About Us

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild was formed in February 1994 by Helen Kearney Thobhani.

The five African American women who came together were interested in perpetuating the heritage of quilting and promoting fellowship among those in quilting.

The Guild is committed to supporting and educating the community. To this end, the Guild offers exhibits, quilting classes, lectures and quilt documentation through its various programs during the year.

The name Wa Shonaji comes from the Swahili language and means literally – “people who sew”. The Guild’s name reflects both our region of the United States and our cultural heritage.

The members of RMWSQG, though predominantly of African-American ancestry, celebrate ethnic diversity in membership as well as in the many different patterns displayed in their quilts.

The Early Days


The objective of the Guild is to embody a viable, professional organization representing an interest in quilt making and other fiber arts primarily from an African-American perspective.

We both educate ourselves and share our knowledge in the art of quilt making and other fiber arts by promoting the theme “Each One Teach One”.

We seek to promote the work and accomplishments of our members and to preserve the tradition, culture and history of quilting.

We enjoy, rather than judge each other’s work.

2020 Officers:


Geneva Lottie

VP Programs:

Mary Lassiter

VP Membership:

Linda White


Stephanie Hobson


Nannette Locke


Brenda Ames


Newsletter Editor:

Julie Marsh


Susan Morrison

Past President:

Joanne Walton

2020 Committee Chairs:



Netta Toll


Connie Turner

Comfort Quilts:

Nanci Vaughn

Exhibit Committee Co-Chairs:

Joanne Walton

Mary Lassiter

Marcia Walker

Linda White


Ann Worsencroft

Alan White


Karen von Puhl

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