This Guild was started in March of 1984 when two quilt enthusiasts placed an advertisement in the local newspaper asking for people to join them to create community service quilts. The evening timing was a benefit to working quilters that were not able to attend local daytime guild meetings. By July of 1984, the guild was comprised of approximately 20 members. The original members called themselves Quilter’s Anonymous and met at United Church of Christ in Liverpool the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. The guild changed its name to Candlelight Quilt Guild in July of 1984. Their first community service project was a queen-sized Bear’s Paw quilt that was donated to Ronald McDonald House in the fall of 1984.
The first quilt show was presented in 1986 at the United Church of Christ in Bayberry. In October of 1988, the candlelight quilters started meeting in the cafeteria at VanBuren Elementary School in Baldwinsville. Since then, our membership has grown to over 60 members, but our commitment to community service has remained a constant. Candlelight Quilt Guild has donated quilted items to many local and national organizations including: United Church of Christ, VanBuren Elementary School, the Neonatal Units at local hospitals, Vera House, Project Linus, Meals on Wheels, Quilts of Valor, and the SPCA.
We hold a quilt show every odd numbered year at Clay Fire Hall and devote at least one meeting a year to completing community service projects. Our meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month. We do not have a permanent meeting location at this time; however, in the event of inclement weather, we will follow the Baldwinsville School closings. Guild meetings consist of a short business meeting, Sew and Share, and a program, which can be anything from a picnic to hands on workshops to Trunk shows and lectures by local as well as national quilting teachers. Some past speakers have been Barbra Trudeau, Genie Barnes, Clara Pope, Joan Ford, Sharon Stroud and Jenny Doan. The business meeting starts at 7pm but you are welcome to come after 6pm and can sew and socialize. New members are always encouraged to attend and bring a project to share. All types of quilting is encouraged. We have members in all ability ranges, from beginners all the way up to a Master Quilter. You’ll never go home without learning something new!
2021-2022 Guild Board Members and Officers
President ~ Ticia Wicks
Co-President ~ Stephanie Baker
Treasurer ~ Mary Longman
Secretary ~ Alice Kinsella
Programs ~ Barb Smith
Co-Programs ~ Kathy Weller
Ways & Means ~ Wendy Allen
Publicity ~ Paula Cutrone
Editor ~ Alice Kinsella
Sew & Share ~ Kathy Smith
Sew & Share ~ Wendy Allen
Photographer ~ Paula Cutrone
Web Administrator ~ Paula Cutrone
QCNYS Delegate ~ Glenda Chappell
Sunshine Quilter ~ Alice Kinsella
Member-at-Large ~ Mary Burchill
Greeter ~ Lisa Wennberg
Exchange Coordinator ~ Lisa Wennberg
Community Service ~ Lisa Wennberg
Charity Projects Coordinator ~ Kathy Smith