In October, 1975, the Omaha Squares Quilt Club and the Prairie Quilters merged membership and resources to become the Omaha Quilters' Guild. Approximately twenty-five women met monthly and even held workshops in each other's homes, teaching such skills and sharing as many ideas as were had by anyone. Carol Uebner served a two-year term as the group's first president, and the new guild grew rapidly. (Dues were originally only $3 per year!)
Our first quilt show was held in the spring of 1978. The first newsletter followed on March 20, 1979, and the library was established during the 1981–82 guild year. In 1986 talented OQG members designed and began to construct our own “area quilt,” with its official naming and unveiling ceremony held in May, 1987.
We were incorporated in January, 1988, and received our 400th member during our April 1994 meeting. As one of the largest organizations in our state devoted to '”the appreciation and preservation of quilts and the perpetuation of the art and the craft of quiltmaking through education and participation,” the Omaha Quilters' Guild continues its commitment in bringing you wonderful programs, exciting annual quilt shows, and the fellowship that makes all the rest possible.
Our guild historian documents our activities with photos and literature pertaining to the guild's history. She can be seen at all guild functions with her camera and notebook. We welcome donations of photos from workshops, quilts you know and love, small member meetings and other functions where quilters gather.
Our historian maintains a complete history - both documents and photographs - going back to our beginning in 1975. The total volume of historical information is astounding and is a true treasure for not only our Guild but for the history of quilting. The photo albums are generally on display at the meetings.