UVQG Guild Meeting
Recap by Maureen Tuttle
Bonnie Bryce was the first president of Utah Valley Quilt Guild and organized the group in 1982.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend our October meeting with Bonnie Bryce, I wanted to pass on a few interesting things that Bonnie shared with us.
After taking a quilting class with Carol Hatch, who was the Utah Quilt Guild President at the time, Bonnie asked Carol how to start a quilting group. Carol said, “Just do it”. So Bonnie “just did it”, and aren’t we all so glad?
Bonnie put an article in the newspaper for the first meeting, which was held at the Orem City Library with 19 members attending. After the first year the membership grew to around 200 and it has stayed high in numbers ever since. (We currently have 270 members.) Hortense Harward suggested having a hospitality table at each meeting, and along with her daughter and daughter-in-law (Marsha Harward of Corn Wagon Quilts fame), she did a fabulous hospitality table for over 20 years.
Sarah Hacken was the first Vice President of the guild, so she was the President in the second year. Both Sarah and Liz Fisher, the first program chairman of the guild, had been in quilt guilds in other places so they were wonderful resources as the meetings began. Mazey Buckley started the first newsletter and named it “Patchwords”, which we are all still enjoying as we read this. ☺
Bonnie says, “I couldn't have had a more wonderful first teacher than Carol. She was determined to teach us everything she knew about quilting and she knew a lot. Penny Stephenson was in that class with me.”
Thanks again, Bonnie, for a wonderful presentation and for starting this wonderful guild!