In the early 1990s a small group of like-minded ladies, known as the Aurora Quilters, got together on a regular basis and sewed. In the winter of 1991/92, a quilting class was started on Wednesday evenings at the old Seward Middle School.
The two groups eventually joined forces and became known as the Seward Area Quilters. The group moved from the middle school to the elementary school library, where everyone sewed together until 2011. Up until very recently, Seward Area Quilters sewed in the basement of the City Annex building – the old library – at the southeast corner of Fifth and Adams on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the first and third Sunday of each month.
In addition to regular meetings, the Seward Area Quilters get together several times a year for local quilt retreats. Both traditional and modern techniques, and beginner and advanced quilting skills are shared. Classes are frequently offered and taught by great local and out of town instructors. In addition to the shared friendship and commonality, quilting provides an accessible means of engaging in free creativity and color and fosters an appreciation for the art of quilting.
The Seward Area Quilters have a long and diverse history that includes many quilted projects donated to our community and beyond. Some of these projects have included: starting the Baby Welcome Wagon quilt program in 1998, which provides a quilt to all new babies in Seward through the Infant Learning Program – over 40 quilts gifted each year.
The group also provides the Seward Senior Center with quilts for fundraising; service quilts for families in need; families of fire loss; victims of domestic violence; foster care children; lap quilts for each elder at Mountain Haven Nursing Home; several quilts made for the American Legion to be used as fundraisers for their scholarship program.
The group has also donated quilts for fundraisers to benefit the PTSA, Seward Animal Shelter, Special Olympics, Seward Fire Department, Quilts for Hero’s, and more. The Seward Area Quilters have also sponsored an annual quilt show during the Polar Bear Jump Weekend for many years. Membership into the Seward Area Quilters is open to the public and no experience is required to join.
The group has recently lost its space in the City Annex Building, and is looking for a new, permanent meeting location. If anyone knows of a location that is available, please contact the quilters guild by messaging them on Facebook, Seward Area Quilters.