Aug 282016


Note: No mini-morning workshop for September.


Program: Dawn Heese (website)

1:00: “Quilt as Desired” and trunk show

7:00: “From a Small Town Girl to Designer” and trunk show



Workshop: Big Stitch Quilting by Hand (supply list), 9:30-12:30, Swedish American Heart Hospital



Workshop: Scalloped Borders (supply list), 9:30-12:30, Swedish American Heart Hospital



Bus trip to Quilt Expo in Madison.



SPAM at Cherry Valley Library, 10:00-4:00.

Aug 232016

The DeKalb County Quilt show is Oct. 1-2. They have a new venue that is more than twice the size of their previous one and are hoping to have 300 quilts on display. So, they are asking if members of Sinnissippi Quilters would consider entering quilts in their show. They will extend the deadline for entering quilts for our members. (Top winners receive cash awards!) More info and entry forms are available on

Aug 162016

There are several seats still available for the bus trip to Quilt Expo on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Click on the Bus Trip tab in the top navigation bar on the website for full details.

Aug 112016

Davis Junction is celebrating their 40th anniversary on August 21 at 11:00 to 4:00. They are seeking 1-2 people to talk about basic quilt making. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Donna Langford for more details. It is a great opportunity to promote the guild. Thank you!

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Thursday, August 4th:

Stockings for Soldiers Sew-in and New Board Member Trunk Show

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.: We hope to have at least 1200 stockings to send to our deployed military personnel. We’ll need as many as possible to start serging at 9:00 a.m. We have plenty of other jobs including turning stockings right side out, cutting tops, pinning cuffs and tabs to stockings, sewing cuffs on with regular sewing machines (a walking foot may be beneficial), turning cuffs right side out, counting our progress, packing the stockings in boxes, and writing Christmas cards. If you can spare any of the boxes of the type which hold 10 packages of copy paper, please bring them when you come. We also need some old sheets or table cloths for linings even if they have tears or spots and Christmas fabric. Please bring machines, sergers, scissors, rotary cutters, mats, or whatever you might use. If you have one of the guild’s acrylic stocking patterns, we’ll need it. Whether you can do a little or a lot, come enjoy the day with us. You will want to plan to take a break for your lunch—either a sack lunch, a nearby restaurant, or whatever suits you best. Hospitality will have drinks available. Bethesda Covenant Church

1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Business meeting and New Board Member Trunk Show.


Saturday, August 20th:

Special Projects and More (SPAM): Neo-natal quilts. 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library

Jul 192016

Several members have had quilts accepted into shows and challenges. Congratulations!!

  • International Quilt Festival, Houston: Robin Gausebeck and Karen Grover
  • Cherrywood Fabrics Lion King Challenge: Judy Berg and Karen Grover
  • Hoffman Fabric Challenge: Phyllis Campbell and Bobbie St. Aubin
  • Fly Me to the Moon Challenge: Phyllis Campbell

Anyone else?


Jul 182016

In preparation for the August 4th sew-in, we need help tracing and cutting stockings on July 27th, 9:00-3:00 at Cherry Valley Library. We could use some Christmas fabric, so check your stashes for any you can donate.

We will also meet at Cherry Valley Library on August 10th, 9:00-3:00, to finish up what doesn’t get done at the sew-in.

Thank you for your help. Any questions, contact Zeta Proskocil (contact info in directory) or fill out the Contact Us form.


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Thursday, July 7th: 

Mini-Morning Workshop: We will be getting ready for Christmas with a Poinsettia Table topper. It is in the style of a Dresden Plate and is a pattern from Robert Kauffman. You can make it in all reds for Christmas or any colors that you would like. The topper is 26” across. Plan to bring your sewing machine and basic sewing kit. Please be sure to bring a scissors that you can cut fabric with and a 6” ruler. If you would like do some cutting before the workshop, cut one strip from each of the 3/8 yard pieces , 12” wide and the length of the fabric. A cutting mat will be provided at the workshop. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church
Supply list for Dresden Plate table topper:

  • (3) coordinating prints, 3/8 yard each (3) different color prints or (3) prints all the same color, but different tones
  • 1/3 yard Backing
  • 1 1/3 yards fusible web
  • EZ Quilting Fat Cats wedge template (paper templates will be available at class)

Programs: Lorraine Torrence (website)

1:00: “Design Principles for Quilters”. More and more quilters are considering themselves textile artists. Just as with any of the more traditionally recognized art forms, their makers need to be aware of and have some facility with the elements and principles of design and including value, line, space, balance, unity, etc. This slide lecture is an introduction to those design essentials which we will examine embodied in quilts.

7:00: “Finding Your Voice”. An overview of the steps to discover and develop your own personal style with a trunk show of Lorraine’s work that follows her journey in finding her personal voice.


Friday, July 8th:

Workshop: “Getting a Handle on Design Principles”. No matter which visual art form you choose, learning to use the formal elements of composition (color, value, scale, etc.) is important. Regardless of the style of quiltmaking in which you express yourself – traditional or innovative – come to this non-threatening, paper and glue stick workshop and explore the design elements you need to make all your good craftmanship worthwhile. Slides of quilts as examples of the design principles we will study. 9:30-4:00, Swedish American Heart Hospital


Saturday, July 16th:

Special Projects and More (SPAM): Handle Bag. Supply list: (2) fat quarters and matching scraps of fabric, (8) 2 1/2” squares. 10-4, Cherry Valley Library