The Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County was founded in late 1973 by a group of students attending Esther Culling’s quilt class at Acalanes High School, and later, at Mt. Diablo Adult education Department. Members of the first Board of directors were Esther Cullings, Roberta Elder, Peggy Guiffre, Lynn Hunare, Marlene Pante, Luella Schultz, Diana Stott, and Lee Streib. Guild membership increased to 51 in the first 6 months!
The first name of our Guild was “Contra Costa Quilt Guild.” Later it was changed to the “Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa Country” and we selected the Weathervane as our logo. We have had several meeting places over the years. In 1983, through the hard work of Marge Fuson and Ted Winslow, Director of the Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation Department, we found a home at the “Old School House” on Oak Park Boulevard in Pleasant Hill. Due to the closure of the facility, we now have a room of our own, “the Farmhouse”, at the Farm Bureau Building in Concord that includes a great Library and work area. There is usually a quilt on the hand quilting frame for the next year’s quilt show and lots of sharing, quilt basting, eating, and camaraderie. All members are encourage to visit the “Farmhouse” and join in the fun!
Our first Quilt Show was held in 1974 at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. Quilts were placed over chairs and on table tops for display. Later, we moved to the Pleasant Hill High School gymnasium and began hanging quilts on clotheslines. Then in 1978, Louise Follet’s husband, Earl, made our first stands. Those stands were in use until 1994 when we hung the show with our new wooden stands.
From Pleasant Hill High School our quilt shows moved to the Pleasant Hill Community Center where they were held for several years. In 1993, our 20th Anniversary Show was held at Centre Concord to accommodate additional quilts and other show activities like our Country Store, and participating vendors.
Currently our guild has a membership of over 225. GGQCC is dedicated to preserving the tradition of quilting. We support projects that promote the continuation of quilt arts, educate and entertain our members with presentations by quilt-world experts, and contribute to our community through various philanthropic activities.
Our current president is Doreen O’Brien.
Lou Jean Jenson