Jul 282014

The August/September newsletter is available. Click HERE.

Thursday, August 7th

Stockings for Soldiers Sew-In: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a short meeting at 1:00 p.m. to “Meet the New Board Members”. At 7:00 p.m. the evening group will meet the new Board, but not sew. Plan a lunch for yourself. Drinks will be provided. The North Star Mini Group will be offering a variety of totes and bags for your purchase.  Profits will be contributed to the stocking fund. Check the stocking stuffer suggestion table for ideas of items to donate at the September, October or November guild meetings.  Bring your serger, sewing machine or just yourself. Come enjoy the day sewing, serging, pinning and cutting for our deployed soldiers.

Saturday, August 16th

TBA, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library. 


I’ll be updating the website this week with the 2014-15 information. If (as of July 31st) you see I’ve missed anything, have corrections, or things to add, please email me or fill out the Contact Us form.  Thanks, Cindy


Jul 112014

Message from Nora Hamidi …

When we started this project in April 2011, we needed 18-20 quilts a year, but now need more since Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia has been distributing them to surrounding counties, even sent to southern Illinois.  She mentions our project at every meeting she attends and has had many other Doctors or Coroners ask how to get this service in their communities.  Please if you know other quilters in other states or cities, tell them about our “Littlest Angel Project” as there IS a great need.  I will be doing my best to get the word out amongst other areas since I have contacts in Iowa, Ohio and Georgia.  Also am trying to get 5 minutes to tell a captive audience on the November Quilting Cruise that Rita Brdicka and I will be attending.  At least I will take a poster that will tell about us.  Any help we can get is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Click HERE for instructions and sizes needed.


Jul 102014

Our longarm mini-group is hosting Cindy Roth from Longarm University to teach an all day class on Monday, July 28th  from 9-5.  The class is Freehand Feathers and will be held at the home of Melody Ruge in Roscoe. The class is open to any longarm quilter.  The cost is $225 for class, snacks and lunch.

Cindy Roth is an award winning longarm quilter with more than 20 years experience. She teaches on-line, through her own Longarm University, at national and international longarm conventions as well as designing a line of rulers for longarm quilters.  She is a regular columnist for On Track! the official magazine of the International Machine Quilters Association.

We would like to include any longarmers from the guild even if they are not part of our mini group. Interested people may call Melody Ruge at 815-988-1061.

Jul 082014

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Jul 072014

Workshop: Disappearing Nine Patch With Windows

Date & Time: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Location: Cherry Valley Library

Workshop Presenter: Ellen Schrader

Reserve Your Spot: Contact Elizabeth Franck (contact info in Directory or fill out Contact Us form)

Cost: An honorarium of $5.00 collected on the day of the workshop. This is given to a presenter in thanks for all the time and energy spent in preparation for a workshop.

Ellen will be demonstrating (with examples) different ways you can manipulate the smaller blocks within the larger – 15 1/2″ block.

I have asked her to create a diagram of the foundation (smaller) block. These smaller blocks are rotated in different ways to create the larger block.

Click HERE for the handout of supplies and materials as well as some information to assist you in preparing for the workshop.

~ Elizabeth Franck

Jul 012014

Charter member, Dorothy Clikeman, passed away on June 18th at the age of 95.

Pam Fleming, who was a guest at June’s meeting and planned to join the guild this fall, passed away on June 15th at the age of 53. Sinnissippi Quilters was mentioned in her obituary.

Jun 302014

Thursday, July 3rd

Mini-Morning Workshop: “Yo Yo Christmas Trees”. You will need 25 or a few more 4 ½ inch circles for the tree.  Also needed is a   9” or larger Styrofoam cone (available at Michaels or Hobby Lobby), straight pins and buttons. We will discuss bases for your tree at the group. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church, 2102 E. State St., Rockford.

Program: “Round Robin Skill Builder”. Several of our members will share techniques. 1:00 & 7:00, Bethesda Covenant Church, 2102 E. State St., Rockford.

Saturday, July 19th

SPAM Workshop: “Vanishing Nine Patch with Windows” presented by Ellen Schrader. Contact Elizabeth Franck for details and supply list. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library. 


Jun 272014

Debbie Van Dusen would like to start a new mini-group … Pioneer Quilts on the American Prairie … recreate authentic patterns from American history up to 1847. Please contact Debbie if you’re interested. Her contact information is in the directory, or fill out the Contact Us form and your message will be forwarded to her.

Jun 242014

Reminder for Presidents Blocks … Patsy Preiss is collecting 9″ finished size tulip blocks, shades of red on a cream background, pieced or applique.  Please sign your block or attach your name to it.  Bring it to the July meeting, afternoon or evening.  Any questions, call Patsy (contact info in Directory or fill out the Contact Us Form). Thank you.