About the Guild

Welcome to Thimble & Thread Quilt Guild, one of St. Louis' largest quilting clubs. We hope you will join us at one of our monthly meetings, a workshop or even a quilt show. Explore our site to see some of the quilt-related things going on in St. Louis, our guild and elsewhere.

Thimble & Thread Quilt Guild of Greater St. Louis is the one of the area's largest quilt guild. We bring in national and local experts for monthly programs and sponsor workshops and retreats yearly and a major quilt show every other year.

Membership benefits include a monthly newsletter, admission to monthly meetings, discounts on retreats and workshops and a whole new circle of friends who enjoy quilting as much as you do. Dues are $30 a year.

Please join us! Visitors are welcome at any meeting. At the first membership meeting a visitor attends, the visitor fee is waived unless there is a national speaker. Visitor fee is $3.00 per meeting; $5.00 when there is a national speaker.

The Guild was founded in October 1977 by Jean Ameduri. At that time she was a branch librarian for the St. Louis Public Library. She started by conducting a program entitled “How to Start a Quilt Club” on a Friday evening while the library was closed. With just a news release in the local newspaper, 20 quilters and non-quilters showed up. At the following month’s meeting, 40 people were in attendance. Jean gave a brief presentation on the ‘quilting stitch’ as non-quilters quilted a potholder. Officers were elected, ideas for programs were suggested, and a newsletter editor began the tradition to update members monthly. By the third month, there were 80 people present and reservations were required for guests.

This Guild has grown over the past thirty years to a current membership of approximately 180 members from across the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The agenda of the meetings consists of an educational presentation, business meeting, concluding with a “show and tell” session of projects made by Guild members.

During the evening, there are several raffles, which are always fun. The newsletter raffle gives participants a chance to win quilting related items with proceeds used to support the monthly newsletter. Fabric raffles, featuring collections from local shops, also raise money for the guild.

Each month an “Optional Block” pattern is available for a small fee. You receive the pattern and often a piece of fabric to be used in the block, sometimes with additional fabric from your stash. For every block you make, you will then have the opportunity to win all the completed blocks at the next meeting.

A satellite group is “Baker’s Dozen”. This group exchanges blocks three to four times a year. Approximately every three months, the group meets at a member’s house for the exchange and to determine the theme for the next block exchange. Members make twelve blocks plus an extra to keep. At the meeting, they exchange blocks with other members.

Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month at 7:00 pm. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 505 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122. Visitors are welcome. Visitors may attend their first meeting at no charge unless there is a national speaker. The fee is $3.00; $5.00 if there is a national speaker.