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Genesee Valley Quilt Club (GVQC) is one of the oldest continually meeting quilt clubs in America. The first meeting in January 1936 was sponsored by the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). The club started with only 11 members and has grown to 280 members today. GVQC was organized by Mrs. Gladys Reid Holton who was curator of the History of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
In the 1930’s, the club mission statement was to unite individual experience and thus be able to give inspiration to those who like to make better quilts. The club motto “Help One Another” was the foundation on which today’s traditions were built.
“Help One Another” extends beyond the borders of the club as GVQC has a long history of community service. During WWII quilts, toys and monetary donations were made to the British War Relief, the Red Cross, and the Russian War Relief. Today, through its Love and Comfort Project, members extend a hand to those in need through donation of hundreds of quilts each year.
Besides helping others, the club has felt its most important activity is displaying quilts. Since 1936, GVQC has hosted or participated in quilt exhibits. Early displays were held at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. In recent years, the biennial Quilt Show has been held at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The mission of GVQC is to promote quilting through activities within the community and draws members from Finger Lakes, Central NY and Western NY regions. Membership represents a wide range of quilting skills from beginner to advanced and all types of quilting and interests, including: traditional, contemporary, modern, hand and machine quilting. A few members have been recognized in prestigious juried national quilt shows and all the members enjoy learning and sharing their love of quilting together. New members are always welcome, learn more by visiting their website.
For purchases or more information about this show, please contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 ext. 3102.