The Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild is a group of women and men who share a love of quilting. Our goals are to further our expertise in the quilting arts through practical use and to educate the community in which we live by sharing and teaching our knowledge. In addition to individual activities, guild members work together to create quilts that are donated to local charities and individuals in need. Our guild is a major supporter of community services through the Yard Square Quilts auctions held during our yearly show and sale.
The Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild in Berkeley Springs, WV started 35 years ago. On November 9, 1981, Liz Burton called several people who had an interest in quilting. An organizational meeting was held at Joanne Moulden's home. It was during that meeting that it was decided to form a chapter entitled Delectable Mountains Quilters. At this meeting the National Quilting Association philosophy was discussed. It was decided to meet in member's homes on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month between 1 - 3pm. Suzanne Offutt was selected as the first chairperson. On November 28, 1981, the Executive Committee of the National Quilter's Association presented Official Charter Chapter CXXXVI(136) to Delectable Mountains Quilters. On December 7, 1981, Grace Grant and Irene Clark had made arrangements with the Seventh Day Adventist Church to become the regular meeting place. The first group project was a simple square; the group traced patterns onto fabric, cut and began piecing!
The members include quilters of all levels who teach, learn, and share skills and ideas amongst themselves and the community. What more could a budding or master quilter ask for! Join us some time at our meeting place, we would welcome you as a guest or a member.
Our guild was honored to be designated for the "Spotlight on the Guild" at the West Virginia Quilters Festival show in Summersville, WV, June 21 - 23, 2012.
The Delectable Mountain Quilters brought together old and new quilts from Morgan County for public display at the Apple Butter Festival. The first quilt show was scheduled at Frances Asbury Church Hall, October 9 - 11, 1982. The quilts were displayed during the festival hours on Saturday and Sunday and continued on Monday. The show featured 62 traditional and contemporary samples of Morgan County's quilting heritage - all of them recruited and approved by chapter members.
The quilts ranged from familiar names like Lone Star, Grandmother's Flower Garden, Irish Chain, and Log Cabin to a contemporary piece entitled Asymmetry by Sandy Campbell. A special feature was a quilt by Joanne Moulden, "French Bouquet," which won Best of Show at the NQA show. Fourteen of the displays featured quilts dating back to the 1800s. The oldest quilt was a full-size appliqued "Rose of Sharon" dated Oct. 26, 1850 and made by E.J. Keller. The second oldest quilt was a full-size appliqued sampler made in early 1854 by the great-great grandmother of Lamita Ruppenthal Chewing, a native of Morgan County.
The quilting group's name comes from a traditional quilt pattern. Like many other piecing designs, the pattern had spiritual inspiration, coming from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. It represents, to Bunyan and to chapter members, the peace and safety of the surrounding mountains.
The members promised that the Apple Butter Festival Quilt Show would continue to be a tradition.
Thank you to the members for keeping such wonderful records!
1982 - Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild's First Quilt Show
This all began in 2005. Jane Frenke had been visiting friends in upstate New York where businesses in a small town displayed yard square quilts, which were then auctioned to raise funds for a local cause. She saw the possibilities and brought the concept back to Berkeley Springs. At the time Marilyn Moser was our President, and she also saw the possibilities of this being a great beginning of something big for our guild. So she ran with it! The first auction included 26 quilts. Since then, there have been 45 quilts or more per auction to raise $4o,ooo for local charities. The charities will write letters asking to be chosen for the next auction. The guild members vote on the charity and then we are off and running. The quilts are displayed in various shops throughout the town from mid April until the auction. It will give you plenty of time to look at the quilts and decide which one you must have to take home with you. The auction is always held on the Sunday of Memorial Weekend at 2:00pm at the Ice House. It is a live auction and a lot of fun when there is a bidding war.
Contact us at:
P.O. Box 1226
Berkeley Springs, WV