Our goal as a guild is to promote and perpetuate the art of quilting. Our work is
designed to benefit and educate all persons interested in preserving, continuing
and advancing this art.  The guild meets our goal by offering workshops and
instructions on quilting techniques and by sponsoring various exhibits, including
a biennial quilt show


The Guild was organized in 1983 by thirteen women who
shared their enthusiasm, skills, and artistry with each
other.  In the spring of 1984, the members held their first
Quilt Show.  They shared a potluck supper with each other
as they displayed their quilts.  

From its inception, the Guild participated in community
events and supported local charities with donations of
quilts.  The Guild offered their first raffle quilt in 1986.  
Raffle proceeds were then and continue to be used to
support the educational and charitable activities of the

By 1988, there were 75 members.  As members' numbers
and skills increased, the Quilt Show was moved to a
biennial schedule allowing the members to produce a
greater number of quilts and to showcase more intricate
work.  In 1990, the Guild became a chapter of the National
Quilting Association.  Members continue to win awards for
their work which they present at the biennial Guild Show
now held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

(Thanks to Helen Williams,  for the oral history of the Guild.)