Pioneer America the Trailblazer was the one who scouted new terrain, assessed its possibilities, and left his mark as a path
for others to follow.'' (Kay Hudec, 1983)The
Trailblazer Award was instituted in February, 1984; for outstanding leadership and service to the Guild and the art
of quilting. The award is given at the discretion of the Board and nominations from the membership may be presented to the
Board for consideration. The award is not necessarily an annual award but is appropriately given as our highest award.Winners of the Trailblazer Award are:
1984 - Donna Mikesch and Glennis Nokes
In recognition of their trailblazing spirit and outstanding leadership as chairmen for "Celebration of Quilts,"
April 30, 1983.
1985 - Mary Vandenbrook
For her creation of the Junior Quilters and establishment of KAQG as a legal non-profit corporation
1986 - Kay Hudec
Texas Heritage Quilt Society in 1984. Kay was the first president of this Society.
Began the Guild's "Block of the Month"
Workshops which have been so popular and have encouraged so many to complete quilt blocks of many different types.
1997 - Linda Aspinall
Designed and organized the IQA raffle quilt, “Stained Glass Stars,”
the first IQA raffle quilt to be pieced by a group.
2006 – Jackie Runyon
As the original committee
chair of “Kwilts for Kids” in 1993, she researched and found several of the organizations in the Houston area
to donate the quilts to in addition to the Ronald McDonald House. She enlisted members to cut, iron, sew,
and baste 250 quilts that year. Kwilts for Kids has been going strong ever since.
2008 - Margery Hedges
As chairperson of our Auction she expanded the event to include a silent and online auction which
raised over $18,000 that is used for operating expenses and scholarships. She also works tirelessly as our Publicity
chairperson to make sure that the Kingwood Area Quilt Guild is represented in all of our local and Houston publications.