Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild is the successful marriage of two smaller guilds - Gold Country Quilters Guild and Needle Dredgers Guild. Both Guilds were small and served similar populations. During joint meetings in early 1985, they made the decision to combine the small guilds resulting in benefits to members and community, increased fund-raising capacity and greater accomplishments.
In choosing a new name there was discussion of adding the word "fiber" since some of the members were weavers and fiber artists. The first newsletter bearing the name Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild was written in March, 1985. The first meeting was March 12, 1985. Sheila Mataya-Bayley was elected the first President. Sheila was the President of the Gold Country Quilters Guild prior to the merger. The first Quilt Show was October 5, 1985. Quilt Show Chair was Jerry Paddeck. The Opportunity Quilt was the "Lancaster Rose”.
Meetings moved from one location to another as the Guild grew. Some of the locations were the Home Economics room at Folsom High School, Carl Sundahl School, Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall, St. John's Catholic Church, the old Community Center, and the present Folsom Community Center. Bylaws of the Guild were written and voted in early 1985. The bylaws have been reviewed and revised as needed every three years by the Executive Board.
We honor those founding members still among us.
The Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild honors the following founding members who are still active members:
Sheila Mataya-Bayley *
Lesley Kemp *
* Past Presidents of the guild