We at Minot Prairie Quilt Guild have been closely watching the developments of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The health of our members, friends, and communities is of utmost importance. 

Following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are implementing some changes. We will be postponing business and guild meetings until further notice. We have cancelled Community Service QOV cut session on March 20 and Community Service workday at Creative Dimensions on April 4.

Please note the CDC recommends organizers cancel or postpone events with 10 people or more.  We will evaluate each program as needed  and are monitoring the situation closely. Any additional changes will be communicated as quickly as possible to participants via email, newsletter, Facebook, and the website.

Due to COVID-19 concerns the April 4, 2020 Community Service QOV sewing day at Creative Dimensions has been postponed.
The good news is MPQG Community Service has a challenge for all quilters staying at home for the next several weeks-a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a local quilt shop of your choice!  
– To enter bring the following to the next MPQG meeting (please note the next meeting date is still to be determined)
 – One Community Service kit that is ready for the next step.  For example, if you signed out a kit to piece, return the pieced top.  If you signed out a kit that needed to be quilted, return a quilted top.  If you signed out a kit to be bound, return a quilt with binding completed.  One entry for each kit you turn in.  If you complete 2 steps, you get 2 entries.  If you complete 3 steps, you get 3 entries.
  – One creation from your stash that is ready for the next step. For example, one completed top is one entry.  A quilted top is two entries.  A quilted and bound quilt is three entries.  Our biggest need is 60″x80″ twin size quilts, but crib quilts will be accepted as well!  Use the patriotic fabrics in your stash to create a Quilt of Valor top (requirements at qovf.org) or get rid of those scraps by creating a string quilt.  You may even have a UFO just waiting to be finished to give comfort to someone in the local community!
Feel free to call or email Kay Barrish with any questions on this challenge 719-510-3778 or kathleen.barrish@gmail.com

Whether you are new to the art of quilting or an experienced quilter, we invite you to join us at the Minot Prairie Quilt Guild. We cover a wide range of quilting: tradition, modern, piecing, applique, mid and long arms, plus many, many more. Please join us in discovering and sharing your favorite or not-so-favorite niche.

The Minot Prairie Quilt Guild meets the first Thursday of each month at Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024 – 2nd St. SE, in Minot. We begin with refreshments at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. The education program and Show and Tell are highlights of each meeting. Please join us for food, fun, and quilting!

2019 was not your typical year for Community Service for the Minot Prairie Quilt Guild. Due to the specifications of a grant we received, the efforts of the Guild were focused on weighted and fidget blankets. We were able to make and donate 55 weighted blankets and 68 weighted lap pads that totaled more than 780 pounds. We were also able to construct and donate 100 fidget blanks for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the Minot Community. Our Guild members donated over 712 hours of their time to make this possible. In December, we donated the last of the finished quilts for the year with 9 going to the YWCA and 1 going to the Men’s Winter Refuge. Although our effort’s focused elsewhere, we were still have to donate 63 quilts worth $27,682.68. the donation of materials, time and talents by our members, was able to donate 209 quilts worth over $58,000 to those in need in the Minot area and throughout ND. We also use the scraps left from making quilts to fill pet beds and donated 158 beds to the local animal shelter and animal rescue groups.
Thank you to all members who donated their times and talents to making our community a better place.