Rosie Wade of Chamblee, Georgia dreamed of a statewide organization of quilters. In 1983, the North Georgia Quilt Council was formed. At that time, the Council was organized as a consortium of guilds represented by delegates. The Council’s purpose was to promote quilting education, information sharing, community service projects, and leadership opportunities. To accomplish these goals, the Council published its first newsletter ans sponsored its first show in 1984. Classes conducted by local teachers were offered in conjunction with that show.
In 1990, the Council shifted from a consortium of guilds to an organization of individual members and began holding two annual conventions. The North Georgia Quilt Council incorporated as the Georgia quilt Council, Inc.
Over the years, the Council has undertaken a number of statewide projects. In 1989, the Georgia Quilt Project was formed to document quilts with a Georgia connection. More than 10,000 quilts were recorded. This information is available at the Atlanta History Center, James C. Kenan Research Center, in Atlanta. When the 100th anniversary Olympic Games came to Atlanta in 1996, the Georgia Quilt Project organized the Olympic Quilt Project. Georgia Quilt Council members created and gave two quilts to each of the 200 participating countries. These endeavors have resulted in the publication of two books.
Piecing Together a History
Anita Zaleski Weinraub, Editor
2006, University of Georgia Press
The Olympic Games Quilts:
America's Welcome to the World
The Quiltmakers of Georgia
1996, Oxmoor House, Birmingham, AL
The Georgia Quilt Project was incorporated as a separate entity in 1989 and is no loger affiliated with the Council, but all members of the Georgia Quilt Project are or have been members of the Council.
To further its purpose of promoting quilt education, in 1994, the Georgia Quilt Council began sponsoring The Georgia Quilt Symposium, a three day event of fellowship and classes with nationally and internationally known speakers. The event later became the annual Spring Quilt Retreat. The Council retired the Retreat in 2003 when it was determined to no longer be economically feasible. As an alternative, the Council began offering three days of regional workshops held in conjunction with the Spring and Fall conventions.
The Georgia Quilt Council continued to pursue its goals when planning for a Georgia quilt museum began in 1998. This dream came closer to a reality win 2009 with the selection of a site in Carrollton, Georgia, the creation of a Museum board, and an official name – The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum.
The Georgia Quilt Council welcomes new members, and our activities continue to encourage quilters to participate in sharing their quilting experiences with others. The Council remains a statewide organization, reaching out to Georgia quilters as it continues to grow, develop, promote, and encourage the art of quilting.