Sep 162014

I’m on my second week without a sewing machine, so I had time to update the library listings. Thank you to Colleen Magee and the other volunteers who purged the library last year and updated the list.

The link to the Library is on the right hand side of the website. Click on a category name, or search by book title, author, or a word. Some books are listed in multiple categories.

I think it would be great to have reviews of the books in our library to post on the website and include in the newsletter. Is there anyone willing to write a review or recommend a book from the library on a specific subject? Maybe we could start a 1-5 star rating that I could add after the book title.


Sep 152014

Fellowship – No sewing required! Just chatter. We love to visit quilt shops, antique stores and anything else we decide looks interesting in our wanderings. These day excursions start in the mid-morning and end mid-afternoon with a stop around noon for a bite to eat. Dates are determined by the group the previous month. Contact: Teresa Hancock (contact info in Directory or fill out the Contact Us form).

Stockings for Soldiers – Help support our troops by sending a little Christmas Cheer. Your talents are needed to sew cuffs, surge stockings, sew cuffs on, turn stockings, pin cuffs on and spend time making friends. Meeting times are from 10 AM to 2 PM the Wednesday after the guild meeting in Winnebago, IL. Contact: Kathy Thomas (contact info in Directory or fill out the Contact Us form).

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Sep 102014

Wow!  You really came through at the Sew-In last month.  Approximately 40 people completed 490 stockings.  Our monthly sew-at-homers have returned 486 so far.  The SFS (Stockings for Soldiers) mini-group prepared stocking parts for the sew-in, stocking kits for the sew-at-homers and, in addition, completed more than 100 stockings.  A few individuals turned in other stockings, and we had some left over from last year.  As more stockings are completed by the sew-at-homers, we will surely make our goal of 1500.

Our next step is to obtain more stocking stuffers.  All items on the Soldiers’ Wish List are needed–especially razors, nutrition bars, individual packages of snacks, tooth brushes, tooth paste, and lip balm (click HERE for complete list).  We also need front pages of used Christmas cards in time to write a message on them.

A big thank you to all who have helped with our stockings in any capacity.  A special thanks goes to our SFS mini-group, and our sew-at-homers who have worked so faithfully every month.

Mark you calendars: We will be filling the stockings on Friday, November 14th at 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, November 15th at 8:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge #102, 6780 North Second Street, Loves Park.

Sep 092014

The “Make and Take” mini quilt group will meet on the fourth Monday of the month in room A of the Mitchell Parish Center at St. Bridget’s Church, 600 Clifford Avenue, Loves Park, IL  from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Our first meeting will be September 22nd and we will be using the wacky web tool from Missouri Star Quilt Co., and making the Periwinkle Mug Rug which can also be used for other things. Bring 5″ squares of a variety of fabrics. Leftover charm squares work great. We’ll have the wacky web tool to cut them or bring your own if you have one. Click HERE to view the YouTube video.

Contact: Denise Ethun (info in directory or fill out the Contact Us form)

Sep 092014

Organizers: Elizabeth A. Franck and Debbie Van Dusen

Basic Goals: Creating different series of (small) art quilts using the Elements and Principles of Design as guidelines. The books, dvds, etc., plus individual experiences will help provide a flexible framework for exploration, creativity and growth in an open, sharing and relaxing environment.

Techniques: We will explore all aspects of creating a composition – from developing a theme; making composition sketches in a drawing pad to actually creating in fabric (fusibles will be used). In addition, we will also explore the quilting process from basic technical skills, applique techniques, mixed media – surface designing, to a workshop in color theory – using worksheets and colored pencils and many more.

Primary Resources: 1) “Art Quilt Workbook” by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston, C&T Publishing, 2007 (Many copies available – new and used copies – for less than $3.00 plus shipping)

2) Companion DVD – provided by Elizabeth: “Teach You – Art Quilting Basics” – by the same authors (C&T Publishing – 2008. had several copies – about $20.00)

3) Optional: “Art Quilts at Play” – 2009 – same authors and publisher – some available at

Dates, Times and Location: Cherry Valley Library Community Room

Tuesday, Sept. 23 – 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Monday, Oct. 27  – 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Monday, Nov. 17  – 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Monday, Dec. 29  – 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Extra Saturday Workshops: November 1st, in addition to our regular 3rd Saturday of the workshops through December 2014.

If you have questions, please contact: Elizabeth A. Franck. Contact info in the directory or fill out the Contact Us form.

Sep 082014

The DeKalb County Quilt Guild is extending their deadline for quilt entries. They need more quilts, and called Dee Pittham over the weekend and asked if we could ask our guild members to show their quilts. They are extending their deadline for quilt entries a few days.

Dekalb County Quilt Guild Show
October 11th and 12th
$5.00 for judged quilts and free for display only
Check the website for entry forms:
or call Mike at 815-787-7836

Aug 282014


Mini-Morning Workshop: Making Fidget quilts. Click HERE for details and supplies. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Besthesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL. Contact: Jan Person

Program: Jan Kruger (website) & Linda Marcou (website)
1:00 p.m. – “Re-Stitching Tradition” by Jan Kruger
7:00 p.m.–  “Color My World – Mini Hands On” by Linda Marcou
Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL



SPAM Workshop. Extra Saturday this month. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library, Cherry Valley, IL. Contact: Elizabeth Franck



SPAM Workshop: Yo-Yo Christmas Trees. Click HERE for supply list. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library, Cherry Valley, IL. Contact: Elizabeth Franck


Long-time guild member, Sue Jackson passed away on August 14th. Click HERE for her obituary. I’m sorry this was not posted sooner. I was on vacation and didn’t have access to the website.


Membership dues for the 2014-15 year are due by September 15th in order for your name to be listed in the directory. Pick up a form from the Membership table, or click HERE to print and mail. I haven’t received a new form to post on the website, so just cross out 2013-14 at the top and write in 2014-15.


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The first 2 pictures are of the sew-in. The next 23 are new Board members’ first and last quilts made. The rest are members’ show & tell.

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Omigosh mini group meets at the home of Beth Faust the 4th Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. However, there will be NO meeting in September. Interested quilters may join anytime.