May Program

We’re looking forward to learning from our guest, Kristy Totten, as she shows us how (and when) to fold our quilts for storage and also shares her wisdom about the importance of labeling your quilts.

This promises to be informative AND educational AND inspiring!

See you on May 9!

SPRING Retreat at Panhandle Lake!

April 6-10, 2023

Hang out with your fellow guild members, get some sewing done, and unwind!

Here are the bullet points:

  • Date is April 6-10
  • Cost is $125/person
  • Bring your own food and bedding

Comfortable occupancy at the Lodge is 20 people.

The full payment is due by the March 14 meeting.

That’s pretty much all of the info, but if you have any questions, please use the Contact Us! form at the website or email Donna M.

You can pay with PayPal! (You don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay with a credit or debit card)

Class: Unconventional Applique

April’s program was a trunk show by guild member Vivian R., when she shared her quirky and unconventional appliqued quilts.

Vivian will be sharing her method of fusible applique and showing us how to incorporate unconventional materials into our own projects on Friday, May 27, at the Onalaska Community Youth Center, 233 Central Avenue. The class will be held from 10-4:00. Bring your sewing machine and basic supplies as well as a dish for potluck lunch.

The cost of this class will be $10 per person and all class fees will be donated to the Youth Center as thanks for allowing us to use the venue.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon to reserve your spot!

A materials list will be provided via email to class members.

2022 Raffle Quilt!

Each year the guild has a fundraiser to support our Community Service efforts. We make quilts for donation to beginning-of-life and end-of life patients at local hospitals, and patients at local dialysis centers. Last year we donated over 140 quilts to these organizations, and the need is significant and ongoing.

This year, our fundraising quilt, “The Twist”, is an eye-catching design in blues and white. The quilt measures approximately 55 x 72″ and can fit a twin bed or be a really comfy recliner quilt to snuggle under while relaxing in the evening.

The first public appearance of the quilt was on May 14 at the Community Garage Sale in Chehalis at the fairgrounds. If you visited our table, thank you for stopping by. If you purchased tickets or made a cash donation, thank you so much for your support!

If you, like many others, fall in love with this cozy quilt and want to purchase raffle tickets, feel free to hit that “Contact Us” link and we’ll be sure to get some tickets to you.

Good luck to all the ticket holders! Look for more sightings to be published soon!

Market Street Bakery Show

We’ve taken a couple of years ‘off’ (hasn’t everyone?) from displaying quilts at the Market Street Bakery at 492 N Market Blvd in Centralia, but happily we’re back!

During the months of May and June from Monday to Friday we’re displaying quilts made by members of the guild for your enjoyment while you’re savoring a yummy bite to eat at the bakery.

Here’s a bit of what you can expect to see during your visit –

Before you leave, be sure to pick up a loaf of sourdough bread to take home – your taste buds will thank you for it!

Meeting, 5/10/2022

Our May program was an introduction to Gary and Kristen Rurup of The Shiplap Quilt Shop and Coffee House at 325 Sussex Rd. W., in Tenino, WA.

What a treat! Gary and Kristen are an energetic, inspirational, generous, creative, funny and all-around magical couple. They have a dizzying array of Riley Blake fabrics (and more!) at their adorable shop.

But there’s so much more to this gem of a shop – Bakery goods. Coffee. Unique food gifts. Harris Tweed products. Quilting and sewing notions. Kits. Novelty gifts. More! If you want to pick up a special gift for a special someone – even if they’re NOT a quilter – The Shiplap Quilt Shop and Coffee House is THE place to visit!

Check out their website at and be sure to visit their Facebook page

March Program

A skilled quilter and weaver, Kathleen Ament will be our March speaker in her role as Superintendent of the Home Arts Department at the Southwest Washington Fair.

She will help take the mystery out of which department/division/class a quilt should be entered in. She’ll also point out everything else covered in the Home Arts area.

Did you know the guild sponsors a prize for the people’s choice winner in the pincushion category? Canning and baking are also a part of Home Arts.

How does one become Home Arts Person of the Year? Come find out!

Back to Normal?

After 2 years of not having meetings or searching to find a place to meet we are finally able to return to the Twin Cities Senior Center, our old stomping grounds. The address is 2545 N. National Avenue in Chehalis (the map is over on the sidebar there).

We are also meeting monthly again, rather than every other month. Our next meeting will be on March 8th. The doors will be open at 6:00pm so we have time to get settled and chat a bit, then the meeting will begin at 6:30.

Don’t forget that it’s time to send in your 2022 dues. You can bring the payment to the March meeting, mail a check (made out to RDQG) to our treasurer, Beckie, or click over to the Join or Renew page to pay with PayPal.

Thanksgiving News

We hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

You know what tomorrow is? Black Friday!

Getting up before dawn and heading out into the land of retail isn’t for everyone (oh, you brave souls!), but we know that many of you will be doing some holiday shopping online.

Here’s your chance to painlessly help support our guild –

You can select Southwest Washington Rainy Daze Quilt Guild as your charity of choice when shopping on!

A small donation will be made to our guild with each of your purchases at no cost to you!

Because of the restrictions of the past 18 months, we haven’t really had any fundraising opportunities. We have registered with the AmazonSmile Foundation to received a small percentage of the purchase price when you place an order. Each donation is just pennies, but you know what happens when you toss pennies in a jar: It adds up!

The easiest way to get started is to click on the banner over in the sidebar. OR, you click this link to The SMILE program is also available in Amazon’s iOS and Android shopping apps.

Share the link with your friends and family and start tossing pennies!

Finally, An IN-PERSON Meeting!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 13 – we’re having a real life, in-person guild meeting!

We’ll meet at Sisters Quilt Shop, 476 N Market Blvd in Chehalis from 6:30-8pm. Feel free to come early and do some shopping to thank the great folks at the shop for letting us use their classroom!

There will be very little “Business” and a whole lot of “Pleasure” at the meeting – bring lots and lots of show and tell, and prepare to catch up with old and new friends.