SunBonnetSue Quilters began in the home of Arna and Pat Lyons, former
mayor of Vero Beach, in 1979 as part of the Women's Club.
Today there are over 90 members of the club who meet regularly every
Thursday at St. Augustine's Church on 43rd Avenue to create beautiful quilts
using a variety of styles and methods. This guild has an open
membership with dues of $35.00 each year.
SBSQ invites you to our Quilt Show held every odd numbered
Club members have created 180 quilts that are registered with the
Florida Quilt Heritage --- a non-profit library of recognized
Florida quilts. One-of-a-kind quilts have been created for
many local organizations including:
- The Humane Society
- Center for the Arts
- American Red Cross
- Pelican Island Audubon Society
- Indian River County Main Library
- Indian River County
Sheriff's Department - see pics
- Kiwanis Club
- Indian River Volunteer Ambulance Squad
- Habitat for Humanity
- VNA Hospice of Vero Beach
- American Cancer Society
- Dogs for Life
- plus local benefits such as The Mark Reilly Fund
has two quilts which are on permanent display for the public. A 24 square
quilt of county highlights is located at the Indian River County Administration
Building. The other, designed by Doris Hall, features native wildlife of
Florida and is displayed in the Environmental Learning Center in Wabasso.
click on image to see larger view
McKee Botanical Garden 2004 permanent
quilt display by Sunbonnet Sue Quilters, designed by Pat
Lester, Margaret Bell & Ouida Wyatt. 90% hand work, 100" width
by 45" length. Many SBSQ members made this quilt with Pat
Lester placing the fabrics together.
Members have donated quilts to various organizations such as the
Indian River County Sheriff's Department to help children who face trauma and to various
hospitals for severely ill children.
The SunBonnetSue Quilters sponsored the "Aids Memorial Quilt" as it
traveled through Vero Beach in 1996. Part of this well-known quilt
was on display in the club's 1997 Pieces and Patches Quilt
Show that was held at The Heritage Center.
Hurricane Sandy - With the
help of Sunshine State Quilting Association, Sun Bonnet Sue Quilters
has sent over 200 quilts, jackets, knit hats, to New York and New
Jersey. SSQA has paid for the shipping, SBS made the collections and
trips to the Post Office or UPS. Even today (January 2013) many
still are doing without.