Barbara Sanders, Marilyn Cole and Jean Tarpley started Cotton Patch Quilters in 1985. A “see who is interested” meeting was held in September followed by the first organization meeting in October. These meetings were held at the “Berry Patch”, a quilt and fabric store. The group was named “Cotton Patch Quilters” and had 12 to 15 members.
The guild held its first quilt show in 1987 at Tuckston United Methodist Church. It was a one-day show, and classes were conducted by Elizabeth Barton and Barbara Sanders. The second show follow two years later….a one-day show at the Botanical Gardens.
Presidents during this time included Barbara Sanders, Rith Bennett, Jean Tarpley and Dot Hatchell.
Meetings were held from September to June, with the summer months being free. The meeting place was moved to the old Lyndon House in 1989.
During the 1989/1990 guild year, Mary Louise Quigley acted as president, the treasury contained approximately $500 and annual dues were $6.50. Programs for the year included Puff Biscuit Quilts, Doll Quilts, Designing with Stripes, Crazy Quilt Embellishments, and Making Log Cabin Vests.
The group enjoyed a Saturday workshop learning how to make the “Prairie Tulip” block and many showed quilts and participated in the “May Magnolia Day” held at the Taylor Grady House.
The Raffle Quilts was a Bear’s Paw….one of many that the group made over the years.