Dec 012017

The December 2017/January 2018 newsletter has been posted. Click HERE to view.

Thursday, December 7th: Christmas Party potluck. If your last name begins with A-M, bring a dessert or fruit salad. If your last name begins with N-Z, bring a main dish, vegetable dish or salad. We’ll also have Show and Tell so be sure to bring all the wonderful things you’re making this Holiday season.

Saturday, December 30th: Cherry Valley Library Workshops. Bring your own project or choose from the several offered projects. Click HERE for details.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

Sep 302017


Note: No mini-morning workshop.


Program: Gyleen Fitzgerald. (website)
Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children’s books.

1:00: Make Mine With Scraps
Focus on traditional utility quilts. Use up, cut up or recycle what you have on hand to make stunning quilts. Learn to harmonize exchange and friendship blocks or clear your clutter with strips and squares.

7:00: Unfinished Stories with New Beginnings
A visual transformation of 1930’s through 1950’s unfinished tops and blocks to finished quilts with unpredictable endings using fabrics of today. Be inspired to begin the perfect journey with your collection of blocks.



Workshop with Gyleen Fitzgerald

Stripper’s MysterySo what do you get when you combine 20 strips of fabric with one absolutely fantastic focus fabric? You are the only one that knows and this is your mystery to solve. The layouts are fun, fast and endless. The quilts range from 25″ to 50″. You can chose Half-Square Triangles, 16-Patch, Chinese coins or Pyramids (to name a few) to solve the mystery. So get out your Sherlock Homes attitude and begin the Stripper’s Mystery. Full Day.
Workshop fee: $10, Supply list (click here)



Workshop with Gyleen Fitzgerald

Trash to Treasures Pineapple: Okay isn’t it time to clear the clutter in your life? Oops, too much? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuff in nooks, crannies and boxes? Better? Let’s make an old fashion favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist. Effortless stitching without paper piecing! Go scrappy, random or totally stylized it doesn’t matter just plan to join the Pineapple Par-tay! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt. Full Day.
Workshop fee: $30 for book and tool, Supply list: (click here)



Saturday Cherry Valley Library Workshop (previously known as SPAM). NOTE: October date has changed from 3rd Sat. to Oct. 7th.

You are welcome to bring your own project to work on or participate in the workshop.

Turkey Track Table Runner: Click HERE for supply list. 10-4 at Cherry Valley Library.








Jul 312017

Thursday, August 3rd:

9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.: Stockings for Soldiers Sew-In. Bring your sewing machine and sewing supplies. There are also non-sewing tasks … turning the stockings, tracing, cutting, writing cards, etc.

1:00 and 7:00: Business meeting.

Reminder: 2017-18 membership dues are due and the new rate is $30. Pick up a form at the meeting, or print one from the website. Click HERE.


Saturday, August 19th:

SPAM (Special Projects & More): Stockings for Soldiers (inside) or Sun Printing (outside – weather permitting). Click HERE for supply list. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Cherry Valley Library


Jun 272017

Thursday, July 6th:

Mini-Morning Workshop – Curvy Table Topper. Click HERE for supply list. 9:30-11:30

Program: Toby Lischko (website). Toby is a multi-talented quilt artist and will speak about Electric Quilt and miniatures. 1:00 and 7:00


Toby Lischko Workshops:

July 7: Mojito. Click HERE for supply list.

July 8: EQ7. Supply List: Your laptop with EQ7 already loaded, laptop power cord, mouse. If you do not have EQ7, bring your laptop to the guild meeting on Thursday to have a trial version loaded on it.


July 15th: 

Special Projects and More (SPAM): For our farewell project we will be working on a wonderful potholder pattern. Come and be amazed at the ease of this pattern. 10:00-4:00, Cherry Valley Library

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.