Austin Area Quilt Guild



AAQG History

The Austin Area Quilt Guild was formed in 1978, with 52 charter members. The first meeting was October 2, 1978 at the Old Quarry Branch of Austin Library. The first officers were elected in February 1979. The monthly newsletter Quilting Quips began in April 1979. The bees started with three day bees and two night bees. The Guild established the first bylaws, a book and pattern lending library, and a Guild logo.

The Guild held its first show, with more than 40 quilts, in the gallery of the Bank of Austin, 2501 South Congress, from September 29 – October 10, 1980. Biennial quilt shows have been held ever since. Other locations have included the old Palmer Auditorium (1988-1998), Crockett Center (2000-2008) and the Palmer Events Center (2010-2016). The raffle quilt from the 2016 show, won 1st place in the Group Quilt category at QuiltWeek 2017 in Paducah, Kentucky.

Over the years, the Guild and its bees have been active in a variety of charitable projects, community events, and quilt exhibits. In addition, the Guild has held educational workshops, retreats, challenges, and bus trips for its members. Many examples are described in the online yearbook.

Articles of incorporation as a non-profit organization were filed with the Texas Secretary of State in 1993. In 1997, the Internal Revenue Service accepted the Guild’s application to become a 501(c)(3) corporation, retroactive to incorporation.

The first annual spring quilt retreat was held April 14-16, 2000 at Camp Lone Star near La Grange, Texas, with 52 attendees. The first annual fall retreat was held September 6-9, 2007 at the Compass Centre in Mt. Calm, Texas, with 35 attendees.

A grant program was begun in 2003 and quarterly morning meetings were added in 2006.

The Guild launched an Internet web site in 1996.  In 2016 the guild moved the majority of its operations online and debuted a new website.  Utilizing membership management software allowed the guild to automate and streamline administrative tasks related to the management of the guild by integrating the membership database, the ability to process payments/dues/renewals, event and calendar management and the communication tools including email/newsletters/etc.

The 2016 QuiltFest raffle quilt will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. This stunning quilt has taken home two 1st place ribbons (in Dallas and Paducah) and we are so grateful to our members who constructed this beauty. Austin Area Quilt Guild Wins First Place in the Group Quilts Category at AQS QuiltWeek.

Updated June 2018 by Mary Lorenz


Charter Members

Barbara Beaudry *

Natrell Love

Helen Blackstone *

Eileen Mason

Jean Brown

Kathleen McCrady

Elizabeth Bullion

Thelma McLemore

Ann Byrd *

Lyla McHan

Barbara Carson *

Hazel Mehl *

Grace Chrastecky

Phyllis Merchant *

Waurane Cluck

Carlie Mims

Flo Cochran

Lorraine Mossman

Blanche Cox *

Phronie Napier *

Cyndy Crane

Helen O’Bryant *

Bobbie Cross *

Nancy O’Bryant Puentes

Virginia Ehrler

Jewel Patterson*

Alice Fischer

Deborah Poirier

Nancy Fitzgerald

Marjorie Polay

Jo Ann Glanz

Nancy Ryerson*

Ann Harrington

Jeannette Schwartz

Virginia Helweg

Betty Shannon

Thelma Hobbs*

Bertha Sikes *

Lisa Harms Holmes*

Pat Sims

Connie Hufnagel*

Gwen Tate

Florene Imken*

Berta Vore

Marie Ingram

Leta Voss *

Elsie Johnson*

Genevieve Warwick*

Suzanne Labry

Lorre Weidlich

Gail Lane

Alyce Zacco *


Past Presidents

1979

Nancy Puentes

1980

Kathleen McCrady

1981

Modena Lyons*

1982-1983

Mardi Ariza

1984-1985

Erika Rogala

1986-1987

Carol Robbins

1988-1989

Barbara Murchison*

1990-1991

Lorre Weidlich

1992

Judy (VanHooser) Baumann

1993

Linda Potter

1994-1995

Joanie Weeden

1996-1997

Elaine Rich

1998–1999

Mary Shepherd

2000-2002

Susan Tennison

2002-2004

Carolyn Gullatt

2004-2006

Mary Gudinas*

2006-2008

Kay Huffman

2008-2010

Barbara Garner

2010-2012

Carol McKenzie

2012-2014

Deborah Goltra

2014-2016

Frances Ledenbach

2016-2018

Mary Mikeska

2018-2020Kathy Sato

Quilt Show Chairs

1980

Lorre Weidlich

1982

Barbara Carson *

1984

Nancy Juren

1986

Linda Hamby

Suzanne Yabsley

1988

Karen Collins

Beth Kennedy

1990

Jill Bacon

Karen Collins

Jean Roberie

1992

Mary Beard

Nancy Brinkley

Avery Woodworth*

1994

Bonnie Harvey

Lynette Lewis

1996

Nadine Schneider

Mary Beard

1998

Nancy Brinkley

Mary Beard

Rosie de Leon-McCrady

2000

Ellen Cabluck

Lois Moran

Melissa Grooms Sullivan*

2002

Melissa Grooms Sullivan*


Sandie Hirsh

Diane Sehorne

2004

Debbi Best

Kay Huffman

Barbara Barrett

2006

Marguerite St. Germain

Frances Ledenbach

2008

Frances Ledenbach

Carol McKenzie

Rebecca Salinger

2010

Rebecca Salinger

Jennifer Padden

Lynne Allen

2012

Jennifer Padden

Lynne Allen

Judy Carson

2014

Stacy Napier

Vickie West

Carol McKenzie

2016

Cheryl Degan

Renita Bankhead

Deborah Goltra

2018

Dede Powell

Beverly Carter

2020 (Show Meghan Gerety
   Cancelled) Kelly Hogan


* deceased


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