OLAQ is a charitable organization consisting of 40 standard and eleven associate members.
The group started in 2000 with just a few friends who met regularly to socialize and share their love of quilting. It quickly grew to over
40 members and, in 2004, we decided to become a more organized guild. We elected officers, assigned committees and focused
our monthly meetings on expanding our quilting abilities.
In 2006, we were granted 501(c)(3) status.
In 2007, we founded Quilting with Machines, A Learning Experience. For 3 days in the fall of 2007, the event featured classes that
focused on longarm quilting to over 100 attendees. We also had a vendor's mall and an evening banquet. OLAQ hosted the event
again in the fall of 2008, then QWM was sold to 4 OLAQ members. The annual event continued to grow over the next few years and
offered a quilt show as well. Sadly, the last QwM was held in 2012.
Currently, our goal is to share ideas and techniques for quilting, especially on a longarm quilting machine, and to expand our
knowledge of the craft. All of us own (or co-own) a longarm machine. Our members range from hobbyists to professional quilters
and many are teachers, authors and quilt business owners. We raise money through fund raising efforts to provide educational
opportunities to our members, provide grants to quilters in the community to attend an annual quilting seminar and to sponsor
machine quilting categories in Ohio quilt shows.
The quilts made by our members encompass everything from traditional to contemporary and are in every size imaginable. Click on
the Gallery link below to view the creations of our talented members.