Nov 182016

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is so close! That means the Guild Christmas party is soon to follow onchristmas_tree_quilt December 1st at 1:00 and 7:00.

  1. Our annual potluck is planned. Table captains have volunteered to decorate their tables with tablecloths or placemats, center pieces, dinnerware and utensils. For those whose name ends with A – M, please bring something savory to share. Those members whose name ends with N – Z, please share something sweet. Beverages will be provided by the Hospitality committee.
  2. Wear something Festive. Your favorite holiday sweater, sweatshirt or vest. That crazy necklace that lights up, ornament earrings, I think you get the idea.
  3. Playing Strip Poker. You will be able to keep all of your clothes on. We will be exchanging 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric in a fun way. Please bring 10 – 12 strips of fabric that are cut 2 1/2 inches wide by WOF (width of fabric). Any color or theme, solid or print. It will be fun to collect a variety of strips.
  4. Ornament exchange. On a 6 1/2 inch block of white or a tone on tone white fabric, please make an ornament with the pattern that was provided. Any technique is okay, hand or machine applique, fused, wool, painted, embellished, etc. Use your imagination to decorate that ornament. A fun exchange is planned. Click HERE to print the pattern.
  5. Show and Tell. Make sure to bring those finished projects that will be given as Christmas gifts for us to enjoy too.
  6. More Surprises. Hope to see lots of you there!!!!! Happy Holidays!!
Oct 302016

Thursday, November 3rd

Mini-Morning Workshop: Tiny Christmas tree. The tree is 12” finished. You can decorate it as much or as little as you like. Contact Jan Person for supply list. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church

Program: Dana Jones (website), “Quilts of Caohagen”.  1:00 and 7:00, Bethesda Covenant Church


Friday, November 4th

Workshop: Dana Jones – “Color Your World”. 10:00-1:00, Just Goods, 201 7th Street, Rockford. Click HERE for more information and supply list.

Stockings for Soldiers: We’ll be filling the stockings and boxing them for shipping. 9:00-5:00, Tebala Shrine, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford. Contact Zeta Proskocil with questions.


Saturday, November 19th

Special Projects and More (SPAM): Three Christmas Projects – 1) Tiny Christmas Tree Wall Hanging, 2) Fan Blade Table Topper, 3) Fold’n Stitch Wreath. Make one or all! 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library. Click HERE for supply lists.

Oct 032016

OCTOBER 6, 2016:

Mini-Morning Workshop: We will continue working on Rockford Rescue Mission quit tops. Please bring your sewing machine and sewing kit. Also bring any 5 inch fabric squares or any 15 inch fabric squares that you would like to donate for this project. There is no restriction on colors for fabric. The quilt tops need to be for a single bed size. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church

Programs: Kim Schaefer (website). Kim is well known for her colorful applique quilts. She will have a lecture and trunk show. 1:00 and 7:00, Bethesda Covenant Church


OCTOBER 15, 2016:

Special Projects & More (SPAM): Cecilia Mann will be teaching her 6″ circle method and strip piecing with used dryer sheets. 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library


OCTOBER 19, 2016:

Zeta Proskocil will be appearing on the WIFR Morning Blend show with Andy Gannon to discuss Stockings for Soldiers! 9:00 a.m., WIFR


Sep 292016

Barkley QuiltAs many of you know the year after our historic 2010 fight to Paducah, Kentucky, we presented the Barkley Airport with a quilt. It was so exciting to visit it again when we flew down this past April. Unfortunately, some of the fabric photos had faded and definitely needed to be replaced. Silvia Vaughn prepared the photos and along with Sandy Pyper traveled down to the airport to refurbish the quilt.

We are pleased to say that it looks as good as new and we can’t wait to visit it again in 2017!!!

Thank you Silvia and Sandy!

Sep 262016

Congratulations to members …

Debra Chessare: “Birds Dancing in the Dark” – 2nd place Wall Quilts – Machine Quilted – Mixed or Other category at Madison Quilt Expo.

Stephanie Nordlin: “Northern Lights 2” was accepted into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Let me know if anyone else has show news.


Cheap Trick Challenge

At the September meeting, we announced a Cheap Trick challenge to be displayed at our next quilt show. Details will be in the October/November newsletter or click HERE. Contact Cindy Larsen with questions.


DeKalb County Quilters Guild looking for volunteers for their upcoming quilt show

In case you have not already heard we are hosting our Quilt & Fiber Arts Show October 1 and 2nd at the DeKalb Recreation Center, 1765 S. 4th Street, DeKalb, Illinois. This year we have expanded our show to include fiber arts, workshops and lectures from vendors and guild members! As always, putting on a quilt show requires lots of people power. Right now we are looking for volunteers to assist before, during and after the show. We were hoping some of your guild members might be willing to help at our show.

We have hired a professional judge for the show. Upon completion of judging we plan to hang the quilts. While it is great to have all day to hang and setup the show it does limit the number of guild members who are available. Please consider joining us on setup. We are also need of volunteers during the show. Our show includes a number of workshops and lectures. I have assisted during the lectures before. It is a great opportunity to see quilts up close and get to meet the instructors. Other volunteer opportunities include admissions, boutique sales, white gloves, sales of Dolly Darling and raffle quilt tickets.

We understand your time is valuable and there is the drive to DeKalb. In return for volunteering we would like to offer free admission to the Quilt Show and a $20.00 voucher to be used at our guild’s classes during the 2016-2017 membership year. For more information about the show, quilt show and/or to volunteer please check out our website at or our Facebook page:

I can also be contacted directly at:
815-895-4314 home after 6:00 pm

Thank you,
Kay Fredrick



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.