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.
– 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 Hedges2009 - Margo Pieper As the President of the Guild for
the past 2 years, Margo succeeded in strengthening the guild through its members; getting more senior members involved and
inspiring our newer members to learn and grow. She has streamlined the administration of the guild by cutting costs,
expanding our web page, and allowing us to spend our funds wisely and efficiently. She has inspired members to volunteer
and participate by presenting a venue for growth and involvement as a good president should. This encouragement
enabled the members to enjoy a profitable Quilt Auction and Quilt Show. This award is presented to her in heartfelt
thanks for all her many accomplishments throughout her role as president.
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.
2010 - Lish Croes