May 292017

Click HERE to view the June/July newsletter.


Thursday, June 1st:

Mini-Morning Workshop: We will be working on “Pineapple Star” table topper, size 27”x27”. This will be a great project to use up one of the charm packs that you have collected. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bethesda Covenant Church.

Program: Pat Hamilton, Hawaiian Quilting. 1:00 and 7:00, Bethesda Covenant Church.


Saturday, June 17th:

Special Projects and More (SPAM): We will be learning the Basket Case Quilt pattern. This pattern requires two strips of print fabric and one strip background to produce two quilt blocks. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Cherry Valley Library.

Jan 302017

Thursday, February 2, 2017:

Mini-Morning Workshop: “Crazy” Hearts.” Click HERE for supply list. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bethesda Covenant Church.

Program: Lynn Schmitt (website). Lynn will present a trunk show on her evolution as a quilter. She blends her designs with mixed media textiles, her name, ‘A Different Box of Crayons’. 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., Bethesda Covenant Church.


Saturday, February 4, 2017:

Workshop: Applique with Lynn Schmitt. Lynn has designed a seasonal applique for us. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30-4:00, Swedish American Heart Hospital.


Saturday, February 18, 2017:

Special Projects and More (SPAM): TBA, 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library


Quilt Show Reminder:

The Quilt Show committee is looking for donations for the Boutique and Silent Auction areas. You can start bringing your items to the guild meetings. Thank you.

Jan 022017

Happy 2017!


Mini-Morning Workshop: Floating Snow Flakes, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bethesda Covenant Church
Supply List:
27 – 4 ½ “squares in shades of medium and dark blue
3 strips 2 ½ “x wof dark blue for border
3 strips 2 ½” x wof dark blue for binding
4 – 4 ½ “x 12” white felt blocks
Heat & bond for snow flakes
Sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter and standard sewing supplies

Program: Diane Nordlof, “Life’s too short, you can’t do it all by hand”. Diane is the quilt shop owner of It’s for Quilting in New Milford. 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., Bethesda Covenant Church.



Special Projects & More (SPAM): We’ll be having a sew-in to make mittens from sweaters and fleece. All you need to bring is your machine and thread. The plan is to donate them to the Rescue Mission, Mothers House or Carpenters Place to enjoy the rest of the winter season. Just let Pam Surmo or Barb Lange know so we can save you a place. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library

Dec 152016

Due to the snowy and bitter cold forecast for Saturday, December 17th, SPAM at Cherry Valley Library has been cancelled. Please pass this information along to everyone you know who was planning to attend, just in case they don’t see this message.

Have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year! See you at the guild meeting on January 5th.


Oct 302016

Thursday, November 3rd

Mini-Morning Workshop: Tiny Christmas tree. The tree is 12” finished. You can decorate it as much or as little as you like. Contact Jan Person for supply list. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church

Program: Dana Jones (website), “Quilts of Caohagen”.  1:00 and 7:00, Bethesda Covenant Church


Friday, November 4th

Workshop: Dana Jones – “Color Your World”. 10:00-1:00, Just Goods, 201 7th Street, Rockford. Click HERE for more information and supply list.

Stockings for Soldiers: We’ll be filling the stockings and boxing them for shipping. 9:00-5:00, Tebala Shrine, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford. Contact Zeta Proskocil with questions.


Saturday, November 19th

Special Projects and More (SPAM): Three Christmas Projects – 1) Tiny Christmas Tree Wall Hanging, 2) Fan Blade Table Topper, 3) Fold’n Stitch Wreath. Make one or all! 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library. Click HERE for supply lists.

Oct 032016

OCTOBER 6, 2016:

Mini-Morning Workshop: We will continue working on Rockford Rescue Mission quit 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. There is no restriction on colors for fabric. The quilt tops need to be for a single bed size. 9:30-11:30, Bethesda Covenant Church

Programs: Kim Schaefer (website). Kim is well known for her colorful applique quilts. She will have a lecture and trunk show. 1:00 and 7:00, Bethesda Covenant Church


OCTOBER 15, 2016:

Special Projects & More (SPAM): Cecilia Mann will be teaching her 6″ circle method and strip piecing with used dryer sheets. 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library


OCTOBER 19, 2016:

Zeta Proskocil will be appearing on the WIFR Morning Blend show with Andy Gannon to discuss Stockings for Soldiers! 9:00 a.m., WIFR


Aug 282016


Note: No mini-morning workshop for September.


Program: Dawn Heese (website)

1:00: “Quilt as Desired” and trunk show

7:00: “From a Small Town Girl to Designer” and trunk show



Workshop: Big Stitch Quilting by Hand (supply list), 9:30-12:30, Swedish American Heart Hospital



Workshop: Scalloped Borders (supply list), 9:30-12:30, Swedish American Heart Hospital



Bus trip to Quilt Expo in Madison.



SPAM at Cherry Valley Library, 10:00-4:00.

Aug 012016

Thursday, August 4th:

Stockings for Soldiers Sew-in and New Board Member Trunk Show

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.: 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, packing the stockings in boxes, and writing Christmas cards. 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 and Christmas fabric. 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 20th:

Special Projects and More (SPAM): Neo-natal quilts. 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library

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

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)