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About Gems of the Prairie Quilters


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 and quilt challenges 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 that showcases 400-500 quilts.  Please refer to the Quilt Show Tab for the date of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show.


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!


President’s Message………from Viv

Ha, ha, ha! The January meeting was a real knee slapper! Many thanks to Gems member Sandy Lutz for her program about laughter. February’s program will be no laughing matter. We’ve got to be “serious” when we make Flying Geese blocks. Bring your quilts for examples, and yes, it’s always OK to laugh at a Gems meeting.

A quilter from Indiana recently contacted Gems for help identifying names on a family quilt she found. The quilt says “Dunlap Ladies Aid 1936.” Please check the list of names on page 4 to see if you recognize any. There are at least five other states with towns named Dunlap. My point of this true story?

INFORMATION ON YOUR QUILT LABEL. Had a state been given after “Dunlap,” this lady could have saved a lot of time and research. If in doubt about how much information to put on your quilt label, write it on paper, and then ask a friend or someone at a Gems meeting to read it and give you their honest opinion. TMI (too much information) doesn’t count on a quilt label.

We are off to a great start this year to make our guild THE BEST IT CAN BE!