The Minot Prairie Quilters is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of quilting as an art form and the fellowship of the people who share the love of that art.
The Minot Prairie Quilters was organized in July, 1981, with thirteen women. Today its membership has grown to over 150 members. During the year the guild offers quilting classes for all levels of quilting ability, helps with the display and judging of the quilts at the North Dakota State Fair, sponsors a booth at Hostfest, and works on various community service projects. Some examples of these projects are: making quilts for local hospitals, nursing homes, and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, and giving quilting demonstrations in schools and at the North Dakota State Fair. The guild also maintains a lending library of quilting books and patterns for its members.
The Prairie Quilt Festival is the guild’s most ambitious project. This annual event, held each spring at the Grand International, consists of a quilt show, quilt classes and demonstrations offered by area and national teachers, and the ever popular vendors’ market.
Every year the guild designs and produces a raffle quilt. The money raised from the quilt helps fund community service projects and subsidized educational classes and programs for its members.
The Minot Prairie Quilters is a diverse group of women with a variety of backgrounds and interests. The guild usually meets the first Thursday of every month. We are currently meeting at the Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024 2nd Street SE, Minot.
If you have been quilting for years. or would just like to give quilting a try someday, we welcome you. No experience is necessary to join – just a love of quilts.
Story Behind the Logo
Gail Bender, the logo’s designer, wished to express the feeling of the surrounding natural beauty of North Dakota within the design of the Prairie Quilters Logo. In the Minot area we have many rolling hills, fresh water lakes, and wide expanses of blue sky, which host the most magnificent sunsets.
Subsequently, the logo was divided into three areas. The bottom third represents the area lakes, the middle third shows the sun and its rays, and the top third contains the blue sky. The dark angled bands on either side of the sun represent the hills.