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Board of Directors 2021


President


Marie Kostamo

I started quilting a few years ago. It's exciting to learn new techniques and share ideas with friends. I love the peace that working on a quilt brings.




Vice President

Joanne Gilch

I started sewing as a child, making doll clothes.  My first quilt wasn’t until 2017 when I found a design online, and I used lots of scraps…I was hooked.  I joined the SQC in 2019.




Secretary

Mary Lemon

I am a retired registered nurse who enjoys taking quilting classes and making charity quilts.  I have been quilting off and on for about 12 years.



Treasurer

Susie Haugen

My husband and I made our first quilts 25 years ago… two small, simple quilts for the kids' bunks in the camper. Then we moved on to other crafts.  Six years ago we started quilts for our four grandkids and finally finished them a year ago. But in the past two years we have gotten more involved in quilting, and have recently bought a house with a 12x16 bonus room that is set up just for quilting!  My quilt above received a 3rd place in the category of medium pieced by 2 people for the SQC 2020 Quilt Show.


VP of Membership

Alberta Dalke

Alberta is a long-time SQC member. She is an avid and prolific quilter, making many, many quilts for charity.



VP of Programs

Mary davis

I made my first quilt for our new-born son James in 1987 using pre-cut hexagons I had found in a Laura Ashley store in London. Somewhat by trial and error I was able to piece the top and worked out how to layer and finish the piece into a usable quilt. I didn’t revisit quilting until I made one that incorporated cross-stitched flower blocks into a simple bed quilt using sashing pieces.  The size of the quilt was quite a challenge for me and my simple home sewing machine! When we bought a home in St Pete, I was delighted to find a selection of fabric and craft stores in the area and while exploring them found block-of-the-month packs on sale so decided to try piecing something more challenging.  I gradually taught myself various piecing, applique and quilting techniques and became more and more interested in quilting in general.  At the moment I am enjoying making wall-hangings that incorporate both piecing and raw-edge applique.  I love being a member of Suncoast Quilting Circle and have found not only friendship but advice, guidance and inspiration as my quilting journey continues.



VP of Night Group

Cindy Vitters

I have been an SQC member for two years, and will be the President of the Night Group beginning in January 2021.    I have been quilting for about 20 years on and off.    I enjoy it so much more now that I am retired.   I prefer smaller projects such as wall hangings and purses.  However I do make bed quilts and love doing Quilts of Valor. 



Member at Large

Emily Fasan

 I learned to quilt in the mid-90’s with a little book titled “Quilting for People Who Don’t Have Time to Quilt” written by Marti Michell.  I made 5 different quilts using the chain piecing methods I learned in her books.  I was hooked!  I still enjoy chain piecing but have expanded my quilting techniques to improvisational piecing and landscape quilts.  I look forward to new and fun ways to connect with quilters!



Member at Large

Sharon Gorup

As a third-generation quilter, I was piecing a simple nine-piece block when I was 9.    Many, many years later, I find myself thoroughly enjoying everything about quilting… making quilts, hanging out with quilters, researching fabrics, and learning new techniques.  Being a member of the SQC has given me all of that, and I’m happy to be part of the leadership that strives to keep this Guild exciting for its members, offering what’s new in the quilting world while respecting the traditions that are still relevant today. 



Member at Large

Diane Gardner-Rhoden

Diane enjoys quilting.



Night Programs

Norene Dagly

My mom bought a new sewing machine when I was eleven years old that came with free lessons. I made a dress with a reversible jacket and a belt. I entered a fashion show with that outfit and won a small black patent leather suitcase! After that, I sewed all my clothes, and later curtains and upholstery. My husband’s grandmother was a quilter and received her fabric from another grandson that worked at Griswold Textile Company in Westerly, RI.  I inherited that fabric and held onto it for years.  Finally I found a quilt group that had night meetings! I joined Suncoast Quilting Circle. Speakers taught me so much and quilters share their knowledge, experience and humor to make each meeting more enjoyable. My picture is with a quilt I made for my daughter. She chose the panel and fabric.



Newsletter Editor

Robin Clark

Originally from California, I moved to Florida in 2014 to follow my daughter and grandchildren.  I am a retired (after 50 years) critical care nurse/nurse educator.  I began quilting in 1976, and my first quilt was a state bird applique done as a group project for a raffle fundraiser.  Since then, I have made many quilts for friends and charity. 



Webmaster

Emily Fasan

 I learned to quilt in the mid-90’s with a little book titled “Quilting for People Who Don’t Have Time to Quilt” written by Marti Michell.  I made 5 different quilts using the chain piecing methods I learned in her books.  I was hooked!  I still enjoy chain piecing but have expanded my quilting techniques to improvisational piecing and landscape quilts.  I look forward to new and fun ways to connect with quilters!



Sunshine

PAT THOMPSON

The SQC has been a part of my life since 1984. I have enjoyed learning, sharing ideas, and fellowship with all the members. 



Our mission is to preserve and promote the art of quilt making, stimulate interest through educating members and the public, and engage in projects for the community where needed and appropriate.   


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