Overview and History of AQG

The Arizona Quilters Guild, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1978 to promote the appreciation of quilts; sponsor and support quilting activities; encourage quilt making and collection; further the growth, tradition, culture, and history of quilt-making; and foster good fellowship among persons interested in the art of quilting in Arizona. This remains our goal.

The initial small group of dedicated quilters has grown to approximately 1,800 members throughout the state of Arizona.  We currently have 40+ chapters as well as many members-at-large.

Our chapters meet in libraries, churches, and community centers throughout Arizona.  It is through the participation of our chapter members and our members-at-large that we are able to promote quilting.  Annual spring and fall meetings are held which include a business meeting, lunch, speakers, time for renewing old friendships and making new ones, door prizes, show and tell, and a vendor mall.

A hunger for knowledge inspired our Traveling Teacher Program, which provides teachers from within our membership who are willing to share information about quilting with individual chapters.  The National Educators Program brings widely recognized instructors to different locations throughout our state.  This program is partially funded by the Guild as a benefit to its members.

The Guild sponsors an annual quilt show in March.  Members may enter their quilts for judging or for display.  There are no entry fees for Guild members.  

Individual members donate small quilts to the annual Small Quilt Auction.  The proceeds help fund the Education Program as well as our Traveling Teacher Program.

Chapters throughout the state work on a wide variety of local service projects, including donating quilts and other needed items to crisis centers, nurseries, retirement homes, head start programs and shelters for battered women, as well as sponsoring quilting activities in their own communities.

Individuals wanting further information about the Guild may address their inquiries to:

Arizona Quilters Guild
2303 N. 44th Street
Suite 14-1010
Phoenix, AZ 85008-2442

Or call (480) 827-8458 and leave a message. Annual dues are required. Benefits include access to members only section of this website, discounted admission fees for the AQG Quilt Show, and discounted classes and lectures through the Traveling Teacher Program and the National Educators Program. Individual chapters may have additional dues.


Past President Years

Past President Names

1978-1979  Charter President

Laurene Sinema

1980 – 1981

Toni Pugliano

1982 – 1983

Liz Batholomew


Gwynn Smith


Sandra Steele


Willene Smith


Debbie Bobo-Jones


Marla Hattabaugh


Linda Braun Lohrman


Barbara Sidorakis


Nancy Tokarz


Cheryl Congrove


Gwen Nemmers


Mary Lucille


Kim Maus

1996 – 1997

Marilyn Woolley

1997 – 1998

Mary Lou Williams

1998 – 1999

Mary Hoyer

1999 – 2000

Carla Bonifasi

2000 – 2001

Mary Burton

2001 – 2002

Marque Jacobs

2002 – 2003

Linda McDowell

2003 – 2004

Diane Pitchford

2004 – 2006

Rita Blocksom

2006 – 2007

Linda Adkins

2007 – 2008

Gail Piggot

2008 – 2009

Judy Taylor

2009 – 2010

Lynn Kough

2010 – 2011

Marguerite McCray

2011 – 2012

Lynn Kough

2012 – 2014

Patricia Benner

2014 - 2016

Elaine Putnam