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DeKalb County Quilters' Guild.
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come to our next meeting-we'd be happy to have
you. And if you wish, you may join the guild
at that time.
Our meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month,
with the exception of November (no meeting)
and December (special holiday party), at
St. Mary's Parish Activity
322 Waterman Street
Sycamore, IL 60178.
Our mailing address is
DeKalb County Quilters'
P.O. Box 385
Sycamore, IL 60178
The DeKalb County Quilters Guild
(DCQG) is a 501 c (3) not-for-profit
organization founded to promote the fellowship
among those interested in quilts and quilt
making. Every year the Guild engages in
service projects for the community. One
meeting a year is devoted to working together
on a service project. Of notable
significance is the Guilds continuous donation
of baby quilts to the Rockford Memorial
Hospital Neonatal Unit. Over the years
the Guild has donated hundreds of baby quilts
that are placed on the Neonatal incubators and
then go home with the babies. The Guild
members have also made “Quillows” for the
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. A
Quillow is a quilt that folds into a pocket
and makes a pillow. The Quillows are
kept in the squad cars and given to children
by the officers during times of trauma.
The Guild members also make wheelchair pockets
that are donated to local nursing homes for
use by the nursing home residents that are
confined to wheelchairs. Each year,
Christmas ornaments are donated to local
nursing homes. Often, the guild is asked
to have volunteers demonstrate and/or teach
quilting at community and school events.
Individual members give their time as fits
Approximately every other year
the Guild sponsors a Quilt Show to raise funds
to support the above-mentioned Guild
activities and for donation to charity.
In recent years the charity was through the
local hospital foundation. Our donation
initiated a program to make mammograms
available to women in DeKalb County who could
not afford one. Other charities have
been for a scholarship in the name of one of
the Guild’s founders, Charlotte Sundly and to
shelters or safe houses in DeKalb County for
women and their children.
Brief History of the DeKalb County Quilters'
In October, 1979, six women with
quilts on their minds got together to
establish a guild which would promote the art
of quilting in our community. Word was passed
that a meeting would be held and anyone who
was interested in joining such a guild was
Within the year there were
eleven active members. Meetings were held at
the Woodgate clubhouse on the fourth Tuesday
of each month. The name chosen for the guild
was The DeKalb County Quilters' Guild with the
Golden Corn Patch as the logo. Membership fees
were established at $10 per year due in March.
The first newsletter was sent out to its
members in April, 1980.
Meetings consisted of sharing
quilts, small workshops put on by more
knowledgeable members, and getting to know
each other as individuals who shared the
common thread of quilting as a passion. A
fabric box was brought to each meeting where
members were encouraged to place unwanted
fabrics. During the meetings, members were
given the chance to go through the box to see
if there was something they would like. The
only rule was that if you took something out
of the box, you should put something else in
it. Patterns were also shared along with
general knowledge about quilts, patterns, and
Field trips were organized and
quilt shows and symposiums were attended. A
trip to Kalona, Iowa, to share the Amish love
for quilts was attended by several of our
members. Years later several trips to
Shipshawanna, Indiana, were organized for the
enjoyment of the Guild membership. This tended
to be time our members cherished. We all got
to know each other better. After a day at
Shipshawanna, everyone boarded the bus with a
big grin on her face.
In February, 1981, the first
paid speaker to attend our guild was Joan
Truckenbrod from the NIU Art Department. She
spoke to our group about colors and design.
The guild paid $35 for her presentation. The
in March, 1981, Ed Larson from Chicago
attended our guild to speak to us about his
picture quilts. Among the "famous" quilters
who have spoken to our guild over the years
are Doreen Speckman, Carol Falhert, Nancy
Pearson, Ruth McDowell, Kay Sorensen, Crystal
Carter, and Harriet Hargrave.
The first quilt show presented
by the guild was in October, 1981, during the
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival at St. Mary's
Church. Quilts from our members and members'
families were featured. A raffle quilt was
also made by the members. The members of the
Guild participated in DeKalb County's 150th
Birthday celebration by not only putting on a
quilt show, but by also making a historical
DeKalb County Quilt which was donated to the
County and now hangs in the DeKalb County
The Guild has been incorporated
with new by-laws pertaining to non-profit
organizations under the State of Illinois. The
membership grew from the original eleven
members to over 100 members in 1995. Many
traditions are still followed as we continue
to grow both in numbers and knowledge.