development of our logo by Marge
Edie, Mary Ann Bagwell and Jennifor Borg. It captures the essense
of the guild name in illustrating the lake and mountains of our corner
of the state and serves as a useful visual to identify us in print and
media applications. A second project was designing and producing a
quilt representing the history of the area. A grant was obtained
from the National Quilting Association resulting in the "Grant" quilt.
It is a collage of history, events and culture in the Golden Corner.
Included are motifs depicting the Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel,
Clemson University and the African-American College that was once
located in Seneca. The quilt now hangs in a prominent spot in the
main branch of the Oconee County Library in Walhalla, SC.
From a small beginning, our membership has grown to well over one
hundred members. Over the years, our meeting place has changed
as we've grown. We've transitioned from members' homes, to the
Lutheran Church in Clemson, to the Chapter House of Seneca
Presbyterian Church, to The Blue Ridge Arts Center, to a small
meeting room in the Eternal Shepherd Lutheran Church, and finally,
in 2002, to our current meeting place in their Fellowship Hall.
Our monthly meetings contribute to accomplishing our purposes of
encouraging quilt making and increasing knowledge and skills through
the expertise of renowned national and local quilt lecturers with
workshops from these same teachers. Monthly Day Bees are taught
by our members who generously give of their time to teach what
they know. Our biennial quilt shows promote quilt making to the
general public as well as serving as a major fundraiser for us.
There, too, we've needed to expand from the original show venues
at the Oconee Extension Offices, to The Blue Ridge Arts Center,
to the Seneca Senior Center, to St. Luke's Methodist Church in
Walhalla, and lately, to the Shaver Recreation Center in Seneca.
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