Sep 282015

Thursday, October 1, 2015:

Mini-Morning Workshop: Rockford Rescue Mission quilt tops. Please bring your sewing machine and sewing kit. Also bring any 5 inch fabric squares or any 15 inch fabric squares that you would like to donate for this project. We will be putting the squares together that we made last month. There is no restriction on colors for fabric. The quilt tops need to be for a single bed size.
9:30-11:30 a.m., Bethesda Covenant Church

Program: Janice Grimes of Quilts of Compassion (website) will present a program. Quilts of Compassion is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing hope and encouragement to those who are hurting through the gift of handmade quilts. Janice will talk about the creation of the organization, its history and mission to help people hurt in a disaster. Donations of quilts to Quilts of Compassion will be accepted in all sizes from infant to adult. Donated quilts may be quilted or tied. Although general sports theme is acceptable, the organization cannot accept sport team specific, such as the Bears, Cubs or Bulls. Holiday specific quilts will also not be accepted.
1:00 and 7:00 p.m., Bethesda Covenant Church


Saturday, October 17, 2015:

SPAM at Cherry Valley Library: Bullseye Quilt.
Supply List:

  • 48 EACH: 9 1/2″ squares, 8″ squares, 6″ squares – lights and darks
  • Good sharp scissors
  • Sewing machine and quilting supplies

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library

Sep 042015

The SPAM workshop will be on September 12th, not the 19th. Finish the Gobbler wall hanging (supplies: sewing machine, appropriate thread, sewing accessories – scissors, sewing machine feet, pin, needles, etc.) or bring your own project.

Future dates and workshops:

October 17th: Bullseye quilt

November 21st: Wool applique Christmas ornament with Barb Clucas (kit fee $10) and yo-yo ornament (no charge)

December 19th: Work on your own projects


Aug 282015

Thursday, September 3rd

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

Programs: Lori Lee Tripplett, Quilt & Textile Collections (website)
1:00“Red and Green Quilts for Christmas … NOT!” Explore the history of Turkey red dye through red and green quilts from the Poos collection.
7:00 –  “The Fabric Detective – The Case of the Columns”. Solve a mystery through clues in antique pillar print quilts.


Friday, September 4th

Workshop:sept2015 “Red and Green Workshop”. Learn to applique a miniature quilt patterned after a red and green antique quilt. 1/2 day, $35 per person, minimum of 10 people. Click HERE for supply list. A kit is included in the class price. 9:30-12:30, Swedish American Heart Hospital.



Saturday, September 12th — PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO THE 12th

SPAM at Cherry Valley Library: Finish Gobbler wall hanging or bring your own project. 10:00-4:00 Cherry Valley Library.

Aug 242015

Following are some announcements that came in while I was on vacation last week.

Congratulations to the following Guild members …

  • Amanda Johnson: Raffle quilt winner
  • Stephanie Nordlin: Two quilts, My Germanic Roots and Lupines, accepted into the Illinois/Wisconsin/Iowa/Nebraska SAQA’s “Deeply Rooted” travelling exhibit which will debut at the AQS Des Moines show.
  • Kathy O’Brien, Mary Bonne, Joanne Wienrank, Colleen Magee, Jan White, Ruth Perley: All won ribbons at the Boone County Fair. (Sorry if we missed someone; let me know and I’ll include you.)


On September 11th, IVQG in Ottawa, IL will be hosting Linda Hahn of Frog Hollow Designs from New Jersey. She will give a program on Friday night, “New York Beauty State of Mind”. Then on Saturday, Sept.12, we’re having a workshop. There are some openings left and we’d love for you to join us!

Here are the details:

Who: Linda Hahn, Frog Hollow Designs, known nationally for her New York Beauty quilts and her “just one pin” method. She’s the author of 4 books and numerous patterns. Check out her website at:
What: Our workshop will be “Buffalo Bubblegum” which is a New York Beauty quilt. See the picture here.
Cost: Our non member price is $60 which INCLUDES the kit (foundation piecing stencil, the paper that you’ll leave in your project and acrylic templates), INCLUDES lunch and bottled water.

If you’d like to learn the simplified techniques, please join us. Contact Shelley, sewshell at

Aug 072015

tomturkeyWe’ll be preparing the pieces for the Tom Turkey calendar wall quilt at the August 15th SPAM workshop at Cherry Valley Library, 10:00-4:00. Click HERE for supply list.

Aug 042015

Our raffle quilt drawing is at Thursday evening’s meeting (August 6th). Please bring your sold tickets and money to the meeting by 7:00 p.m. If you can’t make it to the meeting and don’t have someone who can bring the tickets, contact Dee Pittham.

2015-16 dues must be paid by Thursday if you wish to be included in the new directory.


Aug 032015

Thursday, August 6th

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.: STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS SEW-IN. We hope to have at least 1200 stockings to send to our deployed military personnel. We’ll need as many as possible to start serging at 9:00 a.m. We have plenty of other jobs including turning stockings right side out, cutting tops, pinning cuffs and tabs to stockings, sewing cuffs on with regular sewing machines (a walking foot may be beneficial), turning cuffs right side out, counting our progress and packing the stockings in boxes. If you can spare any of the boxes of the type which hold 10 packages of copy paper, please bring them when you come. We also need some old sheets or table cloths for linings even if they have tears or spots. Please bring machines, sergers, scissors, rotary cutters, mats, or whatever you might use. If you have one of the guild’s acrylic stocking patterns, we’ll need it. Whether you can do a little or a lot, come enjoy the day with us. You will want to plan to take a break for your lunch—either a sack lunch, a nearby restaurant, or whatever suits you best. Hospitality will have drinks available. Bethesda Covenant Church.

1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Business meeting and New Board Member Trunk Show.


Saturday, August 15th

SPAM: Calendar of the Year wall hangings. Make a wall quilt for each month. 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 Guild meeting. Cherry Valley Library, 10:00-4:00