History of Creative Quilters

 Creative Quilters was founded in 1986.


Fourteen quilters enrolled in a quilting class and the idea developed to starting their own guild. They applied for a chapter in the National Quilting Association and Creative Quilters of Citrus County was created.

Crystal River was preparing for its centennial celebration at the time the Creative Quilters was formed. It was decided to honor the city with their first group project by making a quilt depicting historic buildings and landmarks. The quilt was named”One Hundred Years in Crystal River”.

By 1987 the guild had grown to 25 members and on June 2 the “ One Hundred Years in Crystal River” quilt was presented to the Citrus County Historical Society. Each block was designed, appliqued and quilted by a member of the guild. This unique project can be found in the museum in Crystal River at 532 Citrus Avenue.

The first quilt show for the guild was held October 17 and 18, 1987 at the Crystal River Primary School. The show included an antique quilt display, a quilting demonstration and a boutique featuring small items such as pillows and aprons. The guild made a raffle quilt, Clays Choice. Individual quilts were entered according to category and then judged by National Quilting Association certified judge, Irene McLaren.


In 1988 the guild membership was 28.

On February 13, 1988 Quilt Discovery Days and Documentation Days was held as part of the three year project of Florida Quilt Heritage, a state wide group that undertook to discover, document and preserve the history of Florida as expressed through Florida quilts and the lives and times of the quilters.

The first challenge was born, it was a six month project using pinks and blue fabric.

Plans began for a raffle quilt for the 1989 show, “Fancy Dresden Plate”. The quilt was trimmed with an ice cream cone border.

The group entered their first project, ”One hundred Years in Crystal River”at the 19th annual National Quilting Association show held in Little Rock, Arkansas, June 15 - 19. The quilt won second place in the Chapters Row category (Group Quilts). It was also selected by the Florida Quilt Heritage Project as an outstanding example of Florida quilt making.

Two other big accomplishments for the year were the development of our by-laws and the birth of our newsletter.


Membership 35

The June-July issue of an international quilt magazine "Quilting Today" contained an article about the Centennial Quilt

The second quilt show was held in the Armory in Crystal River on October 28th and 29th. Madeline Hawley was the judge. The raffle quilt for this show had dove tails with a China theme.

A name tag contest was held and they were finished in time to wear at the quilt show.


Membership is now 30.

Handmade baby quilts were donated to Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association. More quilts were made and donated to Shands Hospital for children with AIDS. Still more quilts were started for All Childrens Hospital Foundation, Inc.


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On May 8th $500 was donated to Jackie McLane, an eighth grader at Crystal River Middle School. She was offered a chance to study at the University of Florida during the summer.

The raffle quilt was “Tennessee Waltz”

Work was started on the Oxmoor Sample Quilt.

The guild made 17 ABC Quilts for All Children’s Hospital Foundation, for AIDS babies. A tolal of 100 quilts were made for several different charitable organizations that year.

A quilt depicting books was made and given to the library, it was called Library Quilt.

The Heartland Quilt made by Charlotte Gore, Agnes Tam and Patti Williams won the “Theme Award” at the 1991 NQA Show. The quilt was on the cover of the NQA Quilting Quarterly “Patchwork Patter” Winter 1991 Volume 20 Number 4.


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The challenge project this year had to have a Pinwheel or Drunkards Path within the design.

The Oxmoor House Sampler Quilt was made from pattern on the Oxmoor Calendar. It contained 12 different blocks silhouetted in full color for each month of the year. The directions for making the complete quilt and all the patterns for the blocks were printed on the back of the calendar.


On March 16 Cruiser Quilts were turned in. These quilts were donated to the Police Department of Crystal River to give to children at a time of emergency.

March 20th and 21st was the fourth quilt show. It was dedicated to a charter member, Agnes Tam, 1937-1993.

The raffle quilt, Ohio Chain, was made to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Citrus County.

The Challenge was Electric Seaweed, a joint effort with Citrus Freindship Quilters.

Scrappy Surprise was the mystery quilt that year.

Mystery Quilt was taught by Geneva Davis. Pat James taught Moe-Moe Star.

Crazy patch foundationpeicing was done by Pat Scotland.

Teddy Pruitt was a guest speaker on the history of quilting.

Quilters Cushion was taught by Geneva Davis.


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Two blocks were done for the legislators to sign in Tallahassee. Mary Pletz was kind enough to work on the blocks.

The quilt show was held in March at the Armory with approximately 150 quilts entered.

