2016-2017 Programs & Workshops


Lectures are held on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL. Click on each speaker’s website to learn more about her.

Workshops are held on the following Friday and/or Saturday in a conference room at Swedish American Heart Hospital (Charles Street entrance … follow the signs once you enter the building). Full day workshops are 9:30-4:00 at a cost of $35.00 and $45.00 for non-members. Half day workshops are 9:30 to 12:30 at a cost of $20.00 and $25.00 for non-members. There may be an additional kit/supply fee. Please click HERE for the workshop registration form.

Kit fees are payable directly to the instructors. You should only pay Sinnissippi Quilters for the workshop cost. Please do not pay Sinnissippi Quilters for your kits – it only makes things complicated for the guild and for our speakers.


AUGUST 4, 2016: Stockings for Soldiers Sew-in and New Board Member Trunk Show

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, 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.

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


SEPTEMBER 1, 2016: Dawn Heese (website)

Lectures: Dawn is a traditional applique artist.

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

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


Friday, September 2: Big Stitch Quilting by Hand (supply list), 1/2 day

Saturday, September 3: Scalloped Borders (supply list), 1/2 day


OCTOBER 6, 2016: Kim Schaefer (website)

Lectures: Kim is well known for her colorful applique quilts. She will have a lecture and trunk show.


NOVEMBER 3, 2016: Dana Jones (website)

Lectures: 1:00 and 7:00 – “Quilts of Caohagen”

Dana E. Jones, the editor of the SAQA Journal, is former editor of Quilters Newsletter. She lives, edits and makes art at 9,200 feet up in the Rocky Mountains in rural Gilpin County, Colorado. Before moving West three years ago, Dana worked as an editor and writer for newspapers and a national woman’s magazine in several states including New York, Illinois, Alaska and Florida. She has been drawing and painting since the late 1970’s and making quilts and fiber art for just more than 10 years. Dana has articles in Quilters Newsletter and The Quilt Life and a pattern in Quilts With Style magazine. Dana Served a artist in residence at the Gilpin County Public Library during the summer of 2012, introducing adults, youth and children to various aspects of quilt art, fiber painting and color. She has taught color and design at quilt shops in New York and Colorado, and was among organizers of the first Gilpin County Art Studio Tour inn 2012. Beyond editing and making art, Dana enjoys travel in the US and internationally, most recently having spent a month in Southeast Asia and Japan.


Friday, November 4th: “Color Your World”, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. NOTE NEW LOCATION: Just Goods, 201 7th Street, Rockford. $30 members, $35 non-members. Click HERE for more information and supply list.


DECEMBER 1, 2016: Christmas Party

Click HERE for all the details.


JANUARY 5, 2017: Diane Nordlof (website)

Lecture: “Life’s Too Short, You Can’t do it all by Hand”. Diane is the owner of “It’s for Quilting”, the shop destination for art quilters. She also carries crayon box bright colors and children’s prints


FEBRUARY 2, 2017: Lynn Schmitt (website)

Lecture: 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’. She will come back on Saturday and teach a workshop of a new spring applique design.


Saturday, February 4: Applique (Lynn has designed a seasonal applique for us.) Click HERE for supply list.







MARCH 2, 2017: Neo-Natal Sew-in. 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Click HERE for details.


APRIL 6, 2017: Round Robin. Members will be demonstrating techniques for finishing your quilts for the quilt show.


MAY 4, 2017: Bring handwork/knitting to work on, relax and chat with friends. Since this is the quilt show weekend, some members will be volunteering during the meeting hours and no speaker has been scheduled. There will be a business meeting.


JUNE 1, 2017: Pat Hamilton

Lectures: Pat does Hawaiian quilting.


JULY 6, 2017: Toby Lischko (website)

Lectures: Toby is a multi-talented quilt artist and will speak about Electric Quilt and miniatures.


July 7: Mojito. Click HERE for supply list.

July 8: EQ7. Supply List: Your computer with EQ7 already loaded.