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Gems of the Prairie Quilters is for quilters of all skill levels from Peoria and the surrounding area.  The monthly meetings consist of a program, which can be a lecture or demonstration, committee reports of upcoming events, optional block exchanges, other guild activities and show and tell.


Throughout the year, work is done on service projects and annual raffle quilt.  Monthly workshops, quilt challenges and round robins are offered to members as a means of developing and improving quilting skills.  Some of the workshops are devoted to service projects while others are given by members or by well-known teachers.  Gems puts on an annual quilt show the last weekend of September that showcases 400-500 quilts.


Gems of the Prairie Quilters was established in 1990 and is conducted on a not-for-profit basis.  The purpose of this organization is to:

Contribute to the knowledge of and to promote the appreciation of fine quilts;

Encourage quilt making and collecting;

Contribute to the growth of knowledge of quilting techniques, textiles, patterns, history and quilt makers through the education of members and the community through member-supported community services.


New members are always welcome!  Membership is $30, and includes meetings, monthly newsletter, many guild activities, reduced cost for workshops and friendship with other quilters. Please come visit!


MEANDERINGS from our President…….

The year is nearly half over already; the heat is on!!  By now all the flowers should be planted, school is out, and vacations are planned.  Now back to the sewing room!  It won’t be long until our Autumn Gems Quilt Show in August.  With the show being a month earlier this year, it will be here before we know what happened.  Registration is open so go ahead and plan those quilt entries.  Remember, enter them even though you are not sure you will complete them.  I have one I’ve been working on, and I am HOPING that I can finish it before the quilt show.

Our June program was wonderful!  If we wanted to see some quilts then that was the meeting to attend.  Lynne and Robert were delightful and showed us some really neat techniques and ideas.  The Kansas Troubles

fabrics are always beautiful.  The workshops were also fun!  I heard several members say they were really glad to participate and had a lot of fun!

I am looking forward to the July meeting and some of our very own GEMS presenting their techniques for paper-piecing, mitering borders and piping, among other things.  Please come and maybe learn some new information that will make your sewing and quilting experience more enjoyable and productive.  Another reason for attending the July meeting will be the exciting reveal of the GEMS Raffle Quilt.  You won’t want to miss it.

Hope you are all having a great summer and see you soon!

Your GEMS President,

Jean Cullum