The Hawaii Quilt Guild (HQG),
also known as Na Po`e Humukuiki O Hawai`i, was founded in
1984, with the purpose of
preserving the traditions, culture and
history of quilting, and to promote
the knowledge and
understanding of the art of quilting through
education services for members and public education activities.
Since that time, the Guild has grown to exceed 200 members, not
only on Oahu, but also throughout the outer islands, U.S.
mainland, and foreign countries.
Our member profile is as diverse as the traditions of quilting
itself. Members range from beginners to accomplished artists
with works shown in juried shows across the country, to those
with a love for the traditions of quilting. Our members range in
age from middle-schoolers to great grandmothers. Hawaii’s
cultural and ethnic diversity is displayed in the faces and
hearts of Guild members. This diversity adds to the unique mix
of learning experiences that HQG offers to all who join and
participate in Guild activities.
ABC’S OF HQG:
A LITTLE MORE “ABOUT US”
ALOHA BLOCKS: Our farewell gift to our quilting cousins who leave the island is a set of blocks made “with aloha,” signed by guild members, and sent on to the member’s new home.
BEES: Our quilting bees meet regularly at various locations around Oahu and provide more opportunities to quilt, piece or applique and, of course, talk! Check the monthly guild newsletter to find out when and where they are being held.
BIRTHDAY FAT QUARTERS: What a great way to build a fabric stash! Members (usually grouped by 12) agree to send a fat quarter to each other for their birthdays over a year’s time.
BLOCK OF THE MONTH: Each month a block pattern is selected and published in the newsletter. Members bring completed blocks to the following month’s guild meeting, then cross their fingers for luck in winning the drawing!
BOARD MEETINGS: Members are encouraged to submit ideas or suggestions and attend the board meetings, held just before the general meeting at 5:15 pm. Board members have a lot of fun and some great laughs!. Board meeting minutes are published in the Member’s Only section of the website.
CLASSES/EDUCATION: The classes offered to members are as varied as the Guild membership. Classes on new techniques, projects or methods are offered by Guild members and mainland teachers.
COMMUNITY LIAISON: The community liaison communicates to the guild members events that are happening around Oahu that pertain to quilting as an art or fiber-related activities. The liaison also answers any questions presented to the guild that galleries or shows that are not officially affiliated with the Hawaii Quilt Guild.
DOOR PRIZES: At each regular meeting, there are different quilt-related door prizes handed out to members. To be eligible, each member must be in good standing with the guild, and wear their fabric-sewn nametag. You will receive a door prize ticket upon signing in at the hospitality table.
GUILD STORE: The guild has a logo shop that you can purchase guild logo items from. During the meeting you may place your order of T-Shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, and much more. You can pick this up at the next guild meeting. You may also access the shop directly and place an order yourself to be delivered to your home via the guild website.
HOLIDAY PARTY: This annual event is a way to celebrate the holidays with other guild members. This is a sit-down luncheon with plenty of time to socialize. There is generally an auction of donated gift-ready items each year, so bring your checkbook! A gift and cookie exchange round out the event nicely.
HISTORIAN: The guild historian takes photos at guild-sponsored events and meetings and documents them in scrapbook form and also places them in an online photo album. Members are also encouraged to send digital photos to the historian of events that they take.
JUNE POTLUCK: This annual event is another way to get to know members. We share a potluck dinner with other members. Afterwards there is an auction of member’s donations from their sewing room. This is the time each year to get rid of unwanted items from your sewing room to make room for new things. You never know what you will find at these auctions, so bring your checkbook and get ready to bid!
LIBRARY: HQG has an extensive library of quilting books available! Books may be checked out by members at the monthly meetings and are due back at the following monthly meeting.
NA LIMA ALOHA: Translated “the hands of love,” this is the Guild’s community services arm, which contributes quilts island-wide to those in need. Check the monthly guild newsletter to find out when and where they are being held.
NAME BADGES: Members are encouraged to make name badges when joining the guild, as they are a great way to get to know other members. Members must wear their fabric-sewn nametag to be eligible for door prize drawings. New members have three months from the date of joining to get their nametags made.
NEWSLETTER: Our monthly newsletter contains articles of upcoming events, information of interest to quilters, and the pattern for next month's "Block of the Month." Articles from members and committee chairs must be sent to the editor by the 1st of the month for inclusion in that month's edition.
QUILT SHOW: The highlight of the year is our annual quilt show held each April/May. The non-juried show is the largest show of its kind in the state and represents a wide variety of quilting styles, tastes and talents.
RETREAT: A weekend of sewing and friendship! Held a few times during the year, each retreat holds the opportunity to meet fellow guild members in a new setting. Can’t make it to the retreat, but still would like to get to know other members? Often, classes are held at retreat and you can come up for the day for the class.
SECRET PAL: Members wanting to participate complete an information sheet. The luck of the draw determines to whom you give send cards, fat quarters, and other small gifts and who will reciprocate by spoiling you. It's a great way to get to know another member without revealing who you are. Each session usually runs January – June with the reveal at the annual potluck, and July – December with the reveal at the Holiday Party.
SPOTLIGHT: Each month a new quilting tool/gadget or idea is “spotlighted” at the regular membership meeting. A brief demonstration is given.
SHOW-N-TELL: This is the part of the meeting we all look forward to. It is inspiring because of the great ideas we get from one another. Members and guests show off works in progress, tops, completed quilts, and seek advice on color, border, or anything else.
WEBSITE: A place to easily access guild information. Find out what classes are coming up and access a schedule of events. A member password is required, however, to access the current and past newsletters, rosters, and other personal information.
WORKSHOPS: Held at least once a quarter, these workshops promote friendship and sewing. Come sew for the day. Some workshops are task-oriented; some are just free sewing days. Check the newsletter for more information about each upcoming workshop.
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