Jun 222016

The guild has been the recipient of another large donation in honor of Lt. Col. Jenny Garver, an Army ob/gyn nurse. This donation consists of a variety of materials. The Guild’s Special Projects and the Rescue Mission have chosen what is most useful for them. What is left includes wonderful cotton fabrics. These fabrics will be at the July Guild meeting and available to you in exchange for cash donations to support the shipping fund for the soldier stockings. The family was touched by being able to support the neonatal and soldier stocking projects.

The donation also included sewing fabrics such as velvets, satins, knits and upholstery as well as 3 boxes of clothing patterns. If you are interested in the sewing items, please contact Donna Langford by email (info in Directory), phone (815) 979-3374, or complete the Contact Us form. The non-quilting materials will not be taken to guild unless interest is expressed.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to the family of Army Lt. Col. Jenny Garver for the donation of her fabrics to support Special Projects of the Sinnissippi Quilters Guild. The materials will support neonatal quilts, Christmas stockings for soldiers serving overseas as well as various projects at the Rescue Mission.


Jun 132016

Mini group dates have been set for Stockings for Soldiers on Wednesday, June 22 & 29, noon-5 p.m., Cherry Valley Library. We’re having it twice in June to get caught up and again on July 13th so we will be ready for the sew-in in August. We have lots of stockings ready to be serged or sewn packaged up if anyone wants to sew they can. Bringing scissors and rotary cutters to the meetings will be helpful.

Any questions contact Zeta Proskocil. Contact info in directory or fill out the Contact Us form.

Thank you in advance for helping make this Mission & legacy carry on for a good cause.

May 302016

Thursday, June 2nd:

Mini-Morning Workshop: Purse pincushion. It’s a cute pin cushion that looks like a designer handbag that is fast and easy to make. Plan to bring your sewing machine and basic sewing kit. 9:30-11:30 am, Bethesda Covenant Church
Supply list for Pincushion handbags:

  • (2) Fat Quarters will make 2 pincushions
  • Fusible fleece batting
  • (2) 5 ½ “x 7” pieces for each pincushion
  • Handle: (1) 5/8” x 7” piece of lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Filling: 1 ¾ cups of crushed walnut shells or filling of your choice. Walnut shells will be available for you to
    purchase at the church for .50 per pincushion.
  • Buttons, ribbons, ric rac, or other trims


Thursday, June 2nd:

Program: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI (website)
1:00 & 7:00: “Highlights from the Collection”. Bethesda Covenant Church


Saturday, June 18th:

Special Projects and More (SPAM): Tote with zipper, 10 am-4 pm, Cherry Valley Library
Supply List:
2 fat quarters
1 14″ zipper
Fusible fleece 11″ x 16″
Fusible interfacing (Shape Flex) 4″ x 19″
Small square Heat & Bond (provided if you don’t have any)

May 092016

Here’s some communication I’ve had with a recipient of one of our quilts. She’s trying to find the maker of the quilt. If it looks familiar and you were the one, please let me know and I will forward her contact information to you. I’ve told her we might not be able to find the maker, but we’ll try.
Thanks. Jane Erickson

“Hello, I am a proud owner of a quilt that I received after having a baby in the NICU at RMH. I was wondering if I provided a picture if you could tell me who made it so I can let them know what it means to me. Also there was writing on the corner and it was washed off and I would love to know what it said. Thanks in advance. Here are some pictures of the quilt. I also want you to know what the quilt meant to me and what an amazing thing you are all doing. My water broke at 33 weeks, I was nervous knowing that my child was going to go to the NICU. The first time I visited my daughter in the NICU was a bit of a blur I remember holding her for a very short time and that is it. The next time I went in I had no idea where she was or which isolet was hers but I remember seeing a very bright and beautiful quilt draped over one isolet it made me smile, it was the perfect colors for a little girl and my two favorite colors. As the nurse pushed me to my childs isolet I realized that the isolet covered with the adorable quilt was my babies isolet! I immediately said who makes these amazing quilts?!?! I was sobbing it made my day so much brighter. Every day I would come in to see the beautiful quilt and it always caught my eye. One day the quilt was gone and I panicked a little when walking towards the area where my daughter was at, this was a good sign! She was out of her isolet!!!! The quilt was still there folded next to the bed she was in. The day she was able to come home I knew I couldn’t leave the quilt there I HAD to have it, it was my ray of sunshine on some really scary days. I will cherish this quilt forever and I will tell my daughter all about the good deed that someone did that made a really scary place seem so much brighter. Thank you for what you do.”


