Apr 072015



  • Just added … Cherrywood Wicked Challenge Quilts special exhibit including quilts from our own Phyllis Campbell, Robin Gausebeck, and Karen Grover!Wicked-Logo.round
  • Over 300 Quilts and Wall Hangings
  • Vendors
  • Boutique & Silent Auction
  • Special Exhibit: “Cows on Parade” traveling exhibit
  • Raffle Quilt & Door Prizes
  • Quilt Appraisals
  • Bed Turnings
  • Educational Demonstrations throughout the day

Click on the 2015 Quilt Show tab for more information, a map to the venue, list of vendors, an entry coupon, and picture of the raffle quilt.

See you there!



Apr 172015

Pam Surmo’s mother, Roberta Hensley, has passed away. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford.

Apr 132015

After Thursday night’s devastating tornadoes, we were contacted through the website by several guilds in the Northern Illinois area about organizing a quilt drive for the victims. The organization, “Quilts of Compassion”, was brought to our attention. Phyllis Campbell spoke to Janice Grimes from QOC over the weekend. They already have their plan in place to come in early May to distribute quilts to the victims. They work with all of the agencies for disaster relief. If you’d like to donate a quilt, go to www.quiltsofcompassion for details. You can specify the area you want your quilt to go to.

Addendum: Member, Zeta Proskacil, posted on Facebook that she has worked with Quilts of Compassion before moving to Rockford. She urges everyone to make a quilt for this fantastic organization, and will be working with them when they come to distribute the quilts. You can drop your quilt off with Zeta or she can pick it up (contact info in the directory, or fill out the Contact Us form). Thanks, Zeta, for your help with this!

Janice Grimes also told Phyllis that volunteers to distribute quilts are welcome and they would need to know by April 18 for their planning. They will be there May 7-10, distributing quilts on Fri./Sat.

Apr 072015

Long-time member, Shirley Thillen is moving and having an estate sale on April 9 and 10, from 9 am-4 pm, 1031 Roxbury Road, Rockford. Click HERE for the Rockford Registar Star classified ad.

Apr 012015

If you’d like to display a quilt show sign in your yard, pick one up at Thursday’s sew-in. For those who already have a sign, stickers with this year’s dates will also be available.

Mar 302015

Thursday, April 2nd:

Neo-Natal Sew-In: 9:30 am-8:00 pm. Bethesda Covenant Church.

Bring your sewing machine or your hand sewing kit. We will have fabric kits and patterns available for you to use. If you have: a neo-natal quilt that is not completed, bring that to work on; a top that is completed, but it needs quilting, bring it and someone will quilt it for you; don’t want to bring your sewing machine, we have lots of jobs … cutting, ironing, pinning, sewing labels and more.

  • Plan to bring a lunch and/or dinner. There are places nearby to get food, if you want to eat out. We will have snacks and drinks available for you to enjoy during the day and evening.
  • Bring your completed Mystery Quilt Bag, sign in and get a number. Your quilt will be put on display. Everyone is invited to vote on their favorite quilt. If you attend the evening session, contact Jan or Jane about getting your mystery quilt to the sew-in early in the day for the voting. The winner will be announced at the May meeting.
  • During the Sew-In we will have drawings for door prizes and Mystery Bag prizes.
  • We are also planning some jelly roll races at three times during the Sew-In: 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm. We have some 2 ½” strips of various lengths. We encourage you to bring 2 ½” strips of any length to add to our basket of strips for all to use. The first racer to complete a top gets a prize.
  • We’ll also have a challenge table with some pre-cuts and partially sewn items for you to create a masterpiece.

Questions? Call Jan Person or Jane Erickson. We look forward to seeing you at the Sew-In.


QUILT SHOW ENTRIES ARE DUE THURSDAY, APRIL 2nd. Mail your form and picture to Gail Quast so it is received on the 2nd, or turn in your entries at the sew-in. Your quilt need not be finished on April 2nd, but it must be recognizable by color and pattern.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE QUILT SHOW. Sign up at Thursday’s sew-in or contact Colleen Magee.


Saturday, April 11th AND 18th:

Cherry Valley Library Workshops (SPAM): 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Cherry Valley Library.

The first four months in 2015, we will be devoted to the two Cherry Valley Library Collaborative Challenge projects:

  1. The Around the World Block Banners to be exhibited as a Collaborative Challenge Project at our May quilt show and subsequently donated to the Cherry Valley Library. Click HERE for a detailed 2-page handout providing lots of information about creating a Cityscape for our collaborative Around the World – Raw-edge Applique Blocks for our 3 Blocks Banners.
  2. The Crazy Quilt Piano and Bench Covers for the CVL.
  3. Every month, everyone is welcome to come and work on individual or other group projects, or just relax and hang out.



Mar 232015

Quilters, we are in desperate need of volunteers to sign up for positions at the quilt show.  There are a total of 274 volunteer positions available over the 5 days from April 29th to May 3rd.  So far we have about 120 positions filled and about 150 positions left to be filled. We have about 200 members. If everyone signed up for 1-2 positions, we would have everything covered. We have several “sit-down” positions for those of you who aren’t able to stand for a long time. Most shifts are for 2 hours. Volunteering at the Quilt Show is fun and you get in to the show for free on the day you work. If you work Wed., Thurs., or Fri., you can get in free on the day of your choice. The income from the show makes up 50% of our budget, so it’s important that we all do our part to make this show a success, plus it’s lots of fun.  Please call or email me with your choice.

Thanks much,
Colleen Magee, 815-394-1521 (email address in the directory or fill out the Contact Us form).

NOTE: Colleen will have the sign-up sheets on the bus trip to Rosemont this Thursday. You can also sign up at the neonatal sew-in on April 2nd.

Mar 192015

On March 29th, from Noon to 6:00 pm, Table Top Gym, located at 6935 11th Street, Suite 15, Rockford is allowing the Littlest Angels to use their facility for sewing, pinning and quilting at no charge to our project since it is for the babies and youngsters. Please join us and let us make more quilts for Sue, our county coroner, who covers the little ones with our quilts. Just bring your sewing machine and supplies, and if you want to treats or drinks (non-alcoholic or we won’t be sewing straight lines). Remember they do not need to be batted, but if you prefer batting…go for it! I was given a large donation of fabric and will bring it for you to use if you want.

Today I gave a presentation out at Peterson Meadows for the Masonic Temple women’s group. Many promised to introduce our project to others in their group and again I have at least one lady who wants to donate fabric. If we cannot use it we can see if it can be used for the Neonatal quilts.

See you there. Nora Hamidi

More information from Nora: I went to Table Top Gym yesterday just to find out where it is. It is in New Milford, about a 1/2 mile past It’s for Quilting. There is a turn off on the right that goes toward the City Hall, but you stay on the road turning a slight left toward the plaza. Table Top Gym is between a bar & a liquor store (no need to bring drinks) on the right far end of the plaza but it is very safe as the parking lot lights stay on … I left after midnight and both the bar & liquor store close at 9PM … and the place has lots of room to bring your quilts to pin/baste or just to get out and be amongst women who have the same interest. But what goes on at the Table Top – stays there! In other words it was a blast and while some of you might think it too far away to drive, it is worth it, after all we do drive to that special fabric shop that we heard by the grapevine that has just that one piece of fabric you need! Please join us for some fun and let’s get some quilts done for our little ones.  Nora