The purpose of our guild is to provide fellowship and social opportunities to members while promoting quilting arts and skills.

                                                             A Brief History

The impetus for creating the Rocket Quilt Guild occurred in April 2003 after the Seaside Piecemakers Guild in Satellite Beach, out of necessity, voted to cap their membership.  Laurel Merrill decided to start a new guild in the central area and did so with the support of Patti Simpson, Kim Mendoza, and Kathy Coon.  Several other charter members soon became involved.  

The organizational meetings began in August of 2003 and took place in Laurel's living room.  The first official guild meeting took place in October of 2003 at the Cocoa Public Library with 21 members in attendance.  The guild meetings started in room 3, but with steady growth progressed to the larger room 2, and finally, room 1 where we currently meet each month. 

Monthly features in the beginning included the library, show and tell, a newsletter, a monthly raffle, block of the month, and refreshments.  Eventually, the fattie box, recycle station, member/teacher classes and community quilts effort followed.

After a year had come to pass, an annual anniversary party was instituted to celebrate the guild's birthday.  With that came our annual mystery quilt and challenge quilt activities.  The anniversary party and challenge quilt are celebrated together and are always looked forward to with great anticipation. 

The Rocket Quilters Quilt Guild, Inc. became an official not -for- profit corporation in January, 2009.

As you will read in the General Meeting Activities section, we continue to enjoy the many features that were first begun with the inception of the guild.  There are plans to expand our community involvement and in-house education.  As always, the members of the guild share a love of quilts, quilting and the fellowship of their common bond.

 

 

                                                     General Meeting Activities

 

Lending Library - Our method for checking out books has changed.  Our "book mobile lady" will bring a selection of books to the meeting each month where you can peruse and choose what you would like.  Books are checked out for a month. 

Fat Quarter Drawing - Bring in fat quarters each month - theme announced at meeting and on website. Multiple winners each month!

Recycle Station - Purchase gently used books, magazines, patterns, and other quilt-related things for 25 cents and up.  

Nifty Notions - Make a donation for a chance to win one of three or four quilt related items.

Block of the Month - Each month a pattern is presented. This year we have been asked to make a red,white,blue block for the guild and then one of your own to keep.  When you bring back a completed block or several completed blocks, you have a chance to win fat quarters for your future projects.  The blocks for the guild are donated to the Quilts of Valor project and Hospice of St Francis.

Community Quilts - Take home kits which contain fabric to cut or sew, quilts to quilt or bind, and help us bring comfort to the community.

Show and Tell - Bring in your quilts and projects to show off and share.  For many, this is one of the highlights of the meeting.

Program - Each month enjoy a speaker, hands-on project, or presentation.

 

Twice during the year you have the chance to stretch your creativity.

Mystery Quilts -  Directions are given monthly beginning at the October Anniversary Party.  April is the big reveal.

Challenge Quilts - After the April reveal, get your hints for the challenge quilt to be shown at our Anniversary Party in October. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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