In Shawnee for three decades, the Spinning Spools Guilt Guild (SSQG) is celebrating with a come-and-go birthday bash between 5 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Shawnee Senior Center, 401 N. Bell Avenue.

In Shawnee for three decades, the Spinning Spools Guilt Guild (SSQG) is celebrating with a come-and-go birthday bash between 5 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Shawnee Senior Center, 401 N. Bell Avenue.

The public is invited.

Photo albums will be on hand, featuring the history of the guild.

The House Quilt and many techniques and styles of quilts also will be on display, as well as a memorial to SSQG members who have since passed away.

According to the Senior Center calendar, the SSQG meets between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Senior Center.

A guest speaker shares programs about quilting, piecing and sewing.

We piece and quilt baby quilts given to charities, such as the Pottawatomie County Human Services Department and the Unzner Child Advocacy Centre.

Quilts also are shared with area police departments, kept in the back seats of patrol cars for times when a baby or mom is in need of some comfort — or during a crisis such as when a family experiences a fire or tornado.

The group has three quilt camps a year, where members gather for three days and quilt together.