The guild started in October, 1982 with seven ladies present. They called themselves "The Crazy Quilters". In 1983, the name was changed to "Plank Road Quilter's Guild" in honor of the first plank road in the United States, built in 1846. The road ran through North Syracuse along what is now Route 11. In 2001 the guild name was shortened to "Plank Road Quilt Guild". Within 5 years of its inception, the guild had grown to 50 members and now has over 70 members. Community Service has always been an important part of the guild. We make quilts for area nursing homes, pillowcases, and premie hats, memory bags and dolls for local hospitals.
Our humble beginnings
Starting in the Spring of 1990 and every even year since, the guild has held a quilt show. These days the show includes a raffle quilt, basket raffle, boutique, vendors, door prizes and a welcome gift. Well over 100 quilts and community projects are on display.
A little bit about the guild
Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 9:30 AM at the Cicero United Methodist Church located at 8416 Route 11, Cicero, New York, 13039. The first meeting of the month is a business meeting followed by Show and Tell and a program. Programs include visits from regional and national instructors, demonstrations by members, a project or a party now and then. The second meeting is a friendship meeting. Members bring projects to work on, either individually or in groups. Quilts can be basted, community service projects worked on, helping out new quilters, or just visiting. The guild has an extensive library including books, stencils, patterns and magazines that can be checked out by members.
Guests are welcome at meetings with a $2 fee for attending. If there is an outside instructor the fee is $5.
A newsletter is published quarterly (March, June, September and December). It contains the program schedule for coming months, upcoming area quilt shows and other items of interest. The newsletter is free to members and may be purchased by non-members for $7 per year.