Common Threads Quilt Guild

Common Threads
 Quilt Guild
Hancock County, Indiana

       The Common Threads Quilt Guild was organized July 1988.  An organizational meeting was held in Greenfield at the Farm Bureau Building with approximately 15-18 ladies in attendance.  Two ladies from the recently formed Greenwood club were there to help and lend support.  The club name was suggested and voted on that day.

The first officers were:

Dee Oakerson, President

Shirley Eller, Vice-president

Alice Tidrow, Secretary

Virgina Collin, Treasurer

             Our first quilt shows were held at the Chapel in the Park in Greenfield.  We used chairs to display quilts and some were hung on the walls.  A few years later we were financially able to have quilt racks built so we could hang more quilts without folding them.  We have been able to obtain many instructors through the years who have presented classes on all phases of quilting.

             Since 1988 we have had more than 150 ladies as members.  Charter members who were present at the organizational meeting and are still active are: Jean Edwards, Shirley Eller, Lucille Hartley, Lois Schaekel, Norma Jean Smith and Edna Martin.

            Lucille Hartley, Historian (2002)

 Our Guild Now

      In our 24th year, a membership of 126 gathers now on the west edge of Hancock County surrounded by Cumberland, Fortville, Greenfield, Lawrence, Mt Comfort and New Palestine.  We meet the third Wednesday of each month at Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church, 3179 North 600 West – just north of I-70 at Mt. Comfort exit – from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.  Meetings are held in the huge , well lit Life Center in the rear of the building.  With entrance gained through the large doors under the drive – thru.  New members are always welcome to join no matter what their skill level or experience.  Membership dues are $15.00. A guest may visit twice before joining, although without membership some guest speakers cost $5.00 at the door.  This will be noted on the Web or in the newspaper.  The meetings often include a quilt related demonstration or mini workshop, pot luck luncheons, make it and take it, auctions and nationally known instructors.  We always include door prizes, block of the month, show’n tell, tips and a supportive and fun atmosphere. 

      Some quotes from members in the past regarding Common Threads; “It’s a good way to make new friends and renew old friendships having that common bond of quilting brings you together” – Marietta Christ.  “Everything that I’ve been able to experience through quilting has been a good experience.  The people that  are into the craft are very wholesome and nice” – Melodie Wright.  “The neat thing about quilting is there’s a social life associated with it.  There are day trips and shop hops…We get together and make a day of it and go all over creation finding shops and eating lunch” – Karen Mitchell.


3 thoughts on “Common Threads Quilt Guild

  1. what a great presentation today! Brian is Mr. Personality, and i saw a fun loving talented man, with a loving heart! i was inspired, and i did come home and look at some old photos. i have long loved heirloom sewing using laces, buttons and silk ribbons, so it gave my heirloom side a big nudge! thank you so very much Brian for coming and spending time with us. thank you for sharing your beautiful quilts, and sharing your tips and stories.

    ladies it was a lovely lunch, i sure enjoyed my plate! it was once again some down home goodness.

    i have not had a chance before today to sit and put down my thoughts on our pretty website. so i am taking this time to do so.
    i want to thank lynn, for working so hard to get all the wonderful guests this year. we have talked during the year, and i know she wanted to bring in some different ideas, new things that would spark creativity and also help us in our love of quilting. everyone had something new and special to share with us. they brought new ideas, things from far away places, new and helpful gadgets and things that tickled my creativity. keeping up with all the new methods, and new products is very important to me. there are such creative people out there in our world of quilting and sewing and they manage to always come up with a gadget or a method to make our love of quilting/sewing faster and easier so we can make more quilts. others come up with ideas that make you say–“well……why didn’t i think of that –FIRST!!” those little ‘AH-HA! moments. some bring a new slant on an old theme. we all get something different out of meeting and listening to others, seeing what they enjoy doing with fabric and thread. i never get tired of hearing them (our speakers) say this very sentence of encouragement…”there are no rules, it’s what you like, what you want on it, how you want to do it…play with it and enjoy!” we all have to agree that if that doesn’t free you then nothing will.

    i want to take time here to thank all the ladies that have been bringing in things for the boutique. i am ooo-ing and ahhh-ing and just so excited when i see the things you have brought. what a great variety of lovely items you all have made. great job! thank you so much. you still have time — we are still collecting things for the boutique. be thinking of a good name for the boutique and mention at the next meeting or i guess you could email me. my email address is

    ladies, on your mark get set, ENJOY!!
    be well and be happy
    evey penman—

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