Quilters' Workshop of Tampa Bay is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the love of quilting.
Very early in 1978, a master quilter and teacher by the name of Eugenia Burwell moved to Tampa and began her search for a group of quilters. Eugenia contacted the local fabric stores looking for fellow quilters. In March, 1978, postcards were received in homes announcing a quilting meeting at the Peninsular Library (now called the Charles Fending Library) on March 7, 1978. Meetings were held once a month over the summer at the library and Eugenia hosted a weekly get together on Mondays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. in her home. In September, the first official club meeting was held at the library at which time officers were elected, by-laws were set up and plans for a directory of members were discussed. Dues were set at $7 annually and the first quilt show was planned. There were 25 women present at this first meeting.
Over the years, the Guild has continued to grow and thrive. We have held 21 quilt shows and shared the love of quilting in a variety of venues including decorating the Plant Museum for their first Christmas Stroll, decorating the Yacht Club and Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club for Christmas Holidays, and decorating and donating two trees for the Festival of Trees. We have made quilts and other items to donate to many charities as well. In 2001, the Guild donated quilts for the children’s room for the grand opening of the Jan Platt and Jimmie Keel libraries. In 2008, the Guild donated a quilt paying tribute to classic novels to the newly renovated Town and Country Library. Other charity projects include donations to the Salvation Army and quilts for organizations such as the Tampa Crossroads Veteran’s Assistance Center, the Linus Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.
The membership has grown from 25 original members to 71 current members. In 1984, the organization was incorporated and became Quilters’ Workshop of Tampa Bay, Inc. Our Guild was chartered by the National Quilting Association in March, 1986.