History

On May 12, 1982, a meeting was held at The Stitchery in Bowie, Maryland. Ten ladies were in attendance with Cheryl Lowe chairing the meeting. Four names were suggested and voted on for the Chapter: Southern Comforters, Bowie Bee, Bowie Quilters, and Bowie Cover-ups. The first three in priority order were submitted to NQA headquarters for approval.

In order to get the chapter started financially and support any initial projects, it was decided by all that dues should be collected at each meeting. Dues of $1.00 per meeting was charged, but all agreed that this amount may be adjusted according to needs anytime in the future.

Following the close of official business, each lady present introduced herself. After everyone had an opportunity to speak, it was agreed that as a further means to get acquainted with each other the group would hold a *Show and Tell.*

Some Interesting Firsts

1987 — First Friendship Quilt
1988 — First Quilt Show – Belair Mansion – June 12th
1988 — First Quilt Club Pins (design by Rolinda Collinson)
1988 — Community Quilts Projects (started by Jean Reger)
1993 — First two day quilt show – location: Bowie City Hall
1994 — First “Solo” Quilt Show for Southern Comforters
1996 — First Southern Comforters Retreat
1997 — First *Kids Corner* at the Quilt Show
1998 — First show held at C.E.Rieg Special Center
1999 — Southern Comforters goes on-line
2006 — Newsletter available in color via email
2006 — Yahoo Groups site launched
2007 — First Quilt Bingo hosted
2010 — Out of the Attic
2015 — Wikispace established
2015 — Quilt Show moved to Samuel Ogle Middle School
2018 — Website Redesigned

Past Guild Presidents

Southern Comforters Quilt Guild has grown from ten women in 1982 to over 100 members!

1982-83 Cheryl Lowe
1983-84 Barbara Dolney
1984-85 Jean Reger
1985-86 Grace Galetsky
1987-88 Carol Conrad
1988-89 Carol Hobbs
1989-91 Helen Johnston
1991-92 Rolinda Collinson
1992-93 Beth Esmont
1993-95 Bonnie Maneer
1995-97 Barbara Bletch
1997-98 Janet Freitag
1998-99 Cathy Brown
1999-01 Irene Gambino
2001-03 Jean Reger
2003-05 Carol Z. Berg
2005-07 Carolyn Martel
2007-08 Evelyn Kirby
2008-16 Pat Scully
Current – Peggy Alexander

Quilt Show Featured Quilters

2017 – Jean Dwyer
2016 – Trish Rader
2015 – Mary Nielsen
2014 – Pat Scully
2013 – Misty Cole
2012 – Terri Tomoff
2011 – Charlotte Kieliszek
2010 – Barbara Dahlberg
2009 – Karen Sim
2008 – Pam Budesheim
2007 – Susie Stevenson
2006 – Margy Hill
2005 – Susan Dicks
2004 – Bette Mock
2003 – Marion Wise
2002 – Florence Marion
2001 – Eileen Schamel
2000 – Jean Reger
1999 – Renee Hunt
1998 – Father Raymond Prybis (Quilt Show Theme: Quilts for Men)
1997 – Helen Johnston
1996 – Bonnie Maneer
1995 – Ribbon Winners: Challenge, Sotterly Plantation Best in Show, Maryland State Fair, Prince Georges County Fair, Annapolis Quilt Guild Viewers Choice, Londontown Needlework Show, Champlain Valley (Vermont) Quilters Annual Show
1994 – Joan Blalock
1993 – Mary Lancaster