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laura_07_2013April 3, 2014

Neo-Natal Sew-In. Bring your sewing machine and sewing supplies. If you don’t want to sew, there are plenty of other ways to help … pressing, cutting, making quilt sandwiches, hand sewing on binding and labels, etc. Bring a sack lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the day. There will be a short business meeting at 1:00 and 7:00.  9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Bethesda Covenant Church,  2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL

April 26, 2014

SPAM Workshop: Completion of Jelly roll projects, magic baby quilts and/or jelly roll bags and Free-Motion practice. Cherry Valley Library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mar 152014

Beth just called me to say that her husband, William, passed away on Thursday and she wanted the guild to know about his service. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 18th at 10:30 a.m., Rockford First Church, 5950 Spring Creek Road, Rockford. Visitation will be in the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. His obituary is in Saturday’s Rockford Register Star.

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KarenMusgraveKaren Musgrave’s workshop sounds like a different and fun process for many of us, and is an opportunity to learn some new techniques. It’s a Saturday workshop, so our ladies who work during the week can participate! Be sure to contact Robin Gausbeck to reserve your spot. 

Karen wants to change the world using quilts. She does this with her art, teaching, lectures, curating, writing, and with her group Crossing the Line: Artists at Work (CLAW). She was the first person to curate an exhibition of quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, that traveled outside the United States. Her work can be found in many private collections and she has exhibited internationally. Quilts in the AtticUncovering the Hidden Stories in the Quilts We Love (Voyageur Press, 2012) is her first book.

Saturday, May 3rd: “Quilt Me a Story Workshop”. Full Day. Explore the process of creating a one-of-a-kind quilt using the age-old tradition of story quilts. Enjoy the freedom of focusing on telling a story that is special and unique to you in a fun, supportive environment.  We will be working on expression not perfection! This workshop will spur your creativity while instilling confidence. Lots of tips and tricks will be shared. A short Power Point presentation on the history of story quilts will help jump-start your journey. Click HERE for supply list.

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Phyllis Campbell shared these pictures from the Phoenix trip.

Clearing snow from the runway at Rockford Airport

Clearing snow from the runway at Rockford Airport

Emerging in Phoenix to palm trees

Emerging in Phoenix to palm trees

The quilt show

The quilt show


Petunia City Quilters in Dixon, IL will host Judy Martin on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. for a lecture and trunk show on Log Cabin Quilts. Guests are welcome for a fee of $10. Loveland Community House, 513 West Second Street, Dixon, IL.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beloit, WI is holding our fifth Heritage Quilt Show on May 3-4, 2014.  The show will feature antique quilts from the Beloit Historical Society and quilts and quilted items from members and friends of St. Paul’s. The show will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on May 3rd , and from noon to 4 pm on May 4th.  We anticipate a show of 150 quilts and invite your members to register a quilt and/or attend the show.  Admission to the show costs $5, and the salad luncheon that will be served will also cost $5.  Quilt entry in the show is free – this is a show to display your “pride and joy” quilts. Click HERE for the show details. Click HERE for quilt registration form.


Pride of the Prairie Quilters Guild invites us to attend any of their meetings and workshops. Click HERE to go to their website for more information.

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Thursday, March 6th

Mini-Morning Workshop: Spring Table Runner, 19″ x 21-1/2″. Supply list: Sewing machine, sewing supplies, rotary cuter, mat, ruler. If you have a 60 degree triangle ruler, please bring to share. There will be a triangle to share if you don’t have one. Fabric: 1/2 yard background, four fat quarters (includes binding and backing). Cut background into 2 strips 3-1/2″ x 42″ and 3 strips 2″ x 42″. Cut from each fat quarter 1 strip 3-1/2″ x 21″, 1 strip 2-1/4″ x 21″ and 1 rectangle 11″ x 12″. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bethesda Covenant Church, 2102 E. State Street, Rockford, IL.

Susan_ClevelandProgram: Susan K. Cleveland (www.piecesbewithyou.com)

1:00 p.m.: “On with the Show”
7:00 p.m.: “Making Simple Quilts with Spark”
Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL


Friday, March 7th:

Workshop: “Piping Hot Bindings”. Full day. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Swedish American Heart Hospital

Saturday, March 8th:

Workshop – “Marvelous Miters”. Half day. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Swedish American Heart Hospital

Saturday, March 15th:

SPAM Workshop: THEME: Big Bags from Jelly Rolls. Join us to work on a jelly roll quilt project, magic baby quilt or a personal project. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library. Click HERE for supply list.


  • 10:00 -10:25 am – individual setup
  • 10:30 -11:00 am – View YouTube Video- Big Bags from Jelly Rolls
  • 11:00am -12:00pm – work on projects
  • 12:00 – 1:15 pm – Lunch with Viewing and Discussion of “WHY QUILTS MATTER” parts 1 and 2 (Series of 9) – led by Robin Gausebeck
  • 1:15 – 4:15 pm – work on quilting projects


Our Stockings for Soldiers mini group will be happy to accept muslin or your gently used sheets and cotton tablecloths for stocking linings. We are preparing take-home kits for our monthly meetings and are in the need of inexpensive linings. Please bring donations to the guild meeting.

We were thrilled to get more than 21 kits (210 stockings) ready to sew at our first meeting at the Westlake Village Community Center on the lake.  If you would like to join our group on March 12, please pick up directions to the Center from our back table at the March 6 Sinnissippi meeting.

~ Kathy Thomas and Linda Egeland