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…….
We are well on the way to the month of June; where has the time gone!! I hope that all of you have your flowers planted, although the weather has been so cool in the last several days that I don’t have mine in the ground yet. Hopefully, this week I will get them planted as I want to get to my sewing room. I have been absent from it for several weeks. I don’t know about you, but I need to spend time in my sewing room to create and wind down from the everyday stresses!
It is also getting into the quilt show season. I am sure some of you have been seeing lots of neat, pretty, and creative quilts lately! Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Bishop Hill Quilt Show with several of my Gems friends. Although it is a small show, there were some unique quilts. One had over 6,000 7/8” squares. They had an antique category which had about 4 or 5 quilts in it. Of course Grandma’s Flower Garden is always a favorite. They also had a hand quilted category. It is always interesting to see how other guilds present their quilt shows.
I am looking forward to our June meeting when Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Trouble Quilters will have a trunk show. She will also conduct workshops for several days. I hope that you all have had the opportunity the sign up for a class!
Don’t forget, at this month’s meeting we will be presenting the by-laws revision that will need the members’ attention. See you there! Take care!
Jean Cullum, President