1986 Raffle Quilt

blocks laid out on the floor

Back in 1986, QGND members made 10″ basket quilt blocks for the raffle quilt. Kim Baird set them together with gray alternate blocks, and members hand quilted it in Kim’s living room! Kim had to crawl under the massive quilt frame to get through the living room, until some work was accomplished and the quilt could be rolled, gradually freeing up space.

This experiment was NOT repeated. After that year, the raffle quilts were passed from member to member, who each quilted a section using a large hoop.

Eventually, even that was replaced by long-arm machine quilting.

Some of our members have never seen a quilt pattern like the one we used. You had to add your own seam allowances!

1982 is 38 years ago!

Browsing through files, I came across this article written by Sandy Huseby in 1982. It was published in a magazine put out by Gate City Bank. Neither Sandy, nor the bank, can remember the name of this periodical.

The author interviewed us and took photos at our very first QGND picnic, which was held at the rural home of our third president Judy Ballew, north of Moorhead. Enjoy this blast from our past!

We are Making Quilts of Valor

President Shelley Folkedahl has announced that QGND members are invited to help Quilts of Valor make some quilts.This is a project that can be done in the safety of your own home or members can attend the education class in October where will be sewing the blocks together. We are also accepting fabric donations for this project. Contact Shelley Folkedahl at 701-306-9275.
The blocks are due by the November 21st Holiday Luncheon so we can give them to the local QOV group.

Click here for directions and pattern. A specific design is requested. DO NOT send your blocks to the address listed–get them to a Guild meeting, or mail them to Shelley.

Call for Entries

As part of the Valley Shop Hop this year we are doing a quilt show at the participating shops. Entries for the quilt show are due on Saturday, August 29. Viewer’s Choice Winners will win a $20 gift certificate from all six participating shops. Quilts can be entered at https://rb.gy/tr1av8.

Jennifer McCall asked us to share this.

Pandemic Quilt Update

by Colleen Anderson

There is still time to contribute to this QGND project. Help us memorialize 2020, even though right now, you may just want to forget it! Create a block about the uncertainties, cancellations (including Metro Quilt Expo!) and losses caused by a new and nasty virus. The plan is to display this quilt at the 2021 Metro Quilt Expo.

  • Create a 12 x 12 inch quilt block (includes a 1-inch seam allowance on each side; don’t decorate one inch from each edge).  Finished blocks when sewn together will be 10 x 10 inches.
  • Your block can be pieced, appliqued, embellished, painted, embroidered collaged…as long as it has a 12 x 12 fabric base and can be sewn together.
  •  include a brief description or explanation of the block
  •  Mail your completed block to Bonnie Anderson, 1361 12th St N, Wahpeton, ND 58075.
Oblique by Roz Buck- “Neither parallel nor at a right angle, what life has been like the past few months of Covid 19.”

Requesting handmade face masks

Hello – I’m reaching out to sewing groups who may possibly have the means to make handmade face masks for health care workers.

New Perspective is a MN based assisted living company with communities in several states, including one in North Dakota, New Perspective – West Fargo. Any information or masks is so very much appreciated.  We are accepting donations of any amount.  I am the contact person for this effort and can be reached by phone, text and email:  952-270-8653, tlarson@npseniorliving.com.

Thank you, words cannot express our gratitude!


Teri Larson

Teri Larson

Sr Director of Clinical Services

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Social Distancing 2020 Pandemic Quilt

After reading about a similar project for the Wisconsin Quilt Museum, Bonnie Anderson has suggested the following activity for the Guild and has volunteered to put the blocks together in time to display at the 2021 Metro Quilt Expo.

Bonnie said, “We are all grieving over the loss of our 2020 quilt show. Our family has a wedding scheduled for April 25 that will likely not happen the way it was planned.  Many of us are dealing with so many uncertainties.  Lots of losses are anticipated in many ways.  I think we QGND members could process some of those losses or other feelings in quilt blocks.  Hopefully it won’t all be sad.  It certainly can be beautiful and therapeutic.”

Participant information:

  •  Let’s collaborate on something that can be fun and meaningful with the uncertain times we are experiencing right now. The guild quilt show is cancelled for 2020 but we can still sew and quilt. Let’s make a social distancing Pandemic quilt with blocks from guild members.
  • Create a 12 x 12 inch quilt block (includes a 1-inch seam allowance on each side; don’t decorate one inch from each edge).  Finished blocks when sewn together will be 10 x 10 inches.
  • Your block can be pieced, appliqued, embellished, painted, embroidered collaged…as long as it has a 12 x 12 fabric base and can be sewn together.
  •  Each block will be included in the collaborative quilt that will be displayed at our next Metro Quilt Expo.
  •  Mail your completed block to Bonnie Anderson, 1361 12th St N, Wahpeton, ND 58075.
  • The new deadline will be one month following the next QGND meeting. For example, if we meet in June, the deadline is the July meeting. Do not sign your block but please include your full name and the city and state where you live with the block.

The Velveteen Rabbit show

This event has been rescheduled for fall of 2020.

NDSU’s Department of Theatre Arts is performing The Velveteen Rabbit in April. They have asked us to mount a display of quilts or other fiber art in the lobby for the month. Your piece doesn’t have to be a rabbit. It could be about the themes featured in the book: love, becoming real, healing and transformation. To submit a piece for the exhibit deliver it to Virginia Dambach prior to April 1, 2020.
Also provide electronic (email) information for the exhibit including: Name of the Piece,
Maker Name, Size, and a brief description of how piece relates to the theme.
Participants would each be given two free tickets to the show. There will be a Vote for Your Favorite Piece for students and show attendees. The winner will receive a season pass for the 2021 NDSU Theatre season.

Janice Johnson’s Velveteen Rabbit piece.


Entry form and guidelines for the 2020 Metro Quilt Expo are now available on our website. You may print out forms to mail in, or register online.

deadline is APRIL 3