Jul 192016

Several members have had quilts accepted into shows and challenges. Congratulations!!

  • International Quilt Festival, Houston: Robin Gausebeck and Karen Grover
  • Cherrywood Fabrics Lion King Challenge: Judy Berg and Karen Grover
  • Hoffman Fabric Challenge: Phyllis Campbell and Bobbie St. Aubin
  • Fly Me to the Moon Challenge: Phyllis Campbell

Anyone else?


Jul 182016

In preparation for the August 4th sew-in, we need help tracing and cutting stockings on July 27th, 9:00-3:00 at Cherry Valley Library. We could use some Christmas fabric, so check your stashes for any you can donate.

We will also meet at Cherry Valley Library on August 10th, 9:00-3:00, to finish up what doesn’t get done at the sew-in.

Thank you for your help. Any questions, contact Zeta Proskocil (contact info in directory) or fill out the Contact Us form.


Jul 032016

Thursday, July 7th: 

Mini-Morning Workshop: We will be getting ready for Christmas with a Poinsettia Table topper. It is in the style of a Dresden Plate and is a pattern from Robert Kauffman. You can make it in all reds for Christmas or any colors that you would like. The topper is 26” across. Plan to bring your sewing machine and basic sewing kit. Please be sure to bring a scissors that you can cut fabric with and a 6” ruler. If you would like do some cutting before the workshop, cut one strip from each of the 3/8 yard pieces , 12” wide and the length of the fabric. A cutting mat will be provided at the workshop. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church
Supply list for Dresden Plate table topper:

  • (3) coordinating prints, 3/8 yard each (3) different color prints or (3) prints all the same color, but different tones
  • 1/3 yard Backing
  • 1 1/3 yards fusible web
  • EZ Quilting Fat Cats wedge template (paper templates will be available at class)

Programs: Lorraine Torrence (website)

1:00: “Design Principles for Quilters”. More and more quilters are considering themselves textile artists. Just as with any of the more traditionally recognized art forms, their makers need to be aware of and have some facility with the elements and principles of design and including value, line, space, balance, unity, etc. This slide lecture is an introduction to those design essentials which we will examine embodied in quilts.

7:00: “Finding Your Voice”. An overview of the steps to discover and develop your own personal style with a trunk show of Lorraine’s work that follows her journey in finding her personal voice.


Friday, July 8th:

Workshop: “Getting a Handle on Design Principles”. No matter which visual art form you choose, learning to use the formal elements of composition (color, value, scale, etc.) is important. Regardless of the style of quiltmaking in which you express yourself – traditional or innovative – come to this non-threatening, paper and glue stick workshop and explore the design elements you need to make all your good craftmanship worthwhile. Slides of quilts as examples of the design principles we will study. 9:30-4:00, Swedish American Heart Hospital


Saturday, July 16th:

Special Projects and More (SPAM): Handle Bag. Supply list: (2) fat quarters and matching scraps of fabric, (8) 2 1/2” squares. 10-4, Cherry Valley Library

Jun 292016

Winifred Halsey lost her small rotary cutter at the June SPAM workshop. Please check your supplies to see if it mistakenly got packed up with your things and if you find it, please contact Winifred. Her contact info is in the directory, or fill out the Contact Us form. Thank you.

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)