The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild furthers the art of quilting through education, provides a means of sharing ideas, materials, skills, and fellowship, and encourages self-expression through the art of quilting.
Meetings -- Meetings are held at 7 PM on the third Monday of every month at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. One of the summer meetings (June, July, or August) is an annual guild picnic, usually held at 6 PM at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Route 287 several miles north of Wellsboro; the December meeting is a guild holiday dinner, usually starting at 6 PM. Meeting dates occasionally change to accommodate the schedules of national-level speakers. Those changes are announced on the guild’s website and newsletter as well as in local media.
Each meeting includes a program on quilting and a show-and-tell of members’ recently-completed quilts. These gatherings provide an opportunity for guild members and guests to share ideas about quilting and to provide encouragement and support for various quilt projects. New members and visitors are always welcome. Although there is no charge to attend the meetings, visitors are asked to join after attending their third meeting.
Membership -- The guild currently has about 120 members, of all ability levels, mostly from North Central Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. Annual dues are $20 and are due in January; members must renew their membership by the March meeting in order to continue to receive the guild monthly newsletter and other member benefits.
Activities -- MLQG sponsors workshops and lectures by nationally-known quilters as well as workshops by guild members. There are several informal smaller groups within the guild which allow members to work on their own quilting projects in a comfortable atmosphere with other quilters. Other activities sponsored by the guild include a community outreach program and bus trips to national-level quilt shows.
Nine popular MLQG exhibits have been held at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center. The next exhibit is scheduled for August-September 2018.