Welcome! Faithful Circle Quilters Guild takes its name from the traditional quilt pattern shown above to represent the fellowship found in quilting and in guild participation. Since 1971 we remain dedicated to preserving the heritage of quilting. Our members are diverse in their backgrounds, interests, and talents and were all beginners at one time. We understand and appreciate what sharing and teaching mean to even the most experienced. We also believe that quilting is about the quilters and establishing lasting friendships through the guild. No meeting goes by without some good laughs. Please browse our web site for more information about the guild. Or like us on Facebook at Faithful Circle Quilters (https://www.facebook.com/faithfulcirclequilters/).
The purpose of this group is to perpetuate the heritage of quilting and to promote and stimulate fellowship and education among those interested in quilting.
Privileges of Membership:
- Show and Tell
- Block of the Month and Block of the Quarter
- Assistance in basting quilts
- Showing one’s own quilts in the Biennial Quilt Show
- Reduced rate and first choice on classes
- Library Borrowing Privileges
- Luncheons and Potlucks
- Bus Trips
- Peddler’s table
- Saturday Sew-Ins
- Membership Directory
- Membership Card
- Voting privileges
- Email notifications
- Attendance at guest lectures
Responsibilities of Membership:
- Attend meetings regularly
- Share your talents freely
- Assist fellow Guild members
- Participate in activities of the Guild, for example:
- Chair or serve on committees
- Work on the quilt show
- Sell raffle tickets to support the Guild
- Participate in community outreach
- Participate in charitable projects
Meetings are held twice weekly, Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Night Group) and Thursdays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Day Group) with the business portion beginning at 7:30 PM and 11:30 AM respectively. Most members attend one or the other, but some enjoy the gatherings enough to attend both. We meet at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD 21045. Visitors are always welcome and anyone interested may join the guild at any meeting. Special events are held throughout the year. In June, the Monday group holds a potluck supper and the Thursday group holds a luncheon. Officers are installed at these June meetings. The Guild holds a silent auction in early October with all proceeds going to the First Presbyterian Church’s Thanksgiving basket project to help local families in need. A holiday dinner and luncheon are held in December.
Board meetings are held every other month and are open to all members. Board members and chairpersons are requested to attend each board meeting.
FCQ members work together to make “Love Quilts” at least one meeting a month. These colorful and practical quilts are designed almost entirely from donated fabric, sewn by volunteers, sandwiched with batting and tied with matching thread. Each year, FCQ donates dozens of Love Quilts to organizations such as: Project Linus, the Women’s Christian Thrift Shop, St. Ann’s Hospital, House of Ruth, Sarah’s House, Grassroots (a crisis intervention center for families), Quilt for the Cure, Quilts of Valor, Advocacy Project, the outreach program at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Children’s Hospital at Sinai, and Domestic Violence Center of Howard County.
FCQ classes are taught by local or nationally-known quilting instructors and lecturers, as well as by guild members with skills and information to share. FCA also holds demonstrations and trunk shows throughout the year. Members also have access to a sizable lending library of quilting book and tools.
The Circular is prepared monthly. It contains announcements, guild news, calendar of events, block-of-the-month and block-of-the-quarter instructions, educational opportunities, and anything else of interest to members. The Newsletter is emailed to Members each month and is also available on the guild web site. If necessary, Members can opt to receive a printed copy available at the first Monday and Thursday meetings of the month. Newsletters not picked up at meetings will be mailed.
FCQ has an email newsgroup to send out timely notices to members. Brief messages include reminders about trips and classes and notices when meetings are cancelled due to weather or holidays. Members who elect to receive their newsletters via email, will automatically be added to the newsgroup.
FCQ holds a quilt show every two years to showcase the work of our members. The quilt show is our main fundraiser (admissions, raffle quilt, silent auction and peddler’s table) and it finances our charity works, special educational programs, and operating expenses. All members, regardless of their skill level, are encouraged to take this opportunity to hang and show their work made during the preceding two years. Our next show will be held in April 2020.
The guild holds sew-ins throughout the year to offer members a day of uninterrupted quilting and fellowship with other quilters. The guild hosts sew-ins on Saturdays at the church. Sew-ins may include member-taught classes, support for charity projects, work on our bi-annual raffle quilt, but everyone is invited to work on their own project and share in the friendship.
Snow and Holiday Policy
If Howard County schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather there will be no day or evening meetings. If Howard County schools cancel evening activities or close due to inclement weather there will be no evening meeting. Members will receive an email notification as soon as the guild is aware of a cancellation.
There will be no meetings when the Church is closed. This includes the following holidays: New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day. Easter Monday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day. Also the guild does not meet during the Church’s Vacation Bible School in July and there are no evening meetings during their Cold Weather Shelter in February. Meetings are not held during the last three weeks of December, restarting the first Monday/Thursday following New Year’s Day.
The book library is located in the metal cabinet in Lyle Buck Hall of the church. The library is open during FCQ meeting hours. Members may check out material; guests may use them in-house only. Alphabetical, Title and Author lists of the books are posted on the cabinet door and on our Web site.
Books, Magazines and DVDs
Books may be checked out for a one-month period and DVDs for a one-week period. Magazines and novels may be borrowed on the honor system. LIMIT: Six items at a time.
To check out a book or DVD:
- Remove the white card from the back pocket of the book
- Print the date due and your name on the white card
- Place the white card in the black file box in category order
- Print the date due one month from the current date on the white date due slip (this is reminder to your of the date to return the book)
To return a book, reverse these steps being sure to cross off your name on the white card. Return the book to the shelf in category order.
A spring retreat is held every May. Members gather up many and varied projects and head off to a retreat center on Eastern Shore for a relaxing fun filled weekend. The guild now holds an annual Fall retreat in October which includes quilt instruction as well as a fun filled week-end of sewing.