South Plains Quilters Guild:
An Inventory of Its Records, 1977-2012 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
In July of 1976, Betty Arper coordinated an all-day quilting bee as a Special Event at the Mahon Library in Lubbock, Texas. Area quilt makers brought quilts for display and demonstrated methods of quilt making. The event aroused so much interest that several of those present decided to organize a quilting group.
The first meeting was held in the Garden and Arts Center in Lubbock, Texas on January 25, 1977. Approximately 40 persons attended and displayed about 100 quilts, and gave the history of each quilt. An organizational meeting was set, and on March 1, 1977, the group was formed. The Quilting B's was chosen for the name. Betty Arper was elected president. On October 8, 1978, the name of the organization was changed to The South Plains Quilters Guild. Dot Lawson served as the first president of the new guild.
At the time of this publication, the guild participates in community activities including the annual Lubbock Arts Festival, the Ranching Heritage Center's Ranch Day and Candlelight at Christmas. Annual exhibits of quilts are hung in the Mahon Library with occasional exhibits in the Garden and Arts Center. Quilts made by guild members hang in the local Ronald McDonald House.
The SPQG Logo was designed by Carrie Lou Holtman. The banner was constructed by Martha Spears, Edna Thompson, Donna Locke, Syble Tarrance, and Carrie Lou Holtman. The Windmill block signifies the importance of water to the semi-arid region around Lubbock. The border is quilted with cotton bolls – cotton being the major money crop of the area.
Portions of biography were transcribed from the South Plains Quilters Guild at http://spqg.org/
The Records contains correspondence, financial materials, periodicals, organizational records, photographs, other printed material, and scrapbooks. These materials document all aspects of the South Plains Quilters Guild from 1977 to 2012, including events such as the Dallas Quilt Celebration, financial operations, and even its monthly/yearly meetings.
Open for research
South Plains Quilters Guild Records, 1977-2012 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Collection accession #(s):
Andrew Lloyd, 2013