On February 10, the Rutherford Quilt Guild delivered 213 hand made placemats to the Rutherford Senior Center as one of the Guilds service projects. The placemats will be distributed to the recipients of the Meals On Wheels program.

This charitable endeavor was one of many the Guild has pursued since it was formed. The Guild has made over 1225 masks for various organizations since the beginning of the pandemic. One member actually completed 512, while another made 208 masks! The Guild is currently working on surgical caps for two separate hospitals.

Rutherford Quilt Guild presents the Rutherford Senior Center with placemats made for the Meals on Wheels participants. Left to right: Dee Batayte (president of RQG), Dorothy Baird, Betty Maxey and Olivia Caldwell (with the Senior Center)

They have also made over 100 pillowcases for the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Center. Other charities the guild has provided either funds or hand made items include hand made hearts for the NeoNatal Center, Fidget quilts for the Alzheimer Center, Quilts of Honor for local Veterans, supplies for the Women’s Pantry, food items for Back Packs for local children, funding for Women Roofers, among other important causes in our community.

The Rutherford Quilt Guild was established in June of 2010 when several local women realized the need to establish a community of quilters. Since that date the guild has met monthly to share their love of the art of quilting. Up until the Covid-19 disruption, they have met the second Monday of the month and hosted a bi-annual quilt show at ICC. They are hoping that they will be able to hold a quilt show the second weekend of October 2021. 

The Rutherford Quilt Guild makes a point of welcoming all level of quilters from beginners to professionals with the emphasis on building our skills, creating bonds of friendship and serving our community. 

Submitted by Dorothy Baird