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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, 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!



WOW, it is the middle of November!  The months have surely flown by this year.  I don’t usually put up Christmas lights until after Thanksgiving, but this year I needed a pick me up so decided to put up a tree on my newly constructed deck.  I am enjoying the lights and tree!  With temperatures in the 70’s it is hard to believe we will be getting ready for Christmas in the next weeks!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the members of GEMS for their support and participation in all the activities and events that have transpired this year.  It has been a good year!  I especially want to thank the Executive Board and Committee Chairmen for their dedication and support.  We all look forward to another great year next year with Viv Browning as your President!  Her Committee Chairmen are busy working on their ideas for the new year!

We have one last official activity yet this year and that is to announce the winner of the GEMS Raffle Quilt, designed, sewn and quilted by Sheri Zalar and her quilt angels.  Lee Ann Whrel was our raffle tickets chairman and has done a great job getting the tickets out to members for selling.  A big thank you goes out to them. This is one of the fund raising activities for our guild!

We can all look forward to the Christmas Party for December with a new menu and Christmas Cheer Contest.  Last year it was great and a lot of fun, and I am sure it will be again this year!

So for the last time as your President, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Your GEMS President,

Jean Cullum