Carquinez Strait Stitchers is a guild of quilters meeting in Benicia, California. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the art and history of quilt-making. 

The guild held its first official meeting in January 1984, with 13 attendees.  Today, we have over 90 members, about half of whom live in Benicia, and the rest come from communities within 20 miles. 

CSS works to promote friendship, to share and expand the knowledge and skills of our members, to reach out to the community, and to help to keep the art of quilting alive.  We represent a range of ages, a variety of interests in the many aspects of quilting and related arts, and a broad range of experience and skill levels.  We share a love of quilting and all things quilt-related and welcome those who have similar interests.

What does the Guild offer to Members?

Membership: Each member receives a member handbook and directory.

Education: Members are offered low cost classes and lectures geared towards expanding our knowledge and skills.

Newsletter: Members receive a newsletter near the end of each month for the following month, 12 issues per year. The newsletter is e-mailed to the membership unless postal mailing is requested.

Show and Tell: Members share their quilting projects with the others in the guild at general meetings.

Block Exchanges and Challenges: Members may choose to participate in periodic exchanges or challenges with other guild members.

Library: CSS has a library of quilting related books and materials, which may be checked out for personal use. New books are added on a regular basis.

Door Prizes: All members and visitors are eligible for door prizes at our meetings.

Quilting “Mini” Groups: Several interest groups are available. Information about available groups can be found in the newsletter or at meetings.

Quilt Show: CSS presents a biennial quilt show every odd-numbered spring. This show presents the members accomplishments to the public.

What does the Guild do for the community?

Community Projects: CSS currently is making quilts that are donated to children in foster care in the community, and quilts that are provided to the Benicia Community Action Council at the end of the year to distribute to participants of Meals-On-Wheels. Other projects include colorful pillowcases provided for Camp Royal, a summer camp program for foster children.

National Quilting Month: CSS hangs a display of small quilts in the Benicia City Library during the month of March for National Quilting Month. There are often other related activities available.

What does the Guild ask of Members?

Attend meetings and participate in events and activities.

Bring quilts to share for “Show and Tell”.

Attend classes and workshops sponsored by the Guild.

Participate in the Community Outreach program for our donation projects.

Bring refreshments to assigned meetings as announced in the newsletter. Members are assigned on a rotating basis through the alphabet.

Opportunity Quilt Fundraiser: A special quilt is designed and made with participation of many members, representing our best efforts of quilting. All members are requested to help by selling raffle tickets for this project.

Volunteer at the Quilt Show.

Volunteer to be on a committee.

By-Laws, Policies and Procedures

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