Twenty Five Years Behind the Seams

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The Palmetto Quilt Guild is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Guild. Twenty five years of creativity, camaraderie and community service. The Guild was founded in 1991 with the objective of promoting the art of quilting; educating the members in its intricacies and providing community and outreach services. The first quilt show was held in March of 1992 with a two day display of quilts at the First Presbyterian Church. The Guild has evolved from the original 50 members meeting 4 times a year to 150 members meeting every third Thursday of the month and hosting a nationally known speaker who then teaches a workshop on the following Friday. This March 11th through March 13th, the Guild will host its 13th Quilt Festival and fill the convention center at the Beach and Tennis Resort. The Guild has also continued the tradition of community and outreach programs. Recent activities resulted in over 300 quilts being distributed to local charities over the last three years; working with Veterans as well as many programs being provided to local groups such as Memory Matters and Programs for Exceptional People. Additionally, over the last 25 years, the Guild has provided a yearly scholarship to a high school senior pursuing an education in the visual arts. The Guild has awarded over $25,000 to 17 local students from Hilton Head and Bluffton schools. During this time, the Quilt Festival has also evolved. The current three day extravaganza includes a quilt competition judged by a nationally certified judge and the awarding of multiple ribbons across 14 categories; a display of 150 quilts; 13 vendors; a Gift Shop selling over 200 handcrafted items; a consignment shop selling quilts and quilt tops; and a silent auction. At the end of the show, we will pick the winner of the beautiful, queen-size quilt “Setting the Course”. The Festival’s hours are 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission for visitors 13 and over is $7 at the entrance to the show. For more information visit our website at or friend us on Facebook at Palmetto Quilt Guild. You can reach us at