Thirteen quilts were collected for the Boggie Creek Camp. This was a camp designed for terminally ill children, and provided a place for the children as well as their families.

Three hundred forty place mats were made for Make a Difference Day. Each Meals on Wheels recipient in Citrus County received one with their Christmas meal.

Approximately 200 Christmas ornaments were made and a tree decorated for the Day Star Festival of Trees. The tree sold for $175.

Charlotte Gore collected various blue and green nine patch blocks with snowball blocks. These blocks were used to construct a quilt to benefit the Crystal River playground. The guild sold $200 worth of tickets.

Sixteen Cruiser Quilts were collected and turn over to the Police and Sheriff’s Departments.

The Holiday Challenge had to include a special fabric with black background and bule, pink and gold flowers. All members voted on their favorite at the Christmas.

The guild did several ornaments for Omnigrid.

For the first time in the history of the guild, beginning quilting classes were offered to the public. It was well received and several new members were added because of the effort. Many classes were taught during the year: Pat Scotland, Bow Tie; Charlotte Gore, Mystery Quilt, Duck in the Pond; Claire Perkins, Fabric Box; Kathy Ward, machine quilting and Carol Starke, foundation piecing.

The 1997 raffle quilt was started, it is an applique quilt called Amish Tulip and Hearts.


President – Shirley Winzenreid

Vice President - Ellie Lester

Secretary – Marjorie Nielsen

Treasurer – Vi Jezischek

Members beginning quilting classes were held at the Crystal River Mall in their Community Room.

10th Anniversary Celebration was held at Andre’s of Citrus Hills. It was organized by Ellie Lester, Klonda Holt, Sally Van Dyke and Shirley Winzenreid.

Workshops held: Double Wedding Ring – Pat Scotland, Celtic – Jo Clough, Applique – Geneva’s Way, Mystery Quilt – Charlotte Gore.

400 Place Mats were made for Meals on Wheels.

14 Cruiser Quilts were given to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Coastal Region Library exhibited Guild members Christmas ornaments, table runners and other Christmas items.


President – Shirley Winzenreid

Vice President – Ellie Lester

Secretary - Carol Stark

Treasurer – Vi Jezischek

Members 45

Charlotte Gore and Carol Stewart were Co-Chairmen for the 5th Biennial Quilt Show March 14-16. Dixie Haywood was the Judge. Teddy Pruett did Quilt Appraisals.

Workshops were: Machine Quilting – Kathy Ward, Foundation Piecing – Carol Stark, and Cathedral Windows.

A quilt was made to benefit the Crystal River Playground. Donation tickets were sold at the Freedom Festival.

Creative Quilters were recognized in the “USA Weekend Magazine” April 11-13 “Make a Difference Day” edition for making 25 quilts for the Crystal River Police and Citrus County Sheriff’s Department for children in distress.


President – Carol Stark

Vice President – Jan Vidal

Secretary – Barbara Parker

Treasurer – Nora Hadley

We donated $100 to the Lion’s Club Seeing Eye Dog Campaign. The donation bought a right front leg of “King”.

The Sixth Biennial Quilt Show was held at the Armory on March 26-28. Jan Vidal and Kathy Grana were Co-chairmen. Proceeds from the Raffle Quilt were$3,681 and given to the Boys & Girls Club.

We started meeting at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Crystal River.

Pat Knochel from “Quilt in a Day” gave a trunk show and lecture titled “Grandmother’s Garden”.

Some of the Workshop Classes were: a miniature Mariner’s Compass by Carol Henry, a pleated pineapple class by Pat Scotland, a machine stained glass by Marie Morel Seroski and a machine quilting class taught by Jan Wildman.

Undercover group showed their Round Robin Quilts.

In August members had a Quilt decorated cake to honor Jo Clough who was moving to Maine.

25 Cruiser Quilts were donated to the Crystal River Police Department.

Made ornaments for the Parade of Trees – Caribbean Illusion. It sold for $350.


President – Carol Stark

Vice President – Jan Vidal

Secretary – Barbara Parker

Treasurer – Nora Hadley

Membership 87

February meeting had a chocolate exchange!

National Quilting Day in March the Guild documented 101 quilts for the community. Marjorie Nielsen was chairman.

Workshops: hand quilting and trapunto taught by Cindy Blackberg, Lattice Flower Garden taught by Helen Siegel, hand piecing perfect points and curves taught by Pat Bonner, a Mystery Table Runner taught by Geneva Davis and Charlotte Gore taught a Scrappy Star Quilt.

Members made 51 chemotherapy turbans for Make A Difference Day.


President – Carol Stark - 3 months Sharon Paup – 9 months

Vice President – Sharon Paup, Helen Siegel

Secretary – Betty Cason

Treasurer – Nora Hadley

Members 92

Sunshine Challenge Winners First - Mary Pletts, Second - Sharon Paup, Third – Connie Tyrie.

Seventh Biennial Quilt Show was held at the Armory on February 23-24. Lovell Symons was the judge. Hoffman Challenge Quilts ere also displayed. Best of Show – Beverly Giddings, Judge’s Choice – Marjorie Nielsen and Helen Siegel

National Quilt Day – Cruiser Quilt-In - Members and the community were invited to an all day quilt in at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Over 4 dozen quilts were delivered to the Florida Children’s Protective Services.

Workshops included Brazilian Embroidery; Pieced Borders taught by Cindy Williams, Designing taught by Bette Haddon, Lee Parker taught how to make a woven vest, Susan Rass taught the Blooming 9 Patch, Sharon Paup and Pati Sargeant taught the Puzzle quilt and Ann Castleberry taught Simple Shapes and Dazzling Designs.

Over 2 dozen quilts were made for St. Anne’s African Orphanage Project.

The Guild Library was started. Ruth Neudecker will be the Librarian. Rita Dozier will help get it organized.

Geneva Davis was chairman for the Crystal River High School Band project. 16 tote bags and 11 pillows were made to raise money for new band uniforms.


President – Sharon Paup

Vice President - Helen Siegel

Secretary – Vi Jezischek and Sue Reisner

Treasurer – Joan Conklin

Membership 69

Beverly Giddings won First Place with her quilt “My Garden” at The Applique Society Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio.

All County Flea Market chaired by Mabel Toth was held March 9. Peggy Evans coordinated the Guild members. It was very successful.

Charlotte Gore was chairman when the Creative Quilters hosted SSQA members April19-20. Classes taught were Applique, Brazilian Embroidery, Origami Purse and Mystery Quilt.

15 members went on the June Field Trip to Leesburg and Mt. Dora Quilt Stores. Posters welcomed us at each quilt store and they also had great sales for us. It was decided to have the teacher from Apple Aggie’s Quilt Store come to the guild in August and teach a beautiful wreath we saw at their shop.

Dues were raised to $20.00 a year beginning January 2003.

Over 30 cruiser quilts were donated to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department.

Teddy Pruett appraised the Donation Quilt for 2003 at $1,780 . It was decided that the entire proceeds from the Donation Quilt would go to HOSPICE.


President – Sharon Paup

Vice President – Helen Siegel

Secretary – Sue Reisner
Treasurer – Joan Conklin


Workshops included Jan Wildman teaching Advanced Machine Quilting, Celtic Wall Hanging - Sue Edwards, Borders - Mabel Toth, Stencilling – Jane Kegan, Pinwheel Quilt – Gloria Clewett, Hand Quilting – Helen Siegel.

The Red, White and Blue Challenge was won by Barbara Parker.

Quilt Show Chairman was Charlotte Gore. “Quilters in Unity” was held March 21-22 at the Armory. It was put on in conjunction with Cracker Quilters, Rainbow Quilters, Friendship Quilters and TAS. We had 142 quilts entered, 85 judged. The special Exhibit was winners of the world wide 2002 contest “Miniatures from the Heart”. The Raffle quilt brought in $3,983. Surrounding the center medallion made by Pati Sargeant and Beverly Giddings were appliqué blocks mostly made by Mabel Toth. We gave HOSPICE a check for $4000.

Charlotte Gore was appointed Chairman of the SSQA 2004 Donation Quilt. Guild members helped put the squares together.

We donated Cruiser Quilts to the Sheriff’s Department of Crystal River.

Gloria Clewett, Joan De Luca, Sue Reisner, Marilyn Seitler,Sally VanDyke and Joyce Solheim made a banner replicating one of the church’s stained glass windows. It was presented to the church at the Christmas Party.


President – Peggy Evans

Vice President – Pati Sargeant

Secretary – Sue Reisner

Treasurer – BJ Smith

Workshops held were: Sashiko on the Sewing Machine – Kathy Ward, Discharge Dyeing – Edda Juhl, Wendy Altman – Old World Santas, Convergence - Addie Atkinson, Karen Crosby – Miniature Paper Piecing. Miniature Quilts were to be used for a Silent Auction at next year’s quilt show.

Janet Barry’s Double Wedding Ring quilt won first prize at the Life Care Quiilt Show.

Mary Redrick’s quilt was published in “Quilt It” magazine.

Nora Hadley made the 2005 Raffle quilt. Jane Kegan stenciled flowers on it.

All Quilters in the County were invited to Quilt Demonstrations and a Trunk Show.

We assembled a quilt top for the Susan G. Korman Breast Cancer Foundation.

September business meeting was cancelled due to another hurricane!

Geneva Davis organized a “sew-in” at A White to make quilts for “Operation Homefront” for the families of our fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Geneva delivered them to Jessica Parker, the lady that started to the project.

Peggy Evans announced that she was moving to Kentucky at the October business meeting. Pati Sargeant became President. Nora Hadley volunteered to be Vice President.

The October Workshop was making “Huggies” or cool ties for our soldiers in Iraq. Twenty members made 196 of them for our National Guard in Crystal River who were going to Afghanistan. They were packaged in twos with a note of Thanks. They were delivered to the Armory and we were thanked profusely.

In November, Crazy Quilt kits for the 2007 Raffle Quilt were handed out to all the members to bring back completed at the Christmas Party held at the Plantation Inn.


President – Pati Sargeant

Vice President – Addie Atkinson

Secretary – Sue Reisner

Treasurer – BJ Smith

Members 71

Mabel Toth had her “Mother’s Handkerchief Quilt in the magazine “Quilt It”.

Workshops included: Sue Edward – Patchwork Shirt, Rosemary Barnes – Handbag, Phyllis Nevins and Ellie Lester – Square in a Square, Becky Phillips – Hand Piecing, Nancy Green – Petal Play, and a Collage class of Sea Life in October taught by Marie Lottinville.

The Raffle Quilt had its own Embellishment Class taught by Amie Spinello. We learned silk ribbon embroidery, beading and embroidery stitches.

To celebrate National Quilt Day, Ellie Lester, Phyliss Nevins, Mattie Bliss, Sue Lynn Storey, and Pati Sargeant sold chances on the 2005 Raffle Quilt. Nora Hadley also helped.

The Quilt Show was held March 25-26 at the Crystal River Middle School. A new location since the United States is at War. Helen Siegel was Show Chairman. 140 quilted were entered and 92 were judged. The Raffle quilt raised $1646. We decided to give HOSPICE a check for $2000. The silent auction for the 45 miniature quilts raised $839. That money was given to the Crystal River Middle School Athletic Program. The Mini-Quilt Challenge was won by Janet Barry.

The Library now has over 200 books. Joan De Luca is the very capable Librarian.

The By Laws were updated.

Members took a bus trip to the Jacksonville Quilt Show.

Over 2 dozen Cruiser Quilts were given to the Sheriff’s Department of Crystal River.

The Christmas Party held at The Plantation Inn.


President – Sue Reisner

Vice President – Addie Atkinson

Secretary – Patsy Jenkins

Treasurer – BJ Smith

Barbara Parker arranged an outstanding program by Rick and Diane Gutierrez. They gave an informative talk telling us about quilts from the pre-civil was era through the 1930’s.

Joan Novak created a web site for the Guild. The address is www.geocities.com/creativeqcc/index . (Web page changes in 2009 to creativequiltersofcitruscounty.com)

January the Guild had a bus trip to the Orlando quilt Show.

A sewing market was held January 27.

Workshops included: Le Moyne Star by Machine – Roxanne Barnes, Jacket Class – BJ Smith, Hand Quilting – Helen Siegel, Applique –Mabel Toth, Convergence – Louise Robinson. Jan Doudna – Trunk Show.

Plans were being made for the 20th Anniversary Party for the Guild. Committee members included Pati Sargeant, Sue Reisner, Sue Lynn Storey and Marilyn Seitler.

The Crazy Quilt for the 2007 Quilt Show was finished.


                                                                                                          President  - Sue Reisner
                                                                                                  Vice President – Addie Atkinson
                                                                                                          Treasurer -  BJ Smith
                                                                                                          Secretary – Penny Cross

Workshops held in 2007, Attic Windows Today, Mystery of the Substitute Teacher, Magic Tiles, Butterfly Fancy, Yuki Garden, Machine Free Motion and Old Christmas Tree

Quilt show was held at the Crystal River Armory