Jun 292015
 

Thursday, July 2nd

Mini-Morning Workshop: We will be getting ready for Christmas with a “Ho Ho…Santa’s Here” table runner. It is from the book “My Runners” by Disa Designs. The runner is approximately 22”x45” and is machine applique. Freezer paper templates will be available for you to use. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bethesda Covenant Church.

Program: Mini Garage Sales and Ice Cream Social. We will also be selling fabric and sewing items from the Nicki Valdez estate and another group of quilted items from the Lori Larson collection. 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., Bethesda Covenant Church.

Reminder: Membership dues and form must be turned in by the August meeting in order for your name to be listed in the 2015-16 Directory. Click HERE for the form, or pick one up at the meeting.

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Saturday, July 18th

Cherry Valley Library Workshop (SPAM): There are two projects going on this summer at the Cherry Valley Library/SPAM Saturdays … 1) Continuation of crazy quilt blocks for the Library’s piano and bench covers; and 2) Calendar of the Year wall hangings. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library.

Jun 302015
 

outoftheboxSinnissippi Quilters, are you ready for a fun and easy quilt challenge? At our quilt show in May 2015, the Cow Parade of Quilts was exhibited, to rave reviews! In order to display these quilts, it was required that the guild purchase a case of the books called “Out Of the Box With Easy Blocks” by Weidman/McFarland, which is filled with patterns and instructions for many fun and unusual blocks, including the basic cow pattern. We have planned a quilt challenge as an incentive to purchase a book for $25.00, make a quilt, and be eligible to WIN $25.00! (Several members bought the book at the show and are included in the challenge.) There will be NO judging! Names will be drawn from a basket at both afternoon and evening meetings, and there may be additional prizes added. Quilts are due at the March 2016 meetings, which is also the Neonatal Sew-In. If you choose to make and donate your challenge quilt to neonatal, there may be extra prizes drawn!

Click HERE for the rules. Books can be purchased at the guild meetings.

Jun 262015
 

At its June 25th meeting, the board of Sinnissippi Quilters, Inc. voted to apply to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)3 status as an exempt charitable organization. The one-time $400 fee is to be paid from the guild’s money market funds. In accordance with the guild’s bylaws, the expenditure must be approved by the membership since it is in excess of $100. The vote will occur at the July 2 meeting.

The board also voted to authorize Robin Gausebeck to make the application on its behalf.

The benefits to Sinnissippi Quilters for obtaining this status are several:

(1) donations to the guild of both money and goods would be tax-deductible to the donor. This would include, but not be limited to, silent auction items at the quilt show and donations of fabric for charity quilts.

(2) the guild would be able to apply for grant monies to help defray the costs of various charitable activities. Postage for soldiers’ stockings and materials purchased for neonatal quilts might be two examples.

(3) It would enable the guild to apply for a sales tax exemption from the state of Illinois for its purchases.

Jun 262015
 

Karen won an honorable mention at the NQA show in Little Rock this past week for her “Flurry of Feathers” applique quilt! Karen thought she got one of the best critiques, both good and bad, ever … kudos to the judges.

Jun 222015
 

Mini Garage Sales and Ice Cream Social

It was decided at the June meeting to have ‘mini’ garage sales instead of the ‘Round Robin’ instruction. So now is the time to go through your sewing room and find some things you would like to sell. The cost for a table will be $10 and if you want to you can share the table with a friend. At the June meeting there were 8 members who signed up for a tables but we can have more. Just contact me. You’ll find my phone number at the bottom of this page. Here are some guidelines for the meeting and “mini’ sales.

  1. Cost is $10 for a table and you can be setup for both the Afternoon and the Evening meetings.
  2. Setup can begin after 11:30 – when the morning workshop ends.
  3. You can come early to browse and visit.
  4. Sales begin after the business meeting and ‘Show and Tell’ which will begin at 1:00 and 7:00.
  5. ‘Show and Tell’ will follow the meeting.
  6. All profits will belong to the seller.
  7. If you didn’t sign up in June and want to participate – call Barb C. at 815-874-1607 or cell # 815-519-6796, to get your name on the list.

We will also be selling fabric and sewing items from the Nicki Valdez estate, and another group of quilted items from the Lori Larson collection.

Jun 192015
 

A quilters garage sale will be held on Saturday, June 20th, at the Table Top Gym in Mew Milford, 6935 11th St. We will be selling the Laurie Larson items that didn’t sell at the guild meeting. Lots of other quilt related items are for sale also.

Jun 162015
 

Dear Sinnissippi Quilt Guild,

Just a short note to thank you for the opportunity to attend your afternoon meeting featuring the Jacquie Gering presentation and the workshop the following day. This journey all began way back in December when I had seen that Jacquie Gering was coming to Rockford. I stopped at Quilter’s Haven where Stephanie printed me off an application and gave me the contact information for Barb. After contacting Barb, I sent off the registration…very excited! Getting ready to come to the event, I posted a question on the website, asking for information about what I needed to bring and Cindy Larsen promptly responded and remained in contact updating me with any new information. This was really appreciated. I was warmly welcomed to the Guild meeting and was teamed up with Donna who gave me the tour, shared information about many of the projects you are involved with and then sat with me during the presentation. She presented me with a Guild pin, one that I will treasure. At the workshop the following day, all of your members were welcoming, very encouraging and helpful. It was a great opportunity to learn a new technique and learn and share with other quilters. Barb did a great job setting things up and others like Laura and Cindy as well as others pitched in to help. You have some very hardworking volunteers, all of who should be celebrated. Your choice in having Jacquie Gering was great…I learned so much. In closing, thank you for the opportunity to participate is such a great event. I look forward to joining you again in the future.

Jody Mayhew
Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Jun 022015
 

There are TWO projects going on this summer at the Cherry Valley Library/SPAM Saturdays. Starting on June 20th, Elizabeth Franck will be wrapping up the crazy quilt piano cover project (to be finished in August), and Barb Lange and Pam Surmo will be kicking off the Calendar of the Year wall hangings project. Come join in the fun … there’s something for everyone at these Saturday workshops!

  1. Continuation of crazy quilt blocks with decorative stitching for the Cherry Valley Library piano and bench covers including: a) techniques for creating a block, etc., and b) introduction to a stitch sampler – creating page one. Materials and supplies: Bring your sewing machine, cord and foot pedal with manual, and general sewing supplies. Contact Elizabeth Franck with questions.
  2. Calendar of the Year wall hangings. The first project we will work on is a wall quilt for the month of July. The project kits will include everything you will need to complete the whole project. Our goal is to have you make it and take home a completed wall hanging that Saturday. Sign up and $20 kit fee will be taken at the June Guild meeting. Click HERE for more information. Contact Barb Lange or Pam Surmo with questions.

NOTE: There is no potluck in June as previously posted.

Jun 012015
 

julySPAM is starting up again on June 20th at the Cherry Valley Library, 10:00-4:00. We will be sharing space with Elizabeth Franck as she wraps up her programs. The first project we will work on is a wall quilt for the month of July. The project kits will include everything you will need to complete the whole project. Our goal is to have you make it and take home a completed wall hanging that Saturday. Sign up and $20 kit fee will be taken at the June Guild meeting. Click HERE for more information.

May 312015
 

Thursday, June 4th

Mini-Morning Workshop: Sewing Station Caddy (with Karen Grover), 9:30-11:30 am, Bethesda Covenant Church

Supply List:

  • (2) 16 ½” Squares, these will be the inside and back
  • (1) 16 ½” Piece batting
  • 5/8 yard accent fabric cut to (2) 2 ½ x 42” binding strips and (2) 13 x 15 1/2” rectangles
  • (6) 5 ½ x 11” pieces for pockets
  • Sewing machine, sewing kit

If you would like, layer the two 16 ½” squares with the batting and quilt as desired prior to coming to the workshop.

Program: Jacquie Gering (website) “Quilting Modern: Honoring Tradition”. 1:00 and 7:00, Bethesda Covenant Church.

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Friday, June 5th

Workshop: “Modern Crazy Piecing” with Jacquie Gering. Step into the present with this modern version of crazy piecing from the Going Crazy Chapter in “Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts”. Jacquie’s free-flowing take on this technique will leave you inspired to find a place for crazy piecing in every project! Once you’ve mastered the technique, we’ll explore design options for using your crazing piecing in quilts and small projects. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30-4:00, Swedish American Heart Hospital.

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Saturday, June 20th

Cherry Valley Library Workshop (SPAM): There are TWO projects going on this summer at the Cherry Valley Library/SPAM Saturdays. Starting on June 20th, Elizabeth Franck will be wrapping up the crazy quilt piano cover project (to be finished in August), and Barb Lange and Pam Surmo will be kicking off the Calendar of the Year wall hangings project. Come join in the fun … there’s something for everyone at these Saturday workshops!

  1. Continuation of crazy quilt blocks with decorative stitching for the Cherry Valley Library piano and bench covers including: a) techniques for creating a block, etc., and b) introduction to a stitch sampler – creating page one. Materials and supplies: Bring your sewing machine, cord and foot pedal with manual, and general sewing supplies. Contact Elizabeth Franck with questions.
  2. Calendar of the Year wall hangings. The first project we will work on is a wall quilt for the month of July. The project kits will include everything you will need to complete the whole project. Our goal is to have you make it and take home a completed wall hanging that Saturday. Sign up and $20 kit fee will be taken at the June Guild meeting. Click HERE for more information. Contact Barb Lange or Pam Surmo with questions.

NOTE: There is no potluck in June as previously posted.