The Irving Quilt Guild began as a dream of JoLynn Galla. JoLynn decided in August of 1998 that she wanted to start a quilt guild in Irving. She was on a mission. So with 3 friends, Lori Vauble, Jerry Nallon and Barbara Stallcup to help her, flyers were made, name tags were created and membership forms printed.
The first Irving Quilt Guild meeting was held on Thursday, September 17, 1998, in the basement of the First Baptist Church in Irving, Texas. Not knowing if anyone would show up, the four friends met at the church, moved tables and placed chairs in rows. Then ladies started coming in and filling up all the chairs, so they had to put out more. “Oh, my God” JoLynn said, “what have we gotten into?”
Membership forms were filled out and by the end of the meeting, there were 50 ladies who had become members. Anyone who signed up the first two meetings was made a charter member. There are 71 charter members of the Irving Quilt Guild.
JoLynn’s dream came true and her vision for the guild was a reality. She became ill in June 1999. One year after our first meeting, she lost her battle to Lymphoma on September 23, 1999. She laid the foundation for what we have today. She made us laugh, cry, tried to teach us a thing or two, but most of all, she brought us together.