May 062016

SPAM on May 21st has been cancelled due to the Cherry Valley Library book sale. The tote with zipper workshop will be done in June. Click HERE for supply list.

May 012016

Thursday, May 5th:

Mini-Morning Workshop: Work on quilt tops for Rockford Rescue Mission. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church.

Program: Ilene Bartos (website). “Borders, Sashings and More”. Trunk show with discussion on how to add interest to your blocks and by your choice of borders and sashings. Come prepared to take home some ideas for your next quilt or bring finished blocks to discuss alternate sashing/border ideas. 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., Bethesda Covenant Church


Friday, May 6th:

Workshop: “Autumn Paths” with Ilene Bartos. This class teaches the following techniques: color theory, how to sew braids, partial seams, and flat fold piping. This project can be done in a wide variety of color schemes, so pick your favorite focus fabric and have fun. 9:30-4:00, Swedish American Heart Hosptial


Saturday, May 7:

Workshop: “Fractured Piecing” with Ilene Bartos. This workhop focuses on using freezer paper templates to sew straight seams that have very little matching. It can be done with either my “Fractured Leaves” pattern or “Double Trouble” pattern. 9:30-4:00, Swedish American Heart Hosptial



Apr 042016

Thursday, April 7th:

Mini-Morning Workshop: Floating Star Table Runner, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bethesda Covenant Church
Supply list:
Sewing machine, sewing supplies, rotary cutter, mat, ruler.
Fabric list: 3/8 yard background, one Charm Pack or 32-5” squares. Cut background into 2 strips 2 ¾” by LOF, sub cut in (32) 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” squares. Also from the background fabric cut (4)5” squares.

Program: Lisa Binkley (website)
1:00 & 7:00: “Adding Sparkle and Texture to Your Quilts”. Whether you’re interested in trying bead embellishment for the first time or you’ve done some embellishment but are looking for additional inspiration, this lecture is for you. You’ll learn step-by-step instructions for embellishing your quilts and garments with beads and see 75-100 images of Lisa’s beadwork for additional inspiration. This lecture includes the display of some of her quilts and smaller framed work. Bethesda Covenant Church


Friday, April 8th:

Beginning bead embroideryWorkshop with Lisa Binkley: “Beginning Bead Embroidery”. Have you had some bead embroidery experience or taken my Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration. Full day. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Swedish American Heart Hospital


Saturday, April 9th:

Bead embellishmentWorkshop with Lisa Binkley: “Bead and Button Embellishment: Simple to Spectacular”. In this half-day class students learn a dozen different ways to embellish quilts, garments, and other fiber art using simple buttons and beads together. Students also learn about variations on these 12 techniques so they can go home with many new ideas for how to have fun adding texture and design focal points to their quilts and fiber art. This class is suitable for all levels of stitchers. 1/2 day. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Swedish American Heart Hospital


Saturday, April 16th:

Special Projects & More (SPAM): Continue working on the Mystery Quilt. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library


April 20, 21, 22, and 23:

Day trips to Paducah. Click HERE for details and instructions for booking your flight.

Apr 022016

One-day charter flights from Rockford to Paducah are available for April 20, 21, 22, and 23. Click HERE to print the instructions on how to book your flight online. For those of you who are not comfortable reserving your flight online, you can call Elite Airways at 1-877-393-2510, 7 AM to 5 PM CST, 7 days a week. You must provide the same information as you would online, especially the Promo Code … QUILT. These trips are open to all quilters.

Additional Important Information:

Arrive at RFD no later than 6: 30 AM on the day you choose to fly. Go through the TSA with your photo ID and your empty tote bag. Our plane departs RFD at 8 AM and arrives in Paducah (PAH) at 9 AM. We will then board an awaiting tour bus to take us to the Convention Center to the show. The bus will then take us at 4:30 PM to the Cherry Center where the Rotary Quilt Show is being held. The show is small in number, usually featuring an interesting antique collection but the vendors are the reason to stop and it is on the way back to the airport. It will be a short stop as we need to be back to PAH to depart at 6 PM with arrival back in RFD at 7 PM .

The air fare is $199 round trip. As we did in 2010, you will need to purchase a packet with your admission tickets to both the AQS and the Rotary Show, Show Program, bus transportation with driver gratuity included for $50. Be aware that the cost of everything involved has increased since 2010. Mail your $50 check (made out to Judy Mullen) to Judy Mullen, 4928 Zenith Pkwy, Machesney Park, IL 61115.