The Treasure Valley Applique Society started in November 2001 when Margaret Black, Meriel Peterson, Mary Lou Queen, and Anna Leonard went to the Houston International Quilt Show. At one of the booths they started visiting with the Applique Society of Washington. It was decided that night to form an applique group in Boise.
Anna found a place to meet at Country Quilters’ Quilt Shop in Southeast Boise. The first meeting was held January 2002. The group has met every third Wednesday of each month at 10 am to 12 pm since that time.
The group moved from the Country Quilters’ Quilt Shop on Boise Avenue to the new quilt shop on Vista Avenue. The group soon outgrew the quilt shop and looked for new places to meet. Over the years, the group has met at Idaho Sew and Vac on Overland and Quilt Expressions on Broadway and then to the Chinden location. For several years, the group met at Trinity Presbyterian in Southeast Boise. The group now meets at Joann Fabrics (upstairs) on Milwaukee.
The Treasure Valley Applique Society does not collect dues, but when money is needed for projects, teacher, etc. quilt blocks and quilts are made and raffled off. The group has traveled west to Baker, Oregon and east to Rupert, Idaho to participate in various quilt classes. National teachers for workshops are also brought in, such as Kim Diehl and Boise’s own Joyce Cambron.
Membership has grown to approximately 25 members. Members come from Caldwell, Nampa, Mountain Home, Boise, and Oakley, Idaho. Each year members take turns being president. The current Co-Presidents are Mary Mangum, Barbara Kantola, and Margi Braach.
A typical meeting involves show-and-tell and a demonstration. This coming year, the members are taking turns sharing their different applique techniques.
Everyone who wishes to come is welcome.