Quilt camp is organized yearly to provide learning opportunities to guild members in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. For years the guild sponsored this event at Ferndale, near Little Rock. However, in 2015, 2016, and 2017, the venue changed to the lodge on beautiful Mt. Magazine. The chairman and camp directors provide a registration and schedule of classes and teachers. Registration is first-paid, first-in basis. Check our newsletter and website for updates on camp fees, dates, times, and location.
Our guild periodically presents quilt shows that provide opportunities for our members and other area quilters to display their latest creations. This show is usually held every other year with our latest show held at the Fort Smith Convention Center in October 2016. Check our newsletter and website for more information on this show!
Fundraiser with Potluck
This is a silent auction and fundraiser for our guild programs that is usually held in July. Each member brings an item or items that are quilt related (or not!) for auction. Bidding sheets are placed by the items, and members and guests are allotted time to make their bids. We often have a potluck at this event. It’s a way to raise money for the guild and to get into fun bidding wars with your fellow quilters!.
Our donation quilt is a yearly fundraiser. A beautiful quilt is created and quilted by a member or members of our guild. Chances are sold by members during the year. The winner’s name is drawn during our annual Christmas Party in December. A portion of this money is donated to selected community charitable organizations.
Home of the Brave Quilts
Quilters all over the nation can take part in this worthy project, which involves making quilts based on the Civil War U.S. Sanitary Commission quilt pattern and presenting them to comfort grieving families of fallen servicemen.
Cozy quilts are made to be donated to our local Department of Human Services, the children’s shelter, Men’s and Women’s Crisis Center, and Hamilton House, etc. to be distributed to children and teenagers who need comfort during traumatic situations. These cozy quilts are usually around 36 inches x 45 inches and have no set design.
Past Project - Fort Smith Historical Quilt
In 1992, members of the BPQG volunteered to make a quilt with each volunteer making a block depicting some aspect of Fort Smith history. This historical quilt has been displayed at various venues in the Fort Smith area. It is currently on display at the Fort Smith Convention Center on a semi-permanent loan basis.
The BPQG completed the Fort Smith Historical Quilt in 1996. The quilt depicts the history of Fort Smith, Arkansas, including many historical sites. The center medallion is of the original fort and is surrounded by 18 original blocks. Although the quilt blocks were made by individual guild members the quilting was done by the guild as a whole.