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.

Aug 082014

Congratulations to the following Sinnissippi Quilters!

The quilt Robin Gausebeck made for the 2014 Hoffman Challenge won Best First Time Entry-Applique and will be on display in Houston and part of one of the national touring groups. Click HERE to see all the winners.

Robin’s “Wicked” quilt (Madame Morrible’s Garden of Hexes, Poisons and Potions) won 2nd place in the Cherrywood Fabrics challenge and will be heading to NYC to be part of the exhibit at the Gershwin Theatre. Click HERE to see the winners.

Karen Grover’s “Wicked” quilt (Oh No) and Phyllis Campbell’s “Wicked” quilt (Witchy Woman) have been chosen to travel with the exhibit.

Robin Gausebeck and Karen Grover both have quilts accepted into the Houston IQF show.

A group quilt made by Pam Collings, Conny Picard, Cindy Larsen, Stephanie Nordlin, Robin Gausebeck, and Karen Grover has also been accepted into the Houston show.

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The Hospitality Committee is looking for two 30-cup coffee makers. If you have one you would like to donate, please bring it to the guild meeting and leave it at the treat table. Thank you.

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.

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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