History of the Tompkins County Quilters Guild
November 12, 1974
The Tompkins County Quilters Guild was founded.
August 21-27, 1976
Finger Lakes Bicentennial Quilt Exhibit. A week-long quilt extravaganza with over 600 quilts and events and exhibits all over Ithaca. A joint venture with the City Federation of Women's Organizations, it was one of the largest quilt exhibits in the nation at that time and was nationally recognized as influential in the quilt revival. This seminal show, with its workshops, demonstrations, lectures and exhibit of over 600 quilts, became a blueprint for other quilt shows. It drew visitors and quilters from across the country as well as international attendees. Some of the country's top quilters and enthusiasts met at the show.
October 17-18, 1981
The beginning of the Tompkins County Quilters Guild biennial quilt shows that continue to the present. November 9, 1996
"Quilted with Care", a gala event and small quilt auction that raised $27,000 for the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance.
Quilters donated more than 50 quilts to the Alzheimer's Unit of the Reconstruction Home. October 21, 1999
The Guild received the "Graceful Giving Award" in honor and recognition of service to our community. Presented by the Ithaca Journal and the Community Development Professionals.
May 15, 2000
The Guild received the "Award for Excellence" for outstanding service to other not-for-profit organizations. Presented by the Tompkins County Foundation. September 16, 2000
The second "Quilted with Care" small quilt auction raised $25,000 for the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance.
July 27-29, 2001
The 25th anniversary of the 1976 Bicentennial show included the biennial quilt show as well as exhibits at the History Center, Johnson Museum, Community School of Music and Art and events at the Women's Community Building. These are just a few of many events that make up the Quilters Guild history.
See the progression of Tompkins County Quilters Guild Raffle Quilts from the early years to present day. Click on the button to download Barbara Dimock's slide presentation, Thirty Plus Years of Show Quilts. This is a large pdf file, 41.4 MB.