About the Guild
The purpose of this Guild shall be to preserve the heritage of quilting, to be a source of information and inspiration, to perpetuate a high quality of excellence in quilting and related arts, and to be a gathering for people with a common interest.
In the late 1970’s, Helena Hibbs (1923 – 2011), a local quilt teacher, felt the need for quilters in Dallas and the surrounding areas to form a group so that they could quilt together and learn from each other. At the urging of her students, Helen set a date. On November 7, 1979, she and other quilters gathered at a local cafeteria for an organizational meeting.
The charter group of quilters set lofty goals for themselves. They wanted a guild to preserve the heritage of quilting, be a source of information and inspiration, and in general perpetuate a high quality of excellence in quilting. Since that first meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas, the Guild has grown to include well over 500 members.
Today, the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas hosts an important annual quilt show, has many Friendship Groups, and offers workshops and monthly meetings featuring nationally known speakers. There are annual awards — the Founder’s, Silver Thimble, Yellow Rose and Red Rose Awards — to recognize members who have volunteered their time and skills for the success of the Guild. We also award annual grants for quilt-related projects.
Guild Resource List
If you are seeking a quilter, appraiser, etc. to help you with a quilt-related project, the guild maintains a Resource List of guild members who offer various services. The list is compiled as a service to guild members and the community; however, the guild takes no responsibility for the quality of services provided. Whenever you are contracting with someone for specialized services, you should request references and samples of their work.