Our guild was originally organized in 1982 as Keystone Quilters with the name changed to Three Rivers Quilters a few years later. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing and preserving the fine art of quilting and textile arts.

Our monthly meetings and workshops provide inspiration, education, and growth for your quilting journey. Our guild meets the third Tuesday of the month. We host workshops for members to improve their skills and learn new techniques with an added benefit of fellowship and fun. We support local charities with our comfort quilts.

Members of Three Rivers Quilters come from many walks of life. We are teachers, homemakers, office workers, saleswomen, nurses, world travelers. We share a common thread. We delight in the pleasure of creation and the opportunity to share our vision.

Membership is open to all who have an interest in quilting, no matter the level of expertise. We welcome guests.

Our Monthly Meetings

  • Regular guild meetings begin at 6:30 with a social time, then the business meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by the evening's program. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except August) at at Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, 5001 Baptist Rd., in Whitehall Borough, south of Pittsburgh, PA. 15236.

  • There is usually a planned program, which may include an interesting speaker, a slide presentation, or a demonstration of some aspect of quilting. At the conclusion of the meeting is Show and Tell, an opportunity for members to show their latest projects.

  • Visitors are welcome to attend. You may be our guest for up to two meetings before becoming a member.

  • Workshops are usually held from 10 am - 3 pm the same day as our regular meeting. If there is room, non-members may join the workshop for a fee.

Member Benefits

  • Participation in regular monthly meetings

  • An regular informative newsletter sent via US postal service or e mail.

  • Participation in Three Rivers Quilters community outreach programs, including the opportunity to work at the annual quilt show sponsored by our guild.

  • Periodic workshops, usually for a nominal fee or free for members. Subjects cover all aspects of quilting, from design to sewing techniques

  • Demonstrations. In keeping with our desire to educate the public on the art of quilt making, guild members are often invited to demonstrate quilting skills and share quilting knowledge at various public and historic happenings.

  • Participation in the "Busy Bee" project. It could be a block pattern in the newsletter and Members make one or more of the blocks; each block submitted gets one chance in a drawing to receive ALL of the blocks submitted. Other times it may be a Mystery Quilt or other type of project.

  • Access to our lending library of books and videos

  • Participation in our annual TRQ quilters' retreat

Community Outreach Activities

  • Our annual quilt show is a juried and judged exhibit which celebrates the art and craft of quilt making. Proceeds from the show allow us to make meaningful contributions both to the quilt making community and to the community at large.

  • Annual donation of quilts to Pittsburgh area community groups, using both purchased and donated materials. Current charities include Ronald McDonald House, Jefferson Hospital Cancer Center, Angel's Place, and Linus Project. The guild donates more than 150 quilts each year.

Karen Phillips-Shwallon